Exquisite – Perfect – Awesome – Beautiful! – Are the words past charterers used to describe their experience on Now and Zen. Why not treat your friends, or the family to an afternoon on the water? What better way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or entertain out-of-town guests and show off your city than a sunset sail on the St Johns River?
Now and Zen sailing charters offers Sunset/River Cruises, Day Sailboat Charters and Sailing Vacations on the St Johns River, Atlantic Ocean, and ICW on a luxury 42 ft catamaran for up to 12 people from Jacksonville Florida, St Augustine, and Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island. Captain and crew, and gourmet dinner cruises available.
This activity was fun, and it made us feel like a kid again. We laughed the whole way. I had not been on a bike for many years, so I was a bit concerned when I saw the 10 mile length of the ride, but because you stop at so many entertaining points of interest, it was easy. We rode through the area called Riverside Avondale which has gorgeous homes and mansions along the St Johns River. The guide is upbeat and super friendly and knowledgeable about the area and makes it fun as well as historically educaitonal. After the tour we went to a great restaurant and the shops in the Avondale area which are local and flavorful. I would highly recommend this activity to people who enjoy architechture and fun outdooors.
When I'm on vacation with my wife and family we look for things to do where we are outdoors, and active, yet have a chance to relax and learn about the area we are visiting. We have done things like kayaking and the segway tours in the area, but find ourselves a bit bored after 15-20 minutes of the same activity. What we LOVED about these bike tours is that the whole time you are entertained and visually stimulated. The backroad ride felt safe, and the my boys had never seen an American Bald Eagle before, and none of us had seen a Manatee before, so we had an exceptional time. We come to the area often, and plan on taking more of their tours.
Ever wonder how they make theme park rides so elaborate, memorable, and, of course, fun? Come visit Jacksonville's Sally Corp. for the inside scoop. Sally Corp. is a major designer and developer of realistic animatronic humans, animals and fictional characters for use in amusement park rides around the world. In fact, they have designed and developed more interactive dark rides than anyone else in the industry. Their creative staff integrates all parts of the ride experience from design to installation including animatronics, special effects, sets & scenery, soundtracks, audio & lighting systems and interactive technologies.
Want to learn more and see robotics come to life for yourself? Tours of their headquarters and production facility in Downtown Jacksonville are offered hourly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 1:00 during the school year. These tours are free but require reservations. All children must be at least 7 years of age.
St. Johns Town Center
St. Johns Town Center , an outdoor, pedestrian-friendly, “Main Street” style mall (dubbed a “lifestyle center” in the retail industry), is THE premier shopping and dining destination between tourist-happy Orlando and big-business Atlanta. You could even say it’s a “mall” for outdoors-loving people who hate to go to the mall! I don’t even like most of the high-end stores found here, yet I really enjoy walking its sidewalks and green.
Of course, if you are a shopaholic (brace yourself) St. Johns Town Center is home to the likes of Tiffany & Company, Louis Vuitton, Urban Outfitters, The Apple Store, Sephora, Lucky Brand Jeans, Tommy Bahama, Pottery Barn, Fossil, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fossil, Anthropologie, Mayor’s, Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma, and a whole slew of other ritzy and/or trendy chains that I do not have the money, fashion sense, or status envy to shop at. (That said, I do have three favorite hang-outs: a two-story Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lifeway Christian Store, and Barnes & Noble.)
Aside from shopping, another equally impressive drawing card is its selection of restaurants. Here, your stomach (and wallet) must decide among the likes of The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Capital Grill, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Bahama Breeze, Ted’s Montana Grill, Cantina Laredo, J. Alexander’s, Black Finn, Seasons 52 (coming soon), and a host of other more common variety chains.
Opened in 2005, St. Johns Town Center is more than just Jacksonville’s premier shopping and dining destination – it’s also a rival hub to downtown. Situated at the busy super-interchange of J.T. Butler Boulevard (a freeway that links I-95 to the beaches) and SR 9A (the eastern half of the city’s beltway), the center is the heart of Jacksonville’s busy and ever-booming Southside, surrounded by a landscape dense with office, residential, and retail developments. The campus of the University of North Florida and the popular Cinemark Tinseltown megaplex are also within very close proximity – as are even more restaurants and big-box retailers!
