World Golf Village is so much more than a golf course. The World Golf Village area encompasses all of the neighborhoods surrounding the Resort. Palencia is a master-planned community with many amenities and its own commerce center. These communities are centrally located to everything in St. Johns County. It is a quick commute up I-95 or US-1 to Jacksonville from either of these neighborhoods. Palencia and World Golf Village are two of the fastest growing communities in our county because of the reasonably priced homes and great schools. Take your family for a walk or have a picnic in the park after an afternoon fishing on the St. Johns River in the beautiful communities of World Golf Village and Palencia.

Trout Creek Community Center & Park

6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This park is a hidden gem near World Golf Village and Mill Creek. There is a community center, a passive park, a 1/2 mile nature trail, two large picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an Octoball ring. There is a fabulous new shaded playground with a fence and covered benches. This location offers a glimpse into natural Florida and is a wonderful fishing and boating location.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

Locally, this park is known as the pirate ship park because the playscape is designed to look like 18th century boats. The toddler play structures feature a treasure chest and an octopus. This park has a multipurpose field, 3 baseball fields, a picnic pavilion, a large playground, a basketball court, swings, restrooms, and a small fishing dock. The large picnic pavilion is shaded, providing a respite from the Summer sun. The park is fenced making it easy to watch your children as they play. There is a large number of swings, including two tire swings.

Turnbull Park

4521 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL 32092

*COMING SOON* World Golf Village is severely lacking in recreational fields and courts. The plans for Turnbull park will fill the void in this community. The proposed park plans include basketball courts, tennis courts, a multipurpose field, a community center, nature trails, a covered exercise area, and a covered playground.

Riverdale Park

980 CR. 13 South, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This is a riverfront park, boat launch, and picnic area. The drive to this park is beautiful and it is a lovely place to enjoy a picnic or a boat ride. This is an excellent place to watch the sun disappear into the st. Johns river. There is a memorial bench along the banks of the river for relaxing and reflection.

Pacetti Bay Community Park

315 Meadowlark Lane St. Augustine, FL 32092

This passive park is located directly beside Pacetti Bay Middle School and is little more than a parking lot with restroom facilities. This park provides access to a short paved neighborhood path. In the future, there are hopes for a trail, playground, dog park, and an open play space.

Palmo Community Park

8600 Palmo Fish Camp Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This park has a boat ramp, a large green space, and a picnic table. This is a small community park. There are large open spaces for playing tag or enjoying the water. The dock is not open for fishing.

Trout Creek Community Center & Park

6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This park has a boat ramp, 16 1/2 acres of green space, a boardwalk, two picnic areas, an Octoball court, a 1/2 mile nature trail, and a community center with a covered patio. The community center has space for 200 and can be rented for a reasonable fee.

World Golf Village Walk of Champions

1 World Golf Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32092

The Walk of Champions is a 1 mile brick path, engraved with the signatures of all the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. This path encompasses a lake surrounded by many shops and restaurants. Murray Brothers Caddyshack Restaurant has fish food available for purchase (25¢) along the walkway. Children can feed the large fish and turtles in the water. This is a perfect place to walk a stroller in the early days of motherhood. If you wish to run or walk further, the sidewalks around the community are shaded by oaks and offer lovely views of the manicured grounds.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

A paved path surrounds Palencia Park. This sidewalk is great for a short stroll after playing at the park. If you want to walk, jog or bike further, you can follow the path to the Village Square or visit the Tolomato boardwalk (see below for more information). The paths in Palencia are wide and shaded by oak trees.

Stokes Landing Conservation Area

479 Lakeshore Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32095

This conservation area offers opportunities for wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, camping, and picnicking. The Tolomato River Tributaries are a spectacular view from the observation tower. There are many wetland birds to see here and the walk under majestic oak trees was thrilling for my little ones. The wooden trail markers are worn, but the trees are clearly marked with trail colors. Be sure to take a picture of the trail at the parking area or download the trail map or you may get lost. Be sure to wear bug spray and sunscreen. The walk to the observation tower was the perfect length for my little adventurers.

Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area

440 International Golf Pkwy, St. Augustine, FL 32095

A conservation area for wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. The 2.8 mile loop weaves through pine forest, cypress domes, and swamp. A beautiful place to walk the dog or go for a run. This is prime habitat for the gopher tortoise, one of my favorite wildlife sightings. Don’t forget to apply bug spray and sunscreen if you walk this trail.

