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Free (and Almost Free) Summer Activities for Kids | Jacksonville, FL

It’s the beginning of June, the kids are out of school, and there are more than a few days between you and the start of the new school year – have you started going crazy yet? Have no fear! In Jacksonville, there are plenty of activities to entertain the kids without breaking the bank. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below! Take a look, take some notes, and get the kids out of the house this summer.

  1. Cummer Art Museum – FREE

The Cummer Museum offers a great opportunity to expose children to beautiful, carefully curated art – and they offer free admission! Enjoy an evening viewing the exhibits, walking through the gardens, and learning about our rich history. Each Tuesday from 4:00 – 9:00 PM, the Cummer offers free admission for ALL, as well as the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There is free admission for military families March 18 – September 2, and Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get in free the first full weekend of each month. So many opportunities for free, beautiful entertainment! Don’t forget to take part in Art Connections!

Admission (on non-free days): $10 Adults; $6 Military and Seniors; $6 Students; Children 5 & Under FREE
Address: 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Hours: Tuesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM


  1. Jacksonville Skyway – FREE

The Skyway provides riders with access to hotels, restaurants, and more across downtown Jacksonville. This complimentary service will dazzle your kids as they take in the views of skyscrapers and all that downtown Jacksonville has to offer. Take a ride to find a good restaurant, make stops along the way, or simply enjoy the view. Just wait until your kids see the view of the St. Johns River!

Hours: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday – Friday (Train arrives every 4 minutes during peak hours, every 8 minutes during off-peak hours)


  1. Hanna Park – LOW COST

Hanna Park offers the chance to visit for the day and go to the beach, surf, hike the trails, and more! There are also opportunities to tent camp, bring an RV, or stay in one of the onsite cabins. There is a splash park, 60-acre lake, oceanfront plaza, picnic areas, and more amenities to offer at this beautiful park. Entry fees are low, and your family won’t soon forget a trip like this!

Fees (all fees are listed on their website): $5 per car (up to 6 people); Tent camping $20.30 (two day minimum stay)
Address: 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233
Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM April – October; 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM November – March


  1. Tree Hill Nature Center – LOW COST

Tree Hill Nature Center is a great spot to introduce children to the beauty of nature, and from the butterfly garden to hands-on educational programs, they have something for everyone. Visit Tree Hill and enjoy the area at your own pace or call ahead to participate in a guided trail tour, animal encounter, or both! Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to Tree Hill Nature Center.

Admission: $5 Adults; $4 Seniors, Students, Military, and Teachers; $3 Children 3-17; Children 2 & Under FREE
Address: 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Closed major holidays)


  1. $1 Summer Movies – LOW COST

Cinemark and Regal are both offering $1 movies for kids this summer. The theaters each have different movies playing for 10 weeks throughout the summer, with hours and showings listed at the websites below. Enjoy fun flicks like The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, and more! All movies are rated PG or G.


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