The Florida Coast offers a visitor such a wide diversity of sights and activities, it is worth it to take some time and just relax your way through a winter’s vacation. Sparkling waterways, the surf creeping up the sandy beaches, museums and historic sites – all await you on the coast of Florida. Get away from the blustering wind, rain or snow and make your way to Jacksonville, Florida in an RV for the best getaway ever!
The ideal holiday destination, Jacksonville will keep you busy for a few days, with all there is to see. Then you can head down the coast to St. Augustine to finish your vacation in style. There are always plenty of options for RV camping along the way. You may want to stay at Fleetwood RV Park in Jacksonville, which is very centrally located to all the sights you have on your itinerary. Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort in St. Augustine offers an ocean-side campground where you will find plenty of amenities.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be a treat for anyone of any age. From mid-December to the end of the month, the annual ZOOLights is a celebration of the holidays that can’t be beat. The zoo becomes a winter wonderland ablaze with thousands of lights. Special animal exhibits are available for those who come for this event.
If you want to get in some shopping and take part in other holiday events, stop by Jacksonville Landing in downtown. At Kingsley Plantation, admission is free, so take the whole family to tour the plantation house, slave quarters, waterfront and garden. Experience a ranger program where you will learn so much history, you’ll be amazed.
Engage your sense of the arts by visiting the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens at your first opportunity. There are almost five thousand artworks, and this riverfront area also has historic gardens to tour. Then on to the Museum of Science and History where you will step back in time. Learn about Florida starting with events of more than 12,000 years ago right up to present time. Don’t miss the JEA Aqua Expo Experience. Here you won’t get wet while you learn exactly how water works.
If you can tear yourself away from Jacksonville, you will want to take Highway 1A down the coast along the Atlantic Ocean to St. Augustine. This is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the continental U.S. And the sights here are abundant. First there is Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth which no one wishes to miss when in St. Augustine. Get some lovely views by visiting the St. Augustine Light. And speaking of light – try the Lightner Museum for its fabulous collections of furnishings, instruments and costumes from the 19th century. Stand at awe in front of a real shrunken head or look up at the crocodile hanging from the ceiling.
Visit the animal kingdom at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park! This is a must-see for all ages. All kinds of shows fascinate and intrigue, with alligators, rainforest animals and more. Another famous sight is the Castillo de San Marcos which is a national historic monument, one of the favorite attractions in St. Augustine.
Now you are ready to head home, but you have seen some of the Florida coast in all its glory – and escaped from those cold winter winds.