Experience natural Florida at Alpine Groves, a park that once was a citrus farm located on the St. Johns River. The park spans 54.5 acres in Northwest St. Johns County between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway. Visitors of all ages can experience and explore recreational activities, three unique Florida habitats, and three historic structures: the Bennett House, a citrus sorting shed, and the horse stables. Interpretation of these buildings provides a unique window into the rich local history and 1900s economic development of northwest St. Johns County including Fruit Cove, Orangedale, and Switzerland. Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, this park is perfect for birding and wildlife viewing. It has a picnic pavilion, a fishing pier, a playground, a paved nature trail, and historic buildings are Instagram-worthy.
2060 SR 13, Switzerland, FL 32259
ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.