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At­lantic Beach at sun­rise

Fam­i­lies, ad­ven­ture, food

Kayak­ing the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, re­lax­ing on sug­ary sand at At­lantic Beach, candy mak­ing at Sweet Pete’s This city in Florida’s north­east­ern cor­ner of­fers a bore­dom­bust­ing ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages.

Clas­sic beach fun can be found at At­lantic Beach, with pris­tine, soft sand.

Get your caf­feine fix and de­li­cious light bites all day at South­ern Grounds ( sogro­cof­fee.com), a Nep­tune Beach cof­fee shop with mod­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties that also serves lo­cal craft beers and wine.

Trade a day at the beach for a few hours pad­dling down the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way with Kayak Amelia ( kayakamelia.com). Take one of their guided eco­tours to see the wildlife of the marsh­lands, from herons and ospreys to man­a­tees and ot­ters.

Spend a day in down­town Jack­sonville ex­plor­ing the shops and mu­se­ums in the area. Stop at lo­cal fa­vorite Sweet Pete’s (pic­tured far left; sweet­petes candy.com) for a Willy Wonka-es­que ex­pe­ri­ence. This candy fac­tory and sweet shop also houses a restau­rant and dessert bar. You can even try your hand at mak­ing your very own con­fec­tions: choco­late and candy-mak­ing classes are of­fered here as well.

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