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Fun Summer Daytrips from Jacksonville Florida

Fun Summer Daytrips from Jacksonville Florida

Fun Summer Daytrips from Jacksonville Florida

Once you have found the perfect apartments for rent in Jacksonville, Florida, like those at Gran Bay, then it is time to explore the area. While there is plenty to do in Jax, summer is the perfect time for day trips allowing you to explore the region. Here are some fun ideas that you may want to embark on before the summer ends. 

Blue Springs State Park

Located just about 90 minutes from Jacksonville, near Apopka, Blue Springs State Park is a beautiful place to visit. Since it often fills up to capacity, you will want to arrive early in the day. You can take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures to run along the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail. The real draw of coming to this state park is renting a canoe or kayak to explore the waters that stay 72-degrees year-round. Keep your eyes peeled for one of the manatees living in this park as there are over 450. 


Initially settled in 1821, Palatka, Florida, is a fun day trip from Jacksonville. The city has many historic homes and buildings to view. Start your day early by going on the Palatka City Mural Tour. After visiting the 18 murals telling the fascinating story of this region, watch the work in progress on the new Harlem Nights mural. Watch and listen as you wander as experts recognize this city for the many species of birds attracted there. If the weather is not to too hot, then take a hike in Ravine Gardens State Park with its many beautiful gardens. 

Ponce Inlet

Put on some good hiking shoes and visit Ponce Inlet before summer’s end. Climb the 203 steps up the lighthouse for amazing panoramic views of the ocean. The beaches here are a great place to go shelling. After you check the weather reports, bring along or rent a surfboard as this inlet has some of the best surfing conditions in Florida.

Ginnie Springs

If you are a diver or even a snorkeler, then Ginnie Springs needs to be on your list of things to do this summer. The river is also a great place to rent a tube and float the day away. The water is most transparent in late summer and early fall, allowing you to see a wide variety of marine life just below the water’s surface. Ginnie Springs is also a great place to try standup paddleboarding.

Before you embark on one of these fun summer day trips, you need to find the perfect apartments for rent in Jacksonville. That task is easy when you contact Gran Bay. These luxurious apartments are ready for you to move in. Once you do, you may find so many fun activities, like the resort-style swimming pool and the fitness room, that you will never want to leave home. It is easy to meet other residents at this friendly complex.