If you are up for an ultimate coastal eco-adventure, Jacksonville is the place to be! We have the most extensive urban park system that will take you from riverfront views to the local wildlife you will only experience in Jacksonville.
Fort Caroline National Park
This historic replica of the French settlement in 1564 features the stunning view of the St. Johns River. Go back in time and learn about the vibrant story between the Spanish and French rivalry in the 16th century.
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
This large park extends to 46,000 acres and is considered the biggest park in the city. You can hike, swim, bike, and fish in the wetlands, trails, and beautiful beaches in the area.
The Kingsley Plantation is one of the only surviving plantation homes in Florida. If you want to learn more about the city’s heritage, you can join the daily guided tours or audio tours to the slave quarters and the plantation site.
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
There are a lot of things visitors can do in this 4,000 acre-Northside park. You can go camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or bird watching in the park. You can quickly go to both Betz Tiger Point and Cedar Point Preserve from this park.
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
This park played a significant role during the Civil War because it served as a military camp when it was built in 1862. Its location made it easy for anyone to access the inland areas of Florida. Anyone can go to the park for free.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Guests come to this park that was named after a fort used to defend the southern flank for fishing, boating, and hiking. The park also features a once exclusive resort, Ribault Club.
Anyone who loves outdoor activities would like to be in Hanna Park. It has a public beach where you can go surfing. For people who want to go hiking or biking, they can enjoy the 20-mile trail with various difficulty levels.
Castaway Island Preserve
You can find the salt marshes of this preserve along the Intracoastal Waterway of Jacksonville. The preserve features an interactive trail ideal for exploring wildlife in the area. You can also join a public kayak or canoe launch.
It is considered as one of the best outdoor sites in the city that offers different wildlife, hiking trails, a breathtaking pond, and beautiful landscaped gardens and trees. This park, located in Arlington, is a perfect place for families who want to go hiking with their pets.
Fort Family Regional Park at Baymeadows
This family-friendly park in the Southside area has a soccer field, picnic areas, trails, and a playground for the children. There is also a lake perfect for fishing in this 52-acre park.
Hemming Park is an integral part of the city's history as it is the first established park in Jacksonville. It was built in 1857 and became an important site for the Civil Rights movement. At present, the park becomes a venue for music festivals and other family-friendly events.
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