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Roadtrip with RVshare Miami to Jacksonville

To see a national park on this Miami to Jacksonville road trip, you will want to start the journey by traveling south to see Biscayne National Park. However, before you leave Miami, there are a few places that you may wish to visit, like Miami Beach, the Miami Seaquarium, and Jungle Island. After you take the time to enjoy some time in Miami and at the national park, you can start heading north on I-95. Once you hit this route, you will stay on it until you hit Jacksonville unless you are stopping to see an attraction or a state park.

Miami to Jacksonville Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Mileage: 350 miles
  • Fun Fact: Miami was once nicknamed the Wreckreational Diving Capital of the World because there are more than 50 diving sites of shipwrecks nearby.

Nearby National Parks

Biscayne National Park

On this road trip itinerary from Miami to Jacksonville, you will not find a national park if you take a direct route. However, Biscayne National Park is not that far from Miami, so you should definitely make a slight detour to the park before you start heading north. The entire park is over 172,000 acres of tropical paradise. This is one of the most unique parks that you will encounter because approximately 75% of the park is underwater, which means reefs, shipwrecks, and sea life to explore. 

If you don’t want to be directly in the water, taking a boat out is a great option. You can take tours that will give you a boat ride out to the lighthouse and give you a chance to explore the island once you get there. If you enjoy being in the water, check out the Maritime Heritage Trail, which is an underwater resting place for at least six ships that divers will adore. Tours are available to explore the reefs and the mangroves as well. In addition to snorkeling and scuba diving, you can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding.

Nearby State Parks

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park is actually the largest state park in southeast Florida. It is very scenic, and there is a lot to explore on the land and in the water. If you would like to enjoy the river, there are options to rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. You can even rent bicycles if you would like to go for a relaxing ride near the water. Boat tours and guided horseback rides are offered as well. There are four scenic trails to enjoy, so watch for wildlife.

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Sebastian Inlet State Park is the next state park that you will want to include on your road trip itinerary. It is located along the coast, so it has some of the state’s best surfing. You can also enjoy swimming, fishing, or simply relaxing on the sand. There is a boat ramp on the beach, so if you enjoy deep ocean fishing, make use of it. There is also a museum in the park where you can learn about the history of fishing in the area. If you visit between March and October, you can often spot manatees from the shore.

Tomoka State Park

Tomoka State Park is relatively close to Daytona Beach, but it has relaxing, calm water that is completely different from what you would find along the ocean. Because it is an inland location near water, wildlife in the area are plentiful. During the spring migration, you can easily see over 160 species of birds. This is a great stop for anglers to enjoy as well. You can also go boating down the river in this park, do some geocaching, or enjoy hiking or biking along the trails

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park makes up more than 1,600 acres that you can explore. Fishing is a great activity to do in this park, but you can also rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard as well. Surfing is also an option if you want to get a closer look at the wildlife in the water. Geocaching is another common activity in this area, and while you are exploring, take a look for birds because there are a lot of varieties that can be found in the park. 

Along the Way

Butterfly World

If you like seeing wildlife up close, then stop by Butterfly World for a unique experience. There are 20,000 exotic butterflies and birds at this location, and at any given time, you will be able to see approximately 50 species of butterflies. During your visit, you can walk through the observatory, and if you are lucky, one of the butterflies could land on your shoulder or your arm.

Kennedy Space Center

If you enjoy learning about space, then this Miami to Jacksonville RV road trip will give you the chance to see exhibits up close. There is an astronaut training experience that gives you an impression of what it would be like to fly to Mars and live there. This takes about four to five hours, but children will adore it, so make sure you plan to spend enough time at this location. There is also a play planet for younger kids, which gives them a fully interactive experience where they can walk on Saturn’s rings, climb through a wormhole, and slide through an asteroid field. 

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse has guided people to the coast for over 130 years. In 1998, it was declared a national monument, so there is a museum as well now that expands on its past. The lighthouse was constructed back in 1887, and it is 175 feet tall so that mariners can easily see the light when there is a storm.

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

While you are traveling in your RV along the coast, it makes sense to stop and find a beach or two before completing the trip. In Fort Lauderdale, there are over 33 miles of beach that you can explore, but there is much more than just sunbathing to enjoy. Stop by the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens for a collection of art, history, and architecture. Other museums to visit include the Historic Stranahan House Museum, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and the NSU Art Museum. If you find yourself wanting to stay overnight in this city, there are plenty of Fort Lauderdale campgrounds to consider, and many have dump stations that are free for guests to use.

Palm Bay, Florida

On the road trip from Miami to Jacksonville, you may also want to find the time to stop and enjoy Palm Bay. While visiting, you can ride some horses at Pine Creek Ranch, hike through the Micco Scrub Sanctuary, and enjoy some fishing at Castaways Point Park. It is only about 40 miles from Orlando, so if you want to take your kids to Disney World for a day, you can find a Palm Bay campground to stay at. 

Places like Orbit RV Park and Camelot RV Park have pull-through and back-in sites that are full hookup. If you have kids, most of these campgrounds offer parks and planned activities for them to enjoy while you have a chance to relax. Many of the nearby RV Parks also have dump stations that cost very little to no money to use, so you can empty your wastewater if you need.

St. Augustine, Florida

While on your road trip, you will want to visit St. Augustine, which is known for being the oldest city in the United States. Because it has a lot of history, it has a lot of Spanish architecture that you can see. You can visit the Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, the Lightner Museum, and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. 

Before you complete your trip, you may want to spend a night at a campground in St. Augustine. Compass RV Resort is the closest campground to the city, and it has all of the amenities that you will need to make use of during your stay, including a dump station. They even have a pool, horseshoe pits, a pickleball court, and a clubhouse for the kids to enjoy.

Find Adventure from Miami to Jacksonville

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When you follow this road trip itinerary from Miami to Jacksonville, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Miami or Jacksonville.

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