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Jacksonville offers family activities for the summer | New

School is out and for those looking for something to do this summer, Jacksonville offers plenty of family activities.

There are a number of local parks that offer a variety of active outdoor activities.

Nichols Green Park, Jacksonville’s flagship park, is located at 200 S. Jackson. It offers jogging paths, a disc golf course, a paddling pool, a skate park, a playground, a tennis and basketball court and a pavilion.

Buckner Park, 119 Newbern Street, offers 13 acres which include volleyball and tennis courts, gazebo and grill, pavilion, picnic tables, walking track, restrooms and public swimming pool.

The swimming pool is open from noon to 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. There is no residency requirement to use the pool and no entrance fee for admission. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a supervising adult to be admitted.

A maximum of 45 swimmers will be allowed in at a time. The pool closes every 45 minutes for cleaning and security checks. This also allows the next group of swimmers time to enter the pool area.

Lincoln Park, located on Park Drive at Davis Avenue, offers 10 acres of outdoor recreation. The park contains an indoor pavilion, lighted basketball and tennis courts, playground, sand volleyball court, and restrooms.

Lincoln Park, located on Park Drive at Davis Avenue, offers 10 acres of outdoor recreation. The park contains an indoor pavilion, lighted basketball and tennis courts, playground, sand volleyball court, and restrooms.

There is currently an effort underway to revitalize the Lincoln Park area. For more information, visit

Small parks and green spaces in Jacksonville include:

• Bolton Park, located at S. Jackson Street at El Paso Street; which contains a small free library and pavilion;

• Hazel Tilton Park, at the corner of E. Larrisa and S. Main streets, is home to the Jacksonville War Memorial;

• Love Street Park, located at the intersection of Love and Monroe streets, has a basketball court and playground; and

• Nellie Crim Park, located on Myrtle Drive at Cherokee Trail, which has a community garden.

Love’s Lookout, a designated rest area, offers scenic views, picnic tables, restrooms and an information center. The park is located at 43822 US 69.

The Jacksonville Lake Recreation Area includes public campgrounds, a beach, a swimming pier, and a boat launch. From bird watching to fishing, or just renting a cabin to “get away from it all” for a while, there’s a lot to enjoy at Lake Jacksonville.

Camping facilities include enclosed shelters or motorhome areas with water and electricity. Most include a barbecue. For questions or campground reservations, call 903-589-3510 during business hours Monday through Friday, or 903-279-2153 after hours.

Visitors can learn more about the history of Jacksonville by seeing the many artifacts on display. Located at 302 S. Bolton St., the museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Special exhibitions presented this summer include:

• Until June 14: Historical Quilts

• June 16-July 25: Images of Bravery, Hispanics of World War II

• July 28-Sept. 3: Nichols Cap Guns

One can cook a meal and enjoy a picnic right next door in Hazel Tilton Park after visiting the museum.

Another educational option is the Reading Program at Jacksonville and other area public libraries. This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. The Summer Reading Program runs from June 13 to July 22 and is open to all ages (preschool to adult).

The library will show aquatic-themed movies every Monday, except July 4th. Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be filled with activities that may include songs, group games, crafts, art projects, experiments, and more. Adults can have fun completing an accompanying activity pack that goes along with the “Oceans of Possibilities” theme.

Registration for “Oceans of Possibilities” is live now and will continue throughout the summer reading. Users can also register in person at the library.

For more information, call (903) 586-7664, email, or simply visit the library at 526 E. Commerce.

For those who want to relax and refresh while watching a show, the Apex Cinema is open 5-9pm Monday-Thursday, 4-12am Friday, 12-12am Saturday, and 12-9pm Sunday. Matinee rates are available for shows starting before 6 p.m. The theater is located at 1710 S. Jackson Street.

For movies currently playing and showtimes, visit and choose the Jacksonville location. Apex Cinema Jacksonville can also be found on Facebook.

For more information on places to visit in and around Jacksonville, visit, the Explore Jacksonville, Texas Facebook page, or call 903-339-3320.