When you plan your family’s trip to Florida, you’ll want to make stop for a few days to take in the coastal resort city of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. With a cozy population of only 21,000 residents, this small city is centrally located to take advantage of variety of family-friendly sights and activities in the region.
For incredible 360-degree views of St. John’s River and the sea, climb the stairs to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. You’ll be able to tour the museum and explore its exhibits to learn about the history of the lighthouse.
If you want a story to tell when you get back home, you won’t want to miss the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The farm, one of Florida’s oldest zoological exhibits, has drawn in millions of visitors for more than a century who are intrigued and eager to see and learn more about these Florida “residents.”
The world’s first oceanarium is located just south of St. Augustine, where you can see dolphins up close in a more natural environment. Marineland’s 1.3 million gallon group of dolphin habitats gives you a unique perspective on these graceful marine creatures. With several programs to choose from, including the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, this attraction is the perfect way for a family to spend a beautiful sunny day in Florida.
For a tour of 2,000 rare and exotic animals and a stroll through a garden containing 1,000 plant varieties, visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. In addition to the exhibits of giraffes, jaguars, tigers and the Savanna Blooms Garden, you can enjoy a train tour through the zoo and a carousel ride.
To round out your vacation with a learning adventure, check out the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville. Between the interactive exhibits, educational entertainment, and the Bryan Gooding Planetariumâthe world’s largest single-lens planetariumâthere is something for everyone at the MOSH.
These family-oriented attractions will keep you busy and make memories of the Jacksonville Beach area that you’ll never forget.