in Jacksonville, FL
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The city is full of hidden gems and treasures. If you’re tired of always hitting the same spots, take a look at all the options below. We showcase businesses near you where you could spend countless hours of endless fun with your entire family.
Say goodbye to the boring weekends and routine birthday parties. Think outside the box and dare to try something new. Take a look at what your city has to offer – all within driving distance of your location. You might be surprised!
4825 Blanding Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32210 Directions
Ready for an adventure? Then head over to Adventure Landing, where you'll have all the fun of a huge theme park, in a smaller package that you can experience in a day. This mini theme park attraction includes a water park, game room, go carts and putt putt golf course. Best of all, it's located right off Beach Blvd.
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
829 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32204 Directions
Enjoy the preserved beauty of a stately home that has now been transformed into the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The original collection of the former residents has expanded from 60 pieces to more than 5,500 European and American works of art dating from 2100 BC to the present.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opened in 1961 on the grounds of the former residence of Arthur and Ninah Cummer. The museum started with a small collection of just sixty pieces. Almost 50 years after opening, the museum now houses over 5,500 European and American works of art dating from 2100 BC to the 21st century.
The museum and gardens are visited by more than 95,000 guests annually and is registered as a National Historic Place. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to Art Connections, a nationally known learning center that educates 50,000 students each year and offers hands-on art experiences for museum visitors.
1015 Museum Cir
Jacksonville, FL 32207 Directions
In 1965, the Friendship Fountain was the world’s largest and tallest fountain, capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. Accentuated by colored lights at night, it became a popular tourist destination and local recreation site located in St. Johns River Park.
Hands On Children's Museum
8580 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32216 Directions
Touching the displays is a requirement at the Hands On Children's Museum, which resembles a castle on the outside, and a scientific-discovery fun house on the inside! More than 15 major exhibits and attractions like "Little Vets," "Kids Mini Bank," and "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery" will keep the kids enthralled for hours.
The Hands On Children's Museum opened its doors in 2000 and has quickly become a popular attraction for families. The museum offers 15 major exhibits and has welcomed over 275,000 people into its castle walls. Yes, the museum's building is in the shape of a castle!
The 6,500-square-foot museum is home to interactive exhibits like "Little Vets," "Kids Mini Bank," and "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery." "Little Vets" allows kids to dress up like a veterinarian and nurse animals back to health. Play with stethoscopes and microscopes at this exhibit and don't forget to take a peek at the baby animals in the incubator!
Act as a bank teller, open a bank account and learn how money is made at the "Kids Mini Bank."
At the "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery," children can act as a cashier or a customer. Shop around for groceries and pay at the life-like checkout. The exhibit boasts a "real" cash register and conveyor belt.
Other exhibits include "You're the Star Stage," "S.S. Spinghetti," "Puppet Stage" and "50's Cafe."
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
13611 Normandy Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32221 Directions
Horse around at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, a recreation facility that specializes in equestrian and animal-related events, like barrel-racing competitions, dressage shows and agility trials for dogs. You'll also find the occasional trade show, circus, concert and demolition derby on special event weekends.
While you'll find plenty of horse-related events at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, the facility is also open for Monster truck shows, Demolition derby, music concerts and band camp. Plenty of trade shows and special events are held here too, like the annual Florida RV Trade Show and the Piccadilly Circus.
The kids will have a ton of fun watching equestrian and other animal-related events like Pals 'N Paws Agility Trials, barrel racing competitions, dressage shows and Arabian horse shows.
The indoor Championship Arena seats 4,000 spectators and holds most of the larger events at the venue. There are also two outdoor competition arenas, two indoor warm up arenas and nearly 100 full-service RV spaces.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
370 Zoo Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32218 Directions
An amazing animal sanctuary awaits you at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The animal preserve sits on 110 acres at the mouth of the Trout River and is home to exhibits and attractions that display more than 2,000 exotic animals and 1,500 plant species.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens sprawl across 110 acres at the mouth of the Trout River. The zoo is home to over 2,000 exotic animals and 1,500 plant species. In part of its mission to act as "responsible stewards of our plant Earth," the zoo is active in animal conservation, participating in over 20 Species Survival Plans.
