Jacksonville

Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Jacksonville, Florida area.
Kids Jacksonville: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 First Coast Kids
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Adams Park

Adams Park is a grassy space with benches and room for kids to roam, run, and play. Adams Park is located in the historic Avondale section at the inte ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
3419 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Adventure Kayak Florida

Looking for something the whole family can do in nature? Adventure Kayak Florida offers kayaking and biking at our new location within Hanna Park, ne ...

Type of Tour: Bicycle, Boat, Eco
Area: Beaches/Mayport
500 Wonderwood Dr., Jacksonvill, 32233
Alimicani Park and Boat Ramp

Located on a scenic stretch of State Road A1A, the boat ramp provides access to Fort George River and its tributaries. Marsh area offers ample bird ob ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
11080 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Amelia Island State Park

This park protects over 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes and coastal maritim ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Backcountry Trails of Florida: A Guide to Hiking Florida's Water Management Districts

Order Info: Email Terri@Fun4FirstCoastKids.com with, "Hiking Book Order," in the subject line. Include number of copies you would like, names you wou ...

Area: Arlington, Beaches/Mayport, Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank, East Arlington, Intracoastal, Nocatee, Northside/Airport, Ponte Vedra Beach, Riverside/Ortega, San Marco, Southside/Mandarin, St. Johns Town Center, Orange Park/Westside, Mobile
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Bartram Canoe Trail

Durbin Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River, is shaded by a canopy of cypress trees and ancient live oaks. The sounds of the forest engulf you as ...

Area: Southside/Mandarin
4936 Race Track Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32259
Beach and Peach Urban Park

Beach and Peach Urban Park is located in the Southside Estates area of southeast Jacksonville between Anders and Beach Boulevards. Ernest and Evelyn A ...

Free: Yes
Area: East Arlington
10013 Anders Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32246
Restrooms: No
Bethesda Park

This fully ADA accessible facility offers a lodge, 16-acre stocked lake, 14,000 feet of nature trail boardwalks and four cabins available for rental.

Area: Orange Park/Westside
10790 Key Haven Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32218
Betz Tiger Point Preserve

Opportunities awaiting visitors include wildlife observation, walking and horseback riding. The diverse wildlife includes gopher tortoise, bird, dolph ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
12100 Pumpkin Hill Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Restrooms: Yes
Big Talbot Island State Park

Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location fo ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
8419 San Ardo Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32217
Restrooms: Yes
Big Talbot Island State Park, Boneyard Beach, and Black Rock Beach

Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location fo ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Bird Island Park

Bird Island Park is located at 100 Library Blvd behind the Ponte Vedra Beach Library. It is the first park travelers heading south along the Scenic A1 ...

Free: Yes
Type of Day Trip: Animal Encounter, Educational, Outdoor Fun
101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082
Blue Cypress Park

The city-owned park named Blue Cypress in the Arlington section of Jacksonville, was at one time a local 18-hole golf course for the Edenfield River E ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
4012 University Blvd. North, Jacksonville, FL, 32277
Restrooms: Yes
Camp Milton Historic Preserve

History buffs and visitors can become familiar with Civil War history or enjoy scenic nature trails. Features include an education center displaying C ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
1175 Halsema Road North, Jacksonville, FL, 32220
Cary State Forest

This 13,385 acre property is Florida’s second state forest and was established in 1939. Since then it has nearly quadruped in acreage from its origina ...

Area: Orange Park/Westside
7465 Pavilion Drive, Bryceville, FL, 32009
Castaway Island Preserve

Castaway is considered one of Jacksonville's premiere preservation properties located along the Intracoastal Waterway. It offers visitors interactive ...

Free: Yes
Area: East Arlington
2921 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
Restrooms: Yes
Cecil Field Conservation Corridor

Cecil Field Conservation Corridor includes the Cecil Field property, which consists of 5,366 acres and donated to the City of Jacksonville on August 1 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
11080 Hecksher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Restrooms: No
Cedar Point Preserve

Located on Black Hammock Island, the preserve provides habitat to several bird species. It is also a great place to hike, bike or ride horses. This pr ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
9023 Cedar Point Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Confederate Park

Confederate Park is located near downtown, in the Springfield area of north Jacksonville. First named Dignan Park, for a chairman of the Board of Publ ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank
956 Hubbard St., Jacksonville, FL, 32206
Restrooms: No
Cortez Park

Cortez Park resides in the Ortega neighborhood of southwest Jacksonville. In 1909, the Ortega Company, founded by John N. C. Stockton and Charles C. B ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
4260 Baltic Avenue, Jacksonville, FL, 32210
Restrooms: No
Cradle Creek Preserve

Cradle Creek Preserve, the newest of Jacksonville Beach’s parks, is 43.3-acres of primarily undisturbed land along the Intracoastal Waterway. You c ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
15th Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250
Desoto Park

Desoto Park resides in the Ortega neighborhood (platted in 1909) of southwest Jacksonville. It was one of four circular parks created along Park Avenu ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
3970 Baltic St, Jacksonville, FL, 32210
Restrooms: No
Dutton Island Park and Preserve

This preserve offers a pristine salt marsh ecosystem and amazing views of wildlife and the Intracoastal Waterway. The park area includes trails and a ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
793 Dutton Drive, Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233
Restrooms: Yes
Elizabeth Park

Small Elizabeth Park rests nestled against the St. Johns River, between two elegant homes in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. Providing a panoram ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
1886 Elizabeth Place, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Fancy Camps ~ Luxury Camping & Events

Fancy Camps is a luxury camping company founded on a love for the outdoors, a passion for camping, and a long history in the Florida State Parks. We s ...

