Things to do in Jacksonville

Things to do in  Jacksonville

JAX of all trades

For city fun in northern Florida, look no further than Jacksonville, the Sunshine State’s most populous city. Often referred to locally as Jax, Jacksonville brings together the sun and surf of outdoor adventures with cosmopolitan attractions such as museums, art walks, shopping, and restaurants. Of the many things to do in Jacksonville, kayaking excursions, eco tours, sailing trips, surf lessons, and bike rentals are among the most popular. Meanwhile, local landmarks such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and the Riverside Arts Market are all well worth a visit.

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When to visit

Golf fans already know that visiting Jacksonville is a must in early spring. The Players—a world-famous golf tournament held every March—calls nearby TPC Sawgrass home, after all. (Play the links at two dozen courses around Jacksonville while you’re at it.) For college football fans, the annual Florida versus Georgia game occurs in October—which happens to be another great time of year to enjoy the city’s cooler weather.

Getting around

Like in most Florida cities, a car will serve you best in Jacksonville if you want freedom and flexibility. If you’re one to go with the flow, then there are plenty of public transportation options. Downtown’s core is pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, with bus routes running throughout the city. The St. John’s River Ferry and Jacksonville River Taxi will sail you to both sides of the waterway, while free Beach Buggy rides around the shoreline are available via an app.

Traveler tips

Jacksonville is so large that it takes up an entire county. While the beaches deliver the sunkissed serenity that Florida is known for, you should know that Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the US. Take time to explore the Riverwalk, Cary State Forest, and the uncanny Boneyard Beach in between surf sessions. Jacksonville also has a highly underrated zoo that features one of the only animal wellness teams in the country to care for their elephants, lions, and more.

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People Also Ask

What is Jacksonville, Florida, known for?

Jacksonville is known for its vast outdoor spaces and for its 22 miles (35 kilometers) of shoreline, which is more than any other city in Florida. Jacksonville also has the largest urban park system in the country, totaling four times more acreage than the island of Manhattan.

How many days do you need in Jacksonville?

Jacksonville is an underrated city that deserves more than one day of exploration. You can easily make it a weekend trip, especially if you have kids. The beaches are only a half-hour drive away, and you can quickly fill your itinerary with NFL games, museums, art galleries, and riverside dining.

Does Jacksonville have a boardwalk?

Yes, there is a boardwalk at Jacksonville Beach, about 20 miles east of the city on the Atlantic Ocean. The boardwalk runs parallel to First Street and is flanked by shops, hotels, bars, and restaurants. There are also public beach access walkways along the boardwalk.

What activities are popular in Jacksonville?

Some of the most popular things to do in Jacksonville are visiting the Crummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Hands On Children’s Museum. Hiking, biking, kayaking, diving, and hanging out at the beach are also popular outdoor activities.

What should I not miss in Jacksonville?

You shouldn’t miss tailgating for a Jacksonville Jaguars football game. Though they’re the only NFL team in Florida that hasn’t played in a Super Bowl, their tailgating culture is at an elite level. Tailgating groups like the Teal Street Hooligans and Bold City Brigade will make you a lifelong Jags fan.

Does Jacksonville have an aquarium?

No, Jacksonville does not yet have a dedicated aquarium. However, there are tentative plans to build an aquarium called Aqua Jax in the city. Until then, you can see many aquatic and marine animals such as manatees, stingrays, penguins, and amphibians at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

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