Family Fun in Jacksonville, FL

FAMILY FUN | MUSEUMS & ART | NATURE PARKS

If you're looking a roadtrip from Jacksonville, FL for the day, try these great places which are just an hour or less away from Jacksonville, FL. Discover a new place with family, friends or solitude.


St. Augustine Alligator Farm

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Daily programs offer up close encounters and educational entertainment on alligators, rainforest animals, forest animals, and other cool creatures.The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is the only place in the world where you can see every living species of crocodilian!

Blue Cypress Community Center and Park

Blue Cypress Community Center and Park

  • 4012 University Blvd N. Jacksonville, FL 32277
  • (904) 745-5466
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Blue Cypress Rec Center is open for residents to enjoy a game of air hockey or table tennis inside the facility during non-programmed hours, or venture outside to the tennis courts, soccer fields or softball fields. Visitors may also enjoy a hike along the park's paved nature trail, a dip in the swimming pool, some fishing in the lake, a game of golf on the facility's 9-hole golf course or a kayak excursion along the St. John's River from the park's shoreline launch site.

Bull Memorial Park and Adele Grage Cultural Center

Bull Memorial Park and Adele Grage Cultural Center

  • 716 Ocean Boulevard 7th St. Atlantic Beach, Fl.
  • (904) 247-5828
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The Adele Grage Cultural Center, located at 716 Ocean Boulevard & 7th St, provides space for the Atlantic Beach Recreation and Special Events offices, a community room (20'X40') with a full service kitchen (available for rent), public computers, a 60-seat theatre, and art gallery for monthly exhibitions. The Community room opens to Bull Memorial Park. Rental information is available online or call.

Central Park

Central Park

  • Central Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
  • (904) 277-7305
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Central Park is located on Atlantic Avenue and consists of a comfort station, 4 lighted tennis courts, 1 baseball practice field, a minor, major and senior league baseball playing field, a football playing field, a playground, a gazebo and picnic tables.

Cuba Hunter Park

Cuba Hunter Park

  • 4380 Emerson St. Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • (904) 630-4100
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The property was originally owned by John Hunter, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer. The park is named after his daughter, who died protecting her nephew from a drunk driver. Cuba Hunter Park`s 10,000 sq. ft. skateboard facility has great features, including a 6-foot half pipe, a 7-foot quarter pipe, jump boxes, multiple rails and a bank ramp with a partial pyramid. Smooth cement and sturdy steel construction rank this site with other top city-owned skateboard parks across the country. Cuba Hunter Park also includes two playscapes, a multi-use athletic field, a 0.25mile boardwalk winding through more than 3.5 acres of wetlands, and a covered pavilion with three picnic tables and two grills. In 2005 a gymnasium with an elevated track and a community building were added. In 2006 an additional picnic pavilion was constructed near the lake.

Davenport Park/Kourtney's Korner

Davenport Park/Kourtney's Korner

  • Located at the corner of San Carlos and San Marco Ave
  • (904) 825-1004
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Located at the corner of San Carlos and San Marco Ave., the park has a restored antique carousel which operates seven days a week. The playground area, Kourtney's Korner, is fully handicap accessible with both open and closed slides, monkey bars and other exercise and fun equipment. The entire park is fully enclosed and picnic tables are available.

Davis Park Complex and Paws Dog Park

Davis Park Complex and Paws Dog Park

Davis Park is a work in progress. This off-leash park was one of it's first features. There is also a playground and numerous soccer and softball fields. The off-leash area is somewhat small, and most of the space is taken up by a pond. But for dogs who like to get wet on their walks, this might be just the place for you.

Deerwood Rotary Childrens Park

Deerwood Rotary Childrens Park

  • 7901 Baymeadows Road East, Jacksonville, FL 32256
  • (904) 249-3828
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Founded in 1986, the Rotary Club of Deerwood was chartered with the goal of becoming the preeminent service club in Jacksonville. From the beginning, the club was determined to remain small but comprised of influential people who could make a significant impact in the community.