The setting of John Grisham's novel, The Bretheren, Jacksonville's Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach communities share a lively, beautifully landscaped Town Center full of funky, trendy and casual restaurants, coffeehouses, boutiques, gift shops, galleries and nightspots. Hip and happening yet quaint and homey, Town Center is a pedestrian friendly environment covering several blocks where everyone from yuppies and executives to families and surfers all have favorite hang outs in a picture-perfect, quintessential beach town environment just steps from the sand.
Two oceanfront hotels including the luxurious One Ocean Resort & Spa and the pastel pink Sea Horse Inn anchor the beach side of Town Center. Both hotels are ideal places to plan your vacation around, as all the amenities of Town Center and the beach are easily walkable. Plus, Town Center is a bike ride away from the noteworthy dining, nightlife and special events of Jacksonville Beach and within a 15-30 minute drive of Adventure Landing water park, Mayport Ferry, the Talbot Islands Geoparks, Fort Caroline, shopping malls, movie megaplexes, golf courses, and the museums and attractions of Jacksonville's downtown riverfront.
With the St. John's River being the main waterway running through the city, it is logical that people want water activity. They do a fair amount of sail boating around there, and even use boats as transport to work downtown.
This was an unknown, but ended up being a very pleasant museum of the history of the beach development and culture of Jacksonville form the inception of tourism and leisure life. They have some artifacts of the period, but mostly have typed descriptions and photos of the times back beginning early 1900's when the beach was developed for recreation.
The museum is one block off the main A1A Hwy at the main intersection of Atlantic Beach. There are also three homes that can be toured, and an old railroad train engine to view.
If you find it-you are lucky-OR NOT. It used to be located and the South Bank for San Marco area, which now is under renovation. WE asked at the MOSH Science museum where is is and MOCA also, and no one knew.
I searched later and found out it is on the suite 162 at 2 Independence Drive and part of some obscure building by Jacksonville Landing area. Not worth the venture for sure, and maybe never was worth the trip to begin with because I suspect the place is small and has few items to view. It apparently has only a dozen pictures of boats/ships of old for showing.
Northeast Florida has some of the best backwater fishing in the state. For the uninitiated, backwater fishing, or backcountry fishing, is angling in the extensive network of bays, Spartina islands and tidal creeks that permeate the region. There are thousands of miles of shoreline, countless oyster bars and acres of tidal creeks that attract an abundance of salt water fish. Those marshes – nutrient-rich food factories that spawn nearly all of the commercially valuable seafood caught in East Coast waters – are the Atlantic’s life-givers. The salt marshes offer excellent habitat for raccoons, river otters, manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, ibises, clapper rails, egrets, and herons. Perhaps no place is as closely linked to those coastal prairies as the coasts of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Nearly half of the East Coast’s salt marshes are found here.
Roaming these waters are three of the state's most sought after game fish, the redfish, spotted seatrout, and flounder. Thousands of anglers come to northeast Florida each year for the chance at a grand slam, catching one individual of each species in one day.
The nationally and internationally touring counterparts to New York's most popular Broadway shows take the stage in Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Shows that have come to Jacksonville in recent years include Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Chicago, Fosse, Riverdance, Stomp, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and many others. The peak theatre season runs from October through May. At the time of this writing, the next three productions scheduled to take the stage are 42nd Street, Cats and Mamma Mia!. For information on what shows are playing when during the current season, visit the FCCJ Artist Series web site (listed below).
While Jacksonville is well-known for its NFL franchise, the Jaguars, it also boasts a team in the AFL (Arena Football League). The Jacksonville Sharks play at the Veterans Memorial Arena downtown during the spring and summer months. Arena football is a faster-paced, higher-scoring alternative to its NFL cousin, played indoors on a 50-yard field. It is a great form of action-packed family entertainment! The Sharks are in a division with rival teams in Orlando, Tampa, New Orleans, and Georgia.
for those interested in architecture and history the beaches history museum is a good first stop when visiting jacksonville beach. the museum has a collection of relics and photographs of the early history of jacksonville's beaches. see the attached web site for more information.
five points is small buiness district located in the riverside area west of downtown. five points has a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. five points is known for it's lively nightlife and numerous good restaurants. five points is a fun and safe area to visit in downtown jacksonville.
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