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.