Gymboree Play And Music

Gymboree Play And Music

We provide an environment where children are free to move, play and explore safely. Our proprietary equipment was designed by Jay Beckwith, a nationally respected playground designer with more than 30 years of experience, who created every structure with the needs of children in mind. Our play environments are designed to deliver the high-quality standard parents expect for their children.

Hands On Children's Museum

Hands On Children's Museum

  • 8580 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32216
  • (904) 642-2688
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The Hands On Children's Museum promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages. We encourage discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving and free play. The museum motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with their peers and adults.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Home Depot Kids Workshop

  • Various Locations check website for locations
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FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Jordan Park

Jordan Park

  • 1671 Francis Avenue Atlantic Beach , FL.
  • (904) 247-4038
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Jordan Park provides sports programs geared toward basketball, kickball and softball. The center also provides after-school homework assistance, computers, tutoring and a summer camp for children.

Kids Kampus Park

Kids Kampus Park

  • 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard Jacksonville
  • (904) 630-5437
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This is a quite amazing discovery for kids! It has acres and acres of fun! It is very much worth any amount of travel you need to do to get here! This place has it all!

Kindermusik

Kindermusik

Children learn and grow through play, with other children, teachers, and you. Led by our skilled educators, Kindermusik's research-based programs will enhance your child's development and instill a lifelong love of music.

Kona Skatepark

Kona Skatepark

BMX Allowed Sunday thru Thursday. 100% Skateboarding Friday and Saturday

Lannie Road Park

Lannie Road Park

  • 3461 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218
  • (904) 630-4100
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Lannie Road Park is situated in upper northwestern Jacksonville, near the portion of Thomas Creek that separates Duval and Nassau counties. The City's 1425-acre Thomas Creek Preserve is also located in the area.

Losco Regional Park

Losco Regional Park

  • 10851 Hood Road S. Jacksonville, FL 32258
  • (904) 630-4100
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Originally known as Southeast Regional Park North, Losco Regional Park is located on Hood Road South, north of Losco Road near Julington Creek. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Jacksonville`s bustling beltway system, Losco Regional Park lies west of Interstate 95 on the north side of Interstate 295.

Adventure Landing-(Blanding)

Adventure Landing-(Blanding)

Adventure Landing is a leader in the regional theme park industry. The company owns, operates, and manages Adventure Landing parks in Florida (3), North Carolina (3), Texas (1), and New York (3). A privately held corporation, Adventure Landing maintains corporate offices in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Our Flagship Park, Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island Water Park in Jacksonville Beach, is the largest Family Entertainment Center in northeast Florida. Offering individual & family fun for all ages, Adventure Landing can accommodate private and semi-private group events hosting thousands of guests. With over 5,000,000 visitors since opening, the Jacksonville Beach Park can proudly claim that Adventure Landing is the "Place to Play" for Florida families and visitors.

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic

  • Various Locations check website for locations
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Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics are?free classes especially for kids?where they can build a different project every month and take it home for free.

Mandarin Park

Mandarin Park

  • 14780 Mandarin Road Jacksonville, FL 32233
  • (904) 630-4100
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Mandarin Park Boat Ramp is located in Mandarin Park, along Julington Creek. Amenities include picnic tables, rest rooms and a fishing pier. The park also offers play areas, walking trails and an interpretive nature center.

McGirts Creek Park

McGirts Creek Park

  • 8435 118th St. Jacksonville, FL 32244
  • (904) 630-4100
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McGirts Creek Center, located in Jacksonville's Westside, offers M3Zone after school and summer camp activities for youth ages 6 through 12. The facility also has a computer lab and community space. Outside, the park offers lighted basketball courts, picnic tables and pavilion, a nature trail with fitness course and ADA accessible baseball/softball field, made possible in part by Jacksonville Miracle League and the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville.

