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15 Day Trips From Jacksonville You Can Plan This Weekend

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Sometimes you just need a mini-vacay to keep things fresh. We get it! That’s why we’ve curated this ultimate guide to fun and unique day trips from Jacksonville you can do to keep things adventurous during your week. 

Want to roam with the horses or take a dip in some crystal-clear springs? North Florida has so much nature and wonder to explore you’ll never run out of fun experiences and destinations. 

So pack light because these day trips from Jacksonville are all about some bite-sized adventure…

Islands and National Parks

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Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island has so much to offer from shopping, beaches, Golden Isles visitor tours, acres of wilderness and so much more! Places we recommend include:

  • Zachry’s Riverhouse– Nice porch seating with views of the river and offers burgers, wings, seafood and more!
  • The Pantry – Stop in the morning for some pastries, cinnamon buns or muffins! Also offers lunch options!
  • Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum – This museum takes you through the rich culture and natural history of Jekyll Island!

Want to see our experience at Driftwood Beach? Watch here!

Jekyll Island is so beautiful and there is so much to see! Check out our experience at Driftwood Beach in Jeykll Island from our YouTube Channel!

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Amelia Island

With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, the freshest seafood and so much more, Amelia Island is a must for a weekend getaway! Whether you want to take some kayaking excursions, golf at the top golf islands in the world or have a spa day with your significant other, there’s something for everyone here.

Watch our day in Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach here!

We spent the day in Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach recently and “vlogged” our day. Check out our Youtube video of some of our favorite places to visit to start planning your island staycation!

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Talbot Island State Park

Talbot Island State Park includes seven parks and if you’re into bird watching photography, and exploring nature, this place is for you! You can go hiking on Blackrock Trail, go on kayak tours, adventure down to Boneyard Beach and so much more! See parks below:

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Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

This park has been around since the 1880’s and takes you on an adventure into another little world outside the Florida palms and beaches and into a mini rainforest! Check the website for updates and hours!

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Cumberland Island

Take the ferry and head to Cumberland Island for a day of whimsy and wonder! This once-upon-a-time vacation island for the wealthy Carnegie family is now open to explore. Check out the ruins of a seaside mansion built in 1884 and burned down in 1950. Cumberland also has one of the only feral herds of horses on the Atlantic that remains untouched by the outside world. About 200 horses roam the lands, living off the rugged beachside terrain.

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Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens

Right around the corner from Devil’s Den you can find Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens. These botanical gardens used to be a quarry and now it has been transformed into a magical place. You’ll be able to explore waterfalls, koi ponds, wildlife, tons of flowers and so much more! Exploring these grounds could take a few hours, so be sure to bring a bottle of water and a picnic if you’d like!

Dogs are welcome, just be sure to let the owners know beforehand. For more on this hidden gem be sure to check their website!

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Osceola National Forest

Almost 200 acres of pure, natural Florida, Osceloa National Forest is rife for exploring and getting in touch with you inner Floridian. Dense forested woodlands and diverse ecological swamps are untouched by humans in this scenic park. 

Check out the The Olustee Battlefield Trail  to experience what civil war soldiers lived through and lived like. 

If you’re lucky you can catch the annual battle reenactment in February for a historic and entertaining look at the Civil War and it’s toll on Florida.  

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Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka

A spectacular hike in Florida, Ravine Gardens has many features that makes it unique and work the trip! 

The lush park comes to life in the spring when all the landscaping comes alive.  A guided-tour tram ride will takes visitors past 100,000 of azaleas planted. Hit Ravine Gardens at its peak coloring, which is February or March, during the annual Florida Azalea Festival. You might even catch the  crowning of the Azalea Queen! (a tradition in Palatka since 1928).

Additionally, the park has two picturesque suspension bridges and waterfalls for that perfect photo op moment. 

