Best Family Friendly Places in Jacksonville for Visitors
Finding a place for both adults and kids to enjoy equally while on vacation is not always an easy task. Jacksonville and the surrounding cities have a ton of hidden gems in addition to many family friendly destinations with amazing food and entertainment for the entire family!
Here are a few stand out places to visit when family and friends are in town !
Places to Visit –
Cummer Museum: Free admission is offered on the first Saturday of every month. This well curated museum has a huge kids area featuring art kits they can bring out to the St Johns River. In addition to the museum, you also have an opportunity to explore the 2.5 acres of historic 20th century designed gardens featuring reflecting pools, arbors, unique sculptures and ornaments.
Sweet Petes: The downtown candy shop is like stepping into a Willy Wonka Dream. If you have older children, they can take a candy making class or simply stuff as much candy they can manage into the $5 dollar candy boxes.
Riverside Art Market : The weekly art market runs from 10am until 3pm on Saturdays. This dynamic market features the best Jacksonville has to offer in artists and farmers. Some of the best food and art work in the city can be found here!
St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park: If you are brave and curious about reptiles this place is sure to grab your interest. The park offers a zip line ride over the crocodile pit for the bravest of visitors. Open 365 days a year from 9am-5pm, stop in to catch a wildlife show and receive an education in wildlife conservation!
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Game: Enjoy a fun and affordable night out for the family watching Jacksonville’s own minor league team! For a little as $7 dollars a ticket, you can gain admission into a Jumbo Shrimp game and enjoy peanuts and hotdogs while making fun baseball memories with the kids!
St Johns Ferry: Take a ferry ride from Mayport Village to St George Island. You can venture to the Timucuan Eco and Historical Preserve/ Kinsely Plantation/Fort Caroline featuring nature trails, plantation grounds and historical exhibits
Beaches Town Center In the heart of Atlantic and Neptune beach, approximately 12 miles east from downtown Jacksonville, the Beaches Town Center offers a plethora of choices for shopping, dining, or simply taking in the ocean breezes as you stroll down the brick paved boulevard.