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Atlantic Oasis: 10 Best Things To Do In Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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An attractive coastal paradise, Ponte Vedra Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida. A posh city of nearly 30,000 people, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida is best known for world-class golf courses, pristine beaches, and opulent resorts. Ponte Vedra Beach’s 40-foot (12.1 m) sand dunes are among the highest in Florida, and each year tourists flock to enjoy this seaside community’s natural beauty and protected wildlife treasures. Discover much about this Atlantic Coast “Shangri-La” with this list of the 10 best things to do in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

1. Bird Island Park: the ultimate nature-lover's spot!

Great Egret at Bird Island Park

Showcasing the ecosystems of northeast Florida in a fun and family-friendly environment is Bird Island Park. What began as a desire by Ponte Vedra Beach residents to have a local community park to enjoy, mushroomed into a top-notch facility that features landscapes of dunes and wetlands, interesting wildlife, and winding trails that lead past beautiful water features. Bird Island Park offers a prime place for picnicking, strolling, bird watching, and a lot more. Check out the hedged sea turtle maze, or explore the native flora and fauna unique to Florida at Bird Island Park.

Bird Island Park

Address: 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

Website: Bird Island Park

2. Get your groove on at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall!


If you’re in the mood for some live music, enjoy a night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Located in the heart of the city, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, a former church, is a multipurpose entertainment venue that features a variety of music acts from rock to country and several genres in between. With an intimate setting, full bar, and friendly staff, enjoy some diverse music, like New Orleans hard-edge funk by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, or eclectic rhythms by the band Elephant Revival. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall strikes the right chord for making music and memories.

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Address: 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

3. TPC Sawgrass: premiere golf destination!

TPC Sawgrass golf course

When you arrive in Ponte Vedra Beach odds are you’re here to play a few rounds of golf, and your best bet is the top-notch TPC Sawgrass. Home to the most legendary golf hole in the world, the famed island-green on the 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass has achieved elite status among golfers. TPC Sawgrass hosts The Players Championship, an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. TPC Sawgrass is synonymous with luxury and offers fine food prepared by top chefs and first-rate accommodations with their Stay & Play package.

TPC Sawgrass

Address: 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: TPC Sawgrass

4. Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve: heavenly preserved habitat

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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is a nature preserve that protects 73,000 acres (29,542 hectares) of Florida’s northeast coast. With 358 species of birds, 21 species of amphibians, and 41 species of reptiles, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is a crash course in the many creatures that live in this seaside area. Stroll along the shores of the Guana River Marsh Aquatic Preserve to view the breeding and nesting grounds of shorebirds and sea turtles. Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve’s beachfront is a gold mine for discovering shark teeth, so don’t forget to do some hunting!

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Address: 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

5. Ever wanted to feed a wallaby? Get your chance at Fantasy Farms!


Set on 3 acres (1.21 hectares) of land, Fantasy Farms is a wildly unique place in that it’s an animal sanctuary, event venue, and vintage car and motorcycle exhibit. A non-profit organization, Fantasy Farms rescues and provides shelter for exotic and endangered species, along with several older farm animals that need homes. Available for private tours and events, Fantasy Farms features over 100 birds, horses, wallabies, peacocks, lemurs, an ocelot, and a haughty Capuchin monkey, named Rocky. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the animals in their care, and the environment is exciting and fun.

Fantasy Farms

Address: 194 South Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

Website: Fantasy Farms

6. Gear up & hit the water: North Guana Outpost!


For all water-related activity, North Guana Outpost is the top spot. A family-owned and operated outfitter establishment, North Guana Outpost provides gear and equipment for persons interested in any and all water sports. From kayaking to fishing to paddle boarding, North Guana Outpost can handle every water recreational desire. Want an innovative way to stay in shape? Take a yoga or pilates class on a paddle board! North Guana Outpost also offers surf lessons and a variety of guided tours, like fly fishing and kayaking.

North Guana Outpost

Address: 4415 Mickler Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: North Guana Outpost

7. Get creative at Ponte Vedra Beach's The Cultural Center

Posted by Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach on Monday, 28 August 2017

With a mission to bring the arts to all in Ponte Vedra Beach, The Cultural Center offers an art gallery with exhibitions from national and regional artists, art classes, workshops, and lectures. Classes offer instruction from pottery to cooking. The Culture Center’s workshops provide instructional lessons for hobbies, like photography. There’s ballet and dance lessons for children, and even an outreach program that offers music therapy for kids with special needs called Sound Connections.

The Cultural Center

Address: 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: The Cultural Center

8. Sure-fire fun at Davis Park!


Davis Park is a delightful diversion that offers a variety of sports fields that include baseball, soccer/lacrosse, and football. There are 4 fully stocked ponds for children under 12 to test their fisherman skills. But be aware, there is a catch-and-release policy. Davis Park is friendly to our furry friends with 2 fenced dog parks and a dog wash. A lush green nature setting, Davis Park also has a boisterous playground, tasty concessions, and clean restrooms available.

Davis Park

Address: 210 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

Website: Davis Park

9. Mickler's Landing Beach: locals go-to beach paradise

Sunset at Mickler's Landing Beach

Beautiful, quiet, and somewhat secluded, Mickler’s Landing Beach is a favorite among locals. With its pretty pink sand and stunning 20-foot (6.1 meter) high sand dunes, it’s no surprise Mickler’s Landing Beach is a prized place in Ponte Vedra Beach. Mickler’s Landing Beach provides rustic, but nicely-maintained bathroom facilities, outdoor showers, and wheelchair accessibility via a wooden walkway. If you want to explore the beach, there’s information posted about threatened and endangered species you may encounter along your expedition. Many species of wildlife make their home in this area, like sea turtles, so be on the lookout!

Mickler's Landing Beach

Address: 1109 Ponte Vedra Blvd, #½, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Website: Mickler’s Landing Beach

10. Seahorse Grille at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: stellar gourmet gorging

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Posted by Ponte Vedra Inn & Club on Thursday, 6 July 2017

Be treated like royalty at the fine dining establishment of Seahorse Grille at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. With the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop and the luxurious surroundings of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Seahorse Grille has the makings of a memorable meal. Seahorse Grille is upscale, yet comfortably casual and offers an amazing gourmet experience at the Chef’s Table. The Chef’s Table seats 4 and guests get an intimate look and taste of Seahorse Grille’s top chef’s first-rate cuisine. Reservations are recommended for the highly popular Seahorse Grille.

Seahorse Grille at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Address: 607 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

Website: Seahorse Grille at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

A fountain of beauty...Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach is the place where Ponce de Leon first set foot on Florida. What was once untouched wilderness in the early 1900s, Ponte Vedra Beach has blossomed into an eye-catching resort town. With glorious beaches, glistening creeks, fresh-water streams, and lovely lagoons throughout Ponte Vedra Beach, it’s the perfect getaway for aquatic-minded individuals. And with organizations dedicated to preserving the unique landscape and wildlife in the region, Ponte Vedra Beach is also a nature lover’s nirvana. No matter which type of traveler you are, seafaring or land-loving, Ponte Vedra Beach is an ideal utopia not to be missed.

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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