Located within the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida is a 46,000-acre preserve dedicated to the ecology and history of South Florida: The Timucuan Preserve. If you have a day to enjoy the beauty of Florida, then Carl’s Van Rentals of Jacksonville recommends you check out the following Timucuan Preserve attractions. Please note that each destination within the preserve requires a different route, so you may want to reserve a minivan rental for your day’s adventure.

Fort Caroline National Memorial

During the 16th century, the French had a small colony located in Florida. Fort Caroline is dedicated to this short era. You can discover this unique part of Florida’s history and learn about the colonists’ explorations and troubles. Fort Caroline is also where the Timucuan Preserve Visitor Center is located. 

Kingsley Plantation

To get a feel for a genuine historic cotton plantation, you will definitely want to make a stop in your minivan rental at the Kingsley Plantation. The plantation is the oldest plantation house still in existence in Florida, and its grounds are filled with stories from over 150 years ago. The tour is self-guided, and you can expect it to take approximately 1.5 hours.

Talbot Islands State Parks

Seven state parks make up the greater Talbot Islands State Parks, three of which include:

  • Big Talbot Island State Park is where you want to go to view nature or take some great pictures of local wildlife.
  • Little Talbot Island State Park is also good for nature or bird watching, as it is one of the few undeveloped barrier islands in Florida. Visitors also enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, or surfing.
  • Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park is ideal for equestrians, hikers, and off-road bicyclists due to its multi-use trails. You can also go to this state park for canoe or kayak launching.

The Timucuan Preserve also offers several educational or junior ranger programs, in case you want to turn your visit into a learning experience. Be sure to check out the Timucuan Preserve website for all up-to-date park information. 

For your travel to the Timucuan Preserve, allow Carl’s Van Rentals to be your minivan rental resource. You can call our Jacksonville office today at 904-727-3848 to reserve your minivan rental or to inquire about a quote.