Episode 21 – Road Trip in Florida A1A Jacksonville to Daytona

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Who doesn’t love a road trip? This week, we will tell you all about Road Trips in Florida, the A1A Jacksonville to Daytona. The best roadtrips memories happen when you least expect them. Look around and do a little research because you never know what you might find! A1A Jacksonville to Daytona is not just beaches. Some of the places we mention are quick stops, some are perfect for a day trip or even an overnight stay. Have you ever explored the area? What hidden gems have you found?

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Product and Locations Mentions

Here are some of the highlights, but be sure to listen for all the details and some of our favorites tips about all of these locations.

  1. Fernandina Beach With historic district of 50-plus blocks on the National Register of Historic Places, there’s plenty to discover downtown. Fernandina features 400-plus historic structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Gaze at historic homes, churches, and commercial buildings.
  2. Amelia Island Lighthouse is in Fernandina Beach and overlooks Egans Creek, the St. Marys River and its entrance to the Atlantic Ocean.  Florida’s northernmost lighthouse. It is the oldest existing lighthouse in Florida. The lighthouse is open to the public on Saturdays for three hours.
  3. Timucuan Ecological Preserve Listen all about this park in episode 14 all about National Parks.
  4. Jacksonville Beach Take a look at Family-Friendly Foodie for some of our favorites in Jacksonville Beach.
  5. Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary Their primary focus is the rescue of cats from serious situations. Once an animal is taken in at Catty Shack Ranch, they have a loving, forever home for life. They do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Their current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are “honorary cats”).  They have medical volunteers.  You can take their 45 minutes guided walking tour and then walk around the sanctuary afterward.  
  6. Mandarin, FL This little historic town is full of old Florida history.  Mandarin is probably most famous as the Florida home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.  Clark’s Fish Camp is a historic seafood restaurant.  Weird but true…it is known for having the world’s largest taxidermy collection.
  7. The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine The northern component is associated with the Tolomato and Guana River estuaries. It features over 10 miles of trails through a variety of preserved habitats. There are scenic boardwalks along A1A that provide three separate beach access points. The pristine and beautiful landscape provides great recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, beachcombing, and more.
  8. St. Augustine Lighthouse  Check out episode 2 on Exploring St. Augustine! One thing St. Augustine is known for is the lighthouse and Maritime Museum. They also have the Dark of the Moon Tour. You’ll want to listen to the episode for more details!
  9. Marineland There is so much to this location and something you should definitely make a point to see. Marineland is one of Florida’s first marine mammal parks, is billed as “the world’s first oceanarium”. Marineland functions as an entertainment and swim-with-the-dolphins facility.
  10. Flagler Beach Located here is Bull Creek Fish Camp. This restaurant alongside a bait and tackle shop and campground provide sweeping views of the lake and perhaps the best waterside sunset in a region otherwise known for its oceanside sunrises. Make sure to try Bull Creek’s seafood like fried gator tails, peel and eat shrimp, and Lowcountry boil for an authentic Florida meal.
  11. Ponce de Leon Lighthouse At 175 feet, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is Florida’s tallest lighthouse. After climbing 203 spiral steps to the top, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of world-famous Daytona Beach. Afterward, explore nature trails, or tour the grounds and museum.
  12. Tomoka State Park This park is filled with Native American History, a fish-filled lagoon, and is a paradise for bird watchers. Take in the history and nature in this road-tripper’s state park.
  13. Daytona Beach Boardwalk Another family-friendly must-see, a carnival extravaganza right on the beach. Play games, ride the Ferris wheel, and get your heart rate up on the roller coaster, before retreating to the calming waters, where you can take a refreshing dip. It’s a fair like no other.

Florida Product of the Week

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