Awarded one of the top ten neighborhoods in America in 2010 by the American Planning Association, this ride takes you to the Riverside - Avondale area, one of the wealthiest areas of Jacksonville and popular with those families who prefer to own large old Southern Style homes, with cool shady oak lined streets and easy access to the river near downtown Jacksonville. This attraction set alongside the St. Johns River sees the tides of change where after the great Jacksonville fire of 1901 it prospered with people moving out of Jacksonville to here, then it decayed in the 50’s and 60’s and now there is rebirth. The richness and variety of homes seen on this ride is remarkable. Architectural gems include Prairie, Colonial Revival, Georgian, Shingle, Queen Anne/Victorian, Bungalow and Tudor styles and they are in abundance. Free Parking. Shops, restaurants, parks, tennis courts, an art museum and an area to fish are available after the attraction.
Magnificent tangled oaks line this neighborhood laced with cool shade, magnolia trees, orange groves, bird life, turtles, and butterfly gardens on this attraction. Mandarin, named after the orange, is nestled along the St. Johns River and has a lush tropical feel that makes this attraction spectacular. The area has historical meaning in many ways. It once served as a primary exporter of cotton, and oranges in the 1800’s. The Maple Leaf, a Union Steamship hit a Confederate mine and sank off the banks in Mandarin. Olde Mandarin was once called "a tropical paradise" by Harriet Beecher Stowe who wintered here from Connecticut for 17 years. Beecher-Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin) instilled her spirituality and passion for community and it still lives on. Much of the history has been captured and preserved and is shared on this bicycle tour. Free Parking. Local museums, a fishing dock, tennis courts, restaurants, a boat ramp and parks are available after the attraction. Tour is $60 per rider. Tour is $35 if you bring your own bike, helmet, water and snacks. Group discounts.
San Marco, modeled after Venice Italy excites with the Southbank of the St Johns River and through this eclectic pocket neighborhood. Breathtaking parks, a 265+ year old Tangled Oak, and the neighborhoods along San Marco square. This attraction has the most spectacular views of the river, along with statues, fountains, and amazing architectural gems. One of the oldest sections of North Florida, San Marco has a personality of it's own with a mix of new and old. Free Parking. Shops, restaurants, a boat ramp and The Museum of Science and History are available before or after the attraction. Tour is $62 per rider. Tour is $37 if you bring your own bike, helmet, water and snacks. Group discounts.
Springfield, Southern Living Magazines Comeback Neighborhood of the South, has a special sense of community on this attraction, where neighbors know their neighbors, not just on their block, but the ones who live all over the district. Combine that friendliness with easy commutes, walkable and bike able streets, historic shady parks, and beautiful period homes dating back to the late 1800's, and you have yourself a truly spectacular transitional community. Established in 1869, Springfield was home to some of the Jacksonville film industries first actors and a film studio. Truman Capote spent summers with his grandmother, and Ottis Toole, (famed serial killer of Adam Walsh and arsonist) stayed here. This attraction boasts some of the most spectacular historical parks, charming residential streets and stories of the famous that once called this home. Free Parking. Shops, restaurants and Karples Manuscript Museum are here. Tour is $58 per rider. Tour is $33 if you bring your own bike, helmet, water and snacks. Local resident, student, military, and group discounts.
The wharf and fisherman dock spirit add a special charm to your ride through this island community. Fernandina Beach is filled with traditional southern homes and cozy bungalows with big front porches covered with rocking chairs. Spanish and Indian history runs deep on many of the quaint streets. This area home to the shrimp industry. Our bike tour takes you back in time, and to the beach. Wear your suit for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or let the edge of the waves tickle your toes. This is a slow paced scenic tour . Local restaurants, museums and shops are available after the ride.
North Florida has 51 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Our beaches attraction shares this natural ecosystem, and the history behind the landscape of people that have chosen to call it home. This attraction has an eclectic architectural mix of mansions from Cape Cod to LA style in Ponte Vedra, and then offers us a taste of the ever popular Jacksonville Beach neighborhood. Spectacular views of the ocean, surfers, birdlife, and occasional glimpses of dolphin and gator make this attraction unique. Wear or bring your suit for a cooling refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean waves. Your bike tour includes admission to the Beaches Museum. Free Parking as available. Shops, a fishing pier and restaurants are available after the attraction. Tour is $85 each with a minimum of 6 people.
America’s First City, St. Augustine FL
The shoreline of St. Augustine is laced with the history of America’s first city. This attraction boasts beautiful ocean and intracoastal views, your ride includes scenes of Castillo de San Marcos (Fort), cozy warm neighborhoods, and colorful artifacts dating back to the days of Ponce de Leon. Local shops, beaches restaurants and museums are available after the ride.