Labor Day – the first Monday every September – was a creation of the labor movement and it constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions that laborers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. For many, Labor Day symbolizes the final holiday of summer and the induction of a fresh fall season. With this year’s Labor Day coming up so soon, it is time to make your celebration plans! Continue reading to learn how to best take advantage of the holiday in Ponce Inlet.
Kick Back on the Beach
Though we are a part of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet is renowned for its less crowded conditions compared to our neighboring cities. Our relaxing waters, white sands, and spectacular sunsets are hard to resist for many beachgoers, making our stretch of beach a premier destination for your Labor Day weekend celebration. Pack your favorite swimsuit, toys, and towels, and come enjoy the beach while you can!
Picnic in the Park
Ponce Inlet is chock full of beautiful natural parks, all of which would prove to play a perfect host to your Labor Day picnic. Pack a lunch for the whole family and spend a sunny afternoon exploring Ponce Preserve, a local municipal park that features picnic facilities, a children's playground, hiking trails that meander through a natural hardwood coastal hammock, an elevated boardwalk extending out to the Halifax River, and the Green Mound Archaeological Site that is home to one of Florida's largest Native American shell middens. If you envision a more tropical setting for your holiday weekend give Lighthouse Point Park a try. This large county-owned park is located on the north side of the inlet at the end of South Atlantic Avenue. Lighthouse Point Park provides visitors direct access to both the beach and river, covered pavilions for family get-togethers, restroom facilities complete with freshwater showers for rinsing off, a 1,000-foot long paved fishing jetty, nature trails that wind through the protected dune system, and plenty of BBQ grills to cook up some hot dogs and hamburgers.
Enjoy the Water
Enjoy a plethora of water activities in Ponce Inlet this Labor Day Weekend while the water is still warm! Stop by Ponce Inlet Watersports which offers a wide variety of water activities for you to enjoy including paddle-boarding, parasailing, and dolphin tours. No matter your speed, Ponce Inlet Watersports has the perfect afternoon activity for everyone’s Labor Day. You can even go snorkeling if quiet solitude and more personal experience is what you have in mind.
Reel in Your Labor Day Dinner
Fishing allows you to take in the natural beauty of Ponce Inlet while catching dinner at the same time. Ponce Inlet's fishing heritage dates back to the late-19th-century when Bartola and Martha Pacetti first opened the Pacetti Hotel in the 1880s. Some things never change and Ponce Inlet still remains a popular fishing destination to this day. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of angling opportunities in Ponce Inlet including fishing charters, surf fishing, and casting a line from the famous 1,000-foot Ponce Inlet jetty. Spend your Labor Day under the Florida sun while catching a fresh fish for your holiday meal!
Climb Florida's Tallest Lighthouse
Enjoy 175 Feet of Florida History this Labor Day weekend by visiting the world-famous Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum! Climb 175 feet to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse where spectacular views of the World's Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and inland waterways await. Visitors can explore one of the largest and best-preserved light stations in the country after their climb and discover the fascinating story of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, US Lighthouse Service, and local region as they tour the museum's many exhibit spaces. Be sure to stop in the gift shop to pick out the perfect memento of your Labor Day weekend adventure! The Lighthouse and Museum are open daily to the public at 10:00 AM. Admission is only $6.95 for adults and $1.95 for children age 11 and under.