Spread over 130 acres along the St. Johns River 13 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville (via Route 113), this site holds both historical and recreational interest. The original fort was built in the 1560s by French Huguenots, who were later slaughtered by the Spanish in the first major clash between European powers for control of what would become the United States. An oak-wood pathway leads to a replica of the original fort—a great, sunny place to picnic (bring
your own food and drink), stretch your legs, and explore a small museum. The fort itself isn't all that impressive, but the area does have a colorful history. There's also a 1-mile self-guided nature trail and wayside exhibits between the Visitor Center and the fort.