We just moved into military housing in Jacksonville, what are some family fun activities to do around us?

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As you move into your new military housing in Jacksonville you may be eager to explore the area with your family. Or you may be looking for a day or weekend trip around the area due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. Either way, we have you covered with a list of some family fun activities to do around your Jacksonville apartment.


First on the list is what comes to everyone's minds when they think of Florida….the beach! Head east from any Jacksonville location and you will find a beach. From Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach down to Ponte Vedra Beach you are sure to find a family favorite. Many Floridians flock to the beach during the summer months especially around a holiday weekend but you will still find plenty of space to social distance in times of COVID-19. And don't worry here in northeast Florida we still have plenty of beach days left in the year before it starts cooling off. Also, many beaches in the area are dog friendly, so feel free to bring your dog along for the fun.


Speaking of cooling off, next on the list are Florida's springs, a natural freshwater source that remains a constant 72-degrees year-round. Travel southwest from Jacksonville to High Springs for options like Ginnie Springs or Ichetucknee Springs. Or head south on I-95 to De Leon Springs State Parkor Blue Springs State Park along the St. Johns River. Even when the weather starts to cool off many of the springs have great walking trails to explore nature and observe wildlife in their native habitats including manatees.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a great all-day adventure for every member of your family. It is located north of downtown Jacksonville and is the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Visit all the different animals and explore the gardens on foot or ride the train around for a break and unique experience. If you get hot take the kids to the Splash Ground in the Play Park area to cool off and splash around. Or the wild animal carousel is always a big hit.


If you would like to learn about the history of the area you must start with the oldest city in the United States, St Augustine. St Augustine is located about forty miles south of Jacksonville with an easy trip down interstate 95. Visit Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Castillo de San Marcos the oldest masonry fort in North America, stroll through St. George Street or hop aboard a trolley for a tour of the historic district and a good history lesson. St Augustine Beach is also a popular destination, so this makes a great city for a full weekend trip.

We hope this list gives you a small glimpse of some fun things to explore with your family around your off- base housing in Jacksonville. Northeast Florida offers many activities for all ages, and we are sure you will enjoy it all.
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