Finally feeling like a trip outdoors now that the weather is warming up? Flagler County has many different activities to entertain residents. Many of these are outdoors and hard to enjoy over the winter months. But, with the warm weather, there are a few top places that everyone should visit.
Flagler Beachfront Winery
Florida’s only oceanfront winery, Flagler Beachfront Winery’s focus is in crafting small lot, premium wines and still releases new wines throughout the year, as well as hosting Winemaker Tastings, progressive food and wine pairings, full moon parties and bottling parties.
What oceanfront winery would be comprehensive without great beach drinks like wine slushies and wine based cocktails? Flagler Beachfront Winery’s red and white wine slushies are the perfect indulgence on a hot summer day. Venture into their pepper infused Bloody Mary or a Champagne Margarita while sitting on their oceanfront patio while relishing tapas plates and gourmet desserts that pair perfectly with their wines.
Life doesn’t get much better than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine on the patio with an endless ocean view.
Flagler Beachfront Winery
Address: 611 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136, USA
Hours: 12:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday to Thursday); 12:00 am to 11:00 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Phone: +1 3866934950
Flagler Beach Pier
The Flagler Beach Pier is as old as the city itself and is their crown jewel. Near the pier’s iconic A-frame entrance are picnic tables, a decked restaurant, a lifeguard station, and public restrooms. Freshwater outdoor showers are located at the top of the steps adjacent to the entry. The Pier Shop collects fees for pier access and sells fishing supplies, bait, and snacks. When out on the pier take note of the personalized planks beneath your feet.
The pier is open from 6:00 am to midnight every day, except Independence Day on the 4th of July, when it is closed for Fabulous 4th Festival Fireworks display and the occasional special events.
Betty Steflik Memorial Park
Snuggled in an unpredicted corner of Flagler Beach, Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve shields more than 200 acres of mangrove marsh, mud flats, and coastal uplands right on the edge of this downtown beach community. Connected to the network of boardwalks is a loop trail through a maritime hammock and a coastal scrub. Fun to explore – especially when bird activity is at its peak at dawn or dusk – it’s a by-the-sea treat for your next beach visit. The preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk offering panoramic views at every turn and excellent birding opportunities along the way.
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
While the formal gardens are the focus for this park, Washington Oaks is also celebrated for being the unique shoreline of coquina rock formations that mark the Atlantic Beach. Snuggled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, this property was on one occasion owned by a distant relative of President George Washington. The gardens were established by Louise and Owen Young, who purchased the land in 1936 and constructed a winter home. They named it Washington Oaks and, in 1965, donated most of the property to the State.
The gardens make remarkable use of native and exotic species, from azaleas and camellias to the exquisite bird of paradise, protected within a scenic oak hammock. Guests can picnic and fish from either the beach or the seawall along the Matanzas River. Several short trails deliver opportunities for hiking and bicycling. Guests can learn about the park’s natural and cultural resources in the visitor center.
Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market
Shop at Flagler Beach Farmer’s Market, considered to be one of the Top 101 Best Farmer’s Markets in America, to find the freshest Florida produce, seafood, plants, honey, baked goods, and handcrafted work. Some vendors arrive early, but nonetheless, most of them are set up by 8 am in the morning and break down around 1 pm for lunch. Expect great products at great prices at this market, which is in downtown Flagler Beach right next to the Atlantic Ocean. The farmers & vendors sell only the freshest items and quality, handcrafted art at unbelievable savings and have been doing so since 1979. The market is open every Friday and Saturday all year round.
Any of these fantastic adventures will get you up and off the couch. You will see the fabulous side of Flagler county that brings the community together. These are just a few of the outdoor activities that are available now that the weather is warming up. Remember that as the weather warms, the afternoons may bring rain so get up and out early to enjoy the sun and fun!