If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Jacksonville.
Shipwreck Island (Adventure Landing)
Waterparks are always a family favorite, and Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing certainly delivers all you’d want for an exciting day under the sun and at the pool. With both family rides and thrill rides, there’s something for everyone. Many parts of the park are also pirate-themed, with “The Pirate’s Play Village” being the most popular for kids of all ages. It has water slides, water cannons (for any rival pirates trying to steal your treasure), waterfalls, and plenty of playground equipment to climb.
Little Talbot Island State Park
A beloved Jacksonville Park covering the entire 2,500-acres of Little Talbot Island. Visiting the park feels like stepping into another world; it is one of the few barrier islands around Northeast Florida that has remained undeveloped. This means its beaches and ancient dunes are pristine and wonderful places to explore. You and the kids can enjoy beachcombing, kayaking, hiking, surfing, or lounge on the beach (maybe build a few sandcastles). Little Talbot Island is the destination for a day of outdoor fun with the kids.
Batt Family Fun Center
There are few things that scream “family fun” more than bowling, mini golf, and arcade games. And that is exactly what you will find at Batt Family Fun Center. There are 32 bowling lanes available, meaning you won’t have to worry about finding a spot. The mini-golf course features 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark golf, while the arcade offers more than 40 games. Laser tag is always available as well. And the best part? Right now, kids bowl for free!
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite. Kids will love riding the Wildlife Carousel, the Zoo Train, or visiting Splash Ground, in between seeing the thousands of animals and plants in the zoo and gardens. You can choose to wander through everything yourselves, marveling at all the animals and plants, or take part in one of several Animal Feedings or Guided Tours. Kids also love the Forest Play Area and Goat Yard in the Play Park. But no matter which adventure you choose, the kids are sure to have fun while learning about the world around them.
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