North Florida is full of amazing natural wonders and fun attractions. Including beautiful beaches, state-protected wildlife areas and historic landmarks, North Florida has a bit of everything to offer for the outdoor adventurer. Check out the 6 natural wonders you’ll have to add to your list next time you visit the Sunshine State.
1. Amelia Island
Located on the coastline in northeast Florida, Amelia Island is a destination that is easy to reach but hard to forget. This beloved, timeless island continuously entertains visitors and residents with its beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, pristine nature, historic district, enthusiastic festivals and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience. Being the only place in the USA that has been under the rule of eight different flags: French, British, Patriots, Green Cross, Mexican Revolutionary, Confederacy and USA, Amelia Island is a magnificent address with unique cultural influences.
2. Four Creeks State Forest
This 13,147-acre protected area located just west of the new community Tributary serves a wide range of natural features and recreation activities. Four Creeks State Forest is one of few state-protected wildlife sanctuaries where untouched wild animals such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise and numerous songbirds reside. Visitors and future residents neighboring the lush protected park will enjoy various recreational activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling and horse riding.
3. The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Serving Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, and Baker counties, The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a top destination for many national and international visitors. This non-profit organization provides a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats such as tigers, lions and pumas while educating the public about the dangers they are facing in the wild and in captivity.
4. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden
Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is the only walking safari in Northeast Florida where visitors can experience a true adventure while discovering the planet’s wildlife through interactive and educational activities. It’s not just a regular zoo. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is one of few zoos in the United States that’s equipped with an animal wellness team and conservation efforts with a program that donates a portion of every ticket to regional and global conservation programs. This destination has a wide range of species to visit with more than 2,000 rare animals and 1,000 exotic plants.
5. Riverside Arts Market
Produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation, Riverside Arts Market takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine attracting 4,000+ visitors every Saturday. This family-friendly market features everything from a variety of small business including farmers, artists, and bakers to hours of live music. Each Saturday is different than the last. Pick up the freshest local harvests and try different craft beers from around Florida!
6. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
Here, cultural and natural resources have shared a history of over 6,000 years. The Timucuan Preserve contains the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Kindsley Plantation is for you to dive into a fascinating history of freedom and enslavement. Explore the 600-acres of natural treasure of hardwood forest, wetlands, and scrub vegetation. The boat ramp and trails of Cedar Point are available for those looking to get even closer to the marvelous nature of The Preserve. There’s no better place to spend a day filled with exciting adventures and explorations.
For those looking to be in the center of these natural wonders and Explore More, you’re going to want to mark your calendar for this summer. New homes in the master-planned community, Tributary, are set to be unveiled to the public. Situated in one of the greatest locations putting residents in the center of all the amazing nature and attractions. This new Northeast Florida community will deliver unmatched value in a beautiful, natural sanctuary.
It’s a model lifestyle for tomorrow, waiting to be discovered today. The perfect place to call home. Within the 1,550-acre master-planned community, residents will enjoy the resort-style pool, fitness center and activities at the fun-filled Amenity Center. New modern-rustic homes will be offered from the $200s, interested homebuyers can join the VIP list at TributaryLiving.com to ensure they are first to learn of any updates.