Day in the Life: Palm Coast, Florida

Swimming pool at sunset

Pristine beaches, world-class golf and local charm make Palm Coast one of Florida’s coastal jewels. Perched by the shimmering Matanzas River between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Palm Coast showcases an abundance of unique offerings, from swimming with the dolphins to teeing off on a championship golf course.

Breakfast in European Village

Take a stroll through the quaint European Village, home to unique, flavorful fare and boutique shopping. Snag a scrumptious breakfast at Gildas’ Creperie du Village, a family-owned, authentic French creperie boasting a delectable menu of sweet and savory pastries. The European Village also hosts an open-air farmer’s market on Sundays.

Outdoor Adventures

With more than 40 beautiful parks and miles of shoreline, there are endless ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Palm Coast.

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Formal gardens bursting with azaleas, camellias and birds of paradise are just the beginning of this park’s appeal. You’ll also find reflection ponds, picturesque oaks and unique coquina rock formations along the beach—perfect for beachcombing and exploring tidal pools. Hiking and biking trails, fishing piers and picnicking spots ensure there’s something to keep a smile on everyone’s face.

Graham Swamp Preserve
Known for its challenging, obstacle-filled seven-mile bike trail (dubbed “The Swamp”), this 3,000+ acre preserve is a favorite destination for cyclers. Photographers come for the impressive array of rare birds, including roseate spoonbill, wood stork, great blue heron and osprey.

Jungle Hut Park
This two-acre park offers sandy shores and easy access to the beach. Rarely crowded, it’s is the perfect place to watch for shorebirds and pelicans, and for ruby-throated hummingbirds during the summer.

Golfin’ and Dolphins

World-class golf is another Palm Coast attraction, and a great way to pass a sunny afternoon. The area’s marine life is also a draw.

Pine Lakes Golf Course
Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, this par 72, 150-acre course is an area favorite. Eighteen holes of beautiful manicured fairways are complimented by an 18,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with a full-service bar and grill.

Hammock Beach® Golf Resort & Spa
This luxury resort boasts two incredible golf courses. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course winds through wetlands and lakes, with six holes directly on the Atlantic Ocean and a four-hole finish known for its difficulty. The Conservatory Course, designed by golfer Tom Watson, offers photo-worthy waterfalls and babbling brooks.

Family-friendly Fun

Bring the kids to Marineland, an oceanarium where visitors can swim with dolphins, meet tortoises and learn about marine conservation.

Local Art Galleries

Get a taste of local culture and stop by Baliker’s Gallery, where artist Paul Baliker displays his incredible sculptures of wood and bronze. The Art LaMay Studio is another popular destination, where visitors can to peruse watercolor wildlife paintings and seascapes and watch the artist at work.

Globally-inspired Dinner

After a day of adventuring, unwind with tapas and bold seafood dishes at Portugal Wine Bar & Grill. Mamaling’s Asian Street Food is another flavorful option, boasting a Vietnamese-inspired menu with seasonal specials by award-winning Chef Hung Huynh.

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