A DAY IN...

Travel Guide to Florida - - NORTHEAST FLORIDA -

AMELIA IS­LAND

Start with a sun­rise SUP out­ing along 13 miles of scenic At­lantic shore­line, or set­tle into a kayak and en­joy a guided tour through the marsh and sur­round­ing wa­ter­ways. Plan an af­ter­noon at Fort Clinch, fol­lowed by a shop­ping stroll in down­town Fer­nan­d­ina Beach to un­cover the his­tory and charm, which keep the des­ti­na­tion a top is­land fa­vorite among Condé Nast Trav­eler’s read­ers. Spend your evening sa­vor­ing culi­nary de­lights at one of the na­tion­ally ac­claimed chefs’ ta­bles.

JACK­SONVILLE

Wel­come a new day with a sun­rise beach walk, then fuel up your morn­ing with fresh bis­cuits at Maple Street Bis­cuit Com­pany and a lo­cal cof­fee at Bold Bean. Grab your board, or rent one, and learn to surf in Jax Beach, one of the best spots in Florida! For lunch, en­joy the lo­cally caught May­port shrimp at one of the fish camps. In River­side, ex­plore the Cum­mer Mu­seum of Art and Gar­dens, then en­joy din­ner and a craft beer in the fa­mous Five Points district.

ST. AUGUSTINE & PONTE VE­DRA

Step back in time at the his­toric Castillo de San Mar­cos Na­tional Mon­u­ment. Take a leg­endary sip of wa­ter at the Foun­tain of Youth. Keep lit­tle hands busy at the in­ter­ac­tive Pi­rate and Trea­sure Mu­seum. See ev­ery species of crocodil­ian at the St. Augustine Al­li­ga­tor Farm. Find your per­fect spot on the shore along 42 miles of beach. Chal­lenge your golf game at the Sta­dium Course at TPC Saw­grass. En­joy the spicy datil pep­per in the Mi­nor­can Clam Chow­der at Bar­na­cle Bill’s.

PUTNAM COUNTY

Start with a tour of Palatka’s 30 plus mu­rals that de­pict the his­tory of Putnam County. Visit the 1850s An­te­bel­lum Bron­sonMul­hol­land House and ad­ja­cent Putnam His­toric Mu­seum. Next, take a drive or hike through the scenic Ravine Gar­dens State Park. Be sure to visit the St. Johns River Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful St. Johns River­front Park. Have din­ner in one of Putnam County’s restau­rants where you can get lo­cal fare and catch the vibe of the town. To end your day, re­lax aboard the Palatka Wa­ter Taxi on the beau­ti­ful St. Johns River.

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