Outdoors & Nature

Minutes away from Jacksonville's city center, a natural wonderland awaits. Let's Have an Adventure!

The abundant parks, waterways and ecological preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and get active in nature’s playground!

Get to know the birds, plants, and animals that inhabit our wild and untouched state parks and nature preserves. Hike, bike, or run on miles of shaded trails or experience the great outdoors with an evening of camping. For an unforgettable wildlife adventure, bring the whole family to one of our many animal related attractions.

Miles of untouched woodlands, marshes, beaches, and waterways await your observation and discovery. Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the country, with more than 80,000 designated acres, including the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

Explore Northeast Florida’s unique ecosystem by hiking or biking along miles of designated nature trails, where you may spot one of hundreds of local bird species. Escape the everyday by spending an evening camping under the stars in one of our exquisite parks.

  • Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the country with more than 80,000 acres including 400 city parks, seven state parks, three national parks and dozens of gardens and arboretums.
  • With warm temperatures throughout the year and dozens of beaches nearby, Jacksonville has unlimited recreational possibilities.
  • The Atlantic coast of Northern Florida is a popular spot for surfing, swimming, fishing and boating.
  • Lively Jacksonville Beach is the most popular surfing, swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating beach in Jacksonville.
  • Jax ranked 35th in the nation for Best Parks. ParkScore, 2012.
  • Come hike, kayak, bike, camp, fish and explore our green areas, you can even go horseback riding on the beach or do yoga while paddleboarding on the Intracoastal!
  • Read more on How to Experience Jacksonville's Wildlife.

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    Beaches & Waterways

    With 1,100 miles of navigable water, Jax has more shoreline than any other city in the nation.

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    With so many parks, green is Jacksonville’s color!

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    ​Get away from it all by camping beachside and enjoying Florida's natural beauty.

    Little Bird


    Bring your binoculars! Jacksonville sits at the Northeast Gateway to The Great Florida Birding Trail and is a natural choice for a birding excursion.

    Hiking in Jacksonville

    Jacksonville's parks and nature preserves offer miles of scenic trails.

    Biking along our Riverbank.


    Experience Jacksonville’s parks and nature preserves on a bike.

    Animal Attractions

    Go on an adventure at one of our great outdoor attractions, perfect for families!

    Biking along our Riverbank.

    Outdoors Guide

    Jax is home to the largest urban park system in the nation and has more shoreline than any other Florida city giving you endless possibilities to connect with

    Gate River Run

    Get Active Guide

    Run, hike, bike, hit the gym. Jacksonville has a big fitness culture and for those looking to stay active while enjoying a vacation in our city, the

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