No matter when you plan your trip, there are tons of kid-friendly Jacksonville attractions to capture your imagination and sense of adventure. Take a hike through the marshes at the park, visit the gardens at the zoo or explore the exhibits at the Hands-On Children's museum. There's tons of things to do in Jacksonville and something for every taste. You already know the kinds of activities that make your family smile. Now, you get to explore all the places to go in Jacksonville, the city "Where Florida Begins".
It's one of the largest cities in the state and you'll see why so many people plan family vacations in Jacksonville when they want to get away. One of the biggest nearby attractions is Big Talbot Island State Park and there's no better spot for wilderness trails. If you decide to visit the park, let the kids decide on the destination. The northern edge of the park boasts great fishing spots, but some of the best kid-friendly Jacksonville attractions are the trails themselves. Follow the Blackrock Trail if you plan to visit the shoreline or the Big Pine Trail to see the marsh. Whether you have young explorers or budding ornithologists in your crew, Big Talbot Island State Park encompasses enough territory to appeal to every taste.
While you decide on an itinerary, it's smart to consider a wide range of activities. At the Staybridge Suites Jacksonville, your family creates their own fun. Some of the best things to do in Jacksonville happen at the hotel itself. Use the grilling area to barbecue lunch first and pack up the leftovers for a picnic overlooking the water. There's a fitness room too and your kids will love the outdoor pool. When you're ready to head out to see some of Jacksonville's tourist attractions, drive north and take Beach Boulevard into the city to see the sights.
The Jacksonville Zoo makes an especially popular destination on the city's north side. You'll want to let the kids grab a map on their way in, all of the exhibits are worth checking out. As a special treat, be sure to visit the bamboo gardens near the Komodo Dragon enclosure before heading home. It's one of the most relaxing spots in the park--and there are a few hidden gems inside.
The Fairfield Inn and Suites West Jacksonville keeps you close to the city's west side, and only a short drive from all the fun downtown. Visit the Crummer Museum of Art and Gardens to see more than 5,000 works of art, all along the riverfront path. The event pairs well with other kid-friendly Jacksonville attractions, like the Riverwalk that spans both sides of the water. If you plan to visit the rare animals at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, keep driving north. It's on the northern edge of the city and it pairs well with the zoo for a day of animal adventures.
After you've booked a room at one of the kid-friendly hotels in Jacksonville and set up a flexible itinerary of attractions, it's fun to note the best spots for family photos. The bronze Giant Panda statue in the gardens at the zoo makes one great backdrop and there are a bunch of great spots along the riverfront too. The fun starts now, as you decide what to see in the city!
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