Encompassing an area of 13.7 square kilometers (5.3 square miles), Orange Park town is a bustling suburb of Jacksonville in the Clay County, Florida. Along with its gorgeous beaches and numerous attractions, Orange Park boasts a rich history and culture. There are golf courses, parks and a shopping facility at the Orange Park Mall.
Orange Park is also home to the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. Throughout the year, Orange Park hosts and sponsors special events for all ages such as Fourth of July celebration, the Annual Fall Arts and Music Festival, Farmers’ and Art’s Markets, visit by Santa Claus in December along with various other fun-filled activities for entertainment. Here are just some things you can do in and around Orange Park!
1. Black Creek Trail
With numerous species of plants and trees plus a path down to the Black Creek, the Trail is good for walking, jogging, and biking. The trail has many paths it passes through a wooded area, comes out in a commercial area along a Wal-Mart and restaurants than an open area. You can cross the river and reach the Orange Park. At the main parking area, there are bathrooms and picnic tables. The trail is designed in a way that walkers enjoy a wonderful nature experience on the trail.
Black Creek Trail
Address: 7890 Highway 17, 32003 Orange Park, FL
Website: Black Creek Trail
2. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
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Thrasher-Horne Center is a nice theater with easy access, comfortable parking, and wonderful acoustics. The seating is angled up so that you can see the excellent performance of the artists from any seat in the house. The theater has a nice bar and drinks facility at reasonable rates. Cokes and water are cheap and with a lid, on your drink, you can take it into the Theatre.
Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
Address: 283 College Drive, 32065 Orange Park, FL
Website: Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
3. On Target Sports
The state-of-the-art indoor shooting range and retail firearms facility is North Florida’s only full tactical-capable indoor training facility. The primary attraction is computer touch screen controlled Meggitt XWT target retrieval system that allows virtually limitless shooting scenarios. It makes targets run toward you or turn a full 360 degrees for more realistic ‘Good Guy/Bad Guy’ training situations. The spacious lounge is beautifully designed to observe shooters in the range through large safety observation windows in a relaxed manner.
On Target Sports
Address: 2000 Wells Pond Ct, 32073 Orange Park, FL
Website: On Target Sports
4. Eagle Harbor Golf Club
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This is one of the best golf clubs laced with beautiful grounds, gorgeous outside seating area and great food opportunity at Talons restaurant. With a good variety of holes, the golf course is good for all levels of play. It is a good one for kid’s lessons and playing. Most members are gracious and helpful with kids. It is a great place to watch a game, have a fabulous dinner, shrimp on Thursday or enjoy one of their nightly specials.
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
Address: 2217 Eagle Harbor Pkwy, 32073 Orange Park, FL
Website: Eagle Harbor Golf Club
5. The Clarke House Park
The park has everything for all ages. There are pavilions for picnics or parties, wooden play features, fresh water fountain, swings, bright colored gym-sets, vending machine and entry gate resembling a fort. The sandbox area (including toys) with all kinds of kid delights such as pirate wheels, a string of chimes/bells; overhead wooden mazes with several slides, volleyball sand court and nature trails towards the rear with a pond further adds to be the beauty of the park. Although it’s on busy Kingsley Road in Orange Park, this park is ideal for birthday parties as it’s fenced in and the kids can play and run without any concern. The Clarke House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is just beyond the playground stands.
The Clarke House Park
Address: 1039 Kingsley Ave, 32073 Orange Park, FL
Website: The Clarke House Park
6. Bealls Outlet Stores Orange Park
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Designed to serve customers of all ages, the striking feature of the Bealls Outlet is it offers brand name accessories and apparels for the entire family at up to 70 percent off department store price. The store has shoes, home furnishings, gifts, toys, and more. Its charm is such that once someone visits, they come back for a repeat purchase.
Bealls Outlet Stores Orange Park
Address: 950 Blanding Blvd, 32065 Orange Park, FL
Website: Bealls Outlet Stores Orange Park
7. Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
This is a nice zoo and worth taking the time to see it. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The zoo continues to add things every year.
There are many animals at close range in natural settings. Animals are well fed and kept in a clean environment. Employees are friendly.
There are plenty of places to eat and get drinks. If you are looking to take a break the 3D/4D shows are entertaining. The beautiful life like/size statues of the elephants, alligator, and gorilla provide a perfect background for a photo opportunity.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Address: 370 Zoo Pkwy, 32218 Jacksonville, FL
Website: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Rich history and culture
The bustling suburb of Jacksonville Orange Park boasts a rich history and culture. Along with its gorgeous beaches and numerous attractions the city enthrall the visitors with its special events and fun-filled activities for entertainment.through the year.
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