We’ve nearly reached the end of summer and, if you’re like many residents of this little slice of paradise, you might have gotten tired of beach trips. Those sandy shores are wonderful for a while, but after a few months of them, a change of scenery feels necessary. But if you’ve sworn off the beach and you’re getting cabin fever, you’re in luck. This beach town has much more to offer than just sand and surf. These six local spots are great ways to enjoy the Florida sunshine – without packing a towel and swimsuit.
Zipline Over the Sea Life at the St. Augustine Aquarium
Experience a bird’s eye view of the creatures below and a jaunt into a corner of wild Florida. The zip line tour is fully guided, so it’s the perfect activity for first-timers. But there are seven zip lines and four bridges high in the air, so seasoned pros will get a thrill too.
Wander the Wilderness at Ravine Gardens State Park
In 1933, two ancient ravines – carved by Whitewater Branch creek – were transformed into a beautifully rustic tropical garden. A system of trails offers dramatic views and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon admiring both curated gardens and natural beauty.
Soar Through the Skies in a Biplane
When we say “get outside,” we really mean it. Appreciate our fair city from a whole new perspective and check something exciting off of your bucket list! You’ll get an aerial view of the Castillo de San Marcos, the beaches, Flagler College, and plenty of other landmarks you’ve only ever seen from the ground.
Learn Something New at the Local Parks
Throughout the year, the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department and the rangers at the local state parks host tours, guided hikes, and interactive lectures in all sorts of environments about all sorts of subjects. Breathe in the fresh air while you learn something new about our local wildlife and ecosystems.
Work On Your Swing at the Golf Course
Enjoy some activity without working up too much of a sweat in the end-of-summer heat. With the largest public practice facilities in the area, St. Johns Golf Club is a great place to hit that hole in one even if your game is a little rusty. The course leans into its natural surroundings with towering pines and numerous ponds.
Search for Clues on a St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt
If you’ve lived here for a while, the local landmarks may feel a little unexciting. But when you pull on your detective’s hat and take a closer look, those same landmarks can take on a whole new light. So grab a few friends and print out your guide – it’s time to go searching through St. Augustine.
Featured image via St. Augustine Biplane Rides