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
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 ...

Area: Northside/Airport
12100 Pumpkin Hill Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
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 ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
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 ...

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 ...

Area: East Arlington
2885 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
Cecil Field Conservation Corridor

Hiking, horseback riding, picnic tables, biking.

Area: Orange Park/Westside
Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32215
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 ...

Area: Northside/Airport
9023 Cedar Point Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
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
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
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 ...

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 ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
State Road A1A South, Jacksonville, FL, 32226

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
Half Moon Island Park

This JaxParks location is currently undeveloped.

Area: Northside/Airport
17850 Main St., Jacksonville, FL
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 ...

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
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 ...

Johansen Park

Johansen Park is a 12-acre passive park off of Seminole Road in the Selva Marina neighborhood. Just blocks from the ocean, Johansen Park has a canopy ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
1300 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233
Julington-Durbin Preserve

This 2,031 acre property is located on a peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin creeks, and has approximately nine miles of shorel ...

Area: Southside/Mandarin
13200 Bartram Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32258
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a 450-acre oceanfront park with pristine beaches, a freshwater lake, extensive trails and full service campground. One of ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32233
Kayak Amelia

Northeast Florida offers thousands of acres of tranquil inland marshes, secluded sandy beaches, and winding bike trails to explore on one of our many ...

Area: Northside/Airport
13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Kings Road Historic Preserve

Hiking, horsebackriding, biking.

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
13900 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

Lew Brantley Park

This 90-acre park includes a community center, basketball courts,picnic areas, nature trail with fitness stations and the "Field of Dreams" Miracle Le ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
8435 118th Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32224
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Little Talbot Island State Park

With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast ...

Area: Beaches/Mayport
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
McGirts Creek Preserve

The groundbreaking for this 90 acre park was held on February 21, 2003. A large portion of this park will help preserve the environmentally sensitive ...

8435 118th Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32244
Inclusive Playground: Yes
National Park Service

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. There are 68,561 archeologica ...

North Guana Outpost

North Guana Outpost is an outfitter store specializing in equipment and clothing geared towards outsiders that enjoy water related activities, thus ou ...

Area: Ponte Vedra Beach
4415 Mickler Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082
Palm Valley Outdoors

Fully stocked with Live Bait and Tackle- Kayak and and standup paddle board Rentals starting 35.00 all day! Under the 210 Bridge ( Palm Valley). Paddl ...

Area: Intracoastal, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra Beach
377 South Roscoe Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Restrooms: Port o Potties
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

The preserve protects one of the largest contiguous areas of uplands left in Duval County. These uplands are important to the water quality of the Nas ...

Area: Northside/Airport
13802 Pumpkin Hill Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32226