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Families visiting Jacksonville with children have access to many attractions, many of which are either free or available at a very low charge. A classic example is the many parks that are spread around the city and offer many chances for walking, playing in the lakes, and cycling. The
The Riverwalk, a 2.5 miles path created to border downtown Jacksonville near the river, is another great example of outdoor space that can be accessed by those visiting Jacksonville with children. Nearby, located right on Jacksonville Beach, is Adventure Landing, a group of attractions centered on water rides, but also featuring miniature golf and laser tag.
For a quick but impressive stop while in Jacksonville with children, visit the 200-foot Friendship Fountain, in the park by the same name. The fountain is especially impressive at night, when a light show is played at a rhythmical pace. Boat rides can be taken nearby, and children can even play with the several life-size lion statues surrounding the fountain. The Kathryn Abby Hanna Park, not far away, offers those visiting Jacksonville with children a chance to relax right on the ocean. A large water playground, picnic tables, and paddle boats make the Kathryn Abby Hanna Park a great stop for the whole family.
Those visiting Jacksonville with children should stop by The Sprinkles' "When I Grow Up" museum. Specially created for kids under seven, the Sprinkles museum is the only American museum centered on careers. Here, children get a chance to play doctor, pretend they are world-class athletes, and get a lesson in history in the way. The museum is housed on the first floor of the Karpeles Manuscript Museums, a great historical stop for the whole family.
Families visiting Jacksonville with children should also stop by the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, one of the largest on the eastern coast. The Jacksonville Zoological Gardens is home to over 2,000 animals, many endangered or unique. The zoo also features many areas that mimic the animals' natural environments, including pools of water, hills, and jungle-like formations. Wood storks use some areas of the zoo as their breeding and living areas. They fly away in the off season and then return to the zoo to breed again the next year.
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