Certified sensory inclusive, a visit to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a great way to spend the day with family and friends. They have properly trained staff members, sensory bags for guests during zoo visits, and designated quiet areas for when breaks are needed. In each sensory bag, you can find noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards, all of which we have personally found extremely helpful. If you are planning to visit the zoo, I highly suggest downloading the KultureCity App. This free app will help guide you on how to access the sensory features at the Zoo, and there is also a Social Story available to provide a preview of what to expect during your visit.
While these next few places do not host a specific autism friendly time, night, or day of the week (that I am aware of), I cannot leave without mentioning them. These events and spaces are some of our favorite family outings.
The Jacksonville Public Library in downtown Jax is a family favorite. Everyone from my autistic teen to my youngest who has sensory processing disorder absolutely loves it here. There is something for everyone. There’s an art gallery. A teen room filled with age-appropriate reads, computers, instruments, video games, and board games. A children’s library that also houses age-appropriate books, computers, fun scavenger hunts, puppet shows, and so much more!