15 Best Things to Do in Yulee, FL

Yulee, FL
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A part of the Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, Yulee is often overlooked by some on a visit to the northern Atlantic Coast of Florida.

But don’t underrate Yulee, a census-designated place of Nassau County, when on a trip to its side of the Sunshine State.

Yulee has established many points of interest, with its history dating as far back as 1893.

The Yulee post office was established that year and was named after prominent businessman David Levy Yulee who was also the first US Senator for Florida.

Over the years, Yulee has developed a charming suburban rural mix feel within its area of some 60 square kilometers.

A trip to the attractions in Yulee is also quite convenient, as it lies centered on the flanks of Florida A1A, one of the most vital transportation corridors of Nassau County.

Yulee, moreover, is strategically between the Intracoastal Waterway on the west and Interstate 75 on the east.

Other enticing travel destinations in northern Florida, therefore, can be very much a part of a visit to Yulee.

See how such an exciting mix can pan out in the following list of things to do in Yulee.

Spot Tomorrow’s Star Athletes at the Yulee Sports Complex

Exterior of Yulee Sports Complex
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This charming sports complex is located on Goodbread Road and is home to the Yulee Athletic Association Hornets.

The facilities in the Yulee Sports Complex include lighted ballfields, a tennis court, and a well-equipped gymnasium.

The Yulee Athletic Association Hornets, a nonprofit organization, uses this complex to help mold young men and women to become great student-athletes.

It has ties with the North Florida Youth Football Conference, and besides backing youth football, this nonprofit also supports Yulee youngsters in cheerleading competitions.

Tour the White Oak Conservation Center

Discover a bit of Africa in the White Oak Conservation Center off west of Owens Road, sprawling next to the event venue Laytn's Land-n.

This Yulee animal conservation center offers guided trolley or van tours to its 17,000- acre habitat for about 35 species of endangered fauna.

In this amazing conservation area, you can see Florida panthers and rare birds, as well as tigers and cheetahs.

Living along with them are white and black rhinos, grazing zebras, Bongo Antelope, giant Eland, and Okapi.

You’ll be accompanied by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides who can also tell you much about the center’s location of pine and hardwood forests and wetlands along the St. Mary’s River.

You will also learn more about how the center, since its foundation in 1973, has reintroduced black rhinos, bongo antelope, and roan antelope into Africa.

From the guides of White Oak Conservation Center, you will likewise appreciate how it has worked with the US wildlife conservation agencies to boost the wild populations of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrows, Mississippi Sandhill cranes, and Florida panthers,

Park Your RV in the Bow & Arrow Campground

Located off US Highway 17 near Interstate 95 and A1A, Bow & Arrow Campground is a family-owned and family-oriented RV park.

This facility has 60 campsites spread over a secluded, wooded 5-acre centrally located tract.

This campground’s amenities include full hookups, picnic tables, barbecue grills, a pavilion with exercise equipment, and a social area.

Bow & Arrow Campground also provides a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access, bath facilities with restrooms and showers, coin-operated laundry services,

A meat shop is just across the street, providing an added convenience to the campers on this Yulee facility.

Our commitment is to provide a quiet & safe environment where guests' comfort & privacy are a priority. We expect campers & guests to be respectful of everyone else at all times.

Have a Fun Evening at Yulee Bowling & Amusement

There is a wide variety of things to do at Yulee Bowling & Amusement, located off US Highway 17.

The delights in this place are, of course, focused on its 20 bowling lanes which are certified officially by the US Bowling Congress.

On Monday nights, players match spares and strikes in a mixed league, with an opportunity to socialize later at Yulee Bowling & Amusement’s full bar.

Thursday evenings come alive in this amusement center with a cornhole tournament, in addition to enjoying games at its pool tables.

Many visitors of Yulee Bowling & Amusement on Friday nights just stick to its bar for turns on the microphone for karaoke singing.

Shoot It Out at the GTF Paintball

There are six distinct paintball fields to choose from in this pellet-shooters’ arena on Goodbread Road.

The players of competing teams, for instance, can test their respective group’s skills and tactics in The Fort in GTF Paintball.

In this field, an attacking team will rely on maneuvers and accuracy, while the defending team will need coordinated covering fire to entrench its members well into firing lanes.

Other fields to choose from include The Bus, The Bunny Field, Splatterball, The House, and The Village, which also promise a safe and thrilling paintball.

To help ensure an enjoyable paintball shootout, GTF Paintball provides professional referees and knowledgeable staff, as well as full rentals of high-quality equipment.

Visit the John Muir Ecological Park

This small park is located off north of Highway A1A and features a quiet nature trail with gazebos and a boardwalk.

The John Muir Ecological Park endears itself to visitors in its interpretive sign citing Senator David L. Yulee, who championed the construction of the Florida Railroad.

This railway was pivotal to the establishment and growth of the community of Hart’s Road, which was later renamed Yulee in honor of the senator.

The park also pays tribute to the famous Scottish naturalist John H. Muir, a farmer, explorer, inventor, and writer.

Muir emerged as a vocal conservationist after he and his family immigrated to Wisconsin in the US.

Aim for the Bullseye at the Second Amendment Guns & Range

This shooting range is located on Commercial Park Drive, featuring six lanes with 23-yard layouts.

These lanes are equipped with target carriers that run their lanes’ whole length and are suited for professionals as well as beginners at shooting.

