Jacksonville Sports, Outdoors & Adventure, Spring 2011 | Events

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Jacksonville Sports, Outdoors & Adventure, Spring 2011

Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach opened Shipwreck Island Waterpark for the 2011 season March 25, remaining open weekends through May 14, when the park re-opens daily for the season.  The park features four major water slides, Lil’ St. Johns River for leisurely tubing, Kiddie’s Cove for tots, Pirate’s Play Village, Wave Pool and other attractions.


Amelia River Cruises invites visitors to sail to historic downtown St. Augustine, narrated by owner, Captain Kevin McCarthy on May 6.  The special engagement excursion includes lunch at Cap's on the Water and return charter bus via Coastal Georgia Charters and Tours.  Free time for shopping and sightseeing will be allotted after arrival in St. Augustine.


Kayak Amelia will offer their annual Firefly Tour Paddle on select evenings in April.  The tour takes guests on a sun set paddle to meet up with a local firefly expert for a short, informative walk.  As darkness falls fireflies light up the sky, covering the forest floor and creating a magical twinkling.  Reservations required for three-hour tour. 


Country music sensation, avid golfer and philanthropist Darius Rucker will perform at THE PLAYERS Championship Military Appreciation Day on May 11.  All active duty, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents are admitted free for Military Appreciation Day as is the case for the entire tournament week.  Children under the age of 18 with a ticketed adult are also admitted for free the entire tournament.  For the general public, Wednesday Practice Round tickets are only $20 for the entire day and includes the concert and other military honorary celebrations.


The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens recently opened its newest temporary exhibit DinoAlive.  Visitors wind through a dinosaur path experiencing a trip back in time to see 18 life-like animatronic creatures that roar, snarl and move with realistic ferocity.  The path also features an Eggloo, where kids will find dinosaur eggs and have fun climbing on the sturdy structure while parents can watch and rest nearby.   At the end of the path, just after the most fearsome creature of them all – the Tyrannosaurus Rex – children can dig for fossils, take the controls to two robotic dinosaurs and learn more about dinos in the museum. There is a charge of $3.50 for DinoAlive in addition to zoo admission for non-members. The exhibit is on display through June 30.  The zoo has also extended its closing time to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Labor Day. 


Crocodile Crossing at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is now open.  The zip line adventure takes visitors on an obstacle course with 50 challenges above the zoo, including seven zip lines.  Get a bird-eye-view of the crocodiles and alligators while soaring above the park on this awesome adventure. 

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