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Trip List by emomshart

Nature lovers day in Jacksonville Florida

Jun 28, 2006  Peaceful, natural, water-loving fun seeking couple
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

Fun day swimming in and kayaking on the water in Natural Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

  • 1. Kayak Amelia
    http://www.kayakamelia.com

    Kayak with a nice and knowledgeable guide, Ray, through a salt marsh. Observe wildlife and learn about local history and ecological makeup of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Ray rents kayaks to those who want to do their own kayaking, also teaches newbies to kayak then takes them on tours. He is an historian of the area who knows kayaking and loves people. We had the best time, saw a manatee and Osprey, visited Kingsley Plantation via the Fort George River, and took a swim. Our trip was about 3.5 hours costing $55.00 per person and it was worth it. What a great day! Even little children and older people can enjoy this.

  • 2. Little Talbot Island State Park
    Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville, Florida

    Pristine, untouched Florida like most people have never seen. Spend a day at the beach of hundreds of years ago. No swimming on this beach thought, currents are dangerous. The beach has shifting sands, sea oats, and many other plants. Boardwalks take you from paved road to sandy beaches. I never knew the beaches were this gorgeous. 4 mile walking trail on site. Also has picnic shelters throughout. Bring your camera. a picnic lunch, and some water bottles and be amazed at the natural state of this lovely area.

  • 3. Singleton's Seafood Shack
    Singleton's Seafood Shack, Atlantic Beach, Florida

    Famous dive with great fresh seafood!! Sits on a dock on the Saint John's River in Mayport. Restaurant is made of unfinished plywood and is rarely cleaned from top to bottom. However, the kitchen is clean. We drove from Atlantic Beach, ate here, then took the ferry at Mayport to the Timucuan Preserve area. The service was excellent and so was the food. I don't eat sea food, but the sides are great- even the greens were the best I ever had. My husband had fresh flouder and shrimp. I heard about this place on the internet, it is supposed to be the #1 seafood place around Jacksonville Beaches and we beleive it. The prices are very affordable. By the way, the ferry ride is cool- you can ride with or without your car. If coming from the Heckscher Drive to eat here you could ride over as a pedestrian as it is less than a block of easy terrain to get to the restaurant.