Econo Lodge Mayport
2401 Mayport Rd.
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: (904) 249-0313
Fax: (904) 241-2155
Soak up the fresh air at this oceanfront Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, which features a 1.5-mile beach, nature trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, stocked fishing lakes and serene beaches. Lifeguards are present to keep a watchful eye on swimmers, so have fun knowing you are in a safe environment. The lakeside swimming area has fountains and squirt guns. Boating, canoeing, hiking and biking facilities are also available, while lakeside tables and grills provide the perfect spots to relax and enjoy refreshments from the available concession stands.
St. Johns River Light, also known as Old St. Johns River Light is a historic lighthouse located in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the oldest lighthouse still standing at the mouth of the St. Johns river, it also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest building in the Mayport area. The brick lighthouse has been functional since 1858 and was deactivated in 1929. Tours to the lighthouse are available.
East of Jacksonville, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-Coastal Waterway is Jacksonville Beach. The Beach is a business, resort, and residential area, perfect for a family fun day. With oceanfront hotels, plenty of dining and shopping options, and even a golf course, there is plenty to see and do. After spending the day under the sun, periodic festivals and concerts provide further entertainment options.
The Jacksonville Beach Pier is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Nearly a quarter of a mile long, the Pier attracts a healthy mix of fisherman and visitors simply wanting to take cool photos. The Pier is open from 6a to 10p, giving a sunrise to sunset window to cast your line, stroll the wooden plank or simply take in the fresh ocean breeze. Concessions, restrooms and a bait shop are available on-site.
After a great game of golf on their 9-holes, have an appetizing meal in Hero's 19th Hole Restaurant. Serving delectable sandwiches with sides of crunchy friends, Hero's brings you the perfect leisure spot for a Sunday afternoon.
Adventure Landing, an all-in-one family fun center, is located between Jacksonville Beach and the Intercoastal Waterway. You can play miniature golf, ride go-carts, play laser tag or try your luck at the batting cages. The water park is complete with slides, a wave pool and a pirate-themed play village. It is the perfect place to cool off and have a great time on a hot Florida day. Admission to the water park for children under the age of three is free.
Wildlife surrounds more than four miles of these scenic hiking trails, including rare birds, raccoons, foxes and turtles. Guided tours take place each Saturday afternoon to help visitors learn more about the ecological zones in the park and to point out some of the area's hard-to-spot animals. Additional outdoor activities include bicycling, fishing, boating and picnicking. The preserve is accessible from the Arlington Expressway and Atlantic Boulevard on the east side of the city. There is no entrance fee.
Named in honor of the Huguenot French settlers who colonized the area for a short while in the 16th century, Huguenot Memorial Park is another one of Jacksonville's many jewels. Aficionados of our fine-feathered friends will enjoy the avian observatory tower, and nature trails, perfect for bird watching. Adventurous types can rent canoes and use the boat launch to access the waterways, while sports-lovers can rent volleyball equipment, horseshoes and bicycles for an afternoon of fun.
Children and adults alike enjoy this quaint park and museum located in a restored railroad section foreman's house, and post office from 1903. Guided tours of these historic buildings and the Beaches' railway are available. A highlight is the lovingly restored Locomotive #7, a 28-ton steam engine built in 1911 and housed in a small glass-enclosed building—visitors can view it from the outside or close up from the inside. A gift shop is located inside the Old Railroad Depot. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
This monument is on the north side of the city and is located on a high bluff overlooking the St. Johns River. A wheelchair accessible terrace offers visitors a scenic view of the river and wetlands. Ribault and his crew landed on the First Coast in 1562 and erected the original stone monument to commemorate the first ever landing of Protestants on this foreign soil. Admission to the monument is free.
In 1564 French explorers founded the first Protestant colony in the United States along what is today the St. Johns River. Fort Caroline National Memorial is a reconstructed fort commemorating its probable location. The Spanish seized the original colony and massacred its residents in 1565, so not much is known about these early pioneers. The site stretches across 130 acres overlooking the river and features a museum with French and Indian artifacts from the 16th century. Fort Caroline was established as a national memorial in 1950 and is 14 miles from Downtown Jacksonville.
Kingsley Plantation is known for being a significant property and attraction for many locals and tourists. Built in 1793, the place is named after Zephaniah Kingsley who leased the plantation and stayed here the longest. His house, an architectural treat, is a major attraction here. The plantation mostly catered to cotton, sugarcane, corn and citrus, and was looked after by about 60 slaves. The slave houses, barns and gardens are all worth a visit.