National Parks and Monuments in and around Jacksonville
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
This 46,000-acre preserve captures the unspoiled glory of Northeast Florida’s coastal wetlands. The preserve includes the Fort Caroline National Memorial, a 16th century French fort and the site of early contact between American Indians and European settlers. You can also take an educational tour of Kingsley Plantation, a historic plantation constructed in the late 1700s.
This National Park is located within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offering visitors a glance back in time to the antebellum South. Kinsgley is the oldest plantation in Florida, explore the grounds that includes planter's houses, tabby slave quarters and scenic vistas of Ft. George River and coastal wetlands.
Other Jacksonville Parks
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
For 450 acres of beachfront fun, don’t miss Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, in Mayport by Jacksonville Beach. With 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, sports courts, a freshwater lake, and beach access, this park is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Spend the night at one of the many campsites or bring a picnic and spend the day.
Stunning City Parks
Closer to downtown Jacksonville, on the Southbank, Treaty Oak Park is home to one of Jacksonville’s oldest residents, a 250-year-old Southern live oak tree. Don’t forget to take a selfie with this famous tree. Memorial Park in the Five Points neighborhood is another local favorite and a great photo opportunity. This waterfront park features sweeping views of the St. Johns River and the Olmsted Brothers, world-renowned landscape architects, designed it.