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Plan a Day Trip to Ponte Vedra With This Guide

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 Natalie Kowalewski
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Plan a Day Trip to Ponte Vedra With This Guide

The city of Ponte Vedra is a great place to take a day trip while you’re at Wander Ponte Vedra. Choose your adventure with this interactive guide to help you plan your activities.

Simply choose one item from each category (1 activity, 1 restaurant, and 1 dessert shop) and enjoy!

Activities

Bird Island Park

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Bird Island Park is the perfect peaceful place for small gatherings, picnicking, birdwatching, and relaxing. The park features an entrance gazebo, a sea turtle maze, a storytelling area with benches, a boardwalk that surrounds the pond, a play area for the children, and a handicapped-accessible sidewalk that winds around the entire park.

The Brumos Collection

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 23 miles 

  • Location: 5159 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224

  • Hours: 9AM-2PM Thursday; 9AM-3PM Friday & Saturday

  • Phone: (904) 373-0375

  • Website: https://www.thebrumoscollection.com/ 

The Brumos Collection showcases three centuries of automotive history through displays and interactive media. The collection rotates regularly, so be sure to check out the website before you visit to see what is currently on display.

General admission tickets are $19.99 and must be purchased in advance. 

TPC SAWGRASS Golf

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 18 miles

  • Location: 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours: Vary depending on time of year

  • Phone: (904) 273-3235

  • Website: https://tpc.com/sawgrass/ 

TPC SAWGRASS is an award-winning golf course that features two incredible championship courses open to the public. Rates vary from $175 to $600 per player depending on the course and the time of year. 

Tip: You can book a tee time up to 14 days in advance by contacting TPC Sawgrass directly on their website or call (904) 273-3430

Restaurants

Valley Smoke Restaurant

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 17.4 miles 

  • Location: 11 S Roscoe Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours:  11AM-9PM Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday; 11AM-10PM Friday & Saturday; 4PM-9PM Monday

  • Phone: (904) 285-3235

  • Website: https://valleysmoke.com/ 

Valley Smoke Restaurant is an easygoing eatery offering classic Southern BBQ staples like fried green tomatoes, smoked wings, Reuben sandwiches, fried chicken, and burgers. The drinks menu features bourbon, specialty cocktails, and plenty of wine and beer to accompany your BBQ. 

Tip: There are non-alcoholic mocktails available and a kid's menu. 

Restaurant Medure 

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 16.3 miles 

  • Location: 818 A1A N, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours:  4PM-9PM Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday 

  • Phone: (904) 543-3797

  • Website: https://restaurantmedure.com/ 

Since 2001, Restaurant Medure has been serving innovative New American plates. Guests can expect a variety of delicious entrees ranging from Duck Ham Prosciutto that's cured and made in-house to old French-style Foie Gras Torchon.

Tip: If you have time before your reservation, check out the lounge for craft cocktails and happy hours from 4PM-7PM daily.  

3 Palms Grille

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 18.8 miles 

  • Location: 254 Alta Mar Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours:  11AM-9PM Wednesday-Saturday; Sunday 11AM-7PM; Closed Monday & Tuesday 

  • Phone: (904) 686-2128

  • Website: https://3palmsgrille.com/ 

The newly renovated space boasts over 3,000 square feet, offering seating for 200 guests. 3 Palms Grille is the perfect destination for a cocktail after the round, an appetizing snack, or a space to enjoy a meal with the family. The menu features fresh local favorites like seafood, steaks, fresh fish, and pasta dishes.

Tip: 3 Palms Grille, located inside Sawgrass, is open to the public and has easy gate access from both A1A and Solano Road – just say “I’m headed to 3 Palms” at the gate.

Aqua Grill

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 16.9 miles 

  • Location: 395 Front St, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours:  2PM–4PM and 5PM–9PM Sunday; 11:30AM–4PM and 5PM–9PM Monday-Thursday; 11:30AM–4PM and 5PM–10PM Friday & Saturday

  • Phone: (904) 285-3017

  • Website: https://aquagrill.net/ 

Aqua Grill was established in 1988 and reinvented in 2016. Today, it offers guests award-winning cuisine, featuring an eclectic, multi-ethnic menu. The contemporary restaurant concept is located directly on the lake in the renovated Sawgrass Village shopping center. 

Tip: The bar has DirecTV sports packages and usually streams all major sporting events. It's a great sport to grab a drink as you watch your favorite game. Separately, be sure to try the Cantonese Style Whole Local Vermillion Snapper.

Dessert

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Ponte Vedra

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 16.8 miles 

  • Location: 333 Village Main St #650, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours:  9AM-8PM Monday-Thursday; 9AM-9PM Friday & Saturday; 12AM-9PM Sunday 

  • Phone: (904) 273-7878

  • Website: https://www.peterbrooke.com/ 

Peterbrooke Chocolatier has over two dozen locations across Florida and Alabama. The menu features decadent truffles, hand-made caramels, chocolate-covered cookies, pretzels, popcorn, and even cherry cordials. If you’re not from the area (or even if you are), it’s worth giving this local staple a try.

The Dolly Llama

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 16.3 miles 

  • Location: 830 A1A N #16, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours: 12PM-9PM daily

  • Phone: (904) 834-7576

  • Website: https://thedollyllamaus.com/ 

With only six locations across the country, the acclaimed Dolly Llama in Ponte Vedra is an obligatory pit stop. Their featured items are waffles with ice cream, bubble waffles, and dessert shakes. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this dessert experience.  

Tip: If you’re an Instagram foodie, this is the perfect place to capture your next post.

Flo's Premium Ice Cream

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  • Distance from Wander Ponte Vedra: 15.7 miles 

  • Location: 880 A1A N Suite 11, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Hours: 3PM-9PM Tuesday-Thursday; 3PM-9:30PM Friday; 2PM-9:30P Saturday; 2PM-8PM Sunday; Closed Monday 

  • Phone: (904) 999-9013

  • Website: https://www.instagram.com/flos.icecream/ 

Flo's Premium Ice Cream is a local shop serving nearly two dozen flavors of homemade ice cream. They have several funky flavors like cereal surprise, drumstick, fruity pebbles, fluffernutter, upside-down pineapple cake, banana pudding, and blueberry cheesecake. 

Tip: You can order custom ice cream pies for special occasions. Orders must be placed at least 3 days in advance.


We hope this guide helped you plan your upcoming trip to Wander Ponte Vedra! If you're looking for more recommendations on local spots, check out our guides linked below or ask your trusty Wander Concierge!

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