Popular Outdoor Activities in Jacksonville

Adventure Under the Florida Sun

What can’t you do outside in Jacksonville? In sunny Florida, the activities are endless. With sprawling beaches that line the coast, unbeatable zoo and wildlife sites and serene state parks, the itinerary theme for the day can only mean one thing: adventure.

Zoo and Wildlife

Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary

1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: (904) 757-3603

Catty Shack is a wildlife sanctuary for big cats like tigers and lions. See these majestic creatures in their relaxing habitats. Kids will love seeing everything from cougars to leopards to arctic foxes. Daytime Tours take you through the sanctuary, letting you see as many big cats as possible. Check out a Night Feeding tour to see the big cats in action as the founder and executive director educates you on these exotic creatures.

Jacksonville Zoo

370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone Number: (904) 757-4463
Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm

From an exciting new dinosaur exhibit to conservation talks on endangered creatures like sea turtles, the Jacksonville Zoo is an excellent place for seeing and learning about animals around the globe. Behind The Scenes tours take you through the zoo through the eyes of a zookeeper to see how this large zoo maintains its collection of critters. Saturday Garden Tours take you through the zoo's beautiful gardens, showing you the exotic plants that inhabit the zoological gardens.


Little Talbot Island State Park

12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
Phone Number: (904) 251–2320

Over five miles of white, sandy beaches line Little Talbot Island, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. The island is decorated with maritime forests, desert-like dunes, and salt marshes that allow you to spend hours exploring nature and relaxing. Diverse wildlife inhabit the parks, including river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats, and many birds. Kayaking, fishing, and camping are great activities to enjoy the island.


Jacksonville Beach

2 Oceanfront North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Phone Number: (904) 249-9141

Explore 22 miles of gorgeous Jacksonville Beach, which also includes Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and the historic fishing village of Mayport. Originally named Pablo Beach, it’s known as an uncrowded oasis of white, sandy beaches with a thrilling beachfront and excess of activities and shops. Yearly engagements include the Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise and the Jax Beach Art Walk. In the spring, it hosts one of the longest-running and largest blues festivals in the country.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Escape within Jacksonville’s luxury oceanfront. Ponte Vedra boasts miles of pristine Atlantic beach, as well as 40-foot sand dunes made from Appalachian quartz and ancient coquina, the highest in Florida. Fun fact: Ponte Vedra welcomes golf players, as the PGA Tour and the Players Championship are played at TPC Sawgrass, home of the famous 17th-hole island green.