Tours in Jacksonville Beach

Up to 50% Off Private Charter Boat Trips

DEA Charters

Conch House Marina

$350 $175

Spend two to three hours sipping drinks and eating snacks with up to six people out on the open water

Up to 53% Off BYOB Sunset Cruise

Jax Water Tours

Vilano Pier

$78 $39

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Intracoastal Waterway cruise enables guests to nab sights of wetlands and wildlife while sipping brought-along beer and wine

Up to 50% Off Pirate-Themed Historic City Walking Tours

Tour Saint Augustine Inc.

Historic Downtown

$24 $12

Pirate guides regale guests with tales of aquatic brigands and buccaneers while illuminating the history of former Spanish supply stop town

44% Off St. Augustine Historic Pub Crawl

St. Augustine City Walks

Saint Augustine

$78 $44

Take in historic tales and old pub lore while learning about fine beers, wines, and sangria on St. Augustine City Walks' signature tour

Up to 53% Off Haunted Pirate Tour

The Pirate Store

St. Augustine

$40 $19

A costumed guide regales tour-goers with spine-tingling stories highlighting St. Augustine's marauding past

49% Off Photography Walking Tour from ShutterGuide

ShutterGuide

KookaBurra Coffee

$49 $25

Lead by professional photographer and licensed city tour guide, this 2-hour walking tour shows guests St. Augustine's hidden scenic gems

Up to 53% Off Haunted Walking Tour

Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

Historic District

$30 $15

Accompanied only by lantern light, tours are led by licensed professional guide, last approximately 75 minutes, and depart daily at 8 p.m.

Up to 68% Off at Emerald Princess II Casino

Emerald Princess Casino

Jekyll Island

$30 $10

Aboard four decks of a cruise ship, guests can gamble, eat dinner, and take in ocean breezes

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Spirit Expeditions

Gainesville

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Gainesville's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 48% Off Horse-Farm Walking Tour

The Gypsy Gold Farm

Ocala

$60 $32

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Tour introduces visitors to rare horses & delves into vibrant subculture that began breeding them

Up to 46% Off Private Boat Charter for Up to Six

A Cruising Down the River

On Location

$60 $35

Captain conducts relaxing, educational scenic tours aboard a pontoon boat; passengers may see alligators, turtles, snakes, and various birds

Up to 50% Off Ecological River Cruise

St. Johns River Cruises

Orange City

$22 $12

Leisurely two-hour cruise upon St. Johns River puts riders up close with manatees, alligators, bald eagles, and limpkins

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Though they're certainly adept at standing still, buildings and monuments present their own set of challenges for people trying to take pictures of them. To surmount these complications, the professional photographers at ShutterGuide set out on two-hour walking tours, teaching groups how to best frame the landmarks on their route. For each site, they demonstrate a different camera technique that suits the landscape, such as adjusting the composition or keeping photo-bombing statues out of the frame. Guests can capture snapshots with nearly any type of lens—even the one on their smartphone.

The tours cover photography topics from lighting to metering and depth of field, but they're also a lesson in history. During the walk, guides dole out trivia on the city's past. They take a maximum of eight people in every group and accommodate aspiring shutterbugs of all skill levels.

24 Cathedral Pl.
St. Augustine,
FL
US

Ripley's Red Train Tours range from daily explorations of the city to nightly supernatural adventures. Guests can get on and off the open-air Red Train Trolley anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as it stops at spots including San Sebastian Winery, Mission Nombre de Dios, and the oldest house. Alternately, they can embark on a Ghost Train Adventure to explore the city at night armed with an EMF Ghost-Meter. Other tours include seasonal Sunset Tours that take advantage of the long days of summer, the bay front’s cooler temperatures, and a recent peace treaty signed by the mayor of St. Augustine and the local merfolk. There are also Black History Tours that showcase local spots that were important in the Civil Rights Movement, including Zora Neale Hurston’s former residence and the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 arrest.

170 San Marco Avenue
St. Augustine,
Florida
US

Sailing smoothly since its maiden voyage last fall, the 155-foot Jacks or Better Casino harbors more than 180 ticket-operated slot machines, which allow bettors to digitally select the stake of each spin (from $.01 to $25). Chomp chicken tenders ($5) or a hot dog ($3) and examine the table games found on deck, featuring blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker, and baccarat ($5 to $1,000 limits), or place a wager on the ship's virtual sportsbook, which supplies betting options for collegiate and professional contests across the globe.

1371 South Walnut Street
Starke,
FL
US

High-profile destinations often cite their high ratings on TripAdvisor, which named e2ride bike tours Jacksonville’s No. 1 attraction. However, few boast that they were highly rated by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her iconic novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is credited with helping to ignite the Civil War, but most of her opinions on travel have been lost to the ages—except on the company’s historical bike tour of Olde Mandarin. As the tour group winds past the lush area’s museums and public parks, the tour guide notes that Stowe dubbed the area “a tropical paradise.”

On the company’s other tours, guides offer equally juicy historical tidbits, such as that Riverside-Avondale was originally only occupied by just two homeowners or that Truman Capote vacationed in Springfield. As they learn about the past, groups cycle down present-day roads lined with homes in styles ranging from Tudor and Georgian to Star Warsian.

380 Pablo Avenue
Jacksonville Beach,
FL
US

The water-adventure lovers at Crazy Fish have expanded their waterfront activity arsenal with an airboat, taking six-to-eight gleeful guests on a one-hour guided tour with the captivating Captain Hurricane Dave. After pushing off in a bright red boat propelled by Paul Bunyan's desk fan, Captain Dave takes groups of up to eight airboat adorers on a trek through the waters, pointing out alligators, porpoises, manatees, and alligator-impersonating marsh birds along the way. Scenic views of the vibrant intracoastal waterway and the occasional eagle sighting thrill turf-dwellers and seafarers alike on this air-powered voyage.

2510 2nd Ave N
Jacksonville Beach,
FL
US

Captain Brooks Mitchell has devoted his life to exploring the U.S. coastline's natural splendor. His 35- and 45-foot pontoons cruise the Intracoastal Waterway, indulging guests with 360-degree views of manatees, dolphins, and eagles. Captain Mitchell fosters a congenial atmosphere, stocking his pontoon with beverages and snacks, and, on some cruises, even inviting local musicians aboard to serenade passengers and drown out the mating call of passing tugboats.

2315 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville Beach,
FL
US