Second Amendment Guns & Range offers pistols and rifles for rent, including Smith & Wesson and Glock firearms.

It also sells these firearms along with other popular brands of pistols and rifles that can be tested at this state-of-the-art shooting facility.

Go Clay-Shooting at Amelia Shotgun Sports

This shooting range is located on a working timber farm off Pages Dairy Road, just north of the Yulee Sports Complex.

In Amelia Shotgun Sports’ scenic setting, visiting shooters will have a choice of 19 sporting clay courses.

Three traps are set on this facility’s stations 1–14 for a wide choice of shooting challenges from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

Additionally, 11 of these stations feature a second cage where the shooters’ angles are even more challenging.

For beginners, training, and practice, Amelia Shotgun Sports offers its stations 15–19 with two traps per layout, which is also good for sub-gauge shooting.

Shop at the Ark of Nassau

You will be contributing to a good cause when you shop at Fabulous Finds of the Ark of Nassau on Hamilton Street.

Located just a few blocks west of the Yulee Sports Complex, the Ark of Nassau runs a resale and thrift store to help support its development training programs for adults with disabilities.

Its retail shop features a large selection of household items such as kitchen tools, home décor, craft supplies, gifts, collectibles, and furniture.

Established as a nonprofit, the Ark of Nassau has been motivating and educating the developmentally and intellectually disabled persons in the county since 1974.

Dine at Willie Jewell's

Relish Southern hospitality in the Yulee location of the highly-rated Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q on State Road 200.

It traces its roots from the revered 1949 Jacksonville restaurant Bono’s, featuring classic BBQ recipes "smoked for hours, served in minutes."

For lunch or dinner, try one of this restaurant’s stackers served on a large bun with its famous BBQ pork, with a smoked sausage link topped with cheddar cheese.

An alternative as enticing is Willie Jewell's crisp lettuce salad served with cucumber, tomatoes, and cheese topped with a healthy portion of your choice of turkey or beef.

Other Things to Do Nearby

Play a Short Round at the White Oak Golf Course

Body of water beside the White Oak Golf Course
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This public golf course is located in the Nassau County town of Hilliard, just some 17 miles northwest of Yulee.

This course, which is part of the White Oak Conservation Center located in Yulee, features nine holes for a shorter round of play.

It offers various play options, though, in its 368-yard length because of its 54 different teeing grounds.

In effect, this setup creates 27 distinct holes, with three scenic waterfalls as the highlight of White Oak’s signature hole.

As part of the expansive White Oak Conservation Center, this layout is nestled amid lush woodlands and provides the utmost privacy for golfers.

For golf practice, the White Oak Golf Course has a resident PGA professional instructor.

It also offers 20 tees in its full-length driving range, plus a 10,000-square-foot putting green.

Tee Off at the Golf Club at North Hampton

Seek a guest player slot at this private golf course in North Hampton Club Way off east of the Amelia Concourse in the city of Fernandina Beach.

Located just six miles southeast of Yulee, this golf club offers a traditional Scottish links-style course, plus a bar and a restaurant.

The famed course architect and pro golfing champion Arnold Palmer designed this 18-hole layout which plays at par 72 over 7,080 yards from its longest tees.

The course had an extensive renovation in 2012, further elevating it among Florida’s top golf courses.

The North Hampton Golf Club also provides superb practice facilities and state-of-the- art, radar-equipped golf instructions.

Drive on the Coast at Peters Point Beachfront Park

A long wooden walkway leading to Peters Point Beachfront Park
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This park is on Peters Point Road in the city of Fernandina Beach, some 12 miles east of Yulee.

With a permit, you can drive a vehicle or ride a horse on Peters Point Beachfront Park.

Camping, as well as fishing, is also allowed on this beach which provides shower facilities.

There is a picnic area with tables in this park where you can stay overnight to fully enjoy its beautiful coastal setting.

This scenic sandy beach that allows fishing & vehicles with permits also offers shower facilities.

Visit the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Cross over to the state of Georgia a short distance north for a visit to this museum on Osborne Street in the city of St. Marys, about 19 miles northeast of Yulee.

The National Park Service runs this museum which opens the exhibits with displays on the life of the early Timucuan Indian settlers in the area.

Some of the interesting artifacts in the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum include old muskets and ammo, arrowheads, carts, and buggies.

A block south on West St. Marys Street, other artifacts are displayed at the St. Marys Submarine Museum.

It features the legacy and rich history of the US submariners force through a wide variety of artifacts, models, pictures, paintings, and rare historical documents.

Bait Trout and Flounder in the Nassau River

Visit the Goffinsville–Nassau River Park in the city of Fernandina Beach, some 9 miles southeast of Yulee.

This park on Goffinsville Road boasts a 150-foot long fishing pier where trout or flounder can be an easy catch.

According to locals, trout bites most when the water is clean and deep, which at high tide goes 20 feet under the pier.

Other potential fish caught at the park’s pier include redfish and flounder, depending on the currents, tides, and winds on the Nassau River.

The other facilities in the 19-acre Goffinsville–Nassau River Park include a bait store/snack shop, a boat ramp, a boardwalk, a playground, a pavilion, a picnic area, and a bike trail/nature walk.

Final Thoughts

Yulee offers many surprises for visitors who choose to explore its nooks and crannies.

Discovering some of the less-frequented points of interest in Yulee adds more flavor to a visit to the northern edge of Florida and its various attractions.