Ready for an adventure? Then head over to Adventure Landing, where you'll have all the fun of a huge theme park, in a smaller package that you can experience in a day. This mini theme park attraction includes a water park, game room, go carts and putt putt golf course. Best of all, it's located right off Beach Blvd.
Enjoy the preserved beauty of a stately home that has now been transformed into the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The original collection of the former residents has expanded from 60 pieces to more than 5,500 European and American works of art dating from 2100 BC to the present.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opened in 1961 on the grounds of the former residence of Arthur and Ninah Cummer. The museum started with a small collection of just sixty pieces. Almost 50 years after opening, the museum now houses over 5,500 European and American works of art dating from 2100 BC to the 21st century.
The museum and gardens are visited by more than 95,000 guests annually and is registered as a National Historic Place. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to Art Connections, a nationally known learning center that educates 50,000 students each year and offers hands-on art experiences for museum visitors.
Hold hands and stroll along the perimeter of Friendship Fountain, a refurbished oasis of colored lights and a soothing rush of water in downtown Friendship Park along the Southbank Riverwalk. It may not be the Bellagio water show in Vegas, but this Jacksonville attraction comes pretty darn close.
Friendship Fountain is located on the Southbank Riverwalk in Friendship Park. Designed by Taylor Hardwick, the fountain debuted in 1965 as the world's largest and tallest at the time. Friendship Fountain housed pumps capable of pushing 17,000 gallons of water per minute, producing streams as high as a 10-story building.
The Friendship Fountain was refurbished in 1985 and saw fifteen years of activity until wear and corrosion took its toll and one of Jacksonville's most recognizable attractions had to be closed. Five months and $1.3 million later, Friendship Fountain was fully operational with new light features and was a major attraction at Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005. Unforeseen damages to pumps caused the fountain to close once more, only this time there was no budget available to repair the problem. The fate of the fountain and the park it resides in was up in the air for a number of years. In 2009, the Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.2 million renovation of the fountain and the park. Ground breaking of the renovation took place on September 1, 2010 and is expected to last roughly nine months.
Touching the displays is a requirement at the Hands On Children's Museum, which resembles a castle on the outside, and a scientific-discovery fun house on the inside! More than 15 major exhibits and attractions like "Little Vets," "Kids Mini Bank," and "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery" will keep the kids enthralled for hours.
The Hands On Children's Museum opened its doors in 2000 and has quickly become a popular attraction for families. The museum offers 15 major exhibits and has welcomed over 275,000 people into its castle walls. Yes, the museum's building is in the shape of a castle!
The 6,500-square-foot museum is home to interactive exhibits like "Little Vets," "Kids Mini Bank," and "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery." "Little Vets" allows kids to dress up like a veterinarian and nurse animals back to health. Play with stethoscopes and microscopes at this exhibit and don't forget to take a peek at the baby animals in the incubator!
Act as a bank teller, open a bank account and learn how money is made at the "Kids Mini Bank."
At the "Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery," children can act as a cashier or a customer. Shop around for groceries and pay at the life-like checkout. The exhibit boasts a "real" cash register and conveyor belt.
Other exhibits include "You're the Star Stage," "S.S. Spinghetti," "Puppet Stage" and "50's Cafe."
An amazing animal sanctuary awaits you at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The animal preserve sits on 110 acres at the mouth of the Trout River and is home to exhibits and attractions that display more than 2,000 exotic animals and 1,500 plant species.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens sprawl across 110 acres at the mouth of the Trout River. The zoo is home to over 2,000 exotic animals and 1,500 plant species. In part of its mission to act as "responsible stewards of our plant Earth," the zoo is active in animal conservation, participating in over 20 Species Survival Plans.
The zoo's largest exhibit is "Range of the Jaguar," featuring, you guessed it, jaguars. Currently home to eight jaguars, in terms of animals it is the largest jaguar exhibit in North America. While roaming through the range, you'll find Central and South American reptiles and amphibians like anacondas, caiman lizards and poison dart frogs. Sloths, monkeys, anteaters and birds like macaws, cuckoos and herons can also be spotted.
The Jacksonville Zoo has an exhibit that features Florida wildlife in the wetlands. "Wild Florida" features American alligator, American black bear, red wolves, Florida panthers, white-tail deer, otters, bobcats and bald eagles.
Other exhibits you will find at the Jacksonville Zoo are "Great Apes of the World," "Australian Adventure," "African Plains," "Stingray Bay," "Asian Bamboo Garden and Komodo Dragon" and the botanical gardens, "Savannah Blooms" and "Gardens of the Trout River Plaza."
Skate at one of the oldest operating skate parks in the country, Kona Skate Park. This park is no dinosaur either. They have some of the raddest runs, including a 30' deep bowl with 6' tombstone extension, freestyle area and j-run.
One of the most amazing collections of contemporary art is housed in the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The six-story, 60,000-square-foot attraction is located in downtown Jacksonville and is the cornerstone of the area's revitalization project.
Expand your knowledge of contemporary art by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. One of the Southeast's largest contemporary art institutions, the museum houses over 800 art pieces dating from the 1960's to present day works. The first of its kind in the Jacksonville area, the Museum of Contemporary Art has been devoted to the visual arts since opening in 1924.
The MOCA is a cultural resource of the University of North Florida. The six-story, 60,000 square foot museum is located in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville. Serving as a cornerstone of Jacksonville's multi-billion dollar downtown revitalization plan, the museum's exhibitions, educational programs, tours, lectures, films and publications bring new members and visitors in everyday.
Learn about the art of our time through the innovative exhibitions featuring pieces from international, national and regional artists like Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Ed Paschke and other masters of the contemporary arts. MOCA Jacksonville's changing exhibitions feature artwork in all forms: painting, sculpture and video, just to name a few. While visiting, don't forget to hang out with the kids in the ArtExplorum Loft and enjoy a meal at Cafe Nola.
Get ready to MOSH at the Museum Of Science And History Jacksonville. The super-charged, hands-on museum includes exhibits and attractions like "The Body Within," where visitors enter an over-sized model of the human body and explore what's inside. More fun around every corner is guaranteed at MOSH.
Located on the Southbank Riverwalk, The Museum of Science and History is the most visited museum in Jacksonville. The MOSH is home to exhibits and hands-on activities with primary focus on educating and entertaining children.
At the MOSH, visitors can take a walk through "The Body Within." Guests step into a huge replica of the human mouth, stroll through the digestive tract and well, the exit is all too obvious. Explore "Water Worlds" in the museum's permanent aquarium exhibit. Take a journey through Jacksonville's history and learn how the city came to be at the "Currents of Time" exhibit. These are but a few of the museum's permanent exhibits.
The MOSH is also home to the Alexander Brest Planetarium. The planetarium has a 60-foot-diameter dome projection screen and a projector capable of producing 8,900 stars. An estimated 60,000 people see the show every year.
Get wowed by nature at the Tree Hill Nature Center. Located in the center of downtown Jacksonville, this amazing sanctuary includes attractions like Animal Encounters, Guided Trail Tours and an on-site butterfly house!
The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, featuring the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.