Metropolitan Park

Metropolitan Park

  • 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32202-1900
  • (904) 630-0837
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Metropolitan Park, located along the beautiful St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, is the First Coast's premier recreational facility. Since its opening in 1984, this once vacant 27-acre facility offers something for everyone. Whether you prefer relaxing in the cool river breezes or listening to top-name entertainment at one of the many outdoor concerts

New Berlin Model Airplane Field

New Berlin Model Airplane Field

  • 10525 Island Drive Jacksonville, FL 32226
  • (904) 630-4100
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The New Berlin Model Airplane Field is located in northeastern Jacksonville, east of New Berlin Road. The name New Berlin derives from an area well south of the field near Dames Point on the St. Johns River. After its settlement in the 1860's, New Berlin became a thriving community that still exists today. The Radio Controlled Club leases the 18.67-acre site from the City and manages the field. The site contains two asphalt runways and is opened seven days a week. The public may visit at any time the field is open and have a picnic, watch the flying etc.

Paws Park (at Wingate Park)

Paws Park (at Wingate Park)

  • South Penman Road, (across from Wingate Park)
  • (904) 513-9240
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It is the first free city sponsored dog park. Paws Park is located in Jacksonville Beach, FL. The park is open from 5 am until 10 pm 7 days per week. The park will be closed for maintenance Thurs. AM

Ray Greene Park (BMX Track)

Ray Greene Park (BMX Track)

  • 149 Leonid Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218
  • (904) 630-4100
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BMX riders have the perfect place to practice at Ray Greene Park located on the Northside. JAX BMX, a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of BMX racing, helps maintain this outstanding track and hosts a variety of races and events during the year.

Ringhaver Park

Ringhaver Park

  • 5198 118th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32244
  • (904) 630-4100
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Ringhaver Park is located in southwest Jacksonville, extending south from 118th Street, along the western border of the Ortega River. The City acquired the land comprising the park in 1971, 1972, 1996, and 2000. The park is named for Lambert C. Ringhaver (1910-1976), whose family made a memorial donation for the initial park development, which has grown from 36 acres in 1977 to 576 acres in 2003. Mr. Ringhaver was the founder of Ring Power Corp., and served as president of the Florida Forestry Association, as a trustee of Jacksonville University, and as president of the Greater Jacksonville Open for two terms. The multi-use park is home to the Westside Soccer Club and the Ortega Stream Valley nature area, which contains an 826-foot boardwalk along the Ortega River and a pier that may be used for launching kayaks and canoes.

Robert-Laryn Skatepark

Robert-Laryn Skatepark

  • 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine , FL
  • (904) 209-0385
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With 28,000 square feet of concrete, there is plenty of room for skateboarders of all ages and abilities. We have 1/2 pipes, rails, ledges, banks and a 9 and half foot (6 foot shallow end) kidney shaped pool to challenge even the most experienced skater.

Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park

Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park

  • 2760 Sandridge Road, Lake Asbury, FL
  • (904) 269-6378
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The Ronnie VanZant Memorial Park is a 90 acre recreational facility located in Clay County, Florida just south of Jacksonville off US 17 South before Green Cove Springs in Lake Asbury, FL, and has been funded by the Freebird Foundation, Inc from 1992-2001. Park Hours are from sunrise to sunset every day.

Seaside Playgarden

Seaside Playgarden

Seaside Playgarden Preschool and Kindergarten, located just blocks from the beach, is a perfect place for children to explore, grow and create.

Skate Station (Mandarin)

Skate Station (Mandarin)

  • 3461 Kori Road Jacksonville, FL 32257-5470
  • (904) 272-5600
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Get ready for a good time at Skate Station Funworks. There is something for everyone. The Funworks staff is committed to bring you the best in family entertainment.

South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground

South Beach Park and Sunshine Playground

  • Osceola Avenue and South Beach Parkway Jacksonville Beach, F
  • (904) 247-6236
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This is a really fun park with lots of play ground equipment for children of all ages. The park has gone through a recent renovation and now has bathroom, jogging trail, basketball courts, tennis courts and picnic shelte

Spring Park

Spring Park

Spring Park is located on Magnolia Avenue and opened to the public from dawn to dusk. This park hosts many of the City's activities, such as our famous Memorial Day RiverFest held in May. The park includes state-of-the-art playground equipment for children of all ages and numerous covered shelters for family gatherings, picnics or just relaxing in the shade.