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Jacksonville, Florida, also known as Florida’s “First Coast” is a big city with a comfortable, small-town vibe. And since we’re only about 2.5 hours from the central Florida theme parks, it’s an easy day trip to Disney, Universal, Legoland and more.
It’s interesting to note that Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States when looking at land-mass, and because it’s so big, there’s a lot to offer!
The Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens is an award-winning zoo located on the beautiful St. Johns River. Children and adults alike will enjoy taking a train ride through the property, feeding a giraffe, or walking out on the deck to see the wide expanse of the African Savannah.
Children will also enjoy a visit to MOSH, the Museum of Science and History. The museum has plenty of interactive exhibits designed to both delight and educate kids of all ages.
Adventure Landing boasts a huge arcade, go-karts, mini golf, laser tag and even a candy shop. During the summer, the water park is in full swing where you can float down the lazy river, climb the pirate ship or slide down one of the many water slides.
For sports enthusiasts, take in a Jacksonville Jaguars game, visit the world renowned Tournament Players Championship golf course, or go deep sea fishing. You can even spend the afternoon at Kona Skate park, the nation’s very first skateboarding park and facility.
And since Jacksonville’s beaches are only minutes away, and the mighty St. Johns River runs right through the city, water sports can be enjoyed almost year ‘round.
Jacksonville hosts the biggest names in music, has a world class symphony orchestra, and brings in Broadway shows and musicals. There are several large flea markets, Art Walk on the first Wednesday of the month, and the Riverside Arts Market every Saturday.
There’s no lack of things to do in this big, warm, welcoming, family-friendly town!
Written by Vicki Floyd