They don’t call Florida “The Sunshine State” for nothing!
As the summer temperatures reach up into the 80s and 90s, Florida residents flock to local beaches and pools. For Nocatee residents, that means making a beeline for the community’s popular Splash Water Park – with its resort-style pools, 50-foot water slides, kids’ splash pad and Lazy River – or visiting one of the Atlantic Ocean beaches located just minutes away.
But what to do with the kids on those days when you want a break from the heat? Fortunately, Nocatee and Northeast Florida residents have a number of options for having fun in the shade.
Here are just a few of the local attractions that offer an entertaining (and air conditioned) respite from the summer sun.
1. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum
Located in downtown St. Augustine, this “odditorium” boasts the distinction of being the first permanent Ripley’s attraction. With more than 800 exhibits across 10,000 air conditioned square feet, Ripley’s is a fun and informative place to while away a summer afternoon. Exhibits include everything from shrunken heads and Etruscan helmets to the world’s largest erector set Ferris wheel. Ripley’s Believe it or Not is open 365 days a year.
2. World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
Too hot to hit the links? Head to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, located just off I-95 in St. Augustine. Founded to “preserve and honor the history of the game,” the Hall of Fame and Museum includes numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, including its newest permanent offering: “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf.” View the exhibits, watch an IMAX movie, test your swing on the interactive Golf Simulator, or simply pay homage to golf’s greatest legends.
3. Museum of Science and History
Kids of all ages will enjoy spending some time at the Museum of Science and History, or “MOSH.” Located in downtown Jacksonville, the museum offers a wide variety of exhibits related to the natural world. Take a journey through the human body at the “Body Within” exhibit. Learn more about dolphins, whales, manatees and other marine mammals at Atlantic Tails. Say hello to some local Florida wildlife or gaze upward at the MOSH planetarium. Particularly popular right now: the museum’s summer exhibit on “Megaladon: The Largest Shark that Ever Lived.” For a limited time, visitors can take part in an evening “camp-in,” receiving after-hours access to the exhibit, complete with a planetarium program, rooftop access, a late-night pizza snack and continental breakfast.
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