Nope, we're going to Washington Oaks Garden State Park. I know, I know. You're thinking "a garden". What kind of AbJ day is that?!?! Well, the name tells you only half the story of what this state park offers. You see, on one side of A1A (Beachfront Avenue!!!) you have the beautiful gardens, a walkway on the bay, a small, educational house, gift shop, rose garden, and ponds with beautiful koi fish.
Across the road is my favorite part though... the beach! And not just any beach. This beach has coquina rock formations that line the beach. You can climb these rocks, look in the tide pools for starfish and other sea life. It's absolutely beautiful out here but be warned it really isn't a beach for swimming because of all the rock formations. You can still get plenty wet though! Be sure to check the tide schedule before you head out. You want to hit at low tide so that you can truly explore.
The next part of the adventure is to head over to Fort Matanzas National Park. About 6 miles away you can visit the Fort via a short boat ride from the mainland. The boats depart on the half-hour and the trip takes about an hour. The views from the top of the Fort are beautiful and when you are done you can take the nature trail back on the mainland as well.
Time to head out but we needed one more stop back at Washington Oaks to see the tide come in and splash up on the rocks. Breath taking. Please, go check it out and see for yourself.