Splash parks. Duh.
Ellie is a lover of a splash park, and we made good use of them this summer (recaps of more splash park fun are still to come, in fact!). So, I really wanted to find a good one here, too. We did a little Googling and then set off in search of some splashing on our first Jacksonville Saturday.
Our first stop was Hanna Park, which is about 30 minutes away from us. It costs a few dollars to get in, but it's a nice big park with bike trails, camping grounds, playgrounds, pavilions and grills, beach access and, of course, a splash park. We got there right when it opened and Ellie was pumped.
Playing with the smallest fountain in the place
That's more like it!
Happy to have her daddy at the splash park with us!
Left: Spraying Daddy right in the face! Right: All splashed out.
The second park we went to that day was South Beach Park, which is a little closer to us. However, the splash park portion of this park was pretty disappointing. It was just a big lighthouse spraying water from the top, and we didn't deem it worth the trouble of putting Ellie back into a swim diaper. However, this park did have a fabulous wooden playground, included a separate play area for toddlers. So, we spent a little time there.
Swings! And check out those long, lustrous locks blowing in the breeze!
Climbing through the toddler area
We called it a day after all that play time. Ellie was ready for a nap and Eric had plans to meet with the head football coach at his school that afternoon (the meeting at which he was offered the quarterback coach position!). So, home we went, and although both parks were a lot of fun, the search for the perfect splash park continues. But, it was quite a fun first family outing in Jacksonville!