The best part about living in Jacksonville is that you don't have to stay in Florida to enjoy a good summer day. You can go east, west, north and south to discover new hidden gems. This summer take a fun day trip from Jacksonville to these magical places that will keep you busy and entertained:
Old Spanish Sugar Mill
Price: All-you-can-eat pancakes are $5.25 per person
Address: 601 Ponce Deleon Blvd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
Why you need to go: This old Spanish sugar mill was converted into a pancake house and you can do your own pancakes. Tables are equipped with their own griddle and you can add blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, pecans, chocolate chips, apples or apple sauce to create whatever sort of pancakes you choose.
Wromsloe Historic Site
Price: $10 per person
Address: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
Why you need to go: This historic plantation is perfect for pictures and photoshoots. Once you walk under the Spanish moss canopy you will feel in another world. The venue features a picnic area, museum, colonial life area, ruins and more.
Address: 7300 Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs, FL 32643
Why you need to go: This is one of the clearest springs in Florida. You can see all the rocks from the bottom and the turquoise shade water is perfect for your summer pictures. You can go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing at the springs.
Seacrest Wolf Preserve
Price: starting at $35
Address: 3449 Bonnett Pond Rd, Chipley, FL 32428
Why you need to go: You can get up-close and personal with foxes and wolves at this sanctuary. The natural habitat allows guests to have a real wild experience.
Island H2O Live!
Price: Annual pass costs $89.99
Address: 3230 Inspiration Drive Kissimmee, FL 34747
Why you need to go: It is the most immersive water park in Orlando. The park offers 20 amazing experiences and colorful Instagrammable slides with an adults-only section to retreat and relax.
Bulow Plantation Ruins
Price: $4 per vehicle
Address: Old Kings Road So., off I-95 exit 284
Why you need to go: The 150 acres feature monuments from old plantations where the Bulow Family grew sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. This place will feel distant from Florida and is a great way to explore Florida history. Take advantage and do a whimsical photo shoot at this location.
The Book Lady Bookstore
Price: Free to visit
Address: 6 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Why you need to go: A day trip to this hidden gem in Savannah will transport you to different worlds. The bookstore has over 40 genres of books and the majority are used. There is a coffee shop inside with free WiFi as well.