Fun for Families in Northeast Florida

    By Lauren Tjaden

    Northeast Florida boasts beaches thick with golden sand, bike trails that wind through the forests—and much more. Check out these offerings that are perfect for the whole family.


    Freebies

    The best things in life are the simplest. And it’s even sweeter when they’re free. Check out the inside scoop on these freebies.

    Read and see more: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island: 5 Free Things to Do with Kids

    Fishing for fun: Smart Travel Insider Dalia Colon's daughter, Norah, found plenty of free amusements at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

    Fishing for fun: Smart Travel Insider Dalia Colon's daughter, Norah, found plenty of free amusements at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

    - Dalia Colon

    A giant face greets visitors to The Body Within exhibit at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, in Jacksonville.

    A giant face greets visitors to The Body Within exhibit at the Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, in Jacksonville.

    - Daron Dean for VISIT FLORIDA


    Smiling Faces

    Searching for ways your kids can have fun around Northeast Florida? Here’s a look at some favorite spots.

    Read and see more: 5 Places for Kids to Have Fun in Jacksonville

     

    Toes-in-the-Sand

    Flagler Beach is a retro town with salty style. Friendly locals and open-air restaurants set the stage for a laid-back afternoon. Enjoy eclectic shops, surfing, a classic fishing pier and a six-mile-plus stretch of spectacular ocean views -- with free access to the beach.

    See more: Day Trip to Flagler Beach

    Enjoy eclectic shops, surfing, a classic fishing pier and free access to the beach at Flagler Beach.

    Enjoy eclectic shops, surfing, a classic fishing pier and free access to the beach at Flagler Beach.

    - Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA

    Situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Florida, the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail offers great bicycling and off the beaten path adventures.

    Situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Florida, the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail offers great bicycling and off the beaten path adventures.

    - VISIT FLORIDA


    Put the Pedal to the Trail

    Situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Florida, the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail offers great bicycling and off the beaten path adventures. Be sure to stop off along the way for a chili dog and a "muddy Pete" at the Frozen Pelican or do some antique shopping at Our Timeless Treasures, both in Keystone Heights.

    See more: Florida's Palatka to Lake Butler State Trail

     

    History Comes to Life

    The town of Macclenny in Northeast Florida may live only as a road sign to most travelers on Interstate 10, which funnels traffic east and west across Baker County. But it’s much more than that.

    See more: Find Old Florida at Heritage Park Village in Macclenny

    The town of Macclenny may live only as a road sign to most travelers on Interstate 10, which funnels traffic east and west across Baker County.

    The town of Macclenny may live only as a road sign to most travelers on Interstate 10, which funnels traffic east and west across Baker County.

    - VISIT FLORIDA

    You’ll be tempted to sit and rock a spell on the front porch of the Fraser Store Museum in Old Darbyville at Heritage Park Village.

    You’ll be tempted to sit and rock a spell on the front porch of the Fraser Store Museum in Old Darbyville at Heritage Park Village.

    - Ed Hall

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