North Florida offers a wide variety of free, fun activities. Whether you’re looking to hit the beautiful beaches or venture into the state capital of Tallahassee, from Jacksonville to Gainesville, and everywhere, free activities abound. Below is a list of the best free things to do in North Florida.
Best things to do in North Florida
Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach is a perfect postcard destination that doesn’t have to ruin your budget. Whether you see the sights, shop window displays in the exclusive city center. Or stroll through the historic district on a self-guided walking tour, none of these excursions will cost you a penny.
And, if you’re looking to spend the day at the beach, consider Main Beach and Peter’s Point that offer free parking, or South Fernandina Beach that has limited but free street parking.
The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus, is the official museum of natural history sponsored by the state of Florida. As it is run by the state, the respected museum is always free and open to the public and is a great place to visit in Gainesville.
If you prefer to spend your time outdoors, head to Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park with twelve hot springs that feed into a massive sinkhole with several significant fossils.
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You can also choose to explore more than 50 vendor stalls selling fresh produce, seafood. And other local produce at The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market, Florida’s oldest farmers market. It may be tempting to buy something, but browsing is always free.
For the more sporty, pedal along the 14.5-mile treetop trail on the Baldwin Trail. History buffs will love visiting Camp Milton Historical Preserve or Kingsley Plantation to explore the war-torn past of the Sunshine State.
Nature lovers will delight in the stunning Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, always free, of course, and to take in the stunning views of the city, hop on the complimentary Jacksonville Skyway.
Pensacola’s beaches are some of the best on the Gulf Coast. While it may cost a small toll to enter the city of Pensacola Beach. You can find free parking at Casino Beach. Once you park, the free Pensacola Beach Trolley can take you anywhere you want. From Memorial Day to the end of September.
The National Naval Aviation Museum offers free parking and admission to its guests and even has free autograph signatures with real pilots inside the museum on certain days.
Tallahassee offers incredible free guided tours of its Capitol Complex, where Florida lawmakers gather to conduct official business. The old capitol building is located on the same block as the new (and operational) building. And offers guided and self-guided tours, although guided tours tend to fill up very quickly. For the new capitol building, guided tours require reservations, made months in advance, so plan accordingly.
The Florida Museum of History collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida, and offers free admission to all visitors.