Northeast Florida is a great place to live. It’s filled with activities for retirees, regardless of what you’re interested in. There’s no denying people love retiring in Northeast Florida, in fact, more and more retirees are happily buying a vacation home in the area. This interesting region of the state is a blend of old and new, offering residents numerous things to see and do.
You won’t grow bored in the First Coast. Here are seven things to do in Northeast Florida for retirees.
1. Take In Northeast Florida’s Rich History
Do you consider yourself a history buff? If so, you’ll love touring St. Augustine, where you can get to know the place where America developed its roots. People have been living in Northeast Florida for over 6,000 years, as St. Augustine was founded in 1565, 38 years before Jamestown and 55 years before Plymouth Rock. It’s a historical area with attractions that include the Colonial Quarter, Flagler College, and the St. Augustine National Cemetery.
2. Go Horseback Riding On Amelia Island
Have you ever dreamed of riding a horse on the beach with your significant other? You’re in luck, as Amelia Island, only forty minutes away from Jacksonville, offers horseback riding next to the Atlantic Ocean. As the island is home to thirteen miles of beautiful beaches, the opportunities for watching the sunset on horseback are seemingly endless. Don’t miss out on Fernandina Beach, a throwback to the Victorian era.
3. Visit The Area’s Art Galleries and Museums
Northeast Florida is a cultural hub, boasting many art galleries and museums for you to get lost in. Some of our favorites include the Cummer Museum in Riverside, The Museum of Contemporary Art near City Hall, the Museum of Science and History by Friendship Park, and the Karpeles Manuscript Library just off Main Street in Springfield.
4. Spend Time Surrounded By Nature At A Park
From small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, you can’t help but become a nature lover once you move to Northeast Florida. Jacksonville alone is home to the largest urban park system in the country. Get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy the great outdoors.
5. Check Out The Fountain Of Youth
Living in Northeast Florida will make you feel young again, in more ways than one. According to legend, 500 years ago Ponce de Leon found a magical spring that lengthened the lives of those who drank from it. Whether or not you believe this old wives tale, you should check out The Fountain Of Youth. It’s a great spot to spend an afternoon and is one of our favorite out of the box activities to do in Northeast Florida.
6. Practice Your Swing At One Of The Many Golf Courses
Get your clubs together and book your tee time, because the greatest golf courses are in North Florida. There are also TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Tours, where you can see where golf legends like Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples have won THE PLAYERS Championship. See where it all happened and give the course a go yourself.
7. Sit Back And Relax On The Beach
You worked your whole life, and you deserve to kick back on the beach. Luckily, the best beaches are in the Northeast part of Florida. South Beach (no not Miami) is perfect for getting some alone time, Fort Clinch is home to a historic fort and Jacksonville Beach is made for having some fun in the sun. Check out the white-sand coastlines of Ponte Vedra Beach and the grassy dunes of Anastasia Park.