Florida: best 4 out-of-state-road trips
3/4 Jacksonville to Atlanta
If you wish to look further afield, the Georgia capital shines as an alluring light on the horizon. Splendidly transformed by staging the Olympic Games in 1996, Atlanta offers a range of child-friendly attractions, and is well within reach of Jacksonville due to the multi-lane convenience of Interstates 10 and 75 – the latter coursing north at high speed.
Pitched next to the Olympic Park, this museum is unmissable – a permanent party staffed by costumed ‘Imaginators’ who guide visitors around the exhibits . These include Tools For Solutions – a mechanical device that lets children propel balls along a series of tracks via a system of pulleys, levers and wheels. Cooking With Colours, meanwhile, is a workshop that teaches kids how to create healthy (yet appetising) dishes with fruit and vegetables.
Price: General entry is £7.50.
Depending on your attitude to sugary drinks and the effect they have on your brood, the Coca-Cola HQ, which looks at the story of the planet’s most famous beverage in the city where the company has its headquarters – may be a must-see or a definitely avoid.
Price: Adults £9, children 3-12 £7.
The Aquarium on the other hand, might be less divisive – an enormous hotspot of marine life, home to more than 100,000 creatures, including penguins, sea otters, dolphins and a pod of huge whale sharks.
Price: Adults £19, children aged 3-12 £15.
Hertz recommends: Audi A3
5 Passengers, 2 large suitcases, 2 small suitcases, 70mpg
This spacious and fuel-efficient ride is equipped with a satellite navigation system, making long-distance journeys easy on both the mind and the pockets.