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10 Free Things To Do In Jacksonville

If you live in Jacksonville, then you already know—there is always something to do here. But going out with friends or planning a day with the family doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you have more options than you think. Here is a list of ten fun activities and popular attractions in Duval County. Best of all? They are free of charge.

Published January 20, 2014 in Culture      7 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Sally Corporation Factory Tour

For those of you interested in animations and amusement parks, The Sally Corporation Factory Tour is a must-see. Along the tour you will explore several aspects of the company including the theatre, sculpture room, partake in various interactive demonstrations, and potentially encounter Rex, the company’s large, animatronic dinosaur “pet.”
Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM through 1 PM. Sally Corporation does not hold tours in the months of July and August, and require that all tour participants be at least seven years or older. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (904) 355-7100, or visit

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January 20, 2014, 08:59:38 AM
Fun article, I really enjoyed it.

Would also throw in:

1) Cummer Museum & Gardens - Free every Tuesday from 4-9, and free on the first Saturday of each month.
2) Main Library. Great place to spend the day, and I believe they also have free children's shows and free movie screenings.

Bill Hoff

January 20, 2014, 12:25:04 PM
Karpeles Manuscript Museum is next to the Springfield Disc Golf Course, another free & popular amentity. Two for one. : )

I'd also add Jacksonville Arboretum, Riverside Arts Market, RAM Ride, & Community First Saturdays.


January 20, 2014, 12:43:50 PM
Great work, Kristen!

I need to get out and visit the Arboretum. That's one of the few local places I still have not physically visited as of yet.


January 20, 2014, 07:22:56 PM
Great article. Is there any place besides online that advertise these places? Cant tell you how many times I have driven by Sally Corp and had no idea what it was. We have some great places all over Jax that people do not know exist.


January 21, 2014, 03:59:36 PM
good article. I have heard about the goldenrod trail but never made the connection it was at UNF.


January 21, 2014, 09:22:52 PM
I would love to go out  in the boats.


January 21, 2014, 10:18:32 PM
I knew UNF was in the middle of a swamp but I wasn't aware they had a nature trail system until now.
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