Jacksonville Journals

Family Fun in Jacksonville

A travel journal to Jacksonville by Rootsdigger

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Photo, Jacksonville, Florida More Photos
Quote: I wanted to share my ideas for family-fun spots in Jacksonville, FL. I have read some other journals that say it is boring here. It makes me think that they don't know where to look. There are lots of fun activities, wonderful eating spots, and of course the beach!

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Attraction | "Jacksonville Zoological Gardens"

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Photo, Jacksonville, Florida
The Jacksonville Zoo has been through a major renovation over the past several years. The main exhibits include: Plains of East Africa, Great Apes of the World, Wild Florida, Australian Adventure, and more. The next and last phase is now open. It is a large jaguar exhibit that covers four acres. One of the not-to-miss attractions is a train ride that loops around the entire zoo. The train ride costs extra above the regular admission. However, you can save some money if you buy your train tickets at the gate with your park admission (but you'll need to ask -- they won't offer this item). Some family favorites are: the elephant exhibit where you can sometimes catch them splashing in th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2003

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
8605 Zoo Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32218
(904) 757-4462

Sprinkles Playland

Attraction | "Sprinkles Children's Museum"

This place is hard to describe. The easiest description is just plain fun for kids, but I will try to give you some idea of what you will find. The downtown location is located in the downstairs part of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Everything is kid-sized. There are mini "exhibit" areas with different themes, like a grocery store that has a cash register, lots of fruit, shopping carts, and more. And a Doctor area with real x-rays, crutches, small doctor kits, an exam table, and wheelchairs. A stage with dress up clothes so you can put on a play. A really fun carousel that works by pedaling it. A big room with lots to climb on. A little dollhouse with a kitchen and table for tea. The amazing par...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2003

Sprinkles Playland
101 W 1st Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
(904) 632-2386