10+ Thrilling Outdoor Activities in Jacksonville to Enjoy this Season

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Don’t let the weekend roll right by you. The weather is right, and it’s time to start planning some outdoor eco-adventures that include camping, climbing, kayaking, and channeling your inner wild explorer. We’ve found some hidden outdoor activities in Jacksonville that are sure to put the “happy” in your camper and are perfect for making the most out of your weekend.

Monday can wait. This weekend, you’ve got an adventure planned!

Take a tour on a unique two-seater catamaran on the Matanzas Bay! These fun and fast boats allow you to explore the waterways of St. Augustine, including historic sites such as Castillo de San Marcos, the Great Cross, and the lighthouse, as well as dolphins, manatees and other wildlife basking on the shores. 

These easy-to-maneuver catamarans can go up to 30 miles and hour! It’s the perfect way to tour St. Aug while beating the heat and seeing the city from a whole new perspective!

📍 117 Dockside drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084

PADL is an innovative way to rent paddle boards that makes it as easy as downloading an app! All you have to do is find a PADL board station, download the app and join the service, unlock your paddle board, have fun and then return it! You can either pay by the hour or get a membership and pay by the month to rent anytime. 

This new technology-based renting service is sprouting up all around the area! With one location currently open in Green Cove Springs, new locations are coming soon! Expect to see PADL in Middleburg, Fleming Island, Keystone Heights and another location in Green Cove soon! 

📍 CAMP CHOWENWAW PARK 1517 Ball Rd, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Pedal Pub Jax is the perfect combination of leisure, exercise and outdoor fun. Grab some friends and roam the streets in Pedal Pub’s “Dutch Party Bikes, ” tour Jacksonville and hit up some of the best bars and breweries in the area! The bike itself is BYOB so you can sip while you’re between destinations or just ride to enjoy it. Choose between the Heart of Downtown Tour, the Springfield Brewery Tour, Riverside or Tailgate Tour for a boozy way to explore the entire city. 

On a Pedal Pub tour, the party never stops because you can take the bar with you!

📍 740 King Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

You might be thinking, “Canyons? In Florida?!” Yes! And they are the most exhilarating place to soar through when ziplining through at over 45 meters in the air. At the Canyons Zip line and Canopy Tours, you can not only see Florida’s only mountainous scenery, but you can fly over it.

Located in Ocala, they offer not only spectacular, award-winning ziplines, but horseback riding and kayaking so you can be sure to experience the air, water, and land of outdoor adventure.

📍 8045 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34475

Peek under the surface with Get Up & Go Kayaking! Rated as a #1 Traveler’s Choice, Get up & Go specializes in guided kayak tours of Florida’s hidden ecosystem–all in a clear kayak!

You’ll feel immersed in the crystal-clear waters of Florida’s natural springs while gliding in a transparent kayak through it. You can watch fish float by underneath you and see the river from a whole new perspective! Get Up & Go even offers bioluminescent and manatee tours pending season and availability! With tours all over Florida, an adventure always awaits!

📍  14 locations in Florida

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Kayaking And Boating In Jacksonville

Our personal favorite outdoor activity in Jacksonville is kayaking and boating! So, the next time you’re looking for something to do on the open water, why not go on a kayak adventure or boat tour? Check out some of our favorite spots for kayaking and boating in Jacksonville!

Do you prefer to travel by air or by boat? Why not have both! When you travel by airboat with Sea Serpent Airboat Tours, you can experience the thrill of skimming the water’s surface at 850 horsepower, then slowing down to trek through backwoods swamps and learning all about Florida’s rich history. Sea Serpent Airboat tours through the St. Johns river, where you can see gators, osprey, deer, and wild boar along the way.

📍 6550 FL-13 N, St. Augustine, FL 32092

7. Boat Tours

What to experience the outdoors but have all the amenities of hitting your favorite bar? “Chillax” on one of North Florida’s boat pedal tours! Choose between pedaling the St. Johns on Kraken CycleBoats or ride the Matanzas with Cruisin’ Tikis in St. Augustine.

Kraken CycleBoats’ style of “pedal-pub” cruising is great for groups who want to tour the waterways fueling their own paddle wheels with part elbow grease and part boozy fun.

Cruisin’ Tikis offers partygoers their very own floating tiki lounge, complete with a thatch roof, a cooler full of beer, and tunes. Whichever your style, each tour is better with friends!

📍 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202

📍 250 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Nothing says “Florida downtime” like sipping an Arnold palmer with vodka and hitting the greens. At you can imbibe while passing time during a round of putt-putt adjacent to Fernandina’s Amelia river.

Complete with a beachy bar, lush course, snacks, and comfy patio, Gregor MacGregors is the perfect way to take respite from the suffering of a long work week.

🗓 Every Day | 12PM–10PM
📍 201 Alachua St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Hop on an electric skateboard or Harley-style scooter for a super rad way to explore Amelia Island! This historic and popular holiday destination is made that much more fun when you’re cruising around town! Visit the oldest bar in America or simply stay beachside on your board, exploring all the nooks and crannies of the city. You’ll get to know the city quickly in the open air making your own Amelia Island adventure!

More Outdoor Activities Near Jacksonville

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Amber Lake

Amber Lake

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