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
Listings
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
John M. McPherson Park

John N. McPherson Park is located in the West Springfield area of Jacksonville, at the intersection of Boulevard and Eighth Street. The property origi ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank
526 West 8th St., Jacksonville, FL, 32206
Restrooms: No
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
Largo Well Park

Largo Well Park sits one block west of the Square at San Marco on Jacksonville’s Southside. The charming park forms a half-oval that sits on raised gr ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
1967 Largo Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: No
Letterboxing

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
Lillian S. Davin Park

Lillian S. Davin Park is a 500 x 50 foot median on River Road, in the San Marco section of south Jacksonville. It was part of a carriage lane and brid ...

Free: Yes
Area: San Marco
2311 River Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32207
Restrooms: No
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 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Restrooms: Yes
Mayport Waterfront Park

Amenities: *Fishing Available *Picnic Tables *Trash Barrels *On the Water

Free: Yes
Fishing: Places to Fish
Area: Beaches/Mayport
4638 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL, 32233
Restrooms: No
McGirts Creek Preserve and Park

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 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
8435 118th Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32244
Restrooms: No
Nathan Krestul Park

La Vaca Park (la vaca means “the cow” in Spanish) is located adjacent to Christopher Creek in the San Jose Forest section. In the late 1700’s, the sit ...

Free: Yes
Area: Southside/Mandarin
2001 La Vaca Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32217
Restrooms: No
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
Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park is located in the Riverside section of Jacksonville between Mallory and Cherry Streets, across from the Willowbranch Library. In 1 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
1515 Mallory St, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Pope Duval Park

This 411-acre regional park was named for William Pope DuVal, the first territorial governor of Florida (1822-1834). The park property was formerly th ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
13500 West Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL, 32215
Restrooms: Yes
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 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
13802 Pumpkin Hill Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32226
Restrooms: Yes
Reddie Point Preserve

This preserve sits on a bend of the St. Johns River and offers a panoramic view from Downtown Jacksonville to cruise terminal. Enjoy nature walks, rel ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
4499 Yachtsman Way, Jacksonville, FL, 32277
Ribault River Preserve

This Jacksonville park offers access to the Trout River with opportunities for fishing.

Area: Northside/Airport
2617 Ribault Scenic Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32208
Ribault River Preserve and Expansion

The Ribault River Preserve consists of approximately 2.3 acres of land located along the Ribault River in Northwest central Duval County, Florida. The ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
2617 Ribault Scenic Dr, Jacksonville, FL, 32208
River Branch Preserve Atlantic Beach

River Branch Preserve was acquired in 2009 for preservation purposes. It is approximately 350 acres of marshes and shallow waterways, with several is ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
Restrooms: No
Rolliston Park

Rolliston Park is located in the North Shore subdivision of north Jacksonville, along the west side of a canal that opens into the Trout River. North ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
7505 Rolliston Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32208
Restrooms: No
Sal Taylor Creek Preserve

This preserve is part of the Black Creek system and offers beautiful forest areas, swamp and a blackwater creek community. The property offers: Wil ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
5813 Nathan Hale Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32221
Saratoga Lake Park

Saratoga Lake Park is located in the Saratoga Point neighborhood off University Boulevard, just north of its intersection with Atlantic Boulevard. Uni ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
141 University Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32211
Restrooms: No
Sassy Campers

Why camp ugly when you can camp sassy? We have the cutest campers in town! Available for rent starting at $99/night. Message Kristy with your dates t ...

Scavenger Hunts

Kids love to learn and explore. Here are just a few ideas to make your hikes more interesting and enjoyable. These scavenger hunts will also help ...

Seaton Creek Historic Preserve

Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, boating, biking.

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
2145 Arnold Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32218
Seminole Park

Seminole Park is located in the Ortega neighborhood of southwest Jacksonville, adjacent to the Ortega River (formerly McGirts Creek). In 1909, the Ort ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
4170 McGirts Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32210
Restrooms: No
Signet Park

Signet Park is located along the Trout River in the North Shore subdivision of north Jacksonville. The property was shown as an unnamed park on the 19 ...

