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Spring Break Jacksonville 2017 Edition :: Top 7 Things To Do With Families

Spring break is March 13 - 17 for St. Johns County and March 20 - 24 for Duval County! Whereas spring break for us may not be the Daytona Beach craziness of our younger years, you don't have to stay home all week with kids! Get a little wild with short trips, nature parks, Broadway shows, and more! And if you're working all week, no worries - there is plenty to do on our calendar in the afternoons and on the weekends before and after the break and a list of all the spring break camps around town. Scroll down for 2017 spring break fun, Jacksonville style!!

​Spring Break Fun Idea #1: Head to a Spring!

Take a trip your kids will never forget! Pack a picnic or camp overnight at one of Florida's springs.  They will love the clear water, the nature all around each swimming hole, and parents can relax and enjoy this natural wonder. Poe Springs, north of Gainesville has FREE entry and kids can easily use the steps to enter the water to see the sea grasses and fish. There's also a dock so you can fish on the Santa Fe River. Or try De Leon Springs with an on site, make your own pancakes, restaurant! Find the springs closest to Jacksonville by clicking HERE!!

Blue Spring with Manatees in Winter!

Spring Break Fun Idea #2: See A Show!

If you didn't know, the First Coast has an opera! First Coast Opera, in St. Augustine, is hosting a great one for kids March 16 and March 18 and it is a great way to introduce kids to the opera! It is two one act plays, one of which is a family opera about putting the Big Bad Wolf on Trial for his mischief, and it has audience participation! You can get tickets by clicking HERE. Also, The Little Mermaid on Broadway is coming to Jacksonville from March 21 - 26, 2017 at the Times Union Center in Downtown Jax! Opening night is Kids Night on Broadway with lots of activities and you can get two tickets for half off with code MERMAID. This Disney based show will have kids singing and amaze parents and kids alike! You can purchase tickets by clicking HERE! NEW GIVEAWAY!! 

Click the photo to enter to win tickets!!
Click the photo to purchase tickets!!

Spring Break Idea #3: Head to Downtown Jax!

If you haven't been lately, take a trip to downtown Jax! You can play in the MOSH tree house and explore the museum's native plant garden, see the exhibits, and see some animals! Visit the Jacksonville Public Library main library for FREE programs and for the 1st Annual Book Fest on March 25 from 10am - 3:00pm! Ride the skyway for FREE during the week, visit Hemming Park for food trucks and music, or have a picnic on the north or south bank river walk. Visit Sweet Pete's Candy Mansion and play games on the second floor porch or take a candy making class! And come see Fun4FirstCoastKids.com at GastroJax Food Festival on March 18 from 11:00am - 5:00pm in the Kids Zone! Bring $1 bills for samples of food from our local restaurants! Downtown is the place to be!! Find all the downtown fun by clicking HERE.

Ride the Skyway for FREE During the Week!
Meet the River City Chicks at GastroJax on March 18, 2017!
Sweet Pete's Candy Fun!

Spring Break Idea #4: Head Outside!

Jacksonville has hundreds of parks and thousands of acres of natural areas! Find a new park or playground to explore at the beach, in your neighborhood, or around town! We LOVE Boone Park in Riverside with the new playground equipment! We just found the circle wooden park in St. Johns Golf and Country Club off CR 210.  We also love Julington Durbin Preserve in Bartram Park for hiking in a natural area. Or try camping! Find all the FREE places to camp by clicking here!  This weather is perfect for a trip to our Jacksonville Zoo!! You can enjoy the Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks Exhibit that is open through May! Or, of course, you can do what Florida locals do, which is head to one of our beautiful local beaches!!! Find the whole list of parks by clicking here! Find the whole list of nature adventures by clicking here!

Boone Park in Avondale
Kids Love Climbing in the Woods!
Jacksonville Zoo Nature Connects Exhibit!
Jacksonville locals love heading to the beach for spring break!

Spring Break Idea #5: Spring Break Camp!

If you're working, or just need a day or half day break, find a spring break camp! MOSH has science fun, Smitty's Camp has been around since 1982 and they have canoeing, fishing, crafts, sports and more! Happy Acres Camp has horseback riding and tons of outdoor fun! SmART Girls, Inc. is visiting Marineland and going on a trip to Kennedy Space Center to have lunch with a female astronaut!! At Rebounderz Spring Break Camp kids can jump, play dodgeball, and do the ninja course! Find FORTY Spring Break Camp Ideas HERE!

Smitty's Camp has a lake for fishing and canoeing!

Spring Break Idea #6: Take a Day Trip!!

​There's nothing like getting out of town for a change of pace. But its hard with kids! Why not take a day trip? You can have all the fun by traveling only a tank of gas away, save money, and keep it simple. Try a trip to Gainesville! They have bison at Paynes Prairie and the Florida Museum of Natural History has the new Frogs! A Chorus of Colors Exhibit! Or take a trip to Orlando to visit a theme park or enjoy Crayola Experience inside the Florida Mall! 

