The Coastline of Florida’s First Coast - North Florida is home to 51 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Our beaches attraction is a magnificent ride of multi-million dollar mansions with enormous diversity in architecture with everything from Cape Cod to LA styling, and a taste of the ever changing Jacksonville Beach neighborhood. Riders may enjoy a cooling swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or chill in the wave ponds. Attraction typically allows for about a half hour of beach time. Local shops, fishing off the pier and restaurants are available after the attraction. Wear or bring your swimsuit for a refreshing pause in season.
If you enjoy history, here is a bit of history on the beaches area that we will be riding. If not, scroll down to purchase your tour.
Ponte Vedra has enjoyed a rich 400-year history, with a different flare than the other Beach communities. Since the establishment of St. Augustine by the Spanish in 1565, and the founding of Fort Caroline by the French to the north, soldiers have traveled the sands of Ponte Vedra vying for a foothold in Northeast Florida.
This area has been rich in alligators, dolphin and minerals. The National Lead Company mined for minerals in the sand for years, and at that time there were as many mules as people in Mineral City. By 1942, National Lead Company sold its interest in Ponte Vedra to the locally driven Ponte Vedra Corporation. The community rapidly developed into a year-round resort community with a substantial permanent population. Today, Ponte Vedra Beach is considered one of the most luxurious recreational and residential locations in the country with miles of fabulous and famous white sand beaches.
Ruby, Pablo Beach, or Jacksonville Beach – no matter what it has been called, this special place has been the hub of Beaches life since the early days of the 1880’s. This was the beach for fun and festivities, of the railroad, and the beach that set the tone for the development of the other beaches. This is the Famous Beach. In true Florida style, Jacksonville Beach began here with the dream of development: to turn this “oak scrub beach” into the tourist and entertainment hub of the Atlantic Coast. Beginning as a tent city for a few hardy souls, Jacksonville Beach has become a business, resort and residential community able to thrive on change and recognize adversity as an opportunity.
It was William and Eleanor Scull who set up their tent home at the beach in 1884 to help survey the area for the coming railroad. Eleanor opened the first general store and post office on the beach. The little community grew. Henry Flagler purchased the faltering Jacksonville & Atlantic Railroad, converting it to regular gauge and spearheading the development of the area.
Today, the boardwalk has become a major attraction and the Beaches population has grown. Surfing, fishing, sunbathing, aviation, entertainment and frolicking in the waves became hallmarks of Jacksonville Beach! Free Parking.
The Beaches ride departs roundtrip from the following:
Beaches Museum & History Center
380 Pablo Avenue
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Free Parking as available. BEACHES ATTRACTION IS AVAILABLE BY REQUEST FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE when it's not on the calendar, based on availability. Advance reservations required for all tours, and may be made same day if available. Please read our FAQ's before making your reservation. Tour is $85 and has a 6 person minimum. Price discount of $25 with your own bike and helmet, and snacks/water. NOTE: We supply ice cold water in a souvenir sports bottle, snacks and fresh fruit FOR FULL TOUR ONLY. Admission to the Museum when open for all riders on this tour.. Helmets are required and may be rented for $5 if you bring your own bike.