The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing home to endangered species of large cats. Beside this, Catty Shack's aim is to educate the public about the difficulties these majestic creatures face, both in their natural habitats and in captivity. Once the cats are rescued, they become permanent residents at the sanctuary for the rest of their days. Public and school tours are offered, giving the public a great chance to learn more about these endangered felines, as well as a chance to feed them.
Kayak Amelia organizes guided tours through Amelia Island's scenic marshlands, tidal inlets and creeks. The rental service gives you the chance to observe birds, marine animals and if you're lucky, a manatee or two. Experienced guides are by your side as you paddle around in their one and two-seat kayaks for half-day or full-day tours, which is one of their specialty programs. The historic Kingsley Plantation, offers you a splendid short break during your excursions.
Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville, this museum is dedicated to promoting Mandarin's history. Housed inside the historic Walter Jones general store it is an example of a one-story, crossroads country store. On display are artifacts detailing the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, who lived in Mandarin, as well as artifacts and memorabilia recovered from the Maple Leaf, a Union naval ship sunk off Mandarin Point in 1884. Admission is free.
Visit white rhinos, crocodiles, lions and more as you survey the African exhibits among others at the Jacksonville Zoo. A boardwalk allows visitors to observe elephants and giraffes. Native Florida wildlife can also be seen, including jaguars, endangered Florida panthers and the American alligator. There is so much to see here that you should allow yourself an entire day to absorb it all. Refreshments are available throughout the park.
Opened in 1961, this museum and art education center has handsome gardens with fragrant blooms, and peaceful, winding walkways. The permanent collection at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens focuses on the history of art with exhibits spanning the eras from ancient times to the 21st century. Temporary exhibits are also presented throughout the year. The museum is located approximately five minutes away from downtown Jacksonville.
Nature lovers will undoubtedly fall in love with the peaceful seascapes at Little Talbot Island State Park. Pristine beaches and unspoiled marshlands allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy the abundant wildlife up close. Visitors can fish either in the ocean surf or in tidal inlets, and beachgoers can spend the day surfing, sunbathing, and swimming. The park also features a variety of hiking trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds. The park's visitor center offers educational resources and interpretive exhibits that enhance your understanding of the local environment, wildlife, and conservation efforts.
Inhabiting the southernmost tip of Amelia Island, its leading state park is a stunning assemblage of more than 200-acres (80.93 hectare) of untouched meadows that features immaculate beaches, salt marshes and coastal woodlands set on the southern tip of the First Coast. A hub for outdoor activities, the park offers modern amenities for fishing, hiking, boating, sunbathing and wildlife watching.
This downtown Jacksonville memorial is a somber yet noble tribute to those who fought for the nation. The outdoor memorial, billed as the largest of its kind, lists veterans who fought in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. This reminder of the country's bravest was dedicated in November 1995 and constructed of black granite in "proud remembrance and humble tribute." It is also said to be the only wall that honors veterans from all six branches of service, including the Merchant Marines.
First opened in 1927, this landmark theater is famed for being the first theater in Florida to show "talkies," or movies with auditory dialogue. Nowadays, it is known for showing diverse flicks from a wide spectrum of cinema, ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to independent features. Another notable feature of this theater is that it sells beer and wine, as well as real food like pizza and sandwiches. Check the website for showtimes.