There’s only so many times you can visit that same Jax Beach playground without wondering, what else does across the ditch have to offer? The good news is, Jacksonville has started to renovate local parks and add new futuristic features that make the kids say WOW! Here are some of our favorite Jacksonville parks to make your afternoon.
Boone Park in San Marco
The South Playground at Boone Park is one of those that features newer equipment. The bigger kids can enjoy climbing through a giant net while the tots enjoy their smaller space. Slides, swings, and even workout equipment make this the perfect park for everyone. The south playground is also attached to Boone Park which features a long walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and tennis courts amongst oak trees. This park is always busy so come prepared to make some lifelong friends.
Landon Park in San Marco
In the heart of San Marco lies Landon Park. Also newly renovated, this park now features another large cubed climbing structure, swings, including the new style saucer swing, and structures for both big and little kids. Across the street are old San Marco homes rich in history and while playing you can see beautiful views of the river from Riverfront Park. This is the perfect park to visit after a tasty San Marco lunch!
Alexandria Oaks Park in San Marco
Most kids have a plethora of soccer balls, kick balls, and more types of large lawn fun equipment, but if you live in a smaller neighborhood, you may just need some space. Alexandria Oaks Park offers a walking trail that is surrounded by a large open field begging you to play on it. Bring bubbles, frisbees, and more when you come to hang out in this perfect picnic park for the day. Imagination is welcome!
Clarke House Park in Orange Park
If you love Sunshine Park then you will absolutely love Clarke House Park too! This beautiful park offers an all wooden playground with a castle theme. Cubbies, secret walkways, and more entice kids to get out their inner lads and ladies by playing their favorite medieval games. There’s even a small pirate ship to play on. Parents also have peace of mind knowing there is one way in and out of the park. Pavilions are available for party rentals and there is also a 1900’s home on the property that now serves as the meeting place for the Orange Park Historical Society. Amongst the trees you’ll be able to find a lake and walking trails!
Tillie K. Fowler Park in Ortega
This park is truly one of a kind as it is Jacksonville’s largest city park measuring 500+ acres. Tillie K. Fowler Park has walking trails, a watchtower looking over the marsh, and a large playground are just a few of the park features. The large playground features several slides and a mulch bed for cushion from monkey bar falls. Along the walking trails you will stumble past an old brick road from 1917 that was used to transfer supplies from place to place. This park is definitely for the family interested in local history.
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While this list does not encompass ALL the parks in Jacksonville, it is a few of our favorites. If you’re looking for parks closer to Jacksonville Beach be sure to check out our Beaches Park Guide.
Alexandria Prestonis the mother of 2 girls, Leah and Rose, and is a local maker specializing in lavender aromatherapy yoga/pain relief packs. She is also the founder of Jaxmarketplace, a free advertising Instagram blog that focuses and features all of North Florida’s artisan makers including many of your favorites from the Riverside Arts Market. When she’s not busy being mom, girlfriend, and local maker, she also blogs for IKnowJax.com.