As many parents and babysitters know keeping children entertained over the summer months can be an expensive endeavor. However, for families in the Jacksonville there is a host of options available for free family fun in the area. The quintessential summer activity is packing up and heading to the beach. Barring any disappointing weather conditions, the beach is a free activity that can be fairly inexpensive. Don’t forget the sunscreen and water, bring snacks from home and plan to stay the day. Luckily, Jacksonville is close enough to Florida’s East Coastline with plenty of public beach areas. If sand and possible sunburns are not your cup of tea, consider visiting the Kingsley Plantation. This historic plantation allows guests to take a peek at what housing conditions were like in the 1800s. The estate is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sticking with the outdoor theme, you could also visit the University of North Florida nature trails. Covering over 500 acres of protected land the trails are a great way to experience nature and are absolutely free! For those who prefer being inside, we suggest Jacksonville’s little known downtown tunnels. The series of tunnels run underneath downtown Jacksonville and feature a secret vault and access to the rooftop of the Florida Theatre. There are so many fun and free activities that can help liven up your summer months without breaking the bank.