The Jacksonville Florida day trips and one tank trips described on this website are all within 100 miles of Jacksonville.
We figure that the average car can go at least 250 miles on one tank of gas. Some, like a Toyota Corolla or Prius can go even further.
These day trips can be made with gallons to spare to allow some exploring on the way to and from your destination.
Here are some things to do and places to see within 100 miles of Jacksonville.
The map below shows you some of the major cities and places within 100 miles of Jacksonville.
Bronson is a small town west of Gainesville where you can visit the cemetery and see the grave of Bo Diddley.
Clark's Fish Camp is a restaurant in Mandarin south of Jax that is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
Cross Creek is south of Gainesville and was the home for many years of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. It was the setting for her famous novel "The Yearling" as well as "Cross Creek". She is buried in a quiet cemetery nearby.
Daytona Beach is the motor city and has hard packed sands where you can drive your car on the beach. Home of NASCAR and many famous races including the Daytona 500. Lots of great lodging and dining opportunities.
Fernandina Beach is one of the oldest towns in Florida. It has a beautiful restored downtown area with many gift shops and a lot of good restaurants. Many historic buildings to admire, and a working waterfront make this a good place to visit.
Faver Dykes State Park is a beautiful natural Old Florida setting on Pellicer Creek. It has canoeing and camping opportunities, and is close to St Augustine and the beaches.
Florida Museum of Natural History
is the biggest and the best and is on the campus of the University of
Florida in Gainesville. Prehistoric animals on display and frequently
scheduled butterfly release events. The kids will love you for putting this on your Jacksonville Florida day trips.
Fort Clinch State Park is in Fernandina Beach and included Fort Clinch, a ancient fort going back to before the Civil War. Re-enactors in uniform will entertain you. Beaches and camping are also in the park.
Fort Gates Ferry is a historic ride across the St Johns River between the Ocala National Forest and Fruitland.
Gainesville has many attractions in addition to the large museums and university. Many historic buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gamble Rogers State Park was named for a famous Florida folk singer and storyteller who lost his life in the ocean trying to save somebody who was drowning. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida.
Green Cove Springs is an historic town on the St. Johns River with many well preserved examples of Old Florida buildings.
Jacksonville is the major city in Northeast Florida. It is home to many insurance
companies, and straddles the beautiful St. Johns River. The city has many things to
do and places to see.
Jacksonville Zoo is one of the finest in the state. You will enjoy the train ride and the many animals on display in natural settings. It is located in North Jacksonville.
Lake City, Live Oak and White Springs. Old Florida towns with a lot of history that goes back to Civil War days.
Log Cabin Winery is a quaint little vineyard and wine making operation in Satsuma near the St. Johns River. Enjoy wine tasting and seeing the operation.
Mandarin, McIntosh and Micanopy are three Old Florida towns within an easy drive of Jacksonville.
Marineland is a Florida historical treasure south of St. Augustine Beach. It was once Florida's largest tourist attraction. These days it is scaled down, but still has dolphin encounters and other attractions. It remains one of my favorite Jacksonville Florida day trips.
Melrose is a small Victorian village near Gainesville with historic buildings and a fine restaurant.
Mill Creek Retirement Farm For Horses is a place where retired horses can live their lives out with dignity and comfort.
Northeast Florida Day Trips and Scenic Drives is a page on this website that has maps showing several scenic driving routes in the area around Jacksonville and the region.
Ocala is the center of horse country, and has a lot of great statuary celebrating this fact scattered all over the city. Many good restaurants and lodgings, and home to nearby Silver Springs, and Old Florida tourist attraction.
Palatka is on the St. Johns River and has a lovely historic district and is home to Mulholland House and Ravine State Gardens.
Princess Place Preserve is a historic site once owned by a princess and now a place of tranquility and history.
San Sebastian Winery is conveniently located not too far west of downtown St. Augustine. You can enjoy wine tasting from their comfortable upstairs deck, and watch how wine is made.
Singleton's Seafood Shack is an old Florida dining institution in Mayport overlooking the shrimp docks.
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied city in the United States. It was founded by Spaniards in 1565 and is still dotted with beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets. It is a journey back in time, complete with an ancient fort on the water.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm is the oldest alligator attraction in Florida. No visit to St. Augustine is complete without visiting the farm and enjoying their fascinating shows featuring snakes, gators and other denizens of the sunshine state.
Tangled Oaks Vineyard is a family owned business in Grandin not far from Palatka. You will be able to sample their wine and watch how it is made. Jacksonville Florida day trips can always be enhanced by a little wine.
Tomoka State Park is near Ormond Beach north of Daytona Beach. The river runs through the park, and is wonderful for canoeing and kayaking. There are also beautiful campsites. It's a great place to visit for a day or longer.