Tucked away in the heart of Fort Caroline is a National Memorial and Fort that are worth exploring with the kids. The Fort Caroline location hosts the visitor center for a larger, Timucuan Preserve.
Fort Caroline National Memorial is located at 12713 Fort Caroline Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32225. It is completely free to visit and is open daily from 9 am-5 pm.
Fort Caroline National Memorial has plenty of shaded picnic tables so be sure to pack a snack or lunch. Dog are allowed, but must be kept on a 6 foot leash.
When you first arrive at Fort Caroline National Memorial, be sure to stop by the visitor center. There is a small, but very informative museum that kids will love. While you’re there kids can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at no charge. When they complete the booklet they’ll earn a Junior Ranger Badge.
As you head out to explore the Fort and surrounding grounds, you’ll notice that the park sits on the St. Johns River. There’s a dock you can walk out onto and if you’re lucky, you might see some dolphins jumping or jellyfish floating past.
Fort Caroline has a little something for everyone. You can explore the Fort, hike a trail, learn a little something at the museum or enjoy a picnic lunch. Plan to spend a few hours looking around.
Don’t forget to turn in those Junior Ranger Booklets before you go! Kids can earn a free badge and a great memento from your time at the park. Junior Ranger Booklets are designed for kids ages 4-12 and they offer two different booklets for ages under 7 and 8 & up!