The First Coast of Florida harbors once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Some people dream of swimming in the ocean for the first time. Others long to see where American history began. Because of the area's rich history and abundant natural beauty, a trip to Amelia Island, Jacksonville and St. Augustine is definitely one for the books. Splashing into the surf on horseback, ziplining over alligators, climbing a lighthouse, encountering a ghost, drinking from the Fountain of Youth ...just wait until your Facebook friends see what you've been up to.
There aren't many places in the world where you can ride horses on the beach, and Amelia Island is one of those special destinations. Children ages 6 and up along with adults can experience the trip of a lifetime as they splash into the Atlantic Ocean on horseback.
Have you always wanted to swim with dolphins? At this intimate facility located right on the ocean just south of St. Augustine, you can get up close and personal with these beloved marine mammals. Feed them, do art with them, and even swim with them for the highlight of your vacation.
Whether it's simply putting your toe in the ocean for the first time, seeing your child reel in their first fish from the pier, or conquering a wave after a surfing lesson, the experiences on a Jax Beach vacation are ones you'll cherish always.
Jerry Pate, Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson ...these golf legends have mastered THE PLAYERS championship. You can see where it happened, and even test your own skill on this renown course. Be careful: We hear the 17th hole is tricky.
Legend has it that 500 years ago Ponce de Leon sought a magical spring that lengthened the lives of Native American Indians and even made them taller. While the tale isn't likely, it doesn't stop hundreds of tourists a day from taking a sip. Just in case.
See where America began. Spanish explorer and close friend of the king Pedro Menendez landed on the shores of Northeast Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565, 38 years before Jamestown and 55 years before Plymouth Rock.
No trip to Florida is complete without an alligator sighting. This zoological park takes it up a notch with up-close exhibits, hundreds of gators and even a zipline over a pit of crocodiles. Come on, we dare you!
Climbing to the top of a historic lighthouse is on the bucket list of many travelers. Now add in a full moon and a few ghost stories in the oldest city in the country, and you really have a good story for your friends back home.
Hop aboard Amelia River Cruises to see horses in the wild on their very own island. For centuries, some 160 feral horses have been roaming Cumberland Island, Georgia, just a short day trip from Amelia Island.