Free Things To Do
Florida’s most affordable destination offers travelers the chance to have an amazing time without opening their wallets. From luxurious hotels with low rates to free parking at the beaches; our destination offers visitors the experience of a lifetime without paying for it for life. Whether you’re looking for a more cultured experience, or you’re ready to get active in the great outdoors – Jacksonville has endless free ways to have a great time!
Top Free Things to Do in Jacksonville
A memorable yet reasonable getaway awaits couples, friends and single travelers to the “River City by the Sea.”
- The quirky town center where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet presents the North Beaches’ Artwalk the third Thursday of each month. Check out local restaurants, bars and boutiques while in the area too.
- Browse 50 plus vendor booths with fresh produce, seafood and other local goods at The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market, the oldest famers market in Florida.
- Walk the seven bridges of Jacksonville at the Cancer Survivor’s Park located on the campus of Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ) Downtown. The park is home to miniature versions of all seven major Jacksonville bridges, spanning a pond shaped like the St. Johns River.
- Take a complimentary tour of the Budweiser Brewery, and enjoy a beer tasting.
- National and world-renowned Jazz musicians perform to big crowds on several stages at the annual, free Jacksonville Jazz Fest , held over Memorial Day weekend.
- Window shop at the beautiful St. Johns Town Center. The outdoor lifestyle center and mall is the perfect place to stroll. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or decide to buy the perfect souvenir to take home.
- Peddle along 14.5 miles of tree canopies on the Baldwin Trail. Stop for a picnic or visit Camp Milton to explore a little history.
- Check out Jacksonville’s newest festival, One Spark. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display projects in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, where the community gets to choose what’s the next best thing. Visitors never know what they’ll come across.
- Hit the beach for a game of bocce ball with friends, an invigorating run or a romantic stroll.
- Pick your spot for a photo opportunity. With so many waterways and beautiful green spaces, you’re sure to find a great place to snap photos, including Friendship Fountain in downtown, overlooking the St. Johns River and the skyline.
- Listen to world renowned Jazz performers at the Springing the Blues Festival.
- Enjoy a day by the river with music, food and local crafts at the Riverside Arts Market.
- Go for a hike and explore Jacksonville’s green areas at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens.
- Visit dozens of local galleries during Downtown Jacksonville's Art Walk every first Wednesday of the month.
- Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest Plantation house in Florida.
- Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. One of the most visited museums in the Southeast.
- Ride the Jacksonville Skyway, it's FREE! It connects the Southbank’s Museum of Science and History and Friendship Fountain with the Northbank’s Jacksonville Landing in downtown Jacksonville.
- The Jacksonville Landing has free music and entertainment during the weekends.
- Tour Sally Corporation, makers of animatronics and dark rides. Tours are offered hourly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-1 p.m. (every month except July & August). Tours are FREE of charge but you must make a reservation
- Melt your stress away on the pedestrian walkways over the Main Street Bridge and under the Acosta Bridge for a 4.3 mile run and walk overlooking the St. Johns River.
- Visit American Beach to explore exhibits detailing the significant African American history of the area. Nearby, Fort George Island is home to Florida’s oldest plantation house – Kingsley Plantation.
- Discover the Karpeles Manuscript Library – one of only 11 in the country. The museum is located in a historic 1921 Neo-Classical building in the charming Springfield neighborhood.
- Stop into the original Peterbrooke Chocolatier in San Marco, and sample their signature chocolate-covered popcorn.
- Play and learn at the Jacksonville Fire Museum, housed in a 1903 fire station in downtown Jacksonville.
- Don’t miss Fort Caroline National Memorial in the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve where families explore a replica fort built by the first European settler’s and artifacts from the days of the Timucuan Indians.
- Downtown Jacksonville’s St. Johns River sparkles with magically decorated boats cruising the waterway for the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade. The event concludes with a fireworks spectacular – held annually in November. Free festivals are held year-round.