Welcome! Jacksonville is a young and modern city with equal parts Florida Flair and Southern Hospitality. Visiting Jacksonville is discovering a destination that offers authentic natural wonders, amazing dining, wonderful culture and great family friendly attractions.
As the largest city in the continental U.S., Jacksonville is the perfect place to experience a new side of Florida. The abundant waterways, parks and ecological preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape the ordinary and relax in nature’s playground. Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the nation with more than 85,000 acres of parks, as well as 22 miles of white-sandy unspoiled beaches. All the natural beauty is surrounded by a modern and vibrant city filled with authentic dining options, thrilling attractions, world-class museums, beautiful hotels, exciting events, cool nightlife, a hip Downtown and unique historic districts with entertaining options for visitors of all ages. We are the cool side of Florida and that is not referring to the weather
From our unspoiled beaches, to the exciting Intracoastal Waterway and the sparkling St. Johns River, water defines this “River City by the Sea.” Work on your tan or get active, take surfing or kiteboarding lessons, rent kayaks and paddleboards, fish at the pier or rent a fishing charter boat at Jacksonville’s Beaches and stay at our oceanfront resorts and wake up every morning to amazing sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Less than 3 miles from the Beaches you will find the Intracoastal Waterway, 40 miles of peaceful canals and natural inlets where visitors can take an airboat ride and come face to face with the local wildlife, including dolphins, manatees and hundreds of bird species. In the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, the St. Johns River takes the spotlight, enjoy a brunch river cruise, walk the 3-mile RiverWalk and visit the Riverside Arts Market, all while enjoying breathtaking views of our unique riverfront downtown skyline.
Thanks to our extensive park system, green is Jacksonville’s color and adventure is our game! Just minutes away from Downtown Jacksonville, the city’s wild side flourishes at the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. This 46,000-acre Preserve is made for those seeking a natural thrill. Swim, boat, hike, fish and enjoy historical sites like Fort Caroline National Memorial, often called Florida’s “Atlantis,” and Kingsley Plantation, Florida’s last remaining Plantation-era house. Explore the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, with over 3,000 rare and exotic animal and plant species. Venture out to Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and hand-feed lions and tigers and other big cats. You can also let romance and adventure merge as you ride horses on our white-sandy beaches with Kelly Seahorse Ranch, one of the only places in Florida where it’s allowed.
Jacksonville is consistently ranked as a Top 25 Arts Destinations in the nation. We have the best Symphony in Florida, a Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a Museum of Science and History (MOSH), The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, a Broadway Series, one of the last remaining dinner theaters in the nation, The Alhambra, and the oldest continuously operating community theater in the country, Theatre Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the second-largest jazz festival in the U.S., brings an impressive lineup of performers and more than 130,000 jazz lovers to downtown Jacksonville each Memorial Day weekend. All year-long, from January to December, there is something exciting to do in Jacksonville. Come explore Florida’s Natural Water Wonderland!
Only 15 Minutes from Downtown Jacksonville
Just over the sprawling Intracoastal Waterway are the beaches, with over 20 miles of white sand. There are four separate areas, each with its own unique characteristics:
Farthest north, the quaint, historic village of Mayport is home to casino boats and seafood restaurants, offering their freshest catch. Head over to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, providing what many consider to be Jacksonville’s favorite biking and hiking trails. The park also offers camping and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding wilderness.
South of Mayport are the communities of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. The intersection of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach is a hot spot that seems to keep getting hotter. Enjoy casual and upscale dining, diverse shopping options and most of all a very happening nightlife scene.
Rounding things out is Jacksonville Beach. The Sea Walk Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater, hosts concerts, movies and festivals year round. Get a tan, catch a wave on a boogie board or have a picnic on the beach. Nightlife is also hot in Jacksonville Beach with oceanfront clubs and intimate pubs. For a good, wholesome time, try water slides, go-cart racing and laser tag at nearby Adventure Landing.
Amelia Island / Fernandina Beach
Only 30 Minutes from Downtown Jacksonville
Escape the everyday world and find inspiration in our peaceful, relaxed seaport community. Located just 30 minutes from Everbank Field, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13-miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike. For the seventh consecutive year, Amelia was voted among Top 10 North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Her upscale resorts, world-class spas, championship golf courses and exclusive restaurants combine with a charming collection of bed and breakfasts, historic sites and captivating festivals for an experience that’s uniquely Floridian.
St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra
Only 30 Minutes from Downtown Jacksonville
Just a short drive from the football frenzy of the TaxSlayer Bowl, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra offer fans an inspiring world of golf, history, nature, beautiful beaches…and shopping! Combined with world-class accommodations and dining, the TaxSlayer Bowl’s next door neighbor provides all the ingredients for a memorable and fun visit.
St. Augustine, the Nation’s oldest city, still echoes to the days when it was an important outpost of the Spanish Empire while the splendor of the Victorian Age is preserved in the soaring architecture of Henry Flagler’s hotels. Brick-paved streets and horse-drawn carriages provide a memorable setting for exquisite dining, exploring art galleries and antique shopping.
Ponte Vedra’s elegant seaside resorts offer golf fans a perfect place to indulge their passion – including the TPC at Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship. Nearby, the World Golf Hall of Fame enshrines the game’s greatest players and features two championship courses.
Attractions abound in this special place – 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches, the Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, two Outlet Malls, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and more than 60 others are here for TaxSlayer Bowl fans to enjoy. For information, call (800)653-2489 or visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com.