Get Outside in Jacksonville

Kingsley Plantation

Visit Kingsley Plantation when in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in Florida. It is home to the impressive Saint Vincent Medical Center, a world class art museum, excellent shopping, and a few wonderful Florida Bed and Breakfasts. It is also home to the amazing Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Folks who visit Jacksonville should bring good walking shoes. There is much to see and do outside.

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a large area on the Atlantic Coast,  encompassing nearly 50,000-acres near Jacksonville. It straddles the St. Johns River just east of the city, and is home to several individual park sites and memorials: Fort Caroline National Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Area, Kingsley Plantation, and the Ribault Monument.

The landscape is one of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. It preserves evidence from thousands of years of human history. A stop by the Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center is a must, for it provides an overview of the history of the area that helps inform time spent there.

Activities include hiking, boating, and delving into the rich history of the region. You’ll want to return to Timucuan Preserve many times, in order to fully explore all it has to offer. Luckily for the budget-minded, Timucuan Preserve is free.

To the east of the preserve is Little Talbot Island State Park, an undeveloped barrier island with more than five miles of untouched, sandy beaches. Walk barefoot on the beach, enjoying the soft feel of the sand between your toes. Lounge here when you tire of being on the go. It is a treasure.

Jacksonville is too interesting a city to see in one visit. Return again and again, staying in Florida Bed and Breakfasts when in town.

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