The Ultimate Guide to Free Summer Fun: Beat the Heat

Head to the Beach A trip to the beach is always on our summer bucket list. Don’t forget to read up on Jax Moms Blog Beach Bound with Babies tips. Cost: Free.

Hanna Park Beach & Splash Park  Hanna Park is one of my most favorite places to take the kids in the summer. We hit the beach in the morning then head over to the splash park area for a shaded picnic lunch and splash park time. Cost: $5 per car.

Sunshine Playground & Splash Pad at South Beach Park  Kids can play on the playground until they get hot and then cool off on the splash pad. There are plenty of picnic tables so you can pack a lunch. Cost: Free

Jacksonville Zoo Splash Ground  If you have a zoo membership then why not head over for a few hours and let the kids splash around and cool off. Cost: Zoo admission is required to use the splash ground, but it’s free with membership.

Murray Hill Playground Splash Pad – The Murray Hill Playground boasts a water feature splash pad that is sure to keep kids cool after they have fun on the playground equipment.

St. Augustine Pier Splash Pad  Head on down to the St. Augustine Pier where kids can splash in the water at the splash pad and also enjoy a sandy playground directly connected to it. If you head there on Wednesday morning you can also enjoy the weekly Farmer’s Market. Cost: Free

Wiley Playground and Splash Pad – Wiley Road Playground is located at the intersection of Lane Avenue and Wiley Road in southwest Jacksonville. Newer additions include a water feature!

Spring Park Pool and Splash Pad – Located in Green Cove Springs, this newly renovated facility is the perfect place to cool off! Regular Hours of Splash Park Operation: Daily 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. There is a fee but children under 2 are free!

JMB's Ultimate Guide to FREE Summer Fun!

Shannon is a former Special Education Teacher turned SAHM to two great kids, Cole and Kiley. Originally from Miami, Shannon met her husband while they were both attending the University of Florida (Go Gators). They decided to put down roots in Jacksonville Beach, and are very much enjoying the laid back salt life.


  1. Just so ya know, Murray Hill does not have a splash pad! It looked like it may have had one a long time ago, but not anymore. It was sort of in a questionable area too. We didn’t hang out for too long.

  2. Great list, Shannon! If I may, paddle boarding is another super fun way, family-friendly way to cool off this summer. Of course, it does require some gear but there are plenty of really affordable places to rent SUP boards for a day.

    I just published a free 148-page .pdf guide which lists the best places to rent paddle boards from this summer, I hope it’s a helpful resource for other parents who are looking for new ideas:

    Have a great summer and keep up the good work, Shannon!

  3. SUP opens up an entirely different skyline of exercises. I can perceive how it tends to be utilized to mix components of nature and experience together. The way that one can do an entire scope of activities and really do an exercise of sorts on the paddleboard is truly fascinating and energizing as well. However, I am certain it isn’t just about as simple as it looks. Certainly numerous falls into the water are on the cards.


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