Live & Work

Whitney Laboratory is uniquely located near the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, which creates endless outdoor activities for those living and working at the lab.

The Whitney Laboratory is more than just a research facility; we are an academic community. We regularly host an assortment of academic and cultural events including the Evenings at the Whitney lecture series, Journal Club/Data Club presentations, student symposia, concerts, fundraisers, lab soccer games and weekly “Pau Hana” socials.

The Whitney Laboratory is an ideal place to live and work. Our beautiful coastal location offers many nearby opportunities for students and researchers to explore Florida’s many natural treasures. Nature trails, ecotours, fishing, beach access can all be found within walking distance of the Whitney campus. Also, St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, is located nearby, which offers many historic experiences. Many of our residents take advantage of the farmer’s market held every Sunday in the adjacent marina, where you can find everything from local produce and seafood to handmade arts and crafts. If you’re hungry for some of the local fare, there are several beachside restaurants that are only a short drive away.


Articles of Interest

St. Augustine named "The South's Best Food Town" by Southern Living
Whitney Laboratory has lowest faculty turnover rate at UF - 0%
Florida Ranked #1 in higher education by U.S. News and World Report

Local Activities

Ripple Effect Ecotours
101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine | 904-347-1565
Guided kayak tours, fishing, boating, etc.
Distance: Located on the neighboring property of Whitney Laboratory

Marineland Dolphin Adventure
9600 Ocean Shore Boulevard, St. Augustine | 904-471-1111
Explore the world’s first oceanarium with 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats
Distance: Located across A1A from Whitney Laboratory

River to Sea Preserve
9805 N. Ocean Shore Boulevard, Marineland | 386-313-4020
Beaches, bicycling, birding and camping
Distance: 01 mile / 2 minute walk

Fort Matanzas National Monument
8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-0116
Fort created to guard St. Augustine’s southern river approach; a short boat ride takes visitors to the fort
Distance: 2.7 miles / 4 minutes

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park 
6400 N. Ocean Shore Boulevard, Palm Coast | 386-446-6780
20 acres of formal gardens between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River
Distance: 2.9 miles / 5 minutes

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine | 904-829-0745
Florida’s first lighthouse built in 1824; 165 feet above sea level and contains 219 steps that can be climbed by visitors
Distance: 16.1 miles / 25 minutes

Anastasia State Park 
300 Anastasia Park Road, St. Augustine | 904-461-2033
1,600 acres of rich ecosystems and abundant wildlife; four miles of pristine beach, estuarine tidal marsh and self-guided nature trail through maritime hammock and ancient sand dunes; includes a coquina quarry, where coquina rock was mined to help construct nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Distance: 15.6 miles / 24 minutes

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine | 904-824-3337
All known species of extant crocodilians (23 species), venomous snakes and more
Distance: 16.8 miles / 26 minutes

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine | 904-829-6506
Oldest masonry fort in the United States
Distance: 17.6 miles / 29 minutes

Historic Downtown St. Augustine
Oldest (450 years old) continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States; features restaurants shops and historic attractions
Distance: 18 miles / 30 minutes

Historic Tours of Flagler College
74 King Street, St. Augustine | 904.823.3378
Former luxury Hotel Ponce de Leon; National Historic Landmark built in 1888; includes massive collection of Tiffany stained glass windows
Distance: 18.8 miles / 31 minutes


Local Restaurants

Ragga Surf Cafe
9650 N. Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland 
fresh, scratch-made menu selections and daily chef’s specials
7am - 2pm (Wednesday-Sunday)
Distance: .3 mile / 1 minute


Captain’s BBQ
5862 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast | 386-597-2888
True southern BBQ; open for breakfast (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), lunch and dinner
Distance: 3.9 miles / 5 minutes

386 Restaurant
5949 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast | 386-246-0070
A fusion of fine eating; open for dinner
Distance: 4.8 miles / 9 minutes

Bronx House Pizza Hammock
5384 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast | 386-387-4992
Full-service restaurant, open for lunch, dinner, brunch and late night, serving authentic Italian and American cuisine
Distance: 5.2 miles / 7 minutes


Publix Super Market at Hammock Beach Centre
5415 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast 386-445-2193
Grocery store
Distance: 5.8 miles / 10 minutes

Viola’s Pizza, Pasta and Seafood
6149 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-2981
Modern Italian restaurant serving Long Island, NY style pizza, authentic Italian food and fresh local seafood; open for lunch and dinner
Distance: 8.2 miles / 12 minutes