When you think of where in Florida to bring the kids, perhaps a certain theme park in Orlando comes to mind: Disney World.  But a few miles north exists a kid-friendly city that is certainly worth visiting.  While it may have fewer roller coasters, it also has fewer lines: Jacksonville.  

All kids love fireworks displays, and Jacksonville has one of the nation’s largest.  The Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks celebration takes place at Metropolitan Park every 4th of July.  

If you plan to visit in the fall, time your trip with the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. The fair is held every November at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds & Exposition Center and it features pigs, sheep, goats, cows, carnival rides, and live entertainment.

Some other family friendly events include the Great Atlantic Seafood and Music Festival in March, the Blessing of the Fleet Parade of Boats and the Jacksonville International Boat Show in April, the World of Nations Celebration in May, and the Jacksonville Light Parade in November.

If your child is a star gazer, go to the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and its planetarium.   MOSH is located on the scenic Riverwalk and has within its walls hours worth of hands-on science and local history exhibits, including the Alexander Brest Planetarium.