Natural Springs Day Trips From Jacksonville

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Silver Glen Springs

This spring pours out to Lake George, the largest of the St. Johns River Chain of Lakes, and you can get here by boat! Don’t worry, the boats stay out of the swimming area and you can also drive here to enter. Make sure you get a picture with the infamous palm that resides there! Visit the website for more information and to get all the details on hours and restrictions.

Want to see our experience at Silver Glen Springs? Watch here!

If you don’t know this already, we love the springs in Florida! And there is nothing like experiencing Silver Glen Springs in person. Check out our experience here from our YouTube Channel!

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Ginnie Springs

If you find yourself melting away, Ginnie Springs will cool you down! This is about a two-hour drive from Jacksonville, but so worth it! You can kayak, float down in an inner tube, paddleboard, and more!

Head to their website for more information!

Want to see our experience at Ginnie Springs? Watch here!

There is nothing like experiencing the bright blue waters at Ginnie Springs with a group of friends or your significant other. You can go for the day and float own the springs or stay over the weekend on their campgrounds. Check out our experience here from our YouTube Channel.

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Ichetucknee Springs State Park

This park is home to spring-fed rivers, lush canopies and cool swimming holes! The Blue Hole Spring is amazing to snorkel and explore, plus you may even see otters or beavers lurking around.

There’s a lot of to do at this state park, so be sure to check it all out on their website!

Want to see our experience at Ichetucknee Springs? Watch here!

Whether you want to float down the springs or camp out on the campgrounds, they have it all! Check out our experience on our YouTube Channel! 

Juniper Springs Day Trips From Jacksonville Guide 15 Day Trips From Jacksonville You Can Plan This Weekend 2022
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Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Juniper Springs is a place where you can swim, picnic, adventure through trails and more! With palms and oaks surrounding a beautiful spring, this one is a little less than a two hour drive, and so worth it for a day trip!

Want to know about more Natural Springs in Florida?

Springs How To Spend Spring In Jacksonville Guide 15 Day Trips From Jacksonville You Can Plan This Weekend 2022

If you’re thinking about taking a pilgrimage to one of Florida’s mystical springs, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created a list of unique springs around Jacksonville that you can plan your weekend around!

More Day Trips From Jacksonville

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Fernandina Beach

Ferenandina is such a lovely place to visit and perfect for the family! From experiencing history at Fort Clinch State Park to enjoying delicious brunch at Beach Diner, this is one of the best day trips from Jacksonville. You can also stay at Greyfield Inn if wanting to stay for the whole weekend. This mansion is a must see! The grounds, landscape and everything about this place is breath taking.

Want to see our experience at Fort Clinch? Watch here!

When visiting Fort Clinch State Park, you get to see all kinds of history from the Civil War and beautiful views of the beach! Check out our experience here!

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Wild Adventures

If you’re a thrill seeker and want something different that Universal or Disney World, head on over to Wild Adventures. This theme park offers all kinds of rides and even has a water park! We recommend the Boomerang or Aviator.

Be sure to check their website on details for when they will open back up.

Savannah Day Trips From Jacksonville Guide 15 Day Trips From Jacksonville You Can Plan This Weekend 2022
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Savannah, Georgia

Yes, Savannah is just about two hours away from Jacksonville! If you haven’t made a weekend out of this cute little southern town already, it’s time to change that. From trendy boutiques, ghost tours and historic sites, this place is one of our favorite spots to get away! We recommend:

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Tampa Bay

We may be biased but our friend over at Stuff To Do in Tampa Bay have the best things to do in their city! Whether you are wanting to visit for a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game or wanting to enjoy a night out in Ybor City, they have you covered. 

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Orlando

We also have friends over in Orlando that would love to show you the best things to do in their city! Whether you are like us and love visiting for a trip to Disney or are looking to cheer on your favorite team from the stands at one of their sports venues, they have you covered.

Tag us in your posts!

If you take a road trip to any of these spots mentioned above, be sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook in your photos and use the hashtag #StuffToDoinJax! We love seeing the community adventure outside of Jacksonville, so keep sharing your adventures with us!

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla Fosegan

Kayla is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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