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If you've come to Florida for the beach, a 17-mile drive east of downtown Jacksonville will get you to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, home to 1½ miles of clean, soft sand along the Atlantic coastline. And if that's not enough for you, this bit of shoreline offers some of the best surfing conditions in northeast Florida. But according to recent visitors, these aren't the only reasons to visit the park. "If you surf […] you will find some of the area's best waves here. But there are other activities to enjoy: bike or hiking trails, and a small lake for fishing," said one TripAdvisor user.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park makes a great spot for a family outing. In addition to the beach and the hiking trails, you'll also find a water park (open during the summer months), picnic areas and camping facilities.

The park welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April to October and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November through March. Admission costs $1 per person from 8 to 10 a.m., plus $3 per car from 10 a.m. until closing. To learn more, visit Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park's website.

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