If you want to beat the heat but still enjoy some good old North Florida sunshine, Jacksonville has way more to offer than beautiful beaches and scenic rivers. How about some pool time- or a visit to one of our five splash parks? There's even one at the zoo- which, by the way, also has an amazing new multi-million dollar exhibit called Land of The Tiger that is- you guessed it- air conditioned! If you're looking for a few thrills with chlorine, there are also multiple water parks in the area. (Check out the full list, courtesy of Jacksonville Moms Blog's 'Beat The Heat: A Mom's Guide To Pools, Water Parks, and Places To Splash In Jax.')
If all that water and sunshine leaves them begging for a cool treat, head over to Murray Hill to taste test the Dreamette, a local ice cream parlor that's been dipping cones since the 1940's and was recently chosen as the best ice cream shop in all of Florida. (Make sure you bring cash- the Dreamette is cash only) The Florida Creamery in Avondale and Rita's Italian Ice at the beaches are also good bets.