Daytrips from Jacksonville - Videos

iFLY (Orlando)

Published on Oct 24, 2015
iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY Orlando's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel generates a wall-to-wall cushion of air, on which you safely float.

Cumberland Island

Published on Aug 27, 2015
Georgia's largest barrier island among the Golden Isles. The history of this place goes back to the indigenous peoples who settled there as early as 4,000 years ago & has a role in most every era of American history. There are White-tailed deer, squirrels, Raccoons, Nine-banded Armadillos, Wild Boars, American Alligators, as well as many marshland inhabitants. It is also famous for its feral horses roaming free on the island. Overnight and week-long camping are permitted.

Georgia State Railroad Museum

Published on Jun 14, 2015
Located in Tricentennial Park, Georgia State Railroad Museum is a beautiful National Historic Landmark located at the old Central of Georgia Railway Savannah Shops and Terminal Facilities. With a fully operational turntable, you have the chance to explore historic railcars, experience the handcar, and go on guided tours. Be sure to check our Train Ride Schedule to experience one of our Site Tours by Train on a historic steam or diesel locomotive!

Kennedy Space Center

Published on May 11, 2015
A Day of Fun, A Lifetime of Inspiration

De Leon Springs State Park

Published on Mar 19, 2015
The Visitor Center features exhibits on the park's rich history and artifacts on display from the Mayaca. The swimming area is adjacent to a beautiful, shady picnic ground. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available for a paddling tour of the spring and spring run. De Leon Springs flows into the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge where canoeists and kayakers can explore 18,000 acres of lakes, creeks and marshes.

At The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant, guests can make their own pancakes at the table. This is a very popular park on weekends. To ensure entrance into the park, we recommend arriving early, otherwise, the parking area will be full and you may not be able to enter.

Park wildlife includes alligators, white-tailed deer, turtles and otters. Among the birds that can be seen are anhingas, egrets, hawks, limpkins, ospreys, vultures, American bald eagles, American white ibis, belted kingfishers, American coots and great blue herons.

Kingsley Plantation

Published on Mar 16, 2015
The plantation was originally 1,000 acres, most of which has been During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many people came to Florida. Some, like Zephaniah Kingsley, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, their labor providing wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics. All of these people played a part in the history of Kingsley Plantation.

Friendship Fountain

Published on Sep 22, 2014
Friendship Fountain is located in St. Johns River Park (a/k/a Friendship Park), on the south bank of the river, just west of Main Street. When the park opened in 1965, the Fountain of Friendship was the world’s largest and tallest fountain, capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. Accentuated by colored lights at night, it soon became a popular tourist destination and local recreation site.

Big Talbot Island (Blackrock Trail)

Published on Jul 31, 2014
Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location for nature study, bird-watching, and photography. Explore the diverse island habitats by hiking Blackrock Trail to the shoreline, Big Pine Trail to the marsh or Old Kings Highway and Jones Cut through the maritime forest.

Florida Folk Festival

Published on May 28, 2014
Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin.

Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. Located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North.

Olustee Battle Reenactment

Published on Mar 15, 2014
An annual re-enactment of a Civil War Batte between the North and the South. Hundreds of re-enactors come from miles around to participate in this historical event. Don't miss The Annual Olustee Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival features homemade Arts & Crafts from vendors all over the United States, Food & Entertainment of all kinds, and a Kids Area featuring Bounce Houses, Pony Rides, Rock Climbing Walls, Train Rides and much much more
Ph: 800-768-0285

Cataloochee Ski Area

Published on Mar 9, 2014
Take a trip to Maggie Valley North Carolina and catch the CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA; Not far from Asheville nor from Chattanooga you can even make this a day-trip from Hotlanta . Lot of things to do in this little hidden gem winter or summer; hiking, horsebackriding,white water rafting and more.Not far from Harrah's casino in Cherokee.

