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Part 1: What Are You Doing after the Convention?

Jan 27, 2011 | 01-January 2011 NRL News

NRL News
Page 30
January 2011
Volume 38
Issue 1

Part 1: What Are You Doing after the Convention?

By Darlene Hart

Are you coming to the NRLC Convention this summer? (For information, see pages 12 and 30.) Good! But what are doing afterwards? Make plans to stay right there in Florida.

If you only have a few days to spend after the convention and you don’t want to go far, consider St. Augustine. Our nation’s oldest city is only about an hour’s drive from Jacksonville. You can stay an extra night or two at the same hotel as the convention and that will save you the headache of packing and unpacking. Just hop on I-95 and go south, you can’t miss it.

Get off on Hwy 16 right there by the two large outlet malls. Maybe that’s as far as you want to go! But if shopping is not your thing continue east on 16 to the city.

St. Augustine is full of history. It was founded in 1565. Don Pedro Menéndez arrived on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. You can visit the site at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. The city has the Old Trolley sightseeing trains that can give you a good tour and you can hop on and off throughout the city.

Visit the old fort, Castillo de San Marcos, and maybe you’ll even witness the cannons being shot off. Stop by the Cathedral for a visit and then stroll down St. George Street and peek in all the shops. Flagler College is right downtown in the old Ponce De Leon Hotel. Walk the halls and imagine what it was like back in the day.

Maybe you like museums. There’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not or the Lightner Museum. There is also a real lighthouse you can climb with a museum attached. It’s right near the Alligator Farm. Of course there are beaches.

If you like golf, then visit the World Golf Village, which is on the way to St. Augustine. You can spend a whole day there. Visit the World Golf Hall of Fame; inside you can test your swing. There is also an IMAX theater featuring several different short films. Do you enjoy putting? They have an 18-hole putting course that is inexpensive and unlike any other that I’ve seen. Maybe you just want to relax on a river cruise. Yep, you can do that too in St. Augustine. There is so much to do in you really don’t have to go any further to have a good time.

Next time in NRL News, we’ll talk about what’s two hours from the convention.