POSTCARDS FROM FLORIDA
Check out budget options to explore Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Landing is one of the city's budget attractions. (Orlando Sentinel / March 12, 2011)
Here are some low-dough options for a Jacksonville road trip, courtesy of the folks at VisitJacksonville.com:
The Ritz Theatre & Museum: The exhibit allows visitors to stroll re-created streets depicting the daily lives of African-Americans in Jacksonville in different eras of the city's history. $6 adults; $3 children and seniors
Tree Hill Nature Center: Discover Florida's ecosystems through 50 acres of trails, a natural history museum, butterfly and hummingbird gardens and animal displays. $4 adults; $3 seniors, students, military; $2 children
Sports: The Jacksonville Suns, the double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, play each spring at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Tickets start at $6.50.
Parks: There's bird-watching on the Great Florida Birding Trail at Huguenot Memorial Park, kayaking on the creeks winding through the Talbot Island State Parks and hiking on the trails of the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve. Entrance fees are often less than $5.
Art and history: The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the Museum of Science & History all offer daily adult admission for $10 or less.
The Riverwalk: A stroll along the St. Johns River can be relaxing, romantic and even a good way to exercise. Free
Kingsley Plantation: At the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, visitors can tour Florida's oldest plantation house and its barn, gardens, house, kitchen and 20 preserved slave cabins. Free
Beaches Museum & History Center: Exhibits at Pablo Historical Park include the Mayport Railway Depot. $5 adults; $3 ages 6-17; free age 5 and under
Quirky Museums: Jacksonville's Maritime Museum is now at The Jacksonville Landing, another spot to view the river. Free admission