If you’re looking for something fun to do around Jacksonville, you’re in luck. Jacksonville is a big city, and there are plenty of fun things to keep you and your family entertained for the summer and beyond.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary provides a loving home for tigers, leopards, lions, and other big cats. They offer tours and nighttime feedings at reasonable admission prices.
2. Big Talbot and Little Talbot Islands
About 20 miles outside of Jacksonville lie two of Northeast Florida's last unspoiled barrier islands. Beautiful natural beaches lined with driftwood, maritime forests, dunes and marshes provide ample opportunities for outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing make this one of Northeast Florida's best hidden gems.
3. Florida Theatre
This historic movie theatre provides a unique viewing experience for plays, concerts, and other events. The stylish theatre, with its Mediterranean Revival architecture, is one of the few of its kind remaining in Florida.
4. Autobahn Indoor Speedway
On these Grand Prix style indoor tracks, you can drive Italian-made electric karts at speeds up to 50 mph. This is guaranteed to be unlike any other go kart racing you've ever experienced.
5. Riverside Arts Market
Every Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), December through March, head under the Fuller Warren Bridge for fresh produce, live music, food, art and handmade gifts.
6. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
This sprawling zoo covering 117 acres is home to over 2,000 animals. The zoo features exciting exhibits, animal encounters, and a brand new river cruise.
7. Atlantic Beach
A few miles from Jacksonville Beach, this coastal community offers a beautiful stretch of beach, with plenty of great restaurants. If you can make it on a weekday, you will find a less crowded, more family friendly beach.
8. MOSH - Museum of Science and History
Jacksonville's most visited museum is 82,000 square feet of science and local history. The museum also features a newly updated planetarium. Stop by on $5 Fridays for a great discount and extended hours.
9. Clark's Fish Camp
If you're looking for a unique -- even entertaining -- restaurant in Florida, Clark's is a must. The entire restaurant is decorated with displays of exotic taxidermy, and there's even a live alligator named Lilly. This is a great place to take kids and out-of-town guests.
10. Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Every kid who grew up in Jacksonville has probably taken a few field trips to this historic museum that holds over 5,000 permanent pieces and a 2.5-acre garden. Check out Free Tuesdays from 4 p.m to 9 p.m and Free Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11. Brewery Tours
Jacksonville has an amazing up and coming craft beer scene, and it seems like exciting new breweries are popping up every day. Bold City, Intuition Ale Works and Aardwolf Brewing Company are just a few of the city's best new breweries.