Virtual Recreation Center

Virtual Recreation Center

Welcome to the City of Atlantic Beach Recreation & Special Events Department’s Virtual Recreation Center! 

The Virtual Recreation Center will serve as a place for you to obtain resources and links to FREE online fitness, fun and educational activities for various ages. The Recreation & Special Events Department is committed to ensuring the City of Atlantic Beach community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, maintain mental wellness, and continue to have fun from home. 

Visit this page often for new ideas to keep you and your loved ones active, entertained, and engaged.

Have a great idea or resource you’d like to share? Email us at recreation@coab.us.

Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed or referenced on this page.

Stay Active

As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many ways to stay healthy and active.

Indoor Activities 

Here are a few ideas for staying active indoors.

Take a Virtual Fitness Class - There are plenty of FREE options online. Here are just a few:

For the Kids  

Here are a few ideas for keeping children engaged.

Senior Recreation

Outdoor Activities

Did you know that the current guidelines allow for individuals to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements...such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, and running. 

Here’s a few ideas (For everyone’s safety, don’t forget your social distancing rules!)

  • Visit a local park.  Our parks are free and have great walking trails and open space to maintain Social Distance. Walk or bike through your local park to get a little Vitamin D.  Atlantic Beach parks remain open during the City’s emergency declaration; however, certain activities such as basketball, pickleball, tennis and racquetball are prohibited. Also, playgrounds, skateboard park, and public restrooms are closed.
  • Walk/run around your neighborhood and say hi (from a distance) to all of your neighbors who are getting outside too.
  • Go for a drive.
  • APRIL 17, 2020: Beach now open during limited hours for ’essential’ activities. ..

The hours Jacksonville’s beaches (including Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Hanna Park) will be open are 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. For the time being in Atlantic Beach, ocean rescue staffing will be limited and lifeguards will not man chairs; as such, swimmers are advised to use extreme caution.

In Atlantic Beach, the 18th and 19th street beach-access parking lots remain closed.

As defined in an executive order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, essential activities may include the following provided social-distancing guidelines are followed: walking, running, biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, surfing, and taking care of pets. Sunbathing is prohibited and beachgoers may not lay out towels or blankets. Also, chairs, coolers and grills are prohibited, as are groups of 10 or more people.

For the partial beach re-opening to be successful during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, it’s imperative that people follow social distancing guidelines and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. For everyone’s safety, even greater social distancing than the 6-foot-foot rule is strongly encouraged on the beach to account for wind and the movement of others.

Stay Connected 

Since we are all social distancing physically, here are some video-communication options that technology currently has to offer and other ideas to help us stay emotionally connected. 

  • Facetime a friend or loved one to check on them. Facetiming - Apple’s video communication App
  • Zoom - Video Communication 
  • Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
  • Write a letter ... the ol’ fashioned way, with a pen/pencil and paper.
  • Support a local restaurant, many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders. Who’s open and who’s closed? Click here for the Atlantic Beach restaurant list. Support your favorite joints and order food for pick up or try out Doordash or Ubereats and have it brought to you. Please email info@coab.us if you have helpful information/updates to share.

Virtual Art Gallery 

Virtual Art Gallery

Virtual Songwriters’ Concert

Songwriters’ Concert - Hosted by Mike Shackelford featuring songwriters during Songwriters’ Concert at Adele Grage Cultural Center.

Mindfulness

Practice mindful meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment with breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

  • The Mindful Movement - Mediation for Adults
  • Meditation for kids - Kid Friendly Meditation videos
  • Mayo Clinic - Information on mindfulness
  • Calming breathing cycle
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.  Make time to unwind.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Exercise Your Brain

Virtual Field Trips

STEM at Home

Let’s have some hands-on STEM fun at home! Explore these virtual activities and lessons for all ages.

Stay Informed

COAB logoThe City of Atlantic Beach has a Facebook page for Recreation and Special Events. 

Visit us and "like" us if you would like to keep up to date of city’s recreational events via Facebook!