Unlike many of Florida's major cities, Jacksonville doesn't come across as a tourist destination. This quickly becomes evident to newcomers the moment they touch down at Jacksonville International Airport, thanks to the stark lack of tourist paraphernalia. But for travelers looking for an authentic “local” experience, it's for this very reason that you may want to choose Jacksonville for your next family vacation.
Access via Big Talbot Island State Park ($5 entry fee per vehicle) at 12157 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32226.
There is nothing more peaceful than a walk through the driftwood forest on Big Talbot Island before perching yourself on a 1,000-year-old tree to watch the sun greet the day.