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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
#1 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
You really get close to the animals and hear their sounds, see their mannerisms, and are thoroughly enthralled with their nature.
They do really informative tours around the park and I would really recommend going for a feeding.
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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
#2 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
It really has something for everyone; photographers, artists, nature lovers, art lovers, kids and those just looking to relax.
The garden displays a plethora of flora, hardscape, arches with a feeling of being in a private park.
Little Talbot Island State Park
#3 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Pristine beaches and a fine nature trail that takes you through a magnificent old growth Oak hammock, large dunes, and opens onto a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.
A few miles north is Big Talbott State Park and the extensive segment of driftwood skeletons was stunning--a must see if you enjoy walking and seeing the impact of erosion first-hand.
Big Talbot Island State Park
#4 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
This is a park that offers the best of everything, a wonderful beach, nice camping, nature / hiking trails, bike trails, and places to canoe, kayak, and paddle board.
Amazing beach side park with a couple hidden gem trails that will take you off the beaten path!
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
#5 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
We have enjoyed seeing kids from LaVilla School of the Arts and even members of the Jacksonville Symphony perform in the park and hope these programs will continue to delight their audiences in the future.
The marsh like surroundings, where you meet birds of all varieties around every corner as part of the natural habitat, make you always feel as if you are on a nature walk, and then you come upon the many animals o...
Atlantic Beach
#6 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Shell jewelry and nic nacs were their choices!! "Beachside" shop is jam-packed with items and has a large parking lot, close to portable potty's too!! Good to know!! Quick walk to the beach - so great place to park!!
I also like Amelia Island and when I want to get away from everyone and everything I love Guana National Park (which is to the south of Jax as your headed to St. Augustine).
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
#7 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
The place us locals call "Hanna Park" is full of things to do from kayaking and SUP riding in the clear freshwater lake or Atlantic ocean to riding mountain bikes in the world class trails.
Beautiful beach, awesome picnic area, camping, kayaking and canoeing , great biking trails and a kiddy water park.
Fort Caroline National Memorial
#8 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
This park has great walking trails - some pass through different ecosystems/habitats including marsh, scrub, maritime forest etc. also offers museum with interesting artifacts and information, and of course there...
For complete information on visiting the Fort Caroline National Memorial and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, visit National Park Planner.
Friendship Fountain
#9 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Very enjoyable walk along the riverfront from the downtown bridges all the way to the Jaguars ball park.
You can see how much the park is used, yet the people respect it and keep it clean.
Jacksonville Arboreteum & Gardens
#10 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
The arboretum is free and very popular with dog lovers, hikers, nature lovers, and folks that just need to relax along the winding trails.
The fact that you can experience some elevation by hiking around the lake and doing different trails is part of what makes this park unique in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
#11 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Whether you love to walk, run or ride, the rail trail is the perfect place to enjoy nature while getting in a great workout.
This over 14 mile long, wide asphalt trail runs from an Imeson Road parking lot in Jacksonville to a delightful park in Baldwin with picnic space, playground, and even a small skatepark.
Castaway Island Preserve
#12 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Tucked away between subdivisions along the intercoastal waterway, this free park is a great place for a walk, and to unwind.
The trail is paved or boardwalk and there are information signs teaching about the animals in the park.
Memorial Park
#13 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Memorial Park is the perfect place to picnic, take a stroll or just hang out.
Memorial Park is located at 1620 Riverside Avenue, between Margaret Street and Memorial Park Drive in Riverside near the 5 Points area of Jacksonville, Florida.
Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve
#14 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Outdoor activities in the park include hiking on the trails found at Fort Caroline and the Theodore Roosevelt Area, and boating, canoeing, and fishing in the salt marsh.
This free National Park site has great walking trails and an interesting reproduction of the earliest French settlement in North America.
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
#15 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Whether you want to commune with nature, exercise while communing with nature or learning a little history, birdwatching, or running the excess energy from the kids, there is something for everyone.
This is a historical Plantation and the park service has made it easy to self tour and learn at your own pace.
Metropolitan Park
#16 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
You can stroll through the park, sit by the waters edge and just enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
Love going to concerts and festivals at Metropolitan Park!
Huguenot Memorial Park
#17 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
This park has it all - beautiful beaches, tranquil bay for fishing/kayaking, nesting birds in late spring and summer, etc.
There is camping available right by the water, indoor bathrooms, plenty of nature(including the occasional dolphin), and beach parking.
Theodore Roosevelt Area
#18 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Love this national Park which is close to my home!
It's really just wonderful to see nature in its wild state.
Ed Austin Regional Park
#19 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
There's a good walking/jogging trail that surrounds the entire park and always made for an enjoyable cardio session whenever the weather was nice outside.
From great walking/running trail, sports activities and most of all there's a dog park.
Guana Pine State Park and Wildlife Management Area
#20 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Great beach, little traffic, although you do virtually take your life into your hands to cross the highway to get into the park.
I’ve seen gators, pigs, deer, bobcat, snakes and all manner of birds riding the park.
Dog Wood Park
#21 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Dogwood Park truly has your pooch in mind for a fun playdate.
When I ask my little buddy if he wants to go to the Puppy Party, he knows it means a visit to his favorite Dog Wood Park!
Stockton Park
#22 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Nested smack dab in the middle of Ortega, one of Jacksonville's most tony residential neighborhoods, Stockton Park is a true gem.
The park struck me as most impressive with the towering oak and magnolia trees.
Riverside Park
#23 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
She also was a member of RAP, a historic homes preservation society, who used to host the Riverside Art Festival in Riverside Park.
Lovely park with playgrounds, space to run and picnic.
Tree Hill Nature Center
#24 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
They have a great nature center with educational material for the young ones, 50 acres of walking/hiking trails, a butterfly exhibit (seasonal), goats, picnic tables, and more.
Nature, animals, a learning center to explore, gardens, hiking trails!
Jesse Ball Dupont Park
#25 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
What an amazing park with an incredible oak tree!
The main draw to the park is the amazing Liberty Oak.
Mandarin Park
#26 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
I like the boat ramp the kids like the park..i went there before work one day plenty of parking.....
University of North Florida National Recreational Trails
#27 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Please keep in mind that they are only available to the public on weekends, otherwise you do need to have a parking permit to park in the campus.
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
#28 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
I lived close by on the Westside and this was one of my favorite places to go for a nice hike, or take my camera for nature photography, or for just a nice relaxing afternoon walk.
Very nice local park
Boone Park
#29 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
From a multi-million playground, to a Clay Tennis facility, to basketball courts, and acres of green space this park is one of the best in Jax.
The city and Friends of Jacksonville Parks just renovated this playground about 9 months ago and it is a hit!
Balis Park
#30 of 49 Nature & Parks in Jacksonville
Just a nice little park with benches, they have a beautiful big gazebo and a fountain with the Lions of San Marco statue's.
The Park is also great and should be enjoyed!