Frogs! A Chorus of Colors on exhibit at Florida Museum of Natural History. Photo by Kristen Grace.

Spring Break Idea #7: Spring Clean

Its always nice to get your house clean and tidy for spring, but did you know you can make money at the same time? The Finders Keepers Children's Consignment Sale is March 30 - April 1! So clean out your children's closets, tag your items and sell them at the sale!! Shop at the Morocco Shrine Center and April 1 is half price day-no fooling!! Find more info on the Finder's Keeper's Sale HERE!

Find all the daily family fun on our calendar by clicking here! We hope you have a relaxing and fun spring break with your family!

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Guest - Shelly Altizer on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:35

Wow! Thank you for such awesome ideas...the in laws are coming and we plan to keep them busy!!!! :)

Wow! Thank you for such awesome ideas...the in laws are coming and we plan to keep them busy!!!! :)
Guest - Shelly Altizer on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:48

Woops forgot to post what we'd like to do...my son is really interested in going on a glass boat, so we are going to visit a spring one day during spring break!! :) thanks for the list!!

Woops forgot to post what we'd like to do...my son is really interested in going on a glass boat, so we are going to visit a spring one day during spring break!! :) thanks for the list!!
Guest - Luz Smith on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:36

My kids would like to go to Valdosta to wild adventures then come back to explore MOSH.

My kids would like to go to Valdosta to wild adventures then come back to explore MOSH.
Guest - Dari Romero on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:20

As a first grade teacher and mother of two, our family is always so busy and on a tight budget, We are excited for some "us" time during spring break to create more fun memories! We plan to hit the beach, do some much needed spring cleaning (thanks for info on the consignment shop) and relax!

As a first grade teacher and mother of two, our family is always so busy and on a tight budget, We are excited for some "us" time during spring break to create more fun memories! We plan to hit the beach, do some much needed spring cleaning (thanks for info on the consignment shop) and relax!
Guest - Kim Pollock on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:38

I love all of those ideas. We really enjoy going to the beach and hunting for sharks teeth!

I love all of those ideas. We really enjoy going to the beach and hunting for sharks teeth!
Guest - Patty on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:49

We plan on heading outside!

We plan on heading outside!
Guest - Kelsey Schnetzler on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:00

We are always looking for cheap things around jax to do with our kids! We always love visiting Jacksonville zoo and we are so excited for the new skatepark opening at the beach!

We are always looking for cheap things around jax to do with our kids! We always love visiting Jacksonville zoo and we are so excited for the new skatepark opening at the beach!
Guest - Ellen Purdy on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:02

GREAT ideas, hopefully will check a few new ones out!!

GREAT ideas, hopefully will check a few new ones out!!
Guest - Sarah L on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:08

Love these! I would love to spend family time at the beach for sure!

Love these! I would love to spend family time at the beach for sure!
Guest - Tosha on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:20

We woukd love spending time at the beach and zoo & wild adventures

We woukd love spending time at the beach and zoo & wild adventures
Guest - Ivy on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:35

Would love to visit Orlando, Jacksonville zoo, go camping, go see little mermaid

Would love to visit Orlando, Jacksonville zoo, go camping, go see little mermaid
Guest - Ashley Nelson on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:41

For spring break I would love to take the kids to Wild Adventure and the Crayola Experience. To be honest, I think I'm more excited to create my own crayon and name it lol. I'm a big kid at heart and have been looking forward to spring break just as much as the kiddos.

For spring break I would love to take the kids to Wild Adventure and the Crayola Experience. To be honest, I think I'm more excited to create my own crayon and name it lol. I'm a big kid at heart and have been looking forward to spring break just as much as the kiddos.
Guest - Erin on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 09:55

Head outside to the Zoo!

Head outside to the Zoo!
Guest - Mandi Mella on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:00

WE can't wait to head to the beach & hunt for seashells & build sand castles!

WE can't wait to head to the beach & hunt for seashells & build sand castles!
Guest - Amy Quinn on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:16

Would love to do the glass bottom boat! Great ideas!!

Would love to do the glass bottom boat! Great ideas!!
Guest - Mimi on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:37

Exciting ideas---Zoo, Orlando, Beach, & Sweet Pete's sounds like some we might consider

Exciting ideas---Zoo, Orlando, Beach, & Sweet Pete's sounds like some we might consider
Guest - Amber on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:01

We plan on going outside and spring cleaning these are some nice ideas

We plan on going outside and spring cleaning these are some nice ideas
Guest - Billie on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:09

I want to be able to spend some quality time with my kiddos and see their smiling faces!

I want to be able to spend some quality time with my kiddos and see their smiling faces!
Guest - irina on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:27

Spending as much time outside as possible. Going to different parks!

Spending as much time outside as possible. Going to different parks!
Guest - Adam Nocks on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:28

We love day trips, like to Valdosta perhaps after we hopefully win some wild Adventure tickets

We love day trips, like to Valdosta perhaps after we hopefully win some wild Adventure tickets

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