There are more than 450 City Parks in Jacksonville! Some are oceanfront, others right on the St. Johns River and some are located in busy suburban hubs bringing an oasis of relaxation and fun to the area. In the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, Hemming Park's fountain and shade trees provide a cool retreat. Visit nearby Klutho Park in Springfield to stroll through their sculpture walk or play a round of disc golf at Springfield Disc Golf Course. Book a sunset tour on the water taxi and ride across the St. Johns River to Friendship Fountain on the Southbank. Treaty Oak at Jesse Ball duPont Park is just a five-minute walk from the fountain and home to a 250-year-old Southern Live Oak that’s more than 70 feet tall, with a 25 foot wide trunk! In Riverside, Mandarin and the Southside, parks include fun playgrounds, historical sites and tons of family fun!
Pack a picnic and head to Jarboe Park near Neptune Beach. This green space includes a playground for the kids and features a weekly farmers market. Located by the Mayport beaches, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a beautiful beachside location for camping, picnics, hiking, mountain biking, surfing, kayaking and swimming. This park features cabin rentals, a freshwater lake, a splash ground and playground for children, access to beaches, and 20 miles of mixed use trails, which are great for mountain biking. Watch for manatee, egrets, ospreys, and an occasional dolphin sighting! Huguenot Park, on the Northside of Jacksonville, is the only beach in the area where you can drive your car on the sand.