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Old 07-06-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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I have some family coming in this summer (teenage sisters and 9 yr old nephew) and I was wondering what kind of cheap, or hopefully free, stuff there is to do around Jax for ages 3-16. Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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The Landing often has free concerts and festivals going on during the weekend.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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Destinations 2 Discover (http://destinations2discover.com/dguide/?site=jaxportNEFMA - broken link)
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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Jacksonville Events and Entertainment Guide and Calendar
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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Not free but it would be fun to do: surf lessons (http://www.floridasurfing.org/id144.html - broken link)

Sunrise Surf Shop (http://www.sunrisesurfshop.com/services/surf-lessons.php - broken link)
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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jax4kids.com has lots of great ideas for free or very low cost activities. Also, during the summer on Tuesday and Thursdays ( I think those are the days. It might be Mon and Wed), Regal Cinema at the Avenues has free family movies at 10 a.m. Most state parks charge a carload fee or a small fee per person. Great beaches, hiking and fishing. Cummer museum is free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. MOCA does something similar and has free activities on Sundays for kids.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:07 AM
 
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Thankyou for the info guys, very useful.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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Fort Matanzas down in St. Augustine is free. It's a nice state park right across from the beach. There are picnic tables under a beautiful canopy of trees. To tour the little fort, you take a quick boat road across the inlet and then have about 20-30 minutes to explore the tiny outpost. Everyone climbs a set of steps to the 1st & 2nd floors, but then the adventurous can climb a ladder to the roof. My little boy (4) loved this! The views from all 3 levels are pictureworthy. There's also a short naturewalk you could explore once you take the boat back to the main park. I highly recommend this as a day trip. In my opinion it's 10x better than the Castillo located in downtown St. Augustine & it's 100% Free.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Riverside Arts Festival, every Sta 10-4pm on Riverside Ave.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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I have some family coming in this summer (teenage sisters and 9 yr old nephew) and I was wondering what kind of cheap, or hopefully free, stuff there is to do around Jax for ages 3-16. Any input would be appreciated.
The beach is the best free you can get. Pack some sandwiches, umbrellas and some toys, and just hang out. Bring lots of water and sunblock and just expect everything to be sandy when you're done.
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