Discover 16 Fun Ways to Wander Around Jacksonville, FL

Discover Jacksonville

If this is your first time wandering with me, welcome.  And if you’re a frequent wanderer, welcome back! I’m Portia and I love to travel so it’s only fitting that we start thinking about where we’re going in 2021, 2022, 2023…

If you’ve never visited Jacksonville, Florida, you’ve been missing out.  You can easily fill a week up with beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, outdoor activities, historical attractions, and museums.  All while getting in your foodie fixes at the same time. 

There are so many things to do in Jacksonville that it can be hard to decide.  I usually opt for the outdoors and have never been disappointed by the delights I find in and around the Jacksonville area. These are my 16 favorite outdoor activities that will keep you busy in beautiful places.  Try my recipe for fun which is typically some outdoor recreation, something tasty to eat, and a beautiful view.  Jacksonville has plenty of options to make it happen every time I visit.

While hours, fees, and location information has been provided below, always to remember to verify directly due to changes that can occur.

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Cummer museum gardens

829 Riverside Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32226

Contact Info


All visitors must reserve a timed ticket for entry. Timed tickets are available Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 4 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.

Children (5 and Under)  Free

Senior, military, students aged 6-17 $6.00

First Responders/Healthcare Workers (with ID) Free

College Students (Tues-Fri) Free

Adult $10.00

Member (including reciprocal) Free

College Students (Sat-Sun) $6.00

See Free Admission schedule

Big cat laying with paws in the air.

1860 Starratt Road

Jacksonville, FL 32226

Contact Info


1:00 – 3:00 PM

Adults: $12

Children $5 (3-11)

2 & Under Always Free

Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m


12713 Fort Caroline Road

Jacksonville, FL 32225

Contact Info


St. John's Ferry entrance

4675 Ocean Street

Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Contact Info

(904) 241-9969


Monday – Friday: 6:00 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 7:00 pm.

Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 am, 7:30 am, 8:00 am and continuing on the hour and half hour, with the final departure at 8:30 pm.



Monday – Friday: 6:15 am and continuing on the quarter after and quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 7:15 pm.

Saturday and Sunday: 7:15 am and continuing on the quarter after and the quarter before the hour, with the final departure at 8:45 pm.


Pedestrian/Bicycle         $1.00 –

Motorcycle $6.00 $5.50

Car – Weekday    $7.00 $6.30

Car – Weekend    $8.00 $7.20

370 Zoo Parkway

Jacksonville, FL 32218

Contact Info

(904) 757-4463

9am – 5pm

General Admission


Adults (13 to 64)……………$24.95

Seniors (65+)………………….$22.95

Children (3 to 12)………….$19.95

Children (2 and under)……..Free

See all fee options


101 W. State St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202


jax arboretum

1445 Millcoe Road

Jacksonville FL 32225

8 AM to 7 PM Mon – Thurs UNTIL Nov 1

8 AM to 5 PM Mon – Thurs AFTER Nov 1

8 AM to 5 PM Fri – Sun

FREE but $3 Donation suggested

7152 Lone Star Road

Jacksonville FL 32211

Contact Info

(904) 724-4646

Monday – Saturday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed major holidays.

$5 Adults

$4 Seniors, Students, Military,Teacher

$3 Children 3 -17

Free 2 & Under

Kathryn hanna splashpad

500 Wonderwood Drive

Jacksonville, Fl 32233

8AM – 8PM 

8AM – 6PM 

Park entry – Ticket required for early bird entry 6AM – 8AM (early bird tickets may be purchased in sets of $50)

$3 per pedestrian and bicyclist 8AM to close

$5 per car (up to six people) 8AM to close

Bus entry fee – $50

Annual pass fee – $99 including tax. Annual passes can be purchased online via the online reservation system.

NOTE: Entry fees can now be paid by cash, credit card or debit card

See all fees including online camping reservations

sand drawing palm tree

12157 Heckscher Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32226

Contact Info


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days

$5 per vehicle

See all fees

1860 Starratt Road

Jacksonville, FL 32226

Contact Info


8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. The boat ramp is open 24 hours a day.

$2 for fishing pier, $3 per vehicle entrance

See all fees

12713 Fort Caroline Road

Jacksonville, FL 32225

Contact Info


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday


friendship fountain

1015 Museum Cir

Jacksonville, FL 32207


2885 San Pablo Road South

Jacksonville, FL 32224

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1 month ago

These look like some incredibly lovely spots!

1 month ago

Jacksonville does have some nice sites!

1 month ago

Such a helpful guide. Thank you for providing all the details!