• 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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Eco-Shrimping Tour

Amelia River Cruises

An interactive exploration of the St. Marys River Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically developed in Fernandina, this net is similar to the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. Deploying and retrieving the net is part of the hands-on experience. The catch will then be displayed in an on-board aquarium and each of the creatures will be identified and released back into the wild. We continue to explore the backwaters and tidal creeks that make up this estuary before returning to historic Fernandina Beach.

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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours.

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  • Friday, August 28, 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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  • Friday, August 28, 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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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise

    Departure time varies seasonally*, Thursday through Saturday This sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin…

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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    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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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Soul and Sweet Treats with Anitra Jay

    Join Anitra Jay as she returns to the Three Layers Cafe for an evening of soul and sweet treats. A native of New Orleans, this talented singer-songwriter is sure to leave…

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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
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    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions

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  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    The Outlaws and Blackhawk at the Florida Theatre

    The Outlaws and Blackhawk at the Florida Theatre

    With the The Outlaws it has always been about the music. For 40 years these southern rock legends have remained one of the best-loved bands of the genre. Famous for their…

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  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Harvey

    Elwood P. Dowd is a delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn’t quite aware that its newest citizen is a 6’3” white (invisible to some) rabbit…

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The Visit Jacksonville Blog

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  • 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.

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  • August Trip Worthy Events

    August 01, 2015 9:18 am EDT

    Need one last trip to finish out your summer? Not ready to send the kids back to school yet? Well Summer is going strong in Jacksonville, and August is the perfect time for one last hurrah!

  • 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.


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