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Thirty miles south of Jacksonville, you'll find St. Augustine, FL (founded in 1565) and Anastasia Island, 904-829-5681. Here you can learn about America's oldest city at one of the 11 museums and historical sites, shop along St. George Street, enjoy the beaches of Anastasia Island, or do a little outlet shopping at the St. Augustine Outlet Center's 95+ designer stores.
If you're seriously into our anti-aging culture, you can even drink some water from the fountain of youth at the Fountain of Youth Discovery Park. But don't expect to lick your lips in delight--I hear it taste kind of nasty--ah, but what price youth! Before heading back to Jacksonville, you might want to drive 18 more miles south to Marineland of Florida, 888-279-9194, 904-460-1275, to see the world's original oceanarium.
Heading northeast 32 miles from Jacksonville will take you to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. Settled by the Spanish in 1566, Amelia Island has the Amelia Island Lighthouse, the Amelia Island Museum of History, the Amelia Island Plantation, Fort Cinch State Park, and Centre Street shopping to entertain you.
If you don't mind driving a little further, about 70 miles away you'll find White Springs, FL and the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, P O Box Drawer G, White Springs, FL, 32096, 386-397-2733. Here you can learn about the composer who wrote such classics as Suwannee River, and visit the center's Craft Square, where local artist demonstrate and sell their work. Also on the 247 acre grounds you'll find the Stephen Foster Museum with its 10 dioramas, a carillon tower, and a wonderful camellia garden.
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