Destination: Kayak Amelia
Address: 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Directions from Jacksonville: Take I-295 north towards the airport; Take the SR-105 N exit, EXIT 41, toward Blount Island; Merge onto Heckscher Dr.
Details: Northeast Florida offers thousands of acres of tranquil inland marshes that can be explored via a variety of tours offered by Kayak Amelia.
Family Friendly: Yes
Cost: Ranges from $32-64 and daily hours are from 9am-5 pm.
AMELIA ISLAND -- Bozard Ford Lincoln is the starting point for our trip and Jeff King, general manager, has provided us with a Ford Edge, which gets 30 miles per gallon.
It's a good vehicle for a One Tank Trip to Amelia Island, a peaceful resort that offers an urban getaway.
"People can't believe this is here in Jacksonville," said Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia. "We are actually in the city limits. It's peaceful."
Kayak Amelia is an easy 30-40 minute ride from downtown Jacksonville. Located in Talbot State Park, it's close to a major city and feels like another world -- especially on the miles of tranquil inland marshes. Adventure seekers can go by themselves or take family and friends.
Prices range from $32-64 and the attraction is open from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. daily. Don't forget to bring sunscreen, bug repellent and a zip lock bag for phone and valuables. Supplies can also be purchased at Kayak Amelia. There is plenty of wildlife but not alligators -- they don't like the salt water.
Kayak Amelia is a good place to experience northeast Florida.