It’s cold outside even for Florida this time of year. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, there are hidden gems all around us. Many of these are outdoors and the summer time can just be too hot to enjoy the nature we live in. There are many different adventures centered in the Palm Coast area that most don’t know about. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Jungle Hut Park
After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway on the Hammock Dunes Parkway bridge and heading north on North Oceanshore Blvd (A1A), turn right on Jungle Hut Road and follow it until it ends. You’ll find Jungle Hut Park at 125 Jungle Hut Rd. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but has paved parking, restrooms, outdoor showers and great beach access. It is free and has wonderful views. A quiet little place to relax. A great place to visit!
Take your Four-Legged Friend to the Beach
Flagler Beach has pet-friendly access, allowing dogs on the beach north of N. 10th Street and south of S. 10th Street. Doggies must be on leash no longer than 5 feet long. All that is asked in return is that visitors note the signs and remember to pick up after their pet to keep our beaches beautiful. It is free as well.
Restaurants in Flagler Beach are now allowed to offer eating areas where dogs and their owners can sit together. High Tides at Snack Jack and the Beach House Beanery are the first two to participate. Business owners obtain permits from the city and follow state requirements, including keeping dogs out of people-only areas and posting signs letting dog lovers know the rules. Dogs need to stay outdoors and they can’t climb on seats or tables.
Take a Scenic Hike to the Past
Sugar Mill Plantation Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park is a great park with walking paths and interesting displays. The park holds an old sugar mill with signs that explain how it worked. Further down the path are displays from the era. The Park is very well done and quite interesting. The setting among tall trees and dense flora is also quite beautiful. It is $4 per vehicle to visit.
Trails at Grand Haven are another way to look at Florida’s nature at its finest. Miles of sidewalks and pedestrian trails connect villages to amenities and weave along the Intracoastal Waterway and pristine lakes through magnificent oaks, pines and wetland preserves. There is also a bald eagle family that finds it home among these trails. The Palm Coast Trail System has several connections through these trails as well.
Down on the Farm
Florida Agricultural Museum lets visitors experience how life used to be in the area. Visitors to this restored 19th century homestead will get a glimpse at what farm life was like in the 1880’s. The 2-hour tour of this living history museum will guide you through the dairy barn, mule barn and dry goods store. Feed a chicken, hunt for eggs, husk corn or wash clothes on a washboard. There is an informative exhibit on the history of Florida’s Black Cowboys that should not be missed. It is open Wednesday-Sunday and costs the following: Adults: $9; Children: $7 (Ages 6-12 years); 5 & Under: Free.
The Flagler Beach Historical Museum is now open 7 days a week and free to all. Come experience history from the Stone Age to the Space Age at the Flagler Beach Historical Museum. Their motto explains why the museum is so popular with visitors of multiple interests. Begin with prehistoric bones and fast forward to dehydrated astronaut food and a flag that rode the Shuttle Endeavour into space. Visit the quaint museum of Flagler Beach and Flagler County history Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm and 6-9pm on the First Friday of each month.
These are just a few of the hidden gems in the Palm Coast area. It hosts a true nature lovers playground of outdoor adventures. Grand Living Realty can help you with the area if you are just visiting and thinking of making this natural treasure portion of Florida your home. It is a wonderful area to spend your time exploring.