Free: Yes
Area: Northside/Airport
197 West 67th St, Jacksonville, FL, 32208
Restrooms: No
St. Johns River Water Management District

If nature is your thing, consider visiting some of the scenic and unspoiled 700,000 acres of land owned by the St. Johns River Water Management Distri ...

Stockton Park

Stockton Park is located along the St. Johns River, in the Ortega neighborhood (platted in 1909) of southwest Jacksonville. Originally named Ortega Pa ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
4021 Ortega Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32210
Restrooms: No
Theodore Roosevelt Area- Willie Brown Trail

Visitors can experience miles of thickly wooded peaceful nature trails, vast grassland that supports both water and land animals, ancient piles of dis ...

Free: Yes
Area: East Arlington
13165 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Jacksonville, FL, 32225
Thomas Creek Conservation Area

At 5,540 acres, this property borders more than 10 miles of Thomas Creek — the largest tributary of the Nassau River. Expansive areas of floodplain sw ...

Area: Northside/Airport
13830 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32219
Tideviews Preserve Atlantic Beach

Tideviews Preserve is located at the end of West 1st Street and Begonia Street, west of Mayport Road. Tideviews Preserve consists of 8 acres of passiv ...

Free: Yes
Area: Beaches/Mayport
1 Begonia Street, Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233
Restrooms: Yes
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park

This 500-acre facility offers a nature center, playground area, and amazing trails for hiking, biking and enjoying nature. One special feature, a 35-f ...

Free: Yes
Area: Orange Park/Westside
7000 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32244
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

In and around one of the Atlantic Coast's largest urban areas, the Preserve offers glimpses of Old Florida in some unexpected places. Explore a fort e ...

Area: Arlington
12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32225
Restrooms: Yes
Tinkergarten - Outdoor classes where kids learn to play!

Families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader, Alycia Campbell, will facilitate an expert ...

Area: Arlington
Jax Arboretum, Jacksonville, FL
Treaty Oak at Jessie Ball Dupont Park

Jessie Ball DuPont Park, home of the Treaty Oak, is located on the Southbank side of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. This ancient live o ...

Free: Yes
Area: Downtown/Riverfront/Southbank
1123 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32202
Restrooms: No
Tree Hill Nature Center

Tree Hill Nature Center is an urban wilderness preserve comprising 50 acres of hilltop and wetland areas, consisting of southern mixed hardwood forest ...

Free: Yes
Area: Arlington
7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32211
Restrooms: Yes
UNF Recreation Trails

Named for the Distinguished UNF Professor Robert W. Loftin, the trails at UNF continue to foster his memory while protecting over 500 acres of natural ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: East Arlington, Intracoastal
University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, 32258
Up The Creek Xpeditions

Experience Urban Kayaking on the St.Johns in the heart of The River City; visit the Jacksonville Zoo by kayak; paddle at the beach; or, explore marshe ...

Area: Northside/Airport
Walter Jones Historical Park

Major William Webb purchased 31.2 acres on the St. Johns River in Mandarin in 1873. He built a home, barn and 1,000-foot dock extending into the St. J ...

Free: Yes
Area: Southside/Mandarin
11964 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32223
Restrooms: Yes
Willowbranch Park

Willowbranch Park is located in the Riverside area, along the course of Willowbranch Creek and is one of the city's most picturesque parks. Basebal ...

Area: Riverside/Ortega
2870 Sydney Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Willowbranch Rose Garden Park

Willowbranch Rose Garden Park is located in Riverside between Mallory St. and Azalea Terrace, across from Willowbranch Park. In 1916, the site was par ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverside/Ortega
2840 Park St, Jacksonville, FL, 32205
Restrooms: No
Yellow Water Trailhead

The property was purchased with the help of a Florida Communities Trust grant. The Grant Award Agreement (GAA) requires kiosks, signage, picnic pavili ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Bicycling/Skating, Walking
Area: Orange Park/Westside
Yellow Water Rd, Jacksonville, FL, 32222
Restrooms: No