• Ride beachside or catch some thrills on miles of wooded mountain biking trails throughout Jacksonville.
    Biking on the Beach

    Tour Jax on two-wheels!

    Ride beachside or catch some thrills on miles of wooded mountain biking trails throughout Jacksonville. Learn More

  • Spend the day hiking or swim and enjoy an evening camping under the stars with your loved ones.
    Family Camping

    Take the family on an adventurous camping trip.

    Spend the day hiking or swim and enjoy an evening camping under the stars with your loved ones. Learn More

  • Experience Northeast Florida's wild beauty in our gorgeous parks and nature preserves.
    Florida Parks

    Unplug, get outside, and reconnect with nature.

    Experience Northeast Florida's wild beauty in our gorgeous parks and nature preserves. Learn More

In The Outdoors Section

  • Parks

    Parks

    Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the nation with more than 80,000 acres of parks, including 10 state and national parks, a national preserve, dozens of city parks and gardens, and an arboretum. Explore our unspoiled wetlands, marshes, and woods to experience the natural beauty of Florida’s first coast.


  • Family Fun Outdoors

    Family Fun Outdoors

    Enjoy a walking safari right here in Jacksonville at The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens or Cattyshack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Both offer a great family experience that's also educational!


  • Camping

    Camping

    What could be be better than casting a line with the kids or snuggling close to someone special by the campfire? Many of Jacksonville's best campsites are just steps from white, sandy beaches along the coast.


  • Hiking

    Hiking

    Jacksonville’s hiking trails wind through shaded and beachside areas and offer scenic views of waterways and marshes. Hikers frequently spot local birds and wildlife.


  • Birding

    Birding

    Jacksonville sits at the Northeast Gateway to The Great Florida Birding Trail and is a natural choice for a birding excursion. Dozens of state and national parks and nature preserves offer birders a dizzying array of species and habitats.


  • Biking

    Biking

    From strenuous mountain biking trails to family-friendly paved paths, Jacksonville offers a variety of options for cycling enthusiasts. Take advantage of rentals and guided tours to see Jacksonville’s natural side by bike.





Outdoor Activities, Parks & Zoo

Minutes away from Jacksonville's city center, a natural wonderland awaits.

Miles of untouched woodlands, marshes, beaches, and waterways await your observation and discovery. Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the country, with more than  80,000 designated acres, including the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

Explore Northeast Florida’s unique ecosystem by hiking or biking along miles of designated nature trails, where you may spot one of hundreds of local bird species. Escape the everyday by spending an evening camping under the stars in one of our exquisite parks.

For family animal adventures visit The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Cattyshack Ranch Wildlife Santuary, St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park or Marineland Dolphin Adventure.  


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