Jacksonville, Florida, has a wide variety of entertaining, educational and exciting places for children to enjoy. Families can go for a hike through Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, spend a day in the water of the Atlantic Ocean or Neptune Beach or learn about the universe at the Museum of Science & History. Residents and tourists can also visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, in the hands of the Children’s Museum and Adventure Landing Park.
The Adventure Landing Amusement Park offers two miniature golf courses, cages, laser tag center, more than 100 arcade games and a go-kart track. Children can spend some time on tours that include Frog Hopper and Wacky Worm Roller Coaster or stay closer to the ground and ride Max Flight Coaster Simulator. Kids can build their stuffed animal Teddy Bear Factory or buy a treat from Sweet Adventures Candy Shop. The seasonal Shipwreck Island Waterpark has waterslides, a wave pool, lazy river, a children’s playground and a three-storey Pirate Play Village, with interactive water toys. Birthday party at Adventure Landing include teddy bear party packages and deluxe party package with private parties, access to the park attractions, arcade tokens, lunch and birthday bags.
Hands On Children’s Museum
The castle-shaped Hands On Children Museum has a variety of interactive displays where children can learn about retail customers and become a bank teller for the day, and an imitation Kids TV / Radio Newsroom where children can deliver their local news and weather forecasts. Children can also try stethoscope and microscope in Little veterinarians exhibition and try the costumes and perform on stage ay You’re the Star Stage presentation. For children under three years, the first adventure Toddler Room 5 ft dollhouses, castles, and a caterpillar tunnel. Older children can jump around in McDonald’s ball pools, climbing tubes, have a tea party and take a ride on a miniature train. Birthday party packages include entrance, a private party area, lunch or dinner, and decorations.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens feature more than 1,400 animals and 1,000 different plants throughout the park. Exhibits at the zoo include Plains of East Africa, the Nile crocodiles, cheetahs and white rhinos and Elephant Plaza exhibition of African elephants, African Rock Python, and the Egyptian cobra. Other exhibits include the great apes, the gorillas, and bonobos, the range of Jaguar, with anacondas, squirrel monkeys and jaguars, and the Australian adventure, with cassowaries and kangaroos. Children’s Play Park has an outdoor playground, maze, and Splash Ground Water Park. Family-friendly programs at the zoo include Safari Bal dinner, animals and late trips to the zoo. Birthday parties can also be done at the zoo with packages that include park admission, train rides, private party area, cake, decorations and goody bags.