Cold weather is fast approaching in Jacksonville, Florida. Yes, that’s right. I said “Florida” and “cold weather” in the same sentence. While we get to enjoy mild temperatures year-round, we do have the occasional (arguably) cold days. The months of October through April tend to bring more brisk temperatures in our area, which means less beach days. This leaves us searching for indoor activities.
While Jax boasts gorgeous beaches such as Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, it also has tons of indoor activities to explore-lucky us! One of our favorite things to do to beat the winter blues is to visit Jacksonville’s many museums.
If you enjoy history, health, and science, museums are the way to go. Some notable places to check out are:
MOSH (Museum Of Science and History)
Getting its start in 1941 as the Association for Childhood Education, and evolving into the modern facility it is today, this place is so cool, and perfect for adults and kiddos alike. MOSH has core exhibits consisting of Health In Motion, Atlantic Tails, JEA PowerPlay, Florida Naturalist’s Center, Currents of Time, Hixon Native Plant Courtyard, Kidspace, Space Science Gallery, Interpreting Northeast Florida, and Timucuana Parks Adventure. Some of these exhibits include a touch tank, where visitors are given the opportunity to touch some underwater creatures, as well as an interactive space where bugs opossums, and other animals can be experienced. They also feature some signature exhibits, as well as traveling exhibits. There is so much to do here, making this a perfect all day adventure. Don’t forget to check out The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. This is one of the largest single-lens planetariums in the U.S. It uses only the latest technology to bring the night skies to life!
The Cummer Museum (Art, Gardens, & Education)
The Cummer Museum holds nearly 5,000 pieces in its collection from all around the world. These objects date as far back as 2100 B.C. They are all displayed in diverse exhibits. This museum is also home to 2.5 acres of historic gardens, encompassing the unique design of the early 20th century. Here, you will find sculptures, antique ornaments, reflecting pools, and fountains. This is also home to the majestic Cummer Oak. This tree has a canopy of over 150 feet, and is the oldest tree in Jacksonville. Education is a key element in this museum, and their Art Connections education center is nationally recognized. There are programs for visitors of all ages, providing the opportunity to interact and gain more knowledge of the pieces in the collection. This is a great museum for individuals who enjoy art and history combined.
MOCA Jacksonville (Museum Of Contemporary Art)
“The art, artists, and ideas of our time”. MOCA is a nonprofit, private visual arts educational and cultural institute of the University of North Florida. This museum emphasizes pieces and exhibitions from 1960-present time. “MOCA Jacksonville is dedicated to: collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of modern and contemporary art; presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; developing first-rate educational programs; and presenting a mixture of artistic disciplines and creative programs to reach all segments of our diverse community”. If you enjoy modern visual art, this place is definitely worth checking out. Exhibits change regularly, so you can check out their website to see what is currently being offered.
Property By Ford wants to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! We hope you enjoy all of the indoor activities that Jacksonville has to offer during the cold weather months!