Jacksonville is known for its beaches and it’s love/hate relationship withits hometown football team, but how about all the other cool things ? Yes, there are cool things in Jacksonville and this summer we’re going to discover some of them. Some might be historical, family friendly, or even off the grid(this is after all a large city). Come with me and discover what there is to see, it may surprise you.
MOSH. The Mueseum of Science and History.
I remember visiting this Mueseum since the mid 1970’s. It’s gotten larger and even though it has some exhibits that are permanent such as Atlantic Tales, which is an exhibit about whales and dolphins. There are new additions happening all the time. Atlantic Tales has a new touch tank , which allows you to experience ocean creatures on a more personal level.We didn’t get to experience this because it was not open when we visited. And my all time favorite Currents of Time , which is a history of Jacksonville and NorthEast Florida. It has a new exhibit about NAS(Naval Air Station Jax) and new Mapleleaf (a Civil War steamer which sunk in the St Johns near Mandarin) artifacts..There are also traveling exhibits, which offer interactive fun as well as Mueseum pieces. We enjoyed Darwin and Dinosaurs, which will be here until September 5th.
Another popular exhibit at MOSH is the courtyard, which is outside. Discover terrapins, fish, a soft shell turtle, and if you’re sharp eyed-Tonca, the 50 year old snapping turtle. We didn’t see her today. Then back inside to the indoor animal exhibits with indigo snakes, baby gators, frogs, owls-all of these are alive. You can see perserved specimens as well along with a scary hornet nest(I’d hate to be the person who collected that )!
There is also a cool planetarium show and they still have cosmic concerts(my hubby and me would go to these and then take a stroll on the wooden river walk back in 1988-yes that long ago). $2.50 added on for the planetarium show-always a bargain. If all these cool things don’t entice you, consider that all Fridays this summer are just $5! A family of 4 is just $20! Not only do you learn and discover new things but you also save money doing it! Parking is free and right down the street is the Skyway express that is also free to ride downtown to MOCA(Mueseum of Contemporary Art Jax), The Landing, Sweet Pete’s, or our favorite-The Main Library! If you prefer exercise, take a walk or jog on the newly refurbished Riverwalk. Wood is gone replaced with cement pathways and stunning views of the St Johns River. Start at the beautiful Friendship Fountain which got it’s own upgrade and head towards the Duval County School Board, don’t be surprised if you see some dolphins!
MOSH one of Jacksonville’s treasures. If you haven’t been in awhile, check it out!
Stay tuned for more Jacksonville treasures…
Remember it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey