There are many family oriented places to visit in Jacksonville, Florida. From zoos to water parks to hand’s on museums, you’ll find an assortment of options. Here are just a few that the kids will love.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens – There’s always plenty to see at the zoo. There are over 1,400 exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. If you get tired of walking, you can hop on the train and ride around the entire zoo at your leisure. Some of the newest exhibits include the Range of the Jaguar and the Giraffe Overlook. The zoo is open 363 days a year. (It closes for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas).
Ft. Clinch – Located on Amelia Island, Ft. Clinch is one of the most well-maintained brick forts in the United States. Interestingly enough, there were no major battles ever fought here. Once a month reenactments are performed to show what daily life was like in the fort. The park grounds also have a playground and picnic area, hiking and bike trails, campgrounds, and beach access.
M.O.S.H. – The Museum of Science and History is completely designed for children with plenty of hands on activities and educational opportunities. The exhibits change periodically so check their web-page to see what’s currently on display. A quick Internet search will bring you right to their homepage.
Adventure Landing – If you’re ready for some excitement (and can handle the noise level) your kids will be thrilled every time you to take them to Adventure Landing. There is a big arcade inside with games, rides, and a snack bar, but the main attractions are all outdoors. Outside, there is a water park, miniature golf course, laser tag, go karts, and batting cages. Adventure landing will also host birthday parties for children.
Skate Parks – Kona Skate Park is one of the oldest running skates park in the country. It includes bowls, concrete speed runs, rails and ramps. There is also the Cuba Hunter Skate Park located at 4380 Emerson Street in Jacksonville, and a small skate park at main beach on Amelia Island.
Last but certainly not least, there is always the beach! You can find beach access at many state parks, along S. Fletcher Ave. on Amelia Island, and at Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach. If you’re swimming with children, it’s always a good idea to swim where there are life guards on duty.
You and your kids will find plenty of fun things to do in Jacksonville, Florida. The bigger problem is finding time to do it all!