Jack­sonville & Amelia Is­land

Where First Coast - - WHERE NOW - BY LAURA AN­DERS LEE

Vis­i­tors flock to th­ese sea­side cities for their stunning coast­lines and va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, from ex­plor­ing old forts and kayak­ing to tak­ing in the nightlife. Amelia Is­land lures vis­i­tors with its lovely town of with its Vic­to­rian man­sions and lo­cally owned shops on Other draws are the an­nual shrimp fes­ti­val (Amer­ica’s shrimp­ing in­dus­try started here), and

per­fect for bik­ing, hik­ing or just ex­plor­ing. Wher­ever you are on the coast, you’ll find plenty of South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity and a bounty of lo­cal fla­vor. spring. The sta­teof-the-art

TimesUnion Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts,

which hosts the Jack­sonville Sym­phony and Ballet, boasts an amaz­ing lo­ca­tion on the St. Johns River next to the Land­ing. Just over the river is

(3), the Mu­seum of Science and His­tory, popular for adults and kids alike.


each year—that’s al­most 5 mil­lion bot­tles of home­made brew. The

was un­veiled this year to high­light the area’s craft brew­eries, like King Street’s

Jax Ale Trail

In­tu­ition Ale Works.

Beer fans can have a taste at an ar­ray of brew­eries (8) from his­toric St. Au­gus­tine to Jack­sonville’s hip River­side. Cheers!

A beau­ti­ful Vic­to­rian on

Amelia Is­land

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