Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens#2 in Best Things To Do in Jacksonville
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For a quiet escape into nature that doesn't require much of a drive, head to the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. Spanning 120 acres, the arboretum offers 3 miles of hiking trails, a 1-acre lake and a variety of plants and flowers.
Past visitors appreciated the serene atmosphere of the gardens and applauded the many benches stationed along the trails. Others were happy to find the flower and plant varieties clearly labeled, offering a learning opportunity for both kids and adults.
The Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll find the gardens less than 10 miles east of downtown Jacksonville. Entrance is free, though the gardens suggest a $3 donation per visitor. For more information, visit the official website.
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#1 Fort Caroline National Memorial
Located on the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, which also houses Kingsley Plantation, Fort Caroline National Memorial aims to tell the story of the French colonial presence in 16th-century Florida. In addition to short walking trails, the site also houses a visitor center with exhibits detailing the preserve's natural history and environment, European exploration and settlement, and the Timucua Indians. There is also a scaled-down replica fort that was built in 1964 and is based on historic drawings of the original French fort.
Past visitors applauded the impressive St. Johns River views and the scenic nature trails found at Fort Caroline.
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