Tours in Jacksonville Beach

$25 for Entry to Jacksonville Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Sunday, October 12 ($55 Value)

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Downtown Jacksonville

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

$55 $25

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Nights of Lights Cruise for Two, Four, or Six on a Friday–Sunday or Monday–Thursday (Up to 50% Off)

Jax Water Tours

Vilano Fishing Pier

See St. Augustine twinkle with millions of tiny white lights from the water on a one-hour twilight cruise aboard a 49-passenger pontoon boat

$98 $59

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Ghost Boat Tour for One or Two from Jumanji Attractions (45% Off)

Jumanji Attractions

St. Augustine

Learn about shipwrecks and nautical legends hidden beneath Matanzas Bay aboard a lighthouse ferry boat that helped develop St. Augustine, FL

$39.95 $22

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Pirates and Plunder Walking Tour for Two or Four from Tour Saint Augustine Inc. (Up to 50% Off)

Tour Saint Augustine Inc.

Historic Downtown

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

$24 $12

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$44 for a Historic Pub Crawl and Beer-Tasting Tour for Two from St. Augustine City Walks ($78 Value)

St. Augustine City Walks

Saint Augustine

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

$78 $44

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Haunted Pirate Tour for Two or Four, Plus 10% Off In-Store Purchases at The Pirate Store (Up to 53% Off)

The Pirate Store

St. Augustine

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

$40 $19

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$25 for a Two-Hour Off The Beaten Path Photography Walking Tour of St. Augustine from ShutterGuide ($49 Value)

ShutterGuide

KookaBurra Coffee

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

$49 $25

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Haunted Walking Tour for Two or Four from Ghost Tours of St. Augustine (Up to 53% Off)

Ghost Tours of St. Augustine

Historic District

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

$30 $15

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$17 for $30 Worth of Wine Tours — Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Royal Manor Meadery & Winery

Interlachen

The customer is welcome to taste all of our wines and receive one 750 ml bottle of wine per deal.

$30 $17

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Casino Cruise with Gaming Vouchers, Dinner, and Parking for Two or Four at Emerald Princess II Casino (Up to 68% Off)

Emerald Princess Casino

Jekyll Island

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

$30 $10

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Butterfly Tour for Four or Six at Greathouse Butterfly Farm (50% Off)

Greathouse Butterfly Farm

Earleton

In addition to learning how the 45 native species are farmed, guests can hand feed them and see them thrive in every stage of development

$60 $30

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Gainesville

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

$50 $25

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Horse-Farm Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four at The Gypsy Gold Farm (Up to 48% Off)

The Gypsy Gold Farm

Ocala

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

$60 $32

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Dolphin Discovery Tour or Dolphin Lighthouse Cruise for Two or Four from Marine Discovery Center (Up to 51% Off)

Marine Discovery Center

New Smyrna Beach

Certified naturalists lead pontoon-boat tours in search of playful marine mammals and local nautical landmarks

$50 $25

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Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to Four from Turtle Mound River Tours (Up to 44% Off)

Turtle Mound River Tours

Bethune Volusia Beach

Wildlife specialist leads two-hour pontoon tours of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary and Canaveral National Seashore Park

$50 $30

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Two-Hour Narrated Ecological River Cruise for One, Two, or Four from St. Johns River Cruises (Up to 57% Off)

St. Johns River Cruises

Orange City

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

$22 $9.50

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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

Standing still in a cloud of free-flying butterflies, exploring the depths of a limestone cave, and gazing at the 14-foot bones of a 16,000-year-old Columbian mammoth skeleton?visitors can do all of this in just one afternoon at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since starting in 1891 as a professor?s teaching collection of fossils, minerals, and human anatomy models, the museum has transformed into the home of more than 40 million specimens, creating a library of life that features one of the world?s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Reflecting the museum?s impressive collection of winged beauties, some of its exhibits focus on the butterflies and moths that, unlike humans, can survive long flights without eating a single package of peanuts. At the Butterfly Rainforest, more than 1,000 butterflies from 60 to 80 species take to the air among tropical trees, orchids, bromeliads, and waterfalls cascading into a pond that bustles with fish and turtles. Feeding stations with freshly cut fruit dot the 6,400-square-foot screened enclosure, letting guests get up close as the butterflies feast. Live butterfly releases daily at 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. let onlookers watch them fly into an outdoor butterfly rainforest, and among the indoor butterfly exhibits, curious audiences can peer into a rearing lab where staff unpack and sort newly arrived pupae.

Rounding out the museum?s focus on Floridian biosystems, the Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife exhibit invites visitors to wander through a full-scale recreation of a hammock forest, and the South Florida exhibit takes guests down the peninsula with a mangrove boardwalk and a palm-thatched Calusa leader?s house. The museum's internationally acclaimed fossil collection includes highlights such as "shark jaw row," extinction dioramas, and full skeletal mounts and sculptures. Meanwhile, outside, petals unfurl in the wildflower and butterfly garden.

SW 34th St & Hull Rd
Gainesville,
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