5 Top Experiences in Our Parks

Get active in JAX and explore the outdoors! With the various sightseeing activities offered, these destinations are just waiting for you.

Timucuan Preserve

Get wrapped up in the history of the area while taking in the beautiful scenery at the Preserve.

1. Audio tour at guided tours

Explore Kingsley Plantation at your own pace with the walking Tour. Perfect tour for a family outing. Learn about the history of the plantation and the people who lived there in the late 1700’s and 1800’s. This “Lion’s Story Teller” audio tour lasts about 1 hour and is at no cost to you.

2. Kayaking tour with Kayak Amelia

Experience the state parks with a view from the water. Kayak Amelia offers guided tours with no prior experience needed. Learn about the wildlife and ecosystems in the area. Book one of the many guided tours for your next visit!

3. Photo at Boneyard Beach

Perfect photo opportunity on Boneyard Beach. The beach is easily accessible from the parking lot. Walk up and down the shoreline and explore! See the fallen oaks and palm trees that line the beach. After visiting, you’ll understand why this beach got the name “boneyard”.

4. Camp at Little Talbot

Extend your trip and stay the night at Little Talbot Island. With plenty of camping options from full facility campsites for those traveling in RVs to tent camping. Make a reservation at the campsite that is best for you!

5. Bike the Timucuan Trail

A bike trail for all skill levels. Bike this 4.8 mile trail extending both on Big Talbot Island and Little Talbot Island.

palm trees in a Jacksonville park

Fort Caroline

Travel back in time when visiting Fort Caroline. Whether you visit historic landmarks like the Ribault Monument or the Fort, or you want to explore the hiking trails.

1. Explore the Fort

Go back in time at Fort Caroline. This replica fort is a great site to see for family and friends exploring Fort Caroline area.

2. Check out the Ribault Monument

Stop by the Ribault Monument between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to see this historic landmark. This monument represents France claiming Florida in 1562.

3. Hike the Theodore Roosevelt loop

Hike this 3.1 mile loop filled with the history and views at the Timucuan Preserve.

4. Visit the Spanish pond

The Spanish pond is another historic landmark in the Fort Caroline area. This pond is where Spanish soldiers trekked through when attacking Fort Caroline.

5. Check out the museum at the Visitor Center

Make sure before you leave Fort Caroline to stop by the visitor center and pick out souvenirs from your trip! The visitor center also has exhibits with hands on activities for the kiddos.

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