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Green is Jacksonville’s color and adventure is our favorite game. The abundant parks, ecological preserves and waterways in “The River City by the Sea” provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and relax in nature’s playground.
Jacksonville proudly boats the largest urban park system in the nation with more than 80,000 acres of parks including 10 state & national parks, dozens of city parks and gardens and an arboretum.Opportunities to enjoy and explore the outdoors are endless in Jacksonville!
Take a look at our suggestions below, if you have questions along the way ask a local their advice!
Wake up to the birds chirping outside your campsite. Jacksonville's large park's system offered wooded campsite, as well as beachfront views from your tent. Take a hike in the 46,000 acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. The historical sites and marked trails provide more than just a walk in the woods.
Get out on the water and fish with the Pros in Jax, offering visitors an adventure on the waterways. Check out the best places to fish in Northeast Florida. Surf, paddleboard, kayak, kite surf, boat, scuba, swim and fish at any of our beaches, including Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Mayport, Huguenot Park, Hanna Park and the Talbot Islands State Park. Need tips on where to fish or surf, click here.
Experience wildlife and history with Kayak Amelia in a setting like no other they offer kayaks and paddleboard tours! Picnic beachfront at Hanna Park, one of the city's most-loved parks, with miles of wooded trails, splash ground and playground for children and wide, sandy beaches. "The Poles" are said to be one of Jacksonville's best spots for surfing, did you bring your board?
Continue down A1A to Mayport, one of the oldest fishing villages founded sometime around the late 1500’s. Grab a bite to eat at Singleton’s Seafood Shack and Safe Harbor Seafood Market & Restaurant, both proudly serve a staple in Northeast Florida--Mayport shrimp.
With more than five miles of white-sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida; it has a three-mile hiking trail and a paved path for bicycles. It also offers a full camping facility with 40 campsites, fresh water, laundry facilities and two bathhouses. Big Talbot Island is a natural preserve perfect for bird-watching, photography and exploring. For an “Only In Jax” experience do not skip a trip to Boneyard Beach, it is famous for the live oak and cedar tree skeletons resting on the shore.
Located in the middle of the busy Arlington neighborhood, Tree Hill is an oasis for local wildlife and nature. The center is home to a museum of Florida's natural history, Jacksonville’s only permanent butterfly exhibit, a petting zoo and more than 50 acres of trails. Don't miss their annual Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival every Spring.
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