• The Great Florida Birding Trail runs right through Jacksonville. Find out more about the trail details.
    Red Shouldered Hawk

    Jacksonville's parks are perfect for birding.

    The Great Florida Birding Trail runs right through Jacksonville. Find out more about the trail details. Learn More

  • Fort Clinch State Park offers serious bird-watching and historic sites. Get more information about Jacksonville's parks.
    The Canons at Fort Clinch State Park

    Visit Fort Clinch for the birding and the history!

    Fort Clinch State Park offers serious bird-watching and historic sites. Get more information about Jacksonville's parks. Learn More


Birding

Bring your binoculars!

Northeast Florida’s moderate temperatures, diverse habitats, and migratory route location, make it a popular birding destination.  The 2,000-mile Great Florida Birding Trail, designated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is a self-guided trail complete with detailed guide books showing pecies descriptions, directions, and maps of birding opportunity sites.

One of the Trail's designated "gateway" sites is Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park. Scan the shoreline of this park for laughing, ring-billed herring, great black-backed gulls, royal terns and other shorebirds. In the spring and summer, stay alert for glimpses of the brilliantly plumaged painted bunting.

Huguenot Memorial Park is another designated Great Florida Birding Trail site where birders are likely to spot gannets, loons, and sea ducks. This park includes a critical nesting area for terns and shorebirds, and often hosts rarities like bar-tailed godwits.

Visit Little Talbot Island in the spring to observe the migratory red knot as it makes its layover stop between Argentina and Canada. Spectators can observe these birds as they feed on surf clams to build up their strength and fat reserves for the final push to reach their breeding grounds up north.

Birders may want to rent a canoe or kayak from Kayak Amelia, in order  to view the hundreds of bird species that make their homes in inland salt marshes, which are inaccessible by foot.

Area attractions also offer opportunities to spot rare birds. Take a walk through the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park’s wild rookery or photograph beautiful specimens at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.



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Eco-Shrimping Tour

Amelia River Cruises

An interactive exploration of the St. Marys River Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically developed in Fernandina, this net is similar to the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. Deploying and retrieving the net is part of the hands-on experience. The catch will then be displayed in an on-board aquarium and each of the creatures will be identified and released back into the wild. We continue to explore the backwaters and tidal creeks that make up this estuary before returning to historic Fernandina Beach.

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    Cumberland Island Tour

    One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by…

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    Freedom on the 4th - Live Music in Balis Park, San Marco

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    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

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    Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise

    Departure time varies seasonally*, Thursday through Saturday This sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin…

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    Addams Family at Orange Park Community Theatre

    by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa This musical is based on characters created by Charles Addams. Wednesday is all grown up now and her "normal"…

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    Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Park

    Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Park Take a stroll through the beautiful 11 acre park on the banks of the St. Johns River in historic Mandarin and visit the Mandarin…

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    4th of July Celebration

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    Cumberland Island Tour

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