Trout Creek Community Center & Park

6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This 1/2 mile unpaved trail is at the perimeter of the 16.5 acre park. The 1/4 mile portion of the trail between the boat ramp and the entrance is short and perfect for little explorers. You can continue along the path by following the sign markers, or you can walk to the playground on the paved road. There is a small presentation area and benches near the community center along the trail.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

This park has a basketball court with public restrooms nearby. If you have a wide gap in the age of your children, you can let the older kids shoot hoops while the younger kids play at the playground.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

There is one multipurpose field at this park ideal for flying a kite, kicking a soccer ball or playing a game of football.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

There are three lighted youth baseball fields at this park. These fields are in good condition and are filled with players year round. Villages Baseball Association plays on these fields.

Palmo Community Boat Ramp

8600 Palmo Fish Camp Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This park has a boat ramp, a large green space, and a picnic table. This is a small community park. There is a large open space for playing tag while the boat is loaded and unloaded into the water.

Riverdale Park

980 CR. 13 South, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This is a riverfront park, boat launch, restrooms, and picnic areas. This is one of the most beautiful places in our county to watch the sunset. The boat ramp is in good condition and there are 6 parking spaces that accommodate trailers.

Trout Creek Community Center & Park

6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This is a public, double lane, poured concrete boat ramp. Trout Creek is 17 feet deep and a great place for spending a day exploring nature. There is parking for 20 cars and 6 trailers. There are restrooms at this park and a picnic pavilion.  This water is ideal for canoeing, fishing, and kayaking.

Trout Creek Fish Camp

6550 FL-13, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This is a privately owned boat launch and fishing area with 12 slips. As the name implies, this area allows access to Trout Creek. The advertised cost is $5 to launch a boat or kayak. Regulars will tell you they are incredibly accommodating and if you purchase supplies from the bait shop your cost may be reduced or waived depending on the crowds. Manatees, birds and turtles are regularly seen in these waters. They rent kayaks and water bikes, and sell air-boat rides.

Riverdale Park

980 CR. 13 South, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This park has a small courtesy pier into the St. Johns River. Fishing from a Kayak or a boat is ideal at this location.

Trout Creek Community Center & Park

6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, FL 32092

There is a pier next to the boat launch and a trail to the water’s edge. Trout Creek is a well known area for catching fish.

Palencia Park (The Pirate Ship Park)

405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32095

This little fishing dock is appropriate for the smallest fishermen who just want to drop a line in the water and might not make it a full day in the sun. You can also use this area to feed the overly friendly ducks and turtles.

Tolomato River Boardwalk at Palencia

625 Palencia Club Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32095

You must bike or walk to the entrance of this 7/10 mile long boardwalk over the Tolomato River. The authorized Tolomato River Boardwalk vehicle parking areas are located at the St. Johns County Park at Palencia and the Palencia Swim and Fitness Center, located at 625 Palencia Club Drive. It is 2.5 miles from the Village Center to the entrance of the boardwalk, so I suggest bikes as the most comfortable option for access. Hours of operation are from dawn to dusk. Double-wide strollers and bikes are not permitted anywhere on the Tolomato River Boardwalk system. Single strollers, wheelchairs or wagons are permitted. See the Marshal Creek CDD document, for additional information on this amazing location.

Arboretum at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center

3125 Agricultural Drive, St. Augustine, Fl 32092

The Arboretum at St. Johns County Agricultural Center is planted and maintained by the St. Johns Master Gardener program. This is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The demonstration garden is open to the public Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm. There is a community garden behind the arboretum where plant beds are available to the community for a small fee.

Bayard Conservation Area

State Road 16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

This is a conservation area just over the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs. This path is available for biking, hiking and horseback riding. There are also campsites and a wildlife observation tower. The public lands include bathrooms at the picnic areas. The longest loop on the trail is 7 miles. The walk to the observation tower is just over 1 mile from the East trailhead. Wear bug spray, apply sunscreen and download a copy of the trail map so that you don’t get lost. Part of the white trail (that feature the wooden boardwalks) are permanently closed. A new parking lot has been built with picnic tables at the western entrance.

St. Augustine Wild Reserve

5190 Farm Creek Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32092

This is a non profit facility that rescues unwanted exotic pets. They have tigers, lions, bears, wolves, leopards, mountain lions, and many other animals. Tours are every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, by appointment only. Tour fee is $30 per person, Children 10 years and under $20, Children 5 years of age and under $5. They do not allow photographs.

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LEAH NOEL

Senior Writer

Leah was born in the Wild West of California and raised in the beautiful bluegrass of Kentucky. She fell in love with the magic of St Augustine and moved here as a newlywed. She lives with four untamable children, a menagerie of animals and a loving husband. Leah spends most of her time trying to wrangle small beasts as they explore the world, tell her they don’t want what’s for dinner and complain about wearing shoes. Her favorite things are seeing the spark of discovery in little eyes and being creative. Leah loves to help and has a tender heart. She rarely meets someone she doesn’t like. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you see her out and about.