Get the Most out of Your Memorial Day Holiday on Florida’s Historic Coast

As the nation remembers those who have served our country, you can plan activities around this national holiday to make the most of a three day weekend. Here are some tips to make the most of your Memorial Day vacation.

Get Back to Nature

For nature lovers, visit the GTM Research Reserve. The GTM has extensive nature trails, kayak outfitters and an environmental education center.  You can also explore a State Park with an eye out for birds and other wildlife that call Florida’s Historic Coast home. Some of the state’s best parks can be found here including Anastasia State Park, Faver-Dykes, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Fort Mose.  Cast a line from inshore or off-shore with one of the many local guides and charters such as Drum Man Charters or Sea Love Charters.

Relax and Rejuvenate
How you choose to refresh is up to you and you’ll find plenty of peaceful options to melt your cares away. Rent a chair and umbrella from Barney’s Beach Service as you idle away the afternoon with a good book on the beach. Check into a deluxe hotel and lounge poolside with a refreshing beverage. You’ll find the perfect spot at Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort and Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites. Book a stay at a luxurious resort with a spa for the pampering you deserve. The exclusive Ponte Vedra Inn & Club or Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa each have world-class spas and services. Enjoy a sumptuous meal with a tranquil view along the beach or Intracoastal water way. Dine at Sunset Grille, Conch House, The Reef or Aunt Kate’s.

History, Culture and Art

St. Augustine is steeped in history, art and culture.  Stay at a historic bed and breakfast inn or hotels with a history such as the Casa Monica Resort & Spa and The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens.  Wander along St. Augustine’s brick-lined streets as you pop into one of more than 26 galleries downtown.

Take in a show, be it live theater or cinema. Check out the schedule at the Limelight Theatre, a favorite among the locals. Travel off the beaten path to the Corazon Cinema and Cafe for independent and foreign films.

Soak up 450 plus years of history by touring the Castillo de San Marcos, the Governor’s House Cultural  Center and Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum or Colonial Quarter. Harken back to the Gilded Age with a legacy tour of the Hotel Ponce De Leon – now Flagler College - and the Lightner Museum.

Active Adventures

Get your blood pumping and rev up your adrenaline by taking to the trees at ZIPStream Castaway Canopy Zipline Adventures. Or glide over alligators at Crocodile Crossing at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.  Traverse the lakes and waterways to see the real Old Florida aboard the Sea Serpent airboat tour.  Explore on your own or with a guide aboard a kayak from Ripple Effects Ecotours or St. Augustine Eco Tours or take to the water aboard a Stand Up Paddleboard from Anastasia Watersports.