Atlantic Beach is a tiny little town just east of Jacksonville. When Henry Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway around 1900, it helped this area to grow, as did the building of Mayport Naval Station in the 1940s. The city is about three square miles, with two miles of beach. Today the city has about 14,000 people.
For a small town, it has a lot to offer in addition to the beach. Year-round, residents and visitors may enjoy one of the 14 parks scattered about, skateboard at Oceanside Rotary Skateboard Park, or shop at the Beaches Town Center. Live Music can often be found at Ragtime or Flying Iguana.
Some of the special events to look for this year are:
- The Eleventh Annual Arts in the Park on April 26 at Johansen Park
- A monthly Songwriters’ Concert at Adele Grage Theater It’s free and the doors open at 5:45. The next one is February 9.
- Acoustics Nights at Bull Memorial Park – the next one is March 30 from 6-8pm.
- North Beaches Art Walk on the third Thursday of each month at the Beaches Town Center
- Shakespeare in the Park presented by UNF – April 11-12.
- Wednesday Mid-Week Market at Bull Memorial Park from 3-6pm.
- “Dancin’ in the Street” in May at the Beaches Town Center
A don’t miss place to visit is Hanna Park. It’s a public beach and park, formerly known at Manhattan Beach. Here you will find camping, bike trails, picnic areas with grills, a lake for kayaking, paddleboating, and fishing, a playground, shuffleboard & volleyball courts, and of course, the beach and ocean.
Atlantic Beach gets an A+ for small town excellence!