• Within a short drive from Jacksonville, you can visit a wide range of beach communities offering more beaches, history, golf, and resort living.
    Northeast Florida Beaches

    Explore Jacksonville's surrounding areas.

    Within a short drive from Jacksonville, you can visit a wide range of beach communities offering more beaches, history, golf, and resort living.

In The Areas Nearby Section

  • Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach

    Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach

    This tiny barrier Island provides a relaxing and beautiful escape just 45 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville. With spa and golf options plus beautiful beaches and parks. Visit historic Fernandina Beach, the Island's only city, which offers antiques, boutiques, artwork, and dining.


  • St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra

    St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra

    St. Augustine is a beautiful beach community and the nation’s oldest city, founded by the Spanish in 1565. It is filled with historical landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Nearby Ponte Vedra is a luxurious community with golf courses and pristine beaches.


  • Palm Coast

    Palm Coast

    Palm Coast is set between the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean. Visitors can experience the natural beauty of this area with a getaway to one of the local resorts or golf courses.





Areas Nearby Jacksonville

There are plenty of beautiful sites and attractions within driving distance of Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about our surrounding areas including Palm Coast, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine.


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Cumberland Island Tour

Amelia River Cruises

One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island, ruins of the Carnegie Dungeoness Mansion and the Greyfield Inn. Our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world. Reservations are recommended.

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum

    Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue.

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    Summer Drop-In Art at the Cummer Museum

    Each Tuesday in June, July, and August, children ages 5 to 10 will have the opportunity to explore the Galleries or Gardens and experiment with different art processes. No…

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    Family Friendly Sunset Cruise

    7 days per week This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area. Reservations are…

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    Pensacola vs Jacksonville Suns

    For more information, please visit: www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t564

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  • Saturday, August 1, 2015
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    Jaguars Training Camp Begins

    Jaguars Training Camp Begins

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  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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    TRIVIA 8pm

    You may be smarter than a 5th grader but how are you at trivia? Join us at Fionn's every Tuesday at 8pm for TRIVIA and a pint!

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  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Cumberland Island Tour

    One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by…

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  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

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The Visit Jacksonville Blog

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Blogs by Kacie Couch
  • Think pink!

    July 30, 2014 5:02 pm EDT

    When you think of a pink bird, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it would be a flamingo. The flamingo is a very beautiful (and very pink) bird, but it is not a local species to say the least. Lucky for us, we have our own species of pink bird wading in our North Florida waters!

  • Fort Clinch Offers ‘Step into the Past,’ Great Eco-Adventure

    May 29, 2014 4:56 pm EDT

    “What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.

Blogs by Becky
  • Celebrate the Shark in Jax

    July 05, 2015 1:44 pm EDT

    Apex predators, misunderstood sea creatures, oversized fish – the shark gets called a lot of things these days, but one thing is for sure, people are fascinated by them.

  • July Trip Worthy Events

    June 28, 2015 10:32 am EDT

    Fireworks, fishing, festivals and fun abound this July in Jacksonville.

  • Experience a beachside music festival that defines the local culture in Jacksonville. Come have fun in the sun this June in Jax!

    Jacksonville Trip Worthy Events: June

    June 04, 2015 2:53 pm EDT

    June in Jax is action packed. With the heartpumping speeds of powerboats zipping along the mighty St. Johns at the P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix and the aerial acrobatics performed by daring skateboarders in honor of Go Skate Day, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.

  • Jacksonville Tripworthy Events: May

    May 01, 2015 8:43 am EDT

    There are plenty of reasons to visit Jacksonville in May. The weather is warm, the ocean is inviting, the flowers are in bloom, and the farm-to-table restaurants are getting ready to change their seasonal menus from Spring to Summer.

  • Brews and Broads – Jacksonville’s Women in Craft Beer

    April 08, 2015 5:21 pm EDT

    It’s no secret we love beer here in Jacksonville. With eight local breweries all part of the Jax Ale Trail, Jacksonville is one of Florida’s best spots to grab a pint (or two).

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Blogs by Gary Sass
  • Booming in Jacksonville

    June 25, 2015 2:57 pm EDT

    This year’s Downtown Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display is on the actual anniversary, Saturday July 4, 2015.

  • It’s 1903 at the Merrill House

    June 16, 2015 11:49 am EDT

    Walk into Downtown Jacksonville’s Merrill House and step back in time to the year 1903

  • Greetings from Riverside’s Historic B&B

    April 09, 2015 3:47 pm EDT

    If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover

  • Holiday Festivals Surrounded by History

    December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST

    The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for history buffs.

  • Maritime Museum Jacksonville

    History That’s Free in Jacksonville

    November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST

    We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history.

Blogs by Katie

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