3100 South A1A
Flagler Beach, Florida 32136
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach is the location of a tragedy: the drowning death of Florida folksinger Gamble Rogers in 1991.
Gamble Rogers was born in Winter Park, Florida in 1937 as James Gamble Rogers IV.
His father and great uncle were very well known architects: James Gamble Rogers II and James Gamble Rogers.
Many well known Winter Park homes and buildings were designed by Gamble Roger's father.
Gamble, as he was called, briefly considered a career in the family business - architecture - but fell in love with music. He became a very well known folk singer and story teller. His stories talked about characters and places in a fictional Florida county.
He died in the Atlantic surf trying to save a drowning victim in 1991. In 1998 he was inducted in the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
The park sits on the barrier island straddling State Road A1A from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. Most people come to the park to enjoy its wonderful beach.
The beach is enjoyed for its swimming opportunities, sunbathing or just taking a nice walk along the sandy shore.
If you are there in the summer, you will see evidence of sea turtle nests marked off in the sand up near the dune line.
If you want to get away from the beach for awhile, you can go to the shady picnic pavilions across the road on the Intracoastal Waterway. You will also find some hiking trails through the shady coastal forest.
There is also a boat launching area on the Waterway, and a full service campground on the ocean side of the park.
This park offers a chance to camp right on the ocean; there aren't too many campgrounds in Florida that offer that opportunity.
For information about Gamble Rogers State Park, call 386-517-2086.
Campsite reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.com.
2805 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (AIA)
Flagler Beach, Florida 32136
Snack Jack has been at this same beachfront location since 1947; that qualifies it as an Old Florida eating establishment.
It is directly on the ocean and just about every booth or table has a view of the ocean.
There is also outside dining. It's pretty hard to get closer to the ocean while dining unless you pack a picnic basket and go sit in the surf.
The menu is what you'd expect of a seaside place; lots of seafood dishes, conch fritters, beer, wine, salads and a large assortment of meal options ranging from sandwiches to complete "surf side dinners".
The kitchen knows how to steam, grill, blacken and prepare all kinds of food the way you like including the good old frying method. They also have good salads.
Although this place has always been known as Snack Jack, the most recent owners wanted to change the name to High Tides.
Their sense of history prevailed, and they came up with the compromised name of High Tides At Snack Jack.
They did not compromise, however, on the original charm that has made Snack Jack such a favorite.
The minute you walk inside the rambling rustic building, you will feel like you've been transported to a surfing museum. The walls and ceilings are festooned with all kinds of interesting objects including surf boards.
It's a very pleasant visual experience. The main dining room also has a small bar that is inviting to the diner who likes to eat at the bar or just have a drink.
Snack Jack is a very popular place, especially on weekends. If you want to park on the restaurant property, you will have to use valet parking. There is also parking along the side streets on the west side of Highway A1A.
Don't dress up to go to Snack Jacks. Tee shirt, shorts and flip flops are always in style here.