Green Cove Springs often called Saratoga of the South


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A delightful little city to visit is Green Cove Springs situated on the St. Johns River.

The city is named after the portion of the St. Johns River upon which the city is built. The river bends here, and this area is sheltered by trees that are always green.

This historic city offers much to see and do for the entire family. Many folks call the city “The Saratoga of the South.”

Start by visiting Spring Park, a beautiful compact park located along the St. Johns River. In the park, you can view the active natural spring that boils up from a large fissure that is more than 20 feet below the surface.

The water temperature is always 78 degrees, and it feeds the park’s municipal pool and then later flows down Spring Run into the St. Johns River. The crystal clear, spring-fed pool is a great stop for your family to have a swim any time of the year.

The park also has a playground, picnic facilities, a gazebo and Green Cove Springs’ active 500-foot long pier. Spring Park is located just one block east of City Hall.

You can then take a walking tour of the nearby Green Cove Springs Historic District.

This is the Clay County Historic Triangle located on Walnut St. and State Road 16.

The district contains 78 historic buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Here you can visit the 1875 County Courthouse, The Old Jail, The History Museum and The Old Train Depot. The History Museum features an old country kitchen with early tools, a wood cooking stove, and many kitchen and laundry utensils and implements. There also is an Old Country Store that displays a grocer’s scale, antique cash registers, and a very old wood store counter.

The Historical Railroad Room is filled with a collection of early railroad memorabilia. While outside, view an original red caboose, an authentic railroad building and a crossing gate with signals.

Clay County Historical Museum is at 915 Walnut St. For information, call 904-284-9644. This is the historic district.

Green Cove Springs is just north of Palatka. If you have the time, it‘s a short drive just 20 miles south. You can visit the outstanding Ravine Gardens State Park. These two visits would make an outstanding day adventure for the entire family.

All my day trips are inexpensive, educational  and, most of all, family friendly.

It’s easy getting to Green Cove Springs from anywhere in Brevard County.

Take Interstate 95 north to exit 318.

Take State Road 16 west 14 miles, and cross the St. Johns River into Green Cove Springs.