St. Johns River is home to an array of thriving islands and beautiful seaside cities that only a Florida cruise can capture the true experience of. See what a freshwater paradise is really like and learn about the history of this unique region in Florida. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to see and do aboard a Florida river cruise with us:
Florida cruise nature & wildlife attractions
Ocala National Forest
Along the St. Johns River, you’ll come across Ocala National Forest, where a diversity of marine wildlife call home. The pristine springs are as welcoming as can be with crystal clear water and many recreational areas to explore the bustling forest. The Ocala National Forest is also home to the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. Enjoy incredible views from the coastline as you make your way toward Lake George, a broad lake where salt springs feed in, allowing a range of migratory marine species such as Atlantic stingray, striped bass and blue crabs.
Green Cove Springs
Best known for its sulfur springs and gorgeous lakes, Green Cove Springs was once a must-see spot for Northerners looking for some respite from the harsh cold. Today, these natural springs are a popular retreat for tourists eager to take short hikes through the area to capture those picture-perfect views. In addition, the nearby town offers educational activities such as railroad museums and parks dedicated to the city’s history.
The Tolomato River is perched in a unique geographical location, just between the Florida coastline and the Barrier Islands. This placement allows for incredible photography of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding islands, giving you a set of pictures unlike anywhere else on the U.S. mainland. In addition, our on-board experts include a naturalist who will point out wildlife and landmarks to ensure you don’t miss a thing as the boat makes its way to St. Augustine.
Florida cruise historical attractions
Palatka, Florida was once home to some of the wealthiest Southerners after the Civil War. Because of its gorgeous landscape and Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka was a natural attraction for those with money, eager to make a name for themselves after the war. Distinguished homes and mansions fit in nicely with the surrounding azaleas in full bloom. Feel like you belong with these past inhabitants while touring these incredible neighborhoods, surrounded by stunning plant and wildlife.
A passenger favorite, St. Augustine is America’s oldest surviving European settlement. Established in 1565, get a firsthand look at the region’s incredible waterways, historic ruins and renowned golf courses. Its unique architectural style that you’ll find in throughout the town and surrounding villages is due to a combination of Spanish settlers’ influence and later remodeling projects conducted in the late 19th century.
When you step foot in St. Augustine, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic villages on a walking tour, or head to the famous Potter’s Wax Museum to see what America’s first museum of its kind has to offer. No matter what you decide to see, St. Augustine espouses colonial elegance and class, and retains an old sort of cultural mix that’s simply unheard of in today’s day and age.
Book your Florida cruise with USA River Cruises
There’s so much to see and do along Florida’s fresh waterways that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. You’ll get to see all the unparalleled beauty with unmatched class and elegance aboard one of our cruise vessels. Book your 2018 river cruise in Florida with USA River Cruises.