Tag Archives: First Coast Outfitters

Full Moon Paddle

Paddling into the dusky night through the last rays of the sun offers two great advantages: watching the sunset over the water and participating in the vast darkness with only the moon’s reflection to guide you. The night offers new perspectives on familiar waterways, with the sounds of animals and birds filling the air, different from those heard during the day. Dolphins play during the last light of the day, while owls and night herons are just getting started. Moonlight paddles are the perfect fall adventure on the First Coast. You can take one of the moonlight tours offered by …

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River Ruckus 2014

715 Riverside Drive, July 5th at 10am – 9pm www.riversideartsmarket.com  and the are partnering to host River Ruckus on Saturday, July 5, under the .  is a family festival that shows Jacksonville our River provides more than just a scenic view. The river is also a recreational asset for enjoyment and exploration. The day’s events include a flotilla, celebrity jump, fishing clinic, SUP board lessons, kids crafts, live music, SweetWater Brewing Co. craft beer, plus all the great art, crafts, and produce that the Riverside Arts Market offers each Saturday. The St. Johns River in the downtown area is full of …

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fun on the water

With such an abundance of great ways to get on the water, how will you decide? The First Coast is fortunate to have highly qualified, accessible and independent recreational guides to help the novice to the expert have fun on Florida Waters. Whether you want to challenge yourself or just relax, here are some great places to get started. Self-Propelled All Wet Sports is located next to the Beach Blvd. Boat Ramp, right smack in the middle of Jacksonville. Owner Andy Fraden says that All Wet Sports is unique, “because of this magnificent creek…Big Pottsburg Creek will show you herons …

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boating to the Zoo

The Trout River flows past the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens just before joining the  on its way to the . Being located on the river’s edge provides unique opportunities for educational river experiences not found at most zoos. Visitors can arrive via water and enjoy exhibits, educational displays, and events along the river; soon the zoo will feature a manatee rescue center. Here are some more of the great things about having a riverfront zoo.Paddle to the Zoo  Did you know that you can access the Jacksonville Zoo from the water? Arrive in style to the Jacksonville Zoo via the …

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River City Eco Festival

 is the brainchild of local outfitter  of . On May 17, 2014, for the third year in a row, a regional paddling championship competition will take place on the St. Johns River downtown. What separates this event from others in the region is the combination of recreation, music and craft beer. The “Floating Free” portion of the River City Eco Festival involves a community driven visioning plan for Exchange Island, one of the only uninhabited islands in the middle of an urban city of our size in the United States. Ideas for the island include a kayak launch, bike trails, …

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On the River: St. Johns River Cleanup & Celebration

There is something intriguing about participating in an activity at the same exact moment hundreds of other people are doing the same thing. Recently, the unveiling of a lighted waterfall in New York required residents to turn off their lights at the same time in order to fully experience the splendor in darkness. The waterfall installation was a glowing success, a spectacle that would not have happened without support from the city and the participation of the community. The City of Jacksonville is looking to do the same thing. It isn’t new. In fact, this is the 19th annual, and …

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