In The Outdoors Section
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.
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The Light Boat Parade is a uniquely Jacksonville experience and there's fireworks! Be sure to make plans to watch.
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I love trying new things - why not clay shooting?
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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a big cat rescue here in Jacksonville, is a great unique attraction, the likes of which I've never seen before. Read more.
Blogs by Gary Sass
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The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for history buffs.
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We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history.
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The most spectacular annual air show is right here in Jacksonville.
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“On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.
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Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.