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Nature

Jacksonville is natural playground, from incredible parks to exciting natural attractions you can have a true eco-adventure here!

  • Just minutes away from Downtown Jacksonville the city’s wild side flourishes at the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. This 46,000-acre Preserve is approximately 6,000 years old and is made for those seeking a natural thrill. Explore the hiking trails that surround the adjacent For Caroline National Memorial, and the 600-acre Theodore Roosevelt Area filled with wetlands and hardwood forest. The Preserve is better explored by boat, giving visitors close-up looks at the pristine waters, unspoiled salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks that give it its own unique eco-system. You can fish, swim, kayak, paddle board, bird watch over 200 different species, relax and just enjoy nature inside the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. All areas of the Preserve are open to the public and free to explore.
  • Located in the middle of the busy Arlington neighborhood, visitors can get lost in nature at Tree Hill Nature Center, an oasis for local wildlife and nature. The center is home to a museum of Florida natural history, Jacksonville’s only permanent butterfly exhibit, a petting zoo and more than 50 acres of trails.
  • Take a ride on the wild side of Jacksonville; visit our state parks on a kayak guided tour. Just choose one of the many tours Kayak Amelia has to offer and enjoy a day or a night out on the water, pick the Yoga & Kayaking Eco Experience and feel the natural connection of the body and its surroundings, a truly serene experience that will take you through some of Jacksonville’s historic sites like the Ribault Club, Fort George Inlet and Kingsley Plantation. 
  • Nature can be relaxing, but it can also be pretty wild and in Jacksonville we have a lot of both! Get a birds view of the Atlantic Coast by leaping into the clear Jacksonville’s sky as you skydive or take a helicopter tour of the area. 
  • This is one of the top 10 animal attractions in the nation! The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has more than 2,000 exotic animal species and is always one step ahead of the rest. Its newest exhibit, called “Land of the Tiger,” is a state-of-the-arts animal habitat with tunnels that go over visitors where you can see the tigers roam and interact.  The Jacksonville Zoo just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
  • Venture out to Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and hand-feed lions and tigers and other big cats, it is an “only in Jax” experience that will thrill visitors of all ages. Catty Shack Ranch offers daily tours and a special night-time feeding tour where visitors can see the lions and tigers eat hundreds of pounds of chicken.

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