12 June 1999

Jacksonville and her Beaches

Jacksonville Beach - (named Ruby from 1884 to 1886 in honor of the first settler's oldest daughter, Ruby Scull) - is located in the middle of Florida's First Coast with fifty miles of beach along the Atlantic Coast from Amelia Island to St. Augustine. Jacksonville Beach is one of six beaches located on an island 37 miles long and three miles wide. This is one of many islands divided by the St. Johns River, the Intercoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, accessible by boats, ferry and bridges. There will be several Independence Day Celebrations in the area on July 4, 1999: Metropolitan Park (630-3690); The Jacksonville Landing (353-1188); Fernandina Beach (261-3248); Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach.
Portions of above from: http://www.bbonline.com/fl/rubyinn/index.html
Adventure Landing - 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach (246-4386) - located just east of the Intercoastal Waterway, Adventure Landing features two 18-hole golf courses,batting cases,. a go-cart track, 100 arcade games, Shipwreck Island water park and The Rage, Florida's only uphill water coaster. Open daily.
Alhambra Dinner Theatre - 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside (641-1212) - enjoy fine buffet dining and professional Broadway comedies and musicals in the intimate 400-seat theater. Eveniing performances Tue-Sun, with matinees Sat-Sun. Admission includes dinner and show, $26.50- $31.50. Group rates available.
First Lady of Jacksonville - 917 Dante Pl, San Marco (398-0797) - see the St, Johns River aboard a paddleboat for sightseeing, lunch, field trips and private charters. Daily, $18 - $31.
The Florida Theatre- 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown (355-2787) -discover the unforgettable Florida Theatre, a beautifully restored 1920s-era picture place, now a world-class performing arts center hosting 200 events a year. Box office hours; Mon-Fri. 9am - 5pm.
Fort Caroline National Memorial - 12713 Fort Caroline Rd., Arlington (641-7155) - French Huguenots landed at this site in 1564, establishing the first Protestant colony in North America. Today the park encompasses 680 acres and includes a replica of the fort, a museum filled with French and Native American artifacts,and a nature trail. Daily, 9am - 5pm, free.
Greyhound Racing - Jacksonville Kennel Club,. 1440 N. McDuff Ave., Westside, Orange Park Kennel Club, 455 Park Ave., Orange Park, St. Johns Greyhound Park, U./S. Hwy #1, and Racetrack Rd., Bayard (646-0001) - races held Mon-Sat (except Tue) at 7:45pm, Matinees Wed and Sat, 12:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm. Simulcasts of thoroughbred and greyhound races and jai-alai; 50 cents - $2.
Above six from:: http://www.ci.jax.fl.us/pub/agreater.htm
Amelia Island - just 35 minutes from downtown Jacksonville - Amelia Island and historic Fernandina Beach is 13 miles long and two miles wide. One of America's few remaining unspoiled island paradises, Amelia Island is the southernmost of the chain of Atlantic Coast barrier islands that stretch from North Carolina to Florida. It is also the northernmost barrier island on Florida's Atlantic Coast. Amelia Island is the only territory in American history to serve under eight flags. Scenic and dinner cruises, horseback riding, boating, fishing, golf, camping and tennis are available on the Island.
The Florida House Inn - Ameria Island - Florida's oldest surviving tourist hotel, built in 1857. This restored Florida estate depicts the romantic Golden Age of Tourism. Among its guests from bygone years was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
The Amelia Island Lighthouse - is considered the oldest structure on the Island. Constructed in 1839, it sits atop the highest elevation in Florida, 107 feet above sea level. The Lighthouse still works, and is visible 19 miles out to sea.
Above three from: http://www.ameliaisland.com/attract.htm
Buccaneer Trail- Northeast Florida - marked by its many historical sites, the Buccaneer Trail is one of the most scenic drives in Northeast Florida. The Buccaneer Trail is the route early pirates and explorers of the new world followed. Also known as route A1A, the trail connects Amelia Island and St. Augustine. Traveling the Buccaneer Trail is a great way to learn more about Florida and its ancestry.
Mayport Ferry - The Mayport Ferry runs for less than a mile across the mouth of the St. Johns River from Mayport to St. George Island. The preservation of the Mayport Ferry keeps citizens in touch with Florida's rich history.
Olustee Battlefield - The Olustee Battlefield State Historic site commemorates the largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
Above three from: http://www.coj.net/wweb/nature/heritage.htm

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