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Palatka, FL 32177
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Ravine Gardens State Park was established in 1933, though the gorge was formed eons ago by the St. Johns River. It was the brainchild of the Works Progress Administration who created the landscaped gardens, cypress structures, water features and stone terraces. Today it also features picnic spots, pavilions, a civic center, an amphitheater, interpretive displays, restrooms, kids playground, hiking trails, restrooms and gazebos. They also offer a 45 minute wagon tour of the park. Pets are allowed in here.
This 2,000-acre park features camping facilities, nature trails, swimming, picnicking, fishing and canoeing; bring your own or rent one at the park. There are also paved bike trails and a playground. Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is six miles north of Keystone Heights on SR 21, halfway between Jacksonville and Gainesville. Admission: $4 for up to eight people; campsites are $16 per night plus an additional $2 for electricity; canoe rentals are $4 an hour, $10 for a half day or $20 for the whole day (8 hours). Open daily 8a onwards.
All of the animals at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve are rescued from abusive or inappropriate places of acclimation. Unfortunately, most of these animals cannot be rehabilitated and released, however as opposed to euthanizing them, the reserve provides new, appropriate habitats. In fact, one of the lions and some of the wolves once belonged to Michael Jackson. The reserve's mission objective is to educate the public about these rescued animals and the only way to visit the park is by appointment.
The King & The Bear at World Golf Village is the brainchild from two of golf's greatest, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, hence the name "King & Bear." It's located north of St. Augustine, just off I-95 near the Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area. The course is home to tall pines and the foliage of 200-year-old live oaks provides shade while golfers try their luck on this challenging 18-hole course.
This city park, located behind City Hall and less than a half-hour drive south of Jacksonville on the St Johns River, features a spring-fed pool, for which the town is named. There is plenty for children to do here, including a playground, picnic areas, and the pool itself, which remains a cozy 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. You can fish off the city pier, or just enjoy a romantic stroll by the gazebo with views of the river.
Sparkling lakes and well-maintained fairways are par for the course at this 18-hole, par 71 public golf course. Landscape architect Chuck Almony has integrated the area's natural beauty into this challenging course dotted with quirky hazards, greens and bunkers. A lighted driving range and practice facility features natural turf as well as golf lessons and clinics for new or experienced golfers. There is a pro-shop, restaurant, bar and rental clubs are also on-site.
Magnolia Point Golf & CC features elevation changes from 6 to 80', with many areas heavily wooded. There are 18 lakes in play throughout, with several forced carries. The greens are Tif-dwarf Bermuda, the fairways 419 Bermuda. All holes are well guarded, and all bunkers on the White and Blue 9's have recently been reworked by McCumber Golf to improve playability, drainage, and appearance. The golf course has a combination of open and tight fairways, long and short par-4s, an excellent variety of par-3 holes, and a few 'grip-and-rip holes' that lets you swing away. The greens are very large with subtle slopes which, depending on the pin placement, gives the course a different look on a daily basis. Although challenging, there are no unfair holes, golfers find the course fun to play.
Tranquility reigns at Faver-Dykes State Park, a 1,450-acre garden of Eden at the intersection of I-95 and US-1 on Pellicer Creek. This unspoiled aquatic preserve and its tidal marshes offers visitors a wide range of outdoor activities and recreation. Activities such as saltwater and freshwater fishing, hiking, camping, boating and picnics in the backcountry. Canoeing is also popular on the state designated four-mile canoe trail and canoes can be rented with an advance reservation.
Once every few decades a piece of land is made available for the creation of a golf masterpiece. In the case of Ocean Hammock, recently opened along Florida's northeast coastline between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, the artist is golf course designer and legend Jack Nicklaus. This pristine parcel of oceanfront property is set amidst the dunes and natural landscape on Florida's northeast coast and features more ocean play than any other course on the state's east coast. Ocean Hammock is Florida's first oceanfront golf course since the 1920's. Six holes overlook the ocean, including a magnificent 468-yard, par 4 finishing hole. Lakes, dunes and forested terrain add to the challenge. Ocean Hammock's design and five tee options will entice golfers of all levels to play the course over and over again creating a different experience each time. "Ocean Hammock is very much a part of its coastal setting and the surrounding environment helps determine the overall character of the golf course", says Nicklaus.