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Scenic A1A Byway Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

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Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Scenic A1A Byway with this self-guided driving audio tour. Start in Jacksonville Beach and end at Fort Matanzas, exploring white sand beaches and historic architecture along the way. Listen to fascinating audio stories about Florida's history, flora, and fauna as you drive, from its days as the Winter Film Capital to a near-devastating fire in Saint Augustine. With a full year of validity, use this tour multiple times on multiple trips. The easy-to-use app, engaging storytelling, and comprehensive route make this the best way to experience the beauty of the Florida A1A Scenic Highway at your own pace.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 3 hours - 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Engaging storytelling and thrilling history
  • Comprehensive route with all stops included
  • Easy-to-use app for convenient navigation
  • Great value for entire year of use
  • Go at your own pace with hands-free audio
  • Easy-to-use app: download action’s tour guide app onto your phone
  • Great value: purchase per car, not per person. more affordable than bus or guided tours!
  • Engaging storytelling: uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey!
  • Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. proven with tons of rave reviews!
  • Offline maps: no signal, no problem! works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
  • Comprehensive route and stops: see it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
  • Go at your own pace: start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
  • Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. easy to use!
  • Attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations

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Introduction

Experience the beauty and history of Florida's A1A Scenic Highway with the Scenic A1A Byway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour. Starting in Jacksonville Beach and ending at Fort Matanzas, this tour promises breathtaking views, fascinating stories, and unforgettable memories along the way.

What to expect?

Embark on a journey filled with expansive white sand beaches, historic architecture, and intriguing audio stories about Florida's flora, fauna, and history. Learn about the state's past as the Winter Film Capital and discover the impact of a devastating fire on Saint Augustine. With this driving tour, you'll immerse yourself in the best of Florida's scenic beauty and rich heritage.

Who is this for?

This self-guided driving tour is perfect for travelers who crave flexibility and freedom in exploring new destinations. Whether you're a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a scenic drive, this tour caters to a wide range of interests and preferences. Anyone looking to uncover hidden gems and unique stories will find this experience truly captivating.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Florida's A1A Scenic Highway with the convenience of a self-guided driving tour. With the Action Tour Guide App, you'll have access to engaging storytelling, offline maps, and a perfect narrator to guide you through the journey. This tour offers great value as you can explore at your own pace, making multiple trips over an entire year. Don't miss the opportunity to uncover the treasures of the A1A Scenic Byway with this immersive experience.

Good to know

Before starting the tour, make sure to download the Action Tour Guide App and access your unique password for a seamless experience. Remember that this tour does not include entrance tickets to attractions along the route, so be sure to check opening hours beforehand. Enjoy the flexibility of going at your own pace, pausing for breaks, and capturing memorable moments along the way.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced the Scenic A1A Byway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour rave about the engaging storytelling, comprehensive route, and the convenience of exploring at their own pace. The combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history, and the ease of using the app has left visitors thrilled with their experience. Don't miss the chance to embark on a memorable journey along Florida's iconic A1A Scenic Highway.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Visit Jacksonville - Downtown Center

Jacksonville Beach is a hotspot for surfers year-round. The gnarliest swells come in the winter, when waves can reach up to 10 feet high! Note: This 43-mile-long tour covers the essentials of A1A in 2-3 hours.

Mickler's Landing Beach

It’s dotted with beautiful beaches. The first one we can visit isn’t far: Mickler’s Landing, coming up soon on the left. There’s surfing, seashells, and shark teeth!

Old Jail Museum

Why is a former jail so pretty? Well, financier Henry Flagler didn’t want any ugly buildings in St. Augustine. So the old jail was built to look like a Victorian manor!

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

The Spanish Governor decided to do something about it. He ordered the construction of the fort, which began in 1672. It took a whopping 23 years to build!

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Mickler's Landing

It’s dotted with beautiful beaches. The first one we can visit isn’t far: Mickler’s Landing, coming up soon on the left. There’s surfing, seashells, and shark teeth!

Guana Reserve Middle Beach

Whew, that’s quite a mouthful! Let’s just call it the Guana Reserve, like the locals do. Scientists come from all over the world to study the animals and plants in this expansive estuary.

Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve

The ocean flowed into other parts of the Timucua lives. They understood the moon to be a symbol of water. Since water was associated with life, the Timucua saw the moon as the goddess of all mothers. And because water held such an important place in Timucuan society, that meant mothers did too! Family lines were traced matrilineally through mothers rather than fathers.

St. Augustine

We’re approaching the city of St. Augustine. Founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Yes, even older than Jamestown! But, arr me mateys, did ya know that St. Augustine was once where pirates hunted for gold?

North Beach Park

When you see the big stone house on the right, look for the parking lot just beyond and turn in if you’d like to visit.

Bluebird of Happiness Statue

We’re cruising through the community of Vilano Beach, home to a very peculiar landmark. Here, we’ll find the Bluebird of Happiness!

Old Jail Museum

Unsurprisingly, locals say the Old Jail is haunted. Guests often feel a cold, clammy hand rest on their shoulders. Some have smelled the foul stench of sewage even though none was found on site. Creepy!

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

When engineers and stone masons arrived from Spain, they didn’t know how to build a fort out of the rocks found on this coast. The coquina stones were porous and the Spanish didn’t know how well they’d hold up against a cannonball. So just to be safe, they built the walls almost 20 feet thick!

Bridge of Lions

Former St. Augustine mayor Andrew Anderson donated the lions, who are named Fiel and Firme, or Faithful and Firm. They’re an homage to the city’s founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. His coat of arms bore two lions!

St. Augustine Lighthouse

The current one dates back to 1871, but earlier iterations have stood on this spot since 1589! Lighthouse keepers have kept watch here for hundreds of years… and in some cases, they never left.

Anastasia State Park

Besides offering some splendid scenery, this park is also a positively fabulous place for birdwatching. It’s home to 195 different species of birds! For context, that’s almost a quarter of all bird species in the United States! While the park is home to some common bird species like robins and herons, it also sees a few found nowhere else in the country.

Crescent Beach Park

Named for its sweeping coastline that forms the shape of a crescent moon, this beach is known for its “old Florida vibe.” And if you visit between May and October, you might see a few nesting sea turtles!

Fort Matanzas National Monument

In 1740, the Governor of Georgia, a British colony, decided to make a play for St. Augustine, a Spanish one. Luckily, the St. Augustine mayor had a feeling that the Brits were up to no good. So he sent a courier to Havana to get some supplies.

Matanzas River

Now, Matanzas is a Spanish word that translates to “killings” or “slaughter.” So why does such a beautiful river have such a violent name? It dates back to 1565, when this river ran red with blood. Here’s what happened:

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Alan_M

We enjoyed the stories told along the route. The ride down A1A was picturesque. We stopped at the beach and then n the way back other attractions along the way.

Jazlin_S

I had a great experience with my tour. The facts about the area was extremely interesting and informative. I will continue to use this tour guide app!

elizabethsU1762XK

This was an excellent way to spend an afternoon! The audio guide was helpful and enlightening, and we were able to make stops and detours with ease, then get back on the A1A and continue the journey. Our whole tour took about 6 hours, but that includes our stopping at a couple of the places mentioned on the tour (the two forts in St. Augustine), as well as stopping for lunch in St. Augustine. Highly recommend this as a fun morning or afternoon trip to see more sights and learn about the history and wildlife of the area!
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