Making waves with soccer fans in Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Armada FC is part of the North American Soccer League and quickly becoming "the" place to be this soccer season. The team's pregame "Match Experience" outside the stadium features hands-on activities for children, food vendors and live entertainment. As the game begins, fans can make their way into the stadium as part of the "March to the Match" – a parade-like crowd chanting and cheering while preparing for the matchup. The 2016 season begins April 15 at Community First Park. Single-game tickets $14 to $60. 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. 844-2-ARMADA, www.armadafc.com.
With over 2,000 animals and over 1,000 types of plants, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers unique ways to see the animals at the park. From the Range of the Jaguar exhibit to the new Land of the Tiger exhibit, families can get an up-close look and feed the giraffes at the Giraffe overlook. Take a ride on the animal-themed carousel and climb aboard the zoo train that loops through the park. The 2,000-acre splash ground and play park offers little ones a fun way to cool off after a day of exploring, so don't forget to bring their swimsuits. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Adults $17.95; Seniors $15,95; children 3 to 12 $12.95. 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. 904-757-4463, www.jacksonvillezoo.org.