Great Local Parks for your memorial day weekend gathering

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and the holiday weekend allows for some extra time to spend on outings with your family and friends. Jacksonville and the Beaches have several wonderful public parks for you to enjoy some fun in the sun. We’ve highlighted just a few below so you can start planing your outing.

Oceanfront Park

Open daily from 6 AM to 10 PM, Oceanfront Park is a great spot for a family outing. This 2 acre beachfront park is located at 1st St. South between 5th and 6th Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. The park includes four sheltered picnic areas, a sand volleyball court and a small children’s playground. Charcoal and gas grills are allowed in Jacksonville and Atlantic Beach if you want to BBQ. There are no fees but parking can be limited at the beaches, so make sure to scout your parking spot early.

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429 1st St S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

(904) 247-6236

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park 

Open seven days a week from 8 AM-8 PM Hanna Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors with your family. It features 1.5 miles of sandy beach with many beach access points and over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, multiple picnic areas and grills. The park offers waterways for kayaking with rentals from Adventure Kayak Florida.  There is a general store when you can rent mountain bikes, kayaks and obtain supplies such as firewood, ice and snacks.  

You can rent space for camping via tent, RV or cabin but reservations are required. Click here for online reservations and a campground map. 

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500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville – 32233

(904) 249-4700


Park entry – Ticket required for early bird entry 6 AM – 8 AM (early bird tickets may be purchased in sets of $50)

$3 per pedestrian and bicyclist 8 AM to close

$5 per car (up to six people) 8 AM to close

Bus entry fee – $50

Annual pass fee – $99 including tax. Annual passes can be purchased online via the online reservation system.

NOTE: Entry fees can now be paid by cash, credit card or debit card

Camping (Online Reservation & Campground Map)

Tent camping = $20.29 per day, including tax

RV camping = 33.81 per day, including tax

Cozy cabins = 33.81 per day, including tax (Two night minimum stay required.)

NOTE: All payments for camping reservations are final and non-refundable.

Early bird and annual passes required for entry from 6 AM – 8 AM, prior purchase required

Last entry allowed 30 minutes prior to park closing time. Pets are permitted in designated areas, must be on a leash eight-feet or less, be attended and well-behaved at all times.

Memorial Park

This is one of Jacksonville’s most beloved spots and is located in the heart of Riverside. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, Memorial Park features an iconic bronze statue, Life, designed by sculptor Charles Adrian Pillars. Open from 6 AM to 10 PM, the park features stunning views of the St. John’s river. The 6 acre park has plenty of room for biking, strolling and picnics. Memorial Park is also near several shops and restaurants at nearby Historic 5 Points and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. 

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1620 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

(904) 630-2489

Riverside Park

The park in the Riverside area is open from 6 AM-8 PM and features lush greenery, bike lanes and a duck pond. There is a playground, a basketball course and a picnic area. A great place to bring Fido is the John Gorrie Dog Park which is located within Riverside Park. The park is also close to some great local shops and restaurants. 

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753 Park St Jacksonville FL 32204

(904) 255-7919

Ed Austin Regional Park

This Arlington area park spans 144 acres features a variety of fun features for an outdoor gathering. In addition to being the top place in the city for disk golf, it has a baseball field and a soccer field. The park includes picnic areas, a playground, walking trails and is dog friendly.

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11751 McCormick Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 630-2489

Gonzales Park

This Jacksonville Beach park is located at 2nd Avenue and 10th St. N. Open from 6 AM to 7 PM, the park includes two ballfields, a basketball court and a playground. You can enjoy a meal here as the park includes two sheltered picnic areas and BBQ grills. 

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1001 2nd Ave N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

(904) 247-6100

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