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Old 03-01-2012, 08:57 AM
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We are expecting to transfer to Mayport in 2013. We are familiar with camden as we were stationed there very early in our career when our kids were very young. We would like to buy a house in Camden and commute to Mayport. My husband has an hour long commute to DC right now, so the drive would not be a shock to him and the schools/low crime are worth it to us.
However, I am wondering what there is to do for ages 16 to 25?
I know that boredom is sometimes a recipe for trouble and I want to avoid that if possible. St. Marys/Kingsland would be the smallest town we have experienced so far. My kids are used to malls, movie theaters, bowling/lazar tag type places, teen oriented hang outs, beaches where they can surf, jet ski and parasail, water/amusement parks, zip lines, big name concerts and activities aimed at local teens all within a 10 or 15 minute drive.
When I google "things to do in camden county" most of what is listed are restaurants with the exception of the movie theater, Walmart, publix, rest areas and welcome centers and even a barber shop. That can't be all there is.
Can someone give me a true picture of what there is to do for teens and young adults. They dont need to be constantly entertained, but having a wide variety of activities to keep them involved and meeting people is important to us.
I'm also concerned with employment. If all of our kids make this move with us, we will have a teen and two young adults who will need to find jobs pretty quickly. Is employment readily available?
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:41 AM
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You pretty much hit everything in Camden County. There's also a water park but it's aimed at younger kids. Fernandina is probably your closest beach at about 30 minutes away from St Marys (maybe 20 from Kingsland). But is you want to do things like parasailing, you'll probably need to head down to Jacksonville beach (1 hour drive). Any real shopping will be a 30 minute drive to either Brunswick or Jacksonville (further if you want to hit the nicer Jacksonville shopping destinations). Amusement type entertainment would take you 30 - 45 minutes into Jacksonville. If being close to those sorts of things is important, you may want to seriously consider Jacksonville.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:35 PM
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I'm a 16 year old and i was born in camden there is nothing to do but maybe a skating rink but that is really lame and im pretty sure your kids will not enjoy it.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:09 PM
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Move to Jacksonville. N. St. John's Co. if schools are a priority. Your kids will be miserable in Camden.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:28 PM
Location: Rockledge, FL
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I am looking to move to the King's Bay area for my husband's job right now. You mention having been there when your kids were younger. Mine is coming up on 12 now and I am curious if I should be going to GA or trying to stay on the Florida side. What are you thoughts after having been in Kingsland for a while? She is going into 7th grade...schools are important to us!
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