101 Family Day Trips from Jacksonville | Kids Out and About Jacksonville

101 Family Day Trips from Jacksonville

**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination. It is extremely important that you confirm opening status with each organization listed below as COVID-19 affects venue options differently, and things change constantly.

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Jacksonville. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Amelia Island Nature Center
  Amelia Island State Park
  Big Talbot Island State Park
  Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
  Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Little Talbot Island State Park
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park


Time Travel Today

  Museum of Southern History
American Beach Museum
St. Mary's Railroad
Kingsley Plantation
Norman Studios
USS Adams Museum


Make Life a Beach

American Beach
Atlantic Beach
Fernandina Beach
Fort Clinch State Park
Jacksonville Beach
Neptune Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

Shipwreck Island Water Park
St. Mary's Aquatic Center
  Daytona Lagoon
Summer Waves Water Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  The Hands On Children Museum
The Museum of Science and History
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
The Lightner Museum
The Cummer Museum
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum Jacksonville
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery


Explore These Cities

  Lake City, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Jacksonville Skyway
Jacksonville Zoo Train
St. Augustine Air Tours
Jax Helicopter Tours
A-Cent Aviation
Crazy Fish Boat Rides
Amelia River Cruises and Charters


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Braddock Blueberry Farm
Congaree and Penn
Brown's Farm
K & S Farms
Roger's Farm


Play Ball!

  Jacksonville Armada
Jacksonville Dixie Blues
Jacksonville Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Jacksonville Sharks
Jacksonville Axemen


Treat Yo' Self

  Five fx Ice Cream
Florida Creamery
Whit's Frozen Custard
Marble Slab Creamery
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
Sweet Pete's Candy
Peterbrooke Chocolatier
Claude's Chocolate


Connect with Nature

Tree Hill Nature Center
Guana River Encironmental Center
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
Ed Austin Regional Center
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Theodore Roosevelt Area
University of North Florida Recreational Trails


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

Wild Adventures Theme Park
Universal Studios
Fun Spot America
Disney World
Busch Gardens


Talk to the Animals

  Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife
Jacksonville Zoo
Lynwood Park Zoo
Whitley Acres Exotic Ranch and Stables


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Mandarin Museum
LaVilla Museum


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Devil's Millhopper Nature Trail
Big Shoals State Park
Steinhatchee Falls
  Falling Waters State Park


Get Active Indoors

  Batt Family Fun Center
Bay & Bee
Chuck E. Cheese's Jacksonville
Jumperz Fun Center
Jumpstreet Jacksonville Beach
Pump It Up Jacksonville
Velocity Air Sports


Challenge Yourself

  Creative Me Art Studio
Doing Dishes Pottery Studio
The Art Loft
The Arts Corner
The Brush


Shop Your Heart Out

  St. Johns Town Center
Rivercity Marketplace
The Avenues
The Jacksonville Landing

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Jacksonville. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away