Fourth Annual Right Whale Festival, Jacksonville Beach

The Fourth Annual Right Whale Festival is Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 on Jacksonville Beach, and it’s one event you won’t want to miss. With only about 400 right whales remaining in the world, we need to learn all we can to lessen negative human impacts and to protect them from extinction — and this festival is a fantastic way to help do that.

North Florida is blessed with the appearance of these critically endangered creatures each winter. The warm coastal waters here are ideal for these beautiful whales to give birth and raise their calves before returning to their feeding grounds by early April. This is the only known calving area in the southeast United States for North Atlantic Right Whales.

The one-day festival will take place at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include:

  • Beach cleanup
  • Fun activities for children
  • Music
  • Food vendors
  • Educational displays

Make a weekend out of it and enjoy special rates on hotel rooms at the Quality Suites Oceanfront for $129, right next to the SeaWalk Pavilion. Call 904-435-3535 and give them the group name: Right Whale Festival. The Holiday Inn Express is offering rooms for $80 a night and they’re only one mile away. Call 904-435-3000 and mention the Right Whale Festival.

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