The zoo's largest exhibit is "Range of the Jaguar," featuring, you guessed it, jaguars. Currently home to eight jaguars, in terms of animals it is the largest jaguar exhibit in North America. While roaming through the range, you'll find Central and South American reptiles and amphibians like anacondas, caiman lizards and poison dart frogs. Sloths, monkeys, anteaters and birds like macaws, cuckoos and herons can also be spotted.
The Jacksonville Zoo has an exhibit that features Florida wildlife in the wetlands. "Wild Florida" features American alligator, American black bear, red wolves, Florida panthers, white-tail deer, otters, bobcats and bald eagles.
Other exhibits you will find at the Jacksonville Zoo are "Great Apes of the World," "Australian Adventure," "African Plains," "Stingray Bay," "Asian Bamboo Garden and Komodo Dragon" and the botanical gardens, "Savannah Blooms" and "Gardens of the Trout River Plaza."
Kona Skate Park
8739 Kona Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32211 Directions
Skate at one of the oldest operating skate parks in the country, Kona Skate Park. This park is no dinosaur either. They have some of the raddest runs, including a 30' deep bowl with 6' tombstone extension, freestyle area and j-run.
Museum Of Science And History Jacksonville
1025 Museum Cir
Jacksonville, FL 32207 Directions
Get ready to MOSH at the Museum Of Science And History Jacksonville. The super-charged, hands-on museum includes exhibits and attractions like "The Body Within," where visitors enter an over-sized model of the human body and explore what's inside. More fun around every corner is guaranteed at MOSH.
Located on the Southbank Riverwalk, The Museum of Science and History is the most visited museum in Jacksonville. The MOSH is home to exhibits and hands-on activities with primary focus on educating and entertaining children.
At the MOSH, visitors can take a walk through "The Body Within." Guests step into a huge replica of the human mouth, stroll through the digestive tract and well, the exit is all too obvious. Explore "Water Worlds" in the museum's permanent aquarium exhibit. Take a journey through Jacksonville's history and learn how the city came to be at the "Currents of Time" exhibit. These are but a few of the museum's permanent exhibits.
The MOSH is also home to the Alexander Brest Planetarium. The planetarium has a 60-foot-diameter dome projection screen and a projector capable of producing 8,900 stars. An estimated 60,000 people see the show every year.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
333 N Laura St
Jacksonville, FL 32202 Directions
One of the most amazing collections of contemporary art is housed in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The six-story, 60,000-square-foot attraction is located in downtown Jacksonville and is the cornerstone of the area's revitalization project.
Expand your knowledge of contemporary art by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. One of the Southeast's largest contemporary art institutions, the museum houses over 800 art pieces dating from the 1960's to present day works. The first of its kind in the Jacksonville area, the Museum of Contemporary Art has been devoted to the visual arts since opening in 1924.
The MOCA is a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. The six-story, 60,000 square foot museum is located in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville. Serving as a cornerstone of Jacksonville's multi-billion dollar downtown revitalization plan, the museum's exhibitions, educational programs, tours, lectures, films and publications bring new members and visitors in everyday.
Learn about the art of our time through the innovative exhibitions featuring pieces from international, national and regional artists like Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Ed Paschke and other masters of the contemporary arts. MOCA Jacksonville's changing exhibitions feature artwork in all forms: painting, sculpture and video, just to name a few. While visiting, don't forget to hang out with the kids in the ArtExplorum Loft and enjoy a meal at Cafe Nola.
Tree Hill Nature Center
7152 Lone Star Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32211 Directions
Get wowed by nature at the Tree Hill Nature Center. Located in the center of downtown Jacksonville, this amazing sanctuary includes attractions like Animal Encounters, Guided Trail Tours and an on-site butterfly house!
World Golf Hall of Fame
1 World Golf Pl
St Augustine, FL 32092 Directions
The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, featuring the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.
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