MORNING: Pack the car and head to Huguenot Memorial Park on Jacksonville’s Northside. Plan on spending the whole day and even a night, Huguenot has more than 70 primitive campsites. The waterfront park sits on a 295-acre horseshoe-shaped peninsula surrounded by the Fort George Inlet, the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. If you plan on camping, check out the campground map in advance and make a campsite reservation. Both RVs and tents are allowed. Dogs are allowed at the campsite but not allowed for just day trips. Once you’ve arrived, head on over to the nature center and learn about the different plants and animals you’ll see during your visit. Next to the nature center is a playground for the kiddos and a concession stand that is open during the summer to grab a bite to eat. There are also public restrooms in this area.
LATE MORNING: After checking in, head to the beach! This is the only beach in Jacksonville where you can drive your car on. One of the popular spots on the beach is the Jetties which is where the ocean meets the river. Watch the cargo ships come through the water channel. Spend some time soaking up the sun on sand and cooling off in the water. If you are seeking shade, be sure to pack a tent or reserve one of the pavilions along the beach. Bonus: Use the grill in the Pavilion area for some barbecue cooking.
AFTERNOON: When you are ready to explore some more, Huguenot has incomparable wildlife watching as one of the Great Florida Birding Trail sites. 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.
EVENING: End the day with some fishing along the beach before heading out for the day or heading to your campsite. With lots of shoreline to cast your lines out, all you need is fishing poles & bait.