FULL DAY ADVENTURe
FIRST STOP: FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
Take the outdoor farm tour and visit lots of farm animals and enjoy hands on activities. Meet Sally the famous farm dog and Theo the tame turkey. Horseback riding is available by reservation. Please call 386-446-7630. The museum farm is a great place for a picnic lunch and a short hike around Hewitt's Sawmill that operated from 1770 to 1813.
Depart from St. Augustine on Highway US 1 and head south 17 miles. You will pass under I-95 and then continue south 1.5 miles then turn left onto Old Kings Road. 7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, Florida 32137.
SECOND STOP: PRINCESS PLACE PRESERVE
A nature preserve on the shores Pellicer Creek with miles of hiking and driving trails through a beautiful maritime hammock. Visit the historic Princess Place Lodge and learn about the Princess who lived here. Then discover the active eagles nest or fish in the saltwater marsh and flats.
Leave Princess Place and turn right on Old Kings Road, continue to Highway US 1, turn left (south) onto Highway US 1 South to first traffic light, turn left (east) onto Palm Coast Parkway. Continue on Palm Coast Parkway over the toll bridge ($1.00) to the barrier island. Then take A1A North towards St. Augustine. Stop at Bings Landing Park on the left, only 2.8 miles north on A1A.
THIRD STOP: BINGS LANDING
Great place to view the scenic vista of the Intra-coastal Waterway and discover the archaeological site of Mala Compra, a former cotton plantation. A wonderful exhibit explains the archaeological remains to two colonial buildings once owner by Jose Henandez that were destroyed during the Second Seminole Indian War.
Continue north on A1A 1 mile to Washington Oaks State Gardens on left.
FOURTH STOP: WASHINGTON OAKS STATE GARDENS
Visit the beautiful garden laced with ponds and small waterways and located along the Matanzas River. Visit the Atlantic Ocean side of the park and see coquina bedrock formations erupting out of the beach sand. This is the same stone that built the Castillo de San Marcos.
Continue north on A1A to Marineland.
FIFTH STOP: MARINELAND
Marineland is both a city and the world's first cceanarium. View dolphins swimming and playing. Special activities by reservation. Walk the boardwalk along a coquina rock strewn beach.
Continue over the Matanzas River Bridge.
SIXTH STOP: MATANZAS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Take a free motor launch across the river to Rattlesnake Island and Fort Matanzas, the Spanish colonial fort that protected to south entrance to St. Augustine. Enjoy the miles of sandy beach and clear blue water as well as the twisted oak trees bent to the west by the salty ocean winds.
Head back by turning left onto A1A and heading north to St. Augustine and then over the Bridge of Lions.