Experience the riverfront, live music, and beaches in Jacksonville!

Though long overshadowed by its more well-known neighbors, under-the-radar Jacksonville, or “Jax” as the locals calls it, is fast becoming known for its exciting array of tourist-friendly activities. Laze on spacious beaches, spot wildlife in its waterways, admire striking 20th-century architecture and explore fascinating museums that reveal little-known facts about local history.

The first outsiders to settle in this part of Florida were the French Huguenots, who established a village here in 1564. The French settlement was later destroyed by the Spanish. Visit Fort Caroline National Memorial to see a reconstruction of the original French fort.

For most visitors, Jacksonville’s biggest appeal is its sandy coastline, which stretches for 22 miles (35 kilometers). To the north is the casual, surfer hot spot Atlantic Beach. Bordering it to the south is family-friendly Neptune Beach. Head even further south to Jacksonville Beach for lively bars, restaurants and nightlife, or go further south again to the dune-bordered Ponte Vedra Beach for up-scale beachside resorts and golf clubs including the famous TPC Sawgrass.

The city is crisscrossed by waterways, with more than 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) of navigable routes to explore. Rent a kayak and paddle through Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve or take a water taxi across St. Johns River, between Downtown and the neighborhood of San Marco. Admire the Henry John Klutho-designed Bisbee Building, a 10-story high rise dating back to 1909 in Downtown, then stroll around the boutique, gallery and restaurant-filled historical district of San Marco.

For a culture fix, tour the galleries of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, which features both indoor galleries stocked with paintings, decorative art and antiques, as well as gardens planted in English and Italian styles. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville spotlights contemporary works, including installations, photographs and film.

To reach Jacksonville, fly into Jacksonville International Airport, located around 20 minutes from the city’s downtown area. Buses, trolleys and a river-spanning monorail can be used to get around. As the city is large and sprawling, renting a car is advisable.

Known for

Beaches, Live Music and Sports

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Where to stay in Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville
Downtown Jacksonville showing a river or creek, skyline and a city

Downtown Jacksonville

Known for Live Music, Rivers, Sports

4/5(652 reviews)

The picturesque St. Johns River meanders through the center of this hub of skyscrapers, cultural landmarks and exciting nightlife.

Northside
Kingsley Plantation featuring camping as well as a couple

Northside

Known for

3.5/5(434 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Northside, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Jacksonville Cruise Terminal are top sights worth seeing.

Riverside
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens which includes interior views and art as well as a couple

Riverside

Known for Rivers, Family-Friendly, Skyscrapers

5/5(1 review)

Riverside is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and River City Playhouse.

Five Points
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens which includes interior views and art as well as a couple

Five Points

Known for Rivers, Gardens, Skyscrapers

5/5(7 reviews)

Five Points is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Riverside Park.

Sports Complex
EverBank Field which includes a sporting event as well as a large group of people

Sports Complex

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While visiting Sports Complex, you might make a stop by sights like TIAA Bank Field and Daily's Place.

Urban Core
Jacksonville showing cruising, a coastal town and general coastal views

Urban Core

Known for

If you're spending some time in Urban Core, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Jacksonville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Garden Jacksonville
Wyndham Garden Jacksonville
3 out of 5
4660 Salisbury Road, I-95 Exit 344 (Butler Boulevard), Jacksonville, FL
$75
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26
3.5/5Good! (2,218 reviews)

"2nd time coming here great room bed was just right room clean.."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2019

Wyndham Garden Jacksonville
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
4 out of 5
245 Water St, Jacksonville, FL
$106
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.3/5Excellent! (1,949 reviews)

"Good location and staff and property was very nice!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
4 out of 5
225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, FL
$139
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20
4.3/5Excellent! (2,005 reviews)

"Great view and fabulous hotel with everything we needed. The Market was wonderful for eating at random times and Morton's for other parts of the day!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Popular things to do in Jacksonville

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
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Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

4/5(157 reviews)

Browse through art that dates back thousands of years and explore scenic gardens housing one of the oldest trees in the region at this museum in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
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Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art

4/5(124 reviews)

Look through almost 1,000 pieces of contemporary art across six floors of this innovative museum at the center of Jacksonville’s cultural movement.

TIAA Bank Field
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TIAA Bank Field

4/5(293 reviews)

Capable of seating over 80,000 fans, this modern football stadium is the exciting home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, international soccer games and music events.

Jacksonville Landing
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Jacksonville Landing

4/5(561 reviews)

Discover boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and a historic museum in this vast shopping complex beside the picturesque St. Johns River.

Jacksonville Naval Air Station
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Jacksonville Naval Air Station

4/5(241 reviews)

After visiting Jacksonville Naval Air Station, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Westside. Stroll along the riverfront or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

4.5/5(397 reviews)

Admire thousands of animals and plants across entertaining exhibits in this family-friendly zoo that also has a children’s play area and a 4-D experience.

Top activities in Jacksonville

Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip
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Amelia Island Inshore Fishing Trip

$125

Prepare yourself for an amazing day of Amelia inland fishing in the backwaters of the Amelia River. Join an expert guide on a hunt for the perfect spot to capture abundant redfish and tarpon, cast out your line, and begin the waiting game in the most perfect, beautiful natural atmosphere.

Operation City Quest of Jacksonville, FL
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Operation City Quest of Jacksonville, FL

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Jacksonville, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Jacksonville, FL

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

$137

Motor out onto the Intracoastal Waterway for some true outdoor fishing just off the shores of Jacksonville. This outing surrounds you with the peaceful, secluded scenery of creeks and fishing holes that you can explore with some expert guidance from your captain.

Jacksonville Bank Heist Escape Room
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Jacksonville Bank Heist Escape Room

$29

Testing your skills to escape within 60 minutes! Family fun! Great for a date night or corporate event! Bring your friends to put your minds together to escape! Unique and challenging escape rooms! Fun for corporate team building experience! Your mission for this escape room: Your mob boss has a job for you… rob a bank.

Tandem Skydive Amelia Island
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Tandem Skydive Amelia Island

$199

Itinerary The whole experience takes place at one location. From our office, you get to watch the airplane take off with your friends and family. 30 minutes later, take some great videos and pictures as they safely touch ground right in front of you.

Reviews of Jacksonville

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1179
5 - Excellent 29.321064411837853%
4 - Good
1889
4 - Good 46.97836359114648%
3 - Okay
783
3 - Okay 19.472767968167123%
2 - Disappointing
98
2 - Disappointing 2.437204675453867%
1 - Terrible
72
1 - Terrible 1.790599353394678%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Jacksonville is a perfect place for a weekend getaway!!!!!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

I don’t like Jacksonville, but need to visit regularly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

Just stayed there as I had a super early flight. Would not stay again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

It sounds like they might build a aquarium with a water taxi to the zoo. It would be great for the area to have water taxi’s for non zoo goers as well.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

Great city with friendly people. Variety of activities to choose from. Excellent dinning & shopping.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

Absolutely the worst Wyndham property we ever stayed at. Need to upaverage your mix...

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