This beaches park is a haven for outdoor lovers. It has 1.5 miles of public beach with one of the best surfing spots in the city. Hanna also has over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails with different levels of difficulty, camping grounds and cabins, and a 60-acre lake for paddleboarding and fishing.
Location: 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32233
10. Huguenot Memorial Park
This seaside park offers 70 campground sites, a playground, picnic areas & great shore fishing. It is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail with 237 species spotted here. This park is also home to the only beach in Jacksonville where you can drive your car into the sand.
Location: 10980 Heckscher Dr, Downtown, FL 32226
11. Castaway Island Preserve
Along the Intracoastal Waterway, in Jacksonville’s Southside, you’ll find the salt marshes and tidal creeks of this preserve. Castaway has a mile-long interactive boardwalk trail perfect for exploring the local wildlife. There is a public canoe/kayak launch.
Location: 2885 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32225
This Atlantic Beach park has almost 2 miles of nature trails, a fishing and viewing pier, a canoe/kayak launch, picnic areas, pavilions and primitive camping areas. The preserve is a great spot for paddleboarding in the Intracoastal Waterway and great sunset photos.
Location: 622 Dutton Island Rd W, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
13. Jacksonville Arboretum
Located in the historic Arlington neighborhood, the Arboretum is by far one of the best hidden outdoors spots in Jacksonville. It offers great hiking trails, different ecosystems, local wildlife, natural streams, and a beautiful pond covered in lilies. The arboretum is pet friendly and ideal for a family hike.
Location: 1445 Millcoe Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
14. Fort Family Regional Park at Baymeadows
With 52-acres of family fun, this Southside park offers soccer field, tennis courts, covered picnic areas, walking trails, a children’s playground, and a lake with a paved trail ideal for relaxation and fishing.
Location: 8000 Baymeadows Rd E, Jacksonville, FL 32256
15. Losco Regional Park
Conveniently located at the crossroads of Jacksonville’s bustling beltway system, this 210-acre park has scenic paved trails that wraps around the park, one multi-use field, soccer fields, two playgrounds, and a splash pad.
Location: 10931 Hood Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32257
16. James Weldon Johnson Park
First established in 1857, this is Jacksonville’s first park. It has plenty of history and it’s a significant site for the Civil Rights movement. Nowadays, there’s always a cool family-friendly event taking place including ArtWalk, music festivals, and lunchtime food trucks at Charlie’s Café and activities at their kids zone.
Location: 135 W Monroe St, Downtown, FL 32202
This is the perfect park for a riverfront picnic in the heart of historic Riverside. This 6-acre World War I memorial features sweeping views of the St. Johns River, a great lawn ideal for relaxation, sunbathers, soccer players and energetic dogs. The half-mile shaded loop around the park is great for running and biking.
Location: 1620 Riverside Ave, Downtown, FL 32204
18. Riverside Park
In the heart of the Five Points area, this 11-acre park has a beautiful fountain, a playground to keep the little ones occupied and a dog park for your furry friends. Special events are held at the park every month.
Location: 753 Park St, Downtown, FL 32204
19. Stockton Park
Located in the beautiful riverfront Ortega neighborhood, this park is ideal for a picnic, an easy walk along the St. Johns River, and fishing. There’s also a beautiful gazebo that offers shade while you gaze out onto the river.
Location: 4021 Ortega Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
20. Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
This regional park offers several miles of hiking and biking trails easily accessible and marked. There is plenty of free parking, playgrounds, restroom facilities, an amphitheater, and a beautifully manicured picnic area with grills and walking trails. This park even has its own dog park for furry friends of all sizes.
Location: 7000 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244
21. Baldwin Park
This park is home to the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail. The 14.5-mile paved trail is great for getting familiar with your bike if you’re new to it. Bikes and people of all sizes and ages can enjoy this shady, easy trail through a quiet section of Northeast Florida.
Location: 2 Imeson Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32220
22. Mandarin Park
Enjoy tennis courts, playgrounds, a boat ramp and short, easy trails. The park also offers good fishing on the pier, nestled alongside Julington Creek.
Location: 14780 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223
This 10-acre park is Jacksonville’s first historical park. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking picturesque landscape, with Oak trees and remnants of Orange groves draped with Spanish moss. The area is rich in Civil War and African American history. The Mandarin Museum & Historic Society is housed on the park grounds, self-guided tours of the historic buildings are available on Saturdays.
Location: 12471 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223