1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751
Ph: 800-768-0285
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early November - late March

Sugar Mountain North Carolina

Published on Jan 22, 2014
Sugar Mountain is a long-time favorite with families and is the largest ski area in North Carolina. There Twenty slopes and trails spread over 115 skiable acres, along with seven lifts, including one triple, four doubles, and two surface lifts. The terrain park has its own surface lift. There is also snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating available. With 40% novice, 40% intermediate, and 20% expert, there is terrain for all abilities

GTF Paintball

Published on Dec 10, 2013
GTF Paintball strives to provide the best paint ball experience. With 7 different fields of play and multiple game scenarios, there is no time to get board. Each party and field has ref's to follow along, monitor games, judge on the field and ensure every safety precaution is followed to the letter. Safety if NUMBER 1 with these guys. Every effort is made to ensure every age group and ability level has a great time.

You can bring your own equipment, but not your own paintball.

GTF Paintball
86588 Goodbread Rd.
Yulee, FL 32097
P: (904) 548-7256

Florida Caverns State Park

Published on Dec 2, 2013
Florida Caverns State Park is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The cave formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies are amazing. The Chipola River and a freshwater spring provide areas for fishing, canoeing and boating. Florida Caverns State Park is popular for camping, picnicking and horseback riding. The park does not rent horses, however stables are available for equestrian campers. The park also features a nine-hole, New Deal-era golf course set in beautiful rolling terrain. to tubing, visitors can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing.


Published on Oct 3, 2013
Tailgating before the football game can be just as festive and fun as the game....even more so.

Bragan Field (Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville)

Published on Aug 20, 2013
The park is filled with outdoor and covered party areas,play areas for the kids modern facilities and there is always fun events at every game for all age groups. Recently re-named after longtime Jacksonville Suns owner Peter Bragan Sr., this stadium serves as the home of the Jacksonville Suns. Formerly known as the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville until 2012; This was the replacement for the old Samuel W. Wolfson Baseball Park for a completion cost of $34 million in 2003.

Day Trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Published on Jul 9, 2013
The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. In 1972, the head spring of the river was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U. S. Department of the Interior. From the end of May until early September, tubing down the river is the premier activity in the area. In addition to tubing, visitors can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Trip to Maggie Valley North Carolina

Take a trip to Maggie Valley North Carolina and catch the CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA; Not far from Asheville nor from Chattanooga you can even make this a day-trip from Hotlanta. Lot of things to do in this little hidden gem winter or summer; from Harrah's casino in Cherokee to mountain hiking at nearby Chimney top.


Day Trip to Fort Clinch State Park

Great opportunities await for you to hike the parks nature trails, mountain bike the parks multi use trails or take a leisurely strolls. Wildlife including White Tailed Deer, Bobcat, Raccoons and other wildlife regularly seen at the park! The Fort is manned by Living History Interpreters on a daily basis that provide a valuable glimpse into our nations past during the Civil War. A number of special events are taking place throughout the winter months including Ranger Led Interpretive Programs, Guided Nature Trail Hikes, First weekend Fort Garrisons.

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Jacksonville Top To Bottom Walking Tour

Explore Jacksonville from "Top to Bottom" on this entertaining walking tour. Professional tour guides take you along the river, through buildings, on a rooftop, and even inside the old bank tunnels below the streets. We talk about the history, architecture, and culture of the city along the way. Meet at the bottom of the Jacksonville Landing escalators. Rated Excellent by Trip Advisor. Distance walked about 1 mile. $15/p, children 5-12 years of age $5. Call 904-827-1845 to reserve. Departs every Tuesday.

Event begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

Event time: 1 hour(s), 45 minutes

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Visiting Jacksonville Arboretum And Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy.

From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop.

In addition, over two miles of rustic hiking trails wind quietly through a series of distinct ecological habitats.

Along the trails, benches invite you either to pause and enjoy the view or to get in a good stretch during a vigorous walk.

The Arboretum is developed and managed by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc., a non-profit entity that leases the land from the City. Except for special events, there is no admission fee.

Days and Hours of Operation

Open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm (8 am to 7 pm during daylight savings time).

Entry gates are locked promptly at closing so plan your visit so that you exit the Arboretum prior to closing.

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