FEC Park

FEC Park resides in the San Marco section of South Jacksonville, in an area that comprised part of a plantation established around 1800 by early pione ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
1620 Marco Place, Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: No
Fletcher Park

Fletcher Park is located along Atlantic Boulevard, in the San Marco section of South Jacksonville, which from 1907-1932 was a separate municipality. F ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
1652 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: Yes
Florida Hikes

Florida Hikes is the webpage that will lead you to hikes in and around Jacksonville. It has info on how to hike, step by step directions for trails, a ...

Florida State Parks

The Florida State Parks System encompasses approximately 158 parks, including everything from museums and cultivated gardens to whole island and immen ...

Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger program provides fun activities for kids while enjoying our local state parks! By completing fun activities, kids can learn about wh ...

Free: Yes
Florida State Park Locations, Jacksonville, FL
Fort Caroline National Memorial

Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida. Here you will find stories of exploration, survival, religiou ...

Area: Arlington
12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32225
Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Native Americans feasted here, colonists built a fort, and the Smart Set of the 1920s came for vacations. A site of human occupation for over 5,000 ye ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
State Road A1A South, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Restrooms: Yes
Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and th ...

Gourd Island Conservation Area

The 515 acre Gourd Island Conservation Area features wetland and upland natural communities, including floodplain swamp, basin swamp, dome swamp, depr ...

Area: Southside/Mandarin
10182 Russell Sampson Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32259
Great Florida Birding Trail

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network o ...

Multiple locations in Jacksonville., Jacksonville, FL
Greenridge Road Park

Greenridge Road Park is located in the Colonial Manor neighborhood of Jacksonville, on the east and west sides of San Jose Boulevard near its intersec ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
3850 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32208
Restrooms: No
Greenscape Celebration Park

Greenscape Celebration Park is at the end of the LaSalle Street facing the water of the St. John`s River. It serves as an outlook to the River. In 200 ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
801 LaSalle St., Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: No
Grove Park

The city purchased the property in March of 2001. With the input of the neighborhood associations a passive park was designed. The park was completed ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
1500 Grove Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32216
Half Moon Island Park

This JaxParks location is currently undeveloped.

Area: Northside/Airport
17850 Main St., Jacksonville, FL
Historic Kings Road Park

Historic Kings Road Park is located at the intersection of the historic Kings Road (now Kings Ave.) and Atlantic Blvd., in the San Marco area. The wed ...

Area: San Marco
1972 Kings Ave., Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: No
Howell Park Atlantic Beach

Howell Park, located between Seminole Road and East Coast Drive, is a passive park that has 2500 ft of nature trails, fresh water streams and picnicki ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
401 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233
Huguenot Memorial Park

Hugenot Park is a popular Jacksonville Beach park. The Nature Center is a place for visitors to explore and discover many of the plants and animals th ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
10980 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails to explore and enjoy. From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a s ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32225
Jacksonville Intracoastal Salt Marsh Paddling Guide

Our paddling guide includes the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and associated creeks from its intersection with the St. Johns River south to the Duval ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: After Dark Adventures

There are TWO Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - One you see by day, and the other you experience by NIGHT! The Education Department’s After Dark Adven ...

Area: Northside/Airport
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL, 32218
Jacksonville-Baldwin Rails to Trails

This multi-access trail was once a part of the CSX railway line. There are paths for walking, jogging, inline skating, biking and horseback riding. Th ...

Area: Orange Park/Westside
849 N. Center St., Jacksonville, FL, 32234
James and Downing Park

James and Downing Park is located in the Riverside section of west Jacksonville, bounded by Selma, James, and Downing Streets. The land for the park w ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
1061 James St, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Jammes Road Park

This 17 acre passive, undeveloped park is enjoyed by the neighborhood for picnics on the 1.5 acre cleared area with large shade trees. Amenities: ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
6382 118th Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32244
Restrooms: No
Jasmine Park

Jasmine Park resides in the Murray Hill section of Jacksonville, northwest of the Post Street and Edgewood Avenue intersection. Many of the streets in ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
4030 College St., Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Jax Paddle Sports

"Jax Paddle Sports" is the premier mobile kayak & SUP rental service & outfitter in Jacksonville. Our goal is to provide a fun and affordable experie ...