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Family Fun For All Ages

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Connect with your family in Jacksonville. Kids of all ages will love to stretch their imagination, explore the outdoors and most of all, spend time with family. From sun up to sun down, there's always fun to find here.

Things To Do

Ready, Set, Go! Start waving the checkered flag because you will be zooming past your competition at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway--European style indoor go-karting! Bowl a frame of two in the state-of-the-art boutique bowling alley at Main Event. The 50,000 square foot entertainment complex also has an arcade, laser tag, delicious dining and other attractions.

Take a ride on the St. Johns River Ferry. Connecting Mayport to Fort George Island. Here you’ll find nature and history abound. Discover unspoiled beaches and sharks teeth at Talbot Island State Parks or take a step back in time at Kingsley Plantation, Florida’s oldest plantation house. 

Let the kids run wild at Adventure Landing. Families can play in the mega-arcade, race around the go-kart track, engage in friendly competition in the laser tag arena or play a little mini golf. There are two locations in town. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of Dave and Buster's, a restaurant, bar and entertainment complex with the "Million Dollar Midway," featuring more than 200 interactive video games.

Only In JAX

Visit the Museum of Science & History’s (MOSH) newly opened Bryan Gooding Planetarium – it's Florida’s largest! Shows range from Sesame Street to Cosmic Concerts, so there’s something for every age. Travel across the bridge to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) for the ArtExplorium Loft where children and adults will enjoy exploring 16 fun and interactive stations that link basic visual art principles with works in the MOCA collection. It’s a must for anyone visiting MOCA’s fifth floor.

Make your own candy, guided by Pete himself or taste the adventurous organic cotton candy flavors at Sweet Pete’s in historic Springfield. The Willie Wonka-inspired house and all-natural treats are ideal for families. Discover a much-loved attraction, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The newest attraction is the Land of the Tiger and the Zoo is celebrating their 100th Anniversary. Don’t forget to feed the giraffe’s or splash in the splash ground.

Paddle you way through Jacksonville waterways on a kayak ride with Kayak Amelia.  Kayaking guided tours are offered numerous times throughout the week, allowing nature enthusiasts to get an up close look at the wildlife surrounding the Timucuan Preserve. Segway tours are available too!

Timing Is Everything

Take me out to the ballgame! The Double A Baseball Affiliate of the Miami Marlins, The Jacksonville Shrimp play April through September. The Suns have incredible promotions like 50 cent family feast night and Friday night fireworks. And there’s always entertainment in the outfield for the kids with bounce houses and playground.

Lions, Tiger and you just might say OH MY! at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. This is an experience appropriate for the whole family and you won’t regret including them as a stop on your next trip to Jacksonville. Click here for the next tour or event. If your timing is right book your spot for the Roar 'n Snore campout or the Halloween Haunted Forest in October.

Winter on the Water in Jacksonville offers a variety of family friendly events, see our can't miss events below and start to penciling in your plans! A few favorite winter activities include: Pandora's Unforgettable Moments on Ice, the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks on the St. Johns River,  ZOOLights at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and WinterFEST at Adventure Landing.

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