Fine living for the active individual or family has always been the goal for Fleming Island. Community parks have volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, ball fields, and playgrounds. Fishing, picnicking, and canoeing are favorite activities at the lakes and waterways. The Golf Club at Fleming Island is a semi-private 6,800-yard track that blends with?and enhances?the natural beauty of the area. The many pools serve the needs of everyone, from the serious lap swimmer to babies learning to float. The water parks have fountains and sprays to keep everyone cool and there are miles of sidewalks, trails, and paths for walking, strolling, biking, skating, and jogging.
Perhaps the biggest lure of Fleming Island is its sheer beauty. The area of Fleming Island was created to resemble the previous generations who nestled their homes against the trees, along the rivers and creeks, and next to preserved wetlands. The untouched natural areas offer glimpses of deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds. The communities that make up Fleming Island have been able to carefully preserve hundred-year-old magnolia and oak trees and many of the waterways have been kept clean and clear thanks to the environmentalist nature of the Fleming Island residents. Black Creek is one of Florida's most pristine waterways and because so much of the area alongside it is protected wetlands, chances are it will stay that way.
If one needs to venture outside Fleming Island, Jacksonville is nearby. The city is a busy seaport and a major financial, cultural and commercial center. There are a number of museums in Jacksonville, including the Jacksonville Historical Center with exhibits and displays describing Jacksonville's colorful past. The Alexander Brest Museum has collections of decorative arts and pre-Colombian objects. The Jacksonville Maritime Museum commemorates the maritime trade and its impact on the area. The Museum of Southern History houses displays and exhibits from the Civil War period. Other interesting places to visit include the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens with more than 1,000 animals, and the Tree Hill Nature Center with a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, snake exhibit, nature trails, and turtle preserve. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery has tours of the brewing and bottling areas and opportunities for tasting the fine beer made on site.
Furthermore, residents of Fleming Island looking to explore some of St. Augustine's areas of historical interest may do so by starting with the many museums focused on the early colonization of Spanish explorers. Others may choose to simply enjoy the feel of history by strolling the narrow Old World streets. Day to day life in St. Augustine makes it easy to appreciate the rich heritage that makes the community such a unique place to live. The Colonial Spanish Quarter is a living history museum. Costumed interpreters relive a time when St. Augustine was a remote outpost of the Spanish Empire. The Quarter provides a glimpse into the life of Spanish soldiers and their families in 18th century St. Augustine. Tradesmen go about their occupations in blacksmithing, carpentry, leatherworking, candle making and other trades.
A short drive from Fleming Island lies more than 50 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches. Beachcombers will find an unparalleled selection of unusual and stunning shells. People watching, sun bathing, boating, and swimming are popular activities. A variety of fish can be caught in St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The beach communities near Jacksonville offer shopping, hotels and restaurants. Little Talbot Island State Park and Fort George State Cultural Site are 20 miles northeast of Jacksonville. These areas offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, excellent bird watching and trails into pristine wilderness expanses.
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