It never ceases to amaze me just how many things I haven’t done in my lifetime. With our recent trip to the Jacksonville area, I was again amazed at something that not only I had never experienced, but neither had my wife. In particular I’m referring to the Saint Johns Ferry! I mean we have both been on ferry rides in the past when at Disney, but we had never been on a full-fledged, drive your car on a boat type of ferry ride. Some may consider it a bit slow paced, but we looked at it as all part of the adventure!
Since we were on our way to Fort George Island for the Kingsley plantation, we had a choice. We could drive around 25 miles on some great back country roads, or take a few minutes and ride the Saint Johns Ferry across the river. There was a slight fee for the ferry, but I figured we probably made up for it in the cost of fuel and time that it would have cost us to drive around the long way.
Just as we were pulling up, the ferry was heading out so we had to wait a few minutes for the ship to return. In the meantime, we scarfed down some lunch all while relaxing on the river font. When the ferry arrived we saw a steady parade of cars that were unloaded and really have to hand it to the Saint Johns ferry staff because they were very organized.
When it was time to load up, the process was just as easy, and when the Saint Johns Ferry reached capacity, we were on our way! Not ever having ridden on a ferry before, we didn’t know if we could or should get out of our car, but the locals and other ferry riders had no problem walking about. Once we were under way, a staff member stopped by to collect our toll and we unloaded our little guy for the 5 minute journey across the river.
There have been only a few times our little guy has ever been on a boat, so I think he got a kick out of the entire process and was even given a “My First Ferry Ride” sticker. Sadly we weren’t offered one It was a new experience for us, and a new experience for him which is what Frugal Florida Fun is all about! At only $6, we were happy to pay for the experience, and it was a great time saver too! When we got close to land, we all rushed into our cars when directed and drive off into the next leg of our adventure. It’s surprising to me just hoe much enjoyment you can get out of the little things, that many people find routine.
Saint Johns Ferry Details:
Saint Johns Ferry Schedule:
FROM MAYPORT VILLAGE TO FT. GEORGE ISLAND
Mon.-Fri. 6:00 am, 6:20 am, 7:00 am, and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 7:00 pm. Sat. & Sun. 7:00 am, 7:20 am, 8:00 am and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 8:30 pm.
FROM FT. GEORGE ISLAND TO MAYPORT VILLAGE
Mon.-Fri. 6:10 am, 6:40 am, 7:15 am, and continuing on the quarter after and quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 7:15 pm. Sat. and Sun. 7:10 am, 7:40 am, 8:15 am and continuing on the quarter after and the quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 8:45 pm.
**The ferry operates every day, including holidays**
***Please check schedule frequently for Holiday and Special events extended hours****
Saint Johns Ferry Fees:
|Vehicles under 20-feet in length
|Vehicles 20-feet in length or longer||$10.00|
|Coupon Book (20 Crossings)
*Vehicles under 20-feet in length