Tag Archives: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Kids Free November

Bring the Whole Family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville Enjoy free entry all month long at Jacksonville’s top attractions! Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city’s top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long! Now tell us that isn’t something to get excited about, much less plan a trip for. Kids Free November Details Offer valid from November 1st – November 30th, 2020 Up to 5 children ages 12 and under get FREE admission* with a paying adult Let your kids explore, …

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JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDENS ASKS FOR HELP TO RAISE $250,000 BY SUNDAY 

When COVID-19 forced Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to close its gates for two months, the nonprofit lost critical revenue during its busiest months. The Zoo is now asking for the community’s help to recover through the ZOO-A-THON, which aims to raise $250,000 in donations by Sunday. “Many people are surprised to learn how expensive it is to maintain our day-to-day operations, even after we closed to the public on March 14. We still had to feed and care for our animals daily, as well as employ the dedicated staff who worked through our closure. We were closed during our busiest …

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Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events In & Around Jacksonville, Spooktacular

Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events for Kids & Adults around Jacksonville

Fun and frights on the First Coast The weather is cooling, store shelves are filled with candy and plastic skeletons, and horror movies make up about half of what’s on TV at any given moment. Yes, my fellow Jacksonvillians, Halloween is officially upon us! Next to Christmas, this is the biggest holiday of the year, and Jacksonville knows how to celebrate it. If you find yourself bored at any point this month, well, that’s on you, because in addition to the hundreds of events and happenings that usually take place in our fair city, this month is loaded with fall …

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Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise, Photos by James Brown

5 Outdoor Activities You Can Do with Your Family in Jacksonville

Though it doesn’t always make the top beach lists, Jacksonville is one of Florida’s more unique cities with plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy. The city is a nature lovers dream, and you’ll be hard-pressed to see all the wildlife and amazing environments that exist in and around Jacksonville. With all this natural beauty and the family-friendly activities, it’s no wonder that the city has recently been appearing on fastest-growing city lists and new homes for sale in Jacksonville Florida are on the rise. Parks on Parks on Parks Did you know Jacksonville has the largest total urban …

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A Holiday Tradition Close to Home: Behind the Scenes at ZooLights

Plus, a Sneak-Peak into the Jingle Bell Jukebox Revue “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air,” W. T. Ellis once famously said. We may not have snow, but Christmas is absolutely in the air in Jacksonville, Florida.  There’s no shortage of holiday activities to enjoy, but with 30,000 guests in 2017, ZooLights is the largest and perhaps most spectacular. With new areas to explore and a theme-park style musical production designed by Jacksonville theater-maker Lee Hamby, the 7th annual ZooLights event at the is sure to put you in the mood to celebrate. Holiday Spirit, …

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3 Summertime Happy Hour Paddles You Can’t Miss

BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director, St. Johns Riverkeeper There has been a lot of talk about activating our river lately. Lots of initiatives are spinning around to revitalize and energize the tremendous waterfront Jacksonville offers. The best way to understand, explore and experience the river, is to get on the water. Here are some ways you can escape into your own backyard this summer and enjoy what we have to offer. June 21: Pottsburg Creek Happy Hour Paddle 6pm, Beach Blvd. Boat Ramp – Pottsburg Creek flows underneath Beach Blvd in between All Wet Sports and the . The exposed Cypress knees …

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The 21 Most Instagrammed Places in Jacksonville

The Instagram app, without a doubt, has been the driving force behind the revival of photography over the past 5 years. Sure, there’s the rise of the smartphone camera giving us the ability to take photos at any moment—nowadays, everyone has a camera in their pocket—but the inspiration among today’s masses to take more pictures and have people actually see them, comes from Instagram, or “IG” for short. There’s something going on inside the walls of Instagram that you just can’t find on Facebook or Twitter. Perhaps it’s the simple interface, along with the near non-existence of sharp everyday scrutiny, …

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Name That Tiger: A New Cub At the Zoo

Big things come in small packages but they all don’t stay that way for long. Just days before Thanksgiving, The welcomed the first tiger cub born at the zoo in over 35 years. First time parents Dorcas (known as Lucy) and father Berani greeted the single cub in the early morning hours on Nov 19. The still unnamed female cub and mother are enjoying private time off exhibit to allow Lucy to bond with her baby. As they do in the wild, the new father will not interact with the cub. “In the wild, tigers are solitary. The male and …

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It Fits to a (Mana)tee:

Cultural Fusion, Year of the River, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens BY LYNDSAY PLEMMONS, Assistant Manager of Marketing at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens what: Jacksonville Manatee Festival when: November 14, 2015, 10am–4pm where: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens info: www.jacksonvillezoo.org The word “inspiration” is mentioned frequently, especially when talking about important causes like animal conservation. Cultural Fusion and Year of the River have opened our eyes to the idea that everyone becomes inspired in different ways. In many cities, zoos, museums, and cultural groups end up competing over the same customer. Through , we are working to benefit each other …

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EASTER EVENTS – Hop Opps

April 4 ADVENTURE LANDING EGG HUNT Adventure Landing hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Mini Golf Courses with a visit by the Easter Bunny at the Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine and Blanding Blvd locations. There will be two Egg Hunts: 9am and 11am. Egg Hunt registration begins at 8:15am. There are three age-groups for each hunt: Ages 4 & Under, 5-8, and 9-12. A $3 per child donation will benefit the Betty Griffin House. Each hunt is followed by a charity raffle. There will also be stay and play specials. From 9am-2pm, enjoy Unlimited Mini Golf and Go-Karts. $10–Guests under 56″ tall or $15–Guests 56″ tall and …

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