In a sleepy town like Flagler Beach, tourists may wonder what to do. Despite the quiet, quaint nature of Flagler Beach, visitors can find plenty to do within the city’s limit. Once you’re done spending a lazy day on the shore, check out some of these local attractions that will make your vacation worthwhile.
State parks: There are four state parks in Flagler, each with its own unique charm. Washington Oaks State Park is known for the beautiful formal gardens that serve as the park’s centerpiece and its large outcroppings of coquina rocks. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities at Bulow Creek State Park, they also provide the perfect opportunity to spot some wildlife. Besides stepping into nature, visitors can step back in time while exploring the remains of a sugar plantation from the 1800s at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Finally, Gamble Rogers State Park is one of the few places where you can swim and surf while watching for a variety of wildlife.
Flagler Beachfront Winery: The family owned and operated Beachfront winery offers a variety of bottles you can enjoy on the beach. For members of the family, the winery is a dream come true. In 2012 they opened the little blue building near the beach and since then they have been providing wine, craft beers and more to the people of Flagler Beach. Aside from its usual operations, the winery also offers special events and makes its wine on site.
Flagler Beach Historic Museum: If you don’t feel like making the drive to St. Augustine for a history lesson, you can visit the local museum in Flagler. Instead of covering one specific era of time, this museum explores everything from the dinosaurs to the astronauts.
Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve: Similar to the state parks in Flagler, the Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve offers visitors the chance to become one with nature. Explore the marine communities and coastal scrub by walking, hiking, canoeing or hiking. If you just want to relax and enjoy the greenery then feel free to bring a fishing pole and some bait, or bring lunch and eat at the picnic area.
Flagler County Artificial Reef: Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help, which is why Flagler County started its artificial reef program. The reefs are made of concrete or other environmentally friendly materials and are strategically placed to maximize effectiveness. The idea is that when these structures are placed, they give creatures at the bottom of the food chain a place to dwell, within a few years creatures higher up in the food chain will be attracted and the reef will provide them with shelter and a place to get food, thus leading to a healthier ecosystem. All three reefs are open to the public and make perfect fishing spots.
Wadsworth Park: This park has something for you and your furry friend. If you don’t want to neglect your exercise during your vacation, grab your ball and racquet and go play some tennis at Wadsworth. If tennis isn’t your game, there are areas for soccer, racquetball, volleyball, skateboarding and basketball. There are also playground and picnic areas so the whole family can have fun. Both small and large dogs are welcome at the dog park located within Wadsworth.
Art galleries: One of the best ways to get to know a new area is by exploring its art and artists. Luckily, there are several galleries in Flagler that showcase all kinds of art. If you favor the contemporary style, stop by Hollingsworth Gallery for a variety of unique pieces. If you prefer a more traditional style, Art LaMay offers beautiful paintings and drawings of the Flagler scenery. Sculptures, pottery and more 3-D art pieces are available at Aerial Fine Art Inc., Art and Soul Studio, and The Baliker Gallery.
Dining: For all the foodies out there, Flagler is a dream come true. Within the city are several popular restaurants with seafood and beachside dining being the most common options. Click here for a list of some of the most-visit restaurants in Flagler.
Night life: A relaxing day is the best way to get ready for a fun night when you’re on vacation. Pubs and lounges are the popular options in Flagler and some of the local hotspots include Rockin’ Ranch, Black Cloud Saloon, A1 Hookah, White Eagle and many others.