Are you preparing to make the big move to Jacksonville and want to know what to expect? This area has a ton of great things to do for local homeowners that you won’t have to worry about keeping yourself busy or wondering what else there is to do outside of your own neighborhood.
There are three main beaches here to enjoy including Atlantic, Neptune, and Jacksonville, which all feature different personalities and offerings for the type of experience you crave. Take a look at the top 10 activities that you’ll definitely be enjoying when you live in the Beaches of Jacksonville.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
A hidden gem loved by locals and travelers is Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park where you can go to enjoy the beach and a camping weekend. It’s located right on the ocean and features wooded campsites, freshwater lakes, and over a mile of beach. You’ll love hitting the trails, surfing at a premier surfing spot called the Poles, fishing, and kayaking here.
Atlantic Beach is a premier beach in Jacksonville that features much history and a beautiful and serene atmosphere. This is the same beach that Kathryn Abbey is located and you’ll notice that along this beach there are very few hotels and commercial strips. This is focused on homes and condos more than commercialized buildings. You’ll want to come here for surfing, biking, and beachcombing, but you’ll also come for the Old Florida experience.
Jax Beach Pier
For less than $5 you can walk the beautiful Jacksonville Beach Pier and take it all in. It’s located at 4th Avenue North and runs about a quarter of a mile in length. It’s very popular for fishing and for tourists to visit but also sits at the perfect spot to hit local tourist ships before and after. While it was destroyed from Hurricane Matthew in 2016, it is completely back up and running now.
Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach
The kids will love you for taking them to Adventure Landing on the weekends. This is a top attraction in Jacksonville featuring family-friendly fun for all ages. There are video games, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, and more to enjoy located at Jacksonville Beach along the Shipwreck Island Water Park.
St. Johns River Ferry
Who doesn’t love a ferry ride? The St. Johns River Ferry is available for passengers and their vehicles for those that want to cross the river and enjoy some bird watching. Bring your car, your bike, or just yourself every day of the year.
Downtown Jacksonville and the Landing
If you feel like venturing out, there is so much to do in downtown Jacksonville. You’ll find everything from the theater to concerts, festivals, games, and everything in between. Downtown Jacksonville also features the Landing which is known for its waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
If you love animals, take the whole family to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. You’ll see 2,000 exotic animals and a thousand different plants. Of course, most people go for the fun train ride and the special holiday events. Check out the Giraffe Overlook and the Land of the Tiger.
While Jacksonville Beach is known for offering surf shops and has great places to go for a drink and fun music, Neptune Beach is the place to go for some peace and quiet, and good restaurants with dogs sitting on the patio. Have a staycation at one of the waterfront hotels or enjoy some amazing restaurants and shops.
Cummer Museum & Gardens
Whether you could use a beautiful location for a date or you want to entertain family that’s coming to town, the Cummer Museum & Gardens is a gorgeous stop in Jacksonville. The museum is wonderful but one of the main attractions is the fabulous gardens in the back. You’ll want to walk around and enjoy the sunshine all afternoon. Inside, enjoy the changing exhibits and the permanent collection. This is also very affordable at only $10 per adult.
Little Talbot and Big Talbot Island State Parks
Another hidden gem outside of the beaches is the Big and Little Talbot’s. These are state parks located off of A1 that is open all year long for horseback riding, trails, and general beach access for swimming or walking around.
These nature preserves are beautiful and are cherished for their ancient dunes, secluded barrier island, and pristine beaches, but they are unique for their fallen trunks of cedar and palm, as well as the eroding roots that offer a unique display of the natural beauty here. You can surf, fish, kayak, and more from these islands in northeast Florida.
If you’re moving to Jacksonville, you’ll have no shortage of exciting things to enjoy. Your weekends and weeknights will be busy as you find you want to venture out more and more from your new Jacksonville neighborhood!