Best Day Trips from Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is ideally located in the northeastern part of Florida where the weather is great, the opportunities are abundant, and the new homes are beautiful! It's a premier location to call home, and an excellent base to explore all the amazing areas that are close by. Even though there's so much to do in Jacksonville, sometimes it's nice to visit somewhere different. Here are six of our favorite day trips from Jacksonville, all within a few hours' drive!   1) Blue Springs State Park | 2 hours away   See manatees up close and personal at this beautiful stretch of the St. Johns River with crystal clear waters that remain at 72 degrees all year long.   2) Amelia Island | 45 minutes away   The place to go for peace and quiet, Amelia Island has 13 miles of uncrowded beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters.   3) Palatka | 1 hour, 15 minutes away   Experience historic Florida in this small town with preserved buildings dating back to the 1800s. There's also a thriving art scene which makes strolling through this town an adventure in and of itself.   4) Ocala | 2 hours away   The place to get away and get back to nature, Ocala offers something for everyone. Take a dip in clear springs, zip line through the trees, or paddle the Ocklawaha River.   5) St. Augustine | 1 hour away   Many people love living in St. Augustine, but it's also an exceptional place to visit. Stroll through historic downtown for restaurants, pubs, and cafes, listen to live music or visit the art galleries in the nation's oldest city.   6) Cocoa Beach | 2 hours, 45 minutes away   If you have a bit more time, the kids in your life will love a trip to Cocoa Beach on Florida's Space Coast. Take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where they can see rockets and space artifacts, then watch the surfers at the beach before you head home.    If you live in Jacksonville and love its location, maybe it's time for you to upgrade your own home base. Dream Finders Homes builds new homes in Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Orange Park, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, St. Johns, and Yulee. Contact us to learn how living in Jacksonville can be even more exceptional!

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