Patrons descend upon Adventure Landing for a day of friendly racing, laser battling, swinging competition, and scares. Indulge that pesky need for speed when zooming through a twisting quarter-mile track aboard an Adventure Speedyway go-kart, or putt across a pair of 18-hole miniature golf courses studded with lush foliage, rushing waterfalls, and the holographic visage of Chi-Chi Rodriguez. More intense head-to-head interaction can be had with a black-lit battle inside laser-tag arenas, Jacksonville’s themed around ghostly pirate battles and Jacksonville Beach's themed around Area 51 alien encounters. Competitors can feel free to indulge in a playtime potpourri, blending rounds of favorite activities or putting them all toward a five-act laser-tag play. The freedom of choice applies to how patrons use the five attractions; however, they must all be used in a single visit, making it a convenient way to happily exhaust over-energized tweens and tots.
Allowing for occasional naps in a plush theater armchair or across a leather bowling lounge, it's conceivable that you could stay within Latitude 30's 50,000-square-foot entertainment emporium for days without falling victim to boredom. The roar of the crowd fills a 100-seat sports theater as fans track the main event on the 12.5-foot jumbotron, taking advantage of commercial breaks to eye the 13 surrounding HD screens and keep up with the scores of important football games and spelling bees. At CineGrille, another vast HD screen plays current adventure flicks and romantic comedies as guests enjoy legroom fit for a very tall king. Meanwhile, waitstaff quietly delivers an extensive menu of prime rib kebab, pizza, and gourmet burgers.
For more active entertainment, pins thunder in the 20-lane bowling alley, and at the arcade, players compete on big-screen video games or work redemption games to win prizes ranging from Legos to PlayStations. Colored lights spill across comedians, musical acts, and DJs at the Vegas–inspired Latitude Live before the Axis Bar keeps the party going with drinks and dancing.
Housed in a colorful, 6,500-square-foot palace, Hands On Children's Museum unfurls 15 exhibits that encourage children to learn through exploration and play. Kids aged 1–12 emulate grown-up workers at a shopping plaza's worth of faux jobs, including Little Vets, Kids Mini Bank, Winn-Dixie Lil' Grocery, and Lil’ Legal Compliance Specialist. Budding performers can head to the You're the Star Stage or Puppet Stage, donning one of more than 50 costumes and entertaining fellow museum-goers with tales of woe and staying up past midnight. Opportunities to engage in wheelchair basketball or frolic in a ball pit temporarily deplete active kids’ energy reserves.
Lunar Mini Golf's two 18-hole indoor courses whisks putters away to a black-lit labyrinth sculpted through a phosphorescent dreamscape of vibrant murals and neon obstacles. Tiny neon walls frame the pitch-black corridors of each hole, which gives the impression that patrons are rolling orbs across the rayless expanse of the cosmos or through their neighbors' radioactive crawlspaces. Clubbers clad in white will shine like gleaming apparitions as they read tricky breaks and keep the yips at bay, and Lunar Mini Golf offers glowing necklaces for clients to wear to capitalize on the visually mesmerizing lure of the black lights. Catering to large groups, Lunar Mini Golf also features a complimentary party zone available upon request for birthdays, corporate gatherings, and ceremonies unveiling new neon eyebrow tattoos.
Tree Hill Nature Center spans 50 acres of lush, natural landscape populated with ample walking trails that introduce visitors to Florida's varied flora and fauna. The landscape comprises hilltop and wetland areas that host three ecosystems—Southern mixed-hardwood forest, mixed-hardwood swamp, and freshwater stream—and a peaceful family of bog creatures. Nature lovers can flit through the hummingbird garden, flutter amid the butterfly pastures, stalk native wildlife as it stalks its native prey, or wander through exhibits at the on-site natural-history museum. Visitors can also attend workshops and classes, led by master naturalists who are comfortable discussing the mating habits of birds and bees.
The crew at Family Horse Ranch & Rescue have big hearts, especially where horses are concerned. They board horses for riders and owners, providing the steeds with shelter, food, attention, and medical care. They also donate three stalls and a pasture to horses in need of homes and work with volunteers to give them loving care. Every night, they take the horses out for trail rides in the woods and beaches around St. Augustine, with a portion of ride proceeds going to help rescue more horses. Expert instructors also lead lessons in English- and Western-style riding.
Though most museums instruct with glass cases and placards, Old Florida Museum wants you to live the experiences of its indigenous populations and settlers firsthand. During its hands-on program, guests explore Florida's history of year 1585 beginning with the Timucua Indians. In the recreated Village of Seloy, they can learn about corn grinding, dug-out canoe making, and Indian tools before visitors encounter Fort Menendez and discover how early settlers lived by dipping candles, weaving, and woodworking.
Along this trek through time, patrons can earn ducados—tokens which are good for park games and select gift shop items—by completing chores and activities. Skilled hagglers can also trade their ducados with other patrons or museum workers searching for the fountain of youth.