• The Giraffe Overlook is a unique exhibit that elevates you to eye level with a giraffe! Plan your family vacation today. Find out about special deals.
    The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

    See giraffe eye-to-eye

    The Giraffe Overlook is a unique exhibit that elevates you to eye level with a giraffe! Plan your family vacation today. Find out about special deals.

  • The botanical gardens offer acres of native Florida plants plus themed gardens with exotic species from around the world.
    The Botanical Gardens

    Explore the botanical gardens!

    The botanical gardens offer acres of native Florida plants plus themed gardens with exotic species from around the world.


Zoo & Wildlife

Take your family on an adventure at one of our great outdoor attractions, perfect for families!

Learn about local plants and wildlife with a visit to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Interactive and educational exhibits keep kids engaged in learning about the more than 2,000 exotic animals. Don’t miss the award-winning Range of the Jaguars exhibit or the Giraffe Overlook, where you can stand eye-to-eye with a giraffe! Save time for a stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens, which feature colorful examples of native Northeast Florida plants, as well as several themed pocket-gardens. The newest exhibit, The Land of the Tiger, is a must see! Take the little ones to cool off in the 4,000 square foot Splash Ground area and adjacent Discovery Center, which features mazes, a tree house, a penguin tunnel, and a ton of interactive activities. 

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary provides a forever home to endangered big cats like lions, tigers, cougars, and leopards. The ranch also provides hours of educational entertainment to families. Try a nighttime feeding tour, when these mostly nocturnal animals are out and about and roaring!



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Segway Tours with Kayak Amelia

Kayak Amelia

The road to adventure is seldom paved — and neither is ours. Experience the unimaginable fun of riding an off-road Segway through untouched island terrain.

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    Riverside Arts Market

    Riverside Arts Market

    A​ ​Program​ ​of​ ​Riverside​ ​Avondale​ ​Preservation​ ​(RAP),​ ​the​ ​Riverside​ ​Arts​ ​Market​…

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    Biking at Hanna Park

    Biking at Hanna Park

    Bring out the adventurous side of you at Hanna Park’s exciting and challenging mountain bike trails.

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    Kayaking and Canoeing at Hanna Park

    Get the entire family outdoors and closer to nature with a fun and relaxing kayak or canoe tour at Hanna Park.

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    The Jax Brew Bus Tours

    The Jax Brew Bus Tours

    There are many reasons to visit Jacksonville, but its craft beer scene is definitely our favorite. The Jax Brew Bus will take you on a 4.5 hour tour of…

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
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    Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue

    Celebrate the best of summer with Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue in the heart of the City! Enjoy a free concert by performers including Caint Never…

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
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    History Cruise by River Quest Boat Tours

    HISTORY CRUISE - 30-Minute Cruise ($15) Depart from Friendship Park at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
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    Roy's Aloha Hour, 2:59-7pm Nightly

    Roy’s invites its guests to join them for an island-inspired Happy Hour. Featuring craveable bar bites, innovative sushi and specialty drinks…

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
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    History Cruise by River Quest Boat Tours

    HISTORY CRUISE - 30-Minute Cruise ($15) Depart from Friendship Park at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm

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  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
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    Dirty Pour Paint Class

    Learn the fun and easy technique of dirty pour painting. Choose your own colors and create a masterpiece! Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy light hors…

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