Jacksonville is such a great, family-friendly place to live. According to the census, almost 30% of the residents of Jacksonville under the age of 20, with the majority of these children being under age 10. Because of this, there is so many fun things for kids to do in Jacksonville, including some really great parks. Of course, you don’t have to be a child to use the parks in Jacksonville either!
Ed Austin Regional Park
This highly-rated park is a great spot to take the kids. There is a beautiful and safe playground, along with a dog park (one for big dogs, one for small dogs). With many dedicated fields for all sorts of sports, including soccer, baseball, football and even Frisbee golf, people of all ages will enjoy this park. If you like to walk trails, there is a 1.75 mile walking and biking trail for your use. If your childhood was long ago, you may also enjoy the senior citizen centre. If you like to skateboard or roller skate, the skate park is also seen as one of the best in the city of Jax!
With beautiful ocean views and a great river running through it, this park is perfect for a daytime or nighttime stroll. Clean and well-maintained, it is perfect for fishing, exercise or having a picnic. If you have an upcoming wedding, consider this park for taking some photos. Pokemon Go is also huge at this park, so kids and adults alike will enjoy walking around catching those elusive Pokemon. History enthusiasts will love the gorgeous statue that flanks the park, built to memorialize the Floridians who served in WWII.
Forget the kids, this park is going to the dogs! This 15-acre off-leash dog park lets your dogs roam, swim and play, while you rest and watch them have a great time. There is also a doggie daycare on site, so if your dog loves this place, you might want to use them during your next trip away. There is also a lakeside trail for taking your pooch for a walk, as well as watering and bathing stations.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park
Biking enthusiasts will love this park, with over 20 miles of trails. If you want to get out on the water, they’ve got a 60-acre freshwater lake for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and more. The kid’s splash park is perfect for cooling down during the hot weather and you’ll want to be sure to bring food and have a picnic, as there’s facilities for cookouts and other occasions.
Living in Jax has many great perks and if you want to find out about more of them, feel free to contact me!