Looking for a Jacksonville story angle? We've got you covered. From hip new neighborhoods and local beer tours, to romantic resort getaways - learn more about all the diverse experiences and activities that make Jacksonville such an attractive destination.
African-American Heritage: Significant African American historic sites populate Jacksonville, including the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” American Beach, the first resort community in the nation for African Americans, and Kingsley Plantation, the last remaining plantation house in Florida. Visit the new Jacksonville Heritage Trail Tour for an online journey of the city's most significant African-American attractions and museums.
Best beaches in Florida: Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the nation with 1,100 miles of navigable water and 22 miles of relaxing beaches. Each beach has its own unique personality and flavor. Atlantic Beach is the quintessential Florida beach community with a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, fun beach dive bars, boutique resorts and friendly family atmosphere. Jacksonville Beach is a party destination with great nightlife, chain hotels and surf shops. Huguenot Park lets beachgoers drive on the sand and bring the party with them. Boneyard Beach at Big Talbot Island is a must-see with dozens of Live Oaks resting on the sand reminiscent of white skeletons. So many miles of beaches, each one with a different vibe but all beautiful and unique to Jacksonville!
Family Friendly Destinations: Bring the kids and enjoy an affordable and fun getaway in Jacksonville. A trip to Adventure Landing will have the entire family engaged as they mini-golf, drive go-karts or play in the water at their ShipWreck Island waterpark. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida and one of the top 9 animal attractions in the nation. Kona Skate Park is the oldest operating skate park in the nation and lessons are available for all skill levels. Jacksonville’s beaches are family-friendly with dozens of activities for the entire family to do including paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing.
Farm to Bar: Not only are Jacksonville’s restaurants creating delicious dishes with the help of local farmers, so are the local speakeasies and bars. Enjoy signature cocktails at The Volstead, Dos Gatos, Black Sheep, Orsay and many other lounges across Jacksonville. Cheers!
Hip Florida: Jacksonville has Florida’s youngest population and they know how to have a good time. Jacksonville’s nightlife is filled with unique bars, pubs and live music venues. The Guardian named Jack Rabbits and Underbelly, located in Jacksonville’s historic districts, as two of the best live music venues in Florida. Jacksonville’s young population thrives on the sentiment of being “local” and helping local businesses and attractions succeed. The local craft beer scene has doubled in the past few years and it continues to expand. Engine 15 Brewing Co., Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Co. and Pinglehead Brewing Co. all won medals at the Best Florida Beer Championship in February 2014, plus the Jax Ale Trail, a self-guided tour of the eight local breweries continues to wow visitors . In Jacksonville, we are pioneer hipsters… minus the Brooklyn accent.
Historic Getaways: Jacksonville is the ideal destination to discover Florida’s and America's history. Visitors can experience unique places with French, Spanish, Native American and African American history and learn while they have a great time in the "River City by the Sea.” Highlights include the site of the first European settlement in the New World dating back to 1564 and the arrival of the first French explorers at Fort Caroline, now a national monument. Significant African American historic sites populate Jacksonville, including the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” American Beach, the first resort community in the nation for African Americans, and Kingsley Plantation, the last remaining plantation house in Florida. Jacksonville is also the first Hollywood. In the early years of the 20th century, the warm climate, striking natural surroundings, diversity of architecture, inexpensive labor, and easy rail access attracted more than 30 movie studios to Jacksonville; this earned the city the title of “Winter Film Capital of the World.” All historic sites are included in several tours available to the public.
Jax Ale Trail: Jacksonville leads the Florida craft brewery scene with dozens of award winning brews. The local craft beer scene has doubled in the past few years and it continues to expand. The new Jax Ale Trail is connecting the local craft breweries with everyday visitors to give them a wider variety of flavors unique to our breweries. The self-guided tour takes visitors to the eight local breweries across the city.
Let's Golf: With over 1,220 holes of golf, Northeast Florida is the perfect getaway for golfers looking to take advantage of pristine course conditions, affordable rates, great fall deals and comfortable weather all year. Home to 72 public and private courses, making up 488,000 yards of greens -Northeast Florida is truly a golfer’s paradise-, so bring your clubs and tee off at area courses designed by greats like Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Mark McCumber.
Nature & Outdoors: The abundant parks and ecological preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and relax in nature’s playground. Jacksonville is the city of parks, with more than 80,000 acres of green spaces including 10 state & national parks and more than 400 city parks and gardens. No matter where you are in Jacksonville, you are never more than 15 minutes away from the eco-adventure of a lifetime! Highlights include the Timucuan Preserve, the Jacksonville Arboretum, the Baldwin-Jacksonville Trail, the Intra-Coastal Waterway and the guided kayaking and paddleboarding tours available at Kayak Amelia.
Old New Florida: There is a sense of history and southern hospitality that can only be found in our city. From the friendly people you encounter on the streets while walking downtown to the rustic fish camps that populate our extensive shoreline, so many sites in Jacksonville are authentic and offer an “Only in Jax” experience. Visitors can explore the historic districts, like Riverside, San Marco and Avondale, and enjoy local hot spots and unique boutique shops.
Only in Jax Food Scene: Jacksonville’s dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort. The city’s young and talented new chefs have trained nationally and internationally. Today, they are reinventing the region’s best flavors and dishes to create a whole new breed of Southern restaurants infused with modern flavors and textures using locally-sourced organic ingredients. Dining hotspots include Bistro AIX, Taverna, Black Sheep, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Azurea, Matthews, Medure, The Grotto, The Brick, Metro Diner, Pele’s and Ovinte.
Romantic Getaways: Jacksonville is the ideal destination to ignite romance, either on a couple’s getaway or as the backdrop to a destination wedding. The extensive selection of elegant hotels, boutique resorts, theaters, nightlife, restaurants and spas makes it the place to visit for passion to blossom.
Blogs by Katie
November 01, 2013 4:13 pm EDT
Get Hooked on Fishing at Mayport! There’s no better way to see the beauty of Jacksonville’s beaches than to fish its waters – and no lack of opportunities to do it, either.
March 15, 2013 5:48 pm EDT
Has anyone ever said to you “What’s there to do in Jacksonville?” or “What makes Jax so special?”. Here's an easy answer...
November 20, 2012 4:43 pm EST
The Light Boat Parade is a uniquely Jacksonville experience and there's fireworks! Be sure to make plans to watch.
August 24, 2012 12:39 pm EDT
I love trying new things - why not clay shooting?
August 06, 2012 1:57 pm EDT
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a big cat rescue here in Jacksonville, is a great unique attraction, the likes of which I've never seen before. Read more.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST
Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”
October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT
Artists have been working in the realist style for centuries. In this age of technology, what would inspire contemporary painters to embark on the painstaking process of creating art in this style?
October 16, 2014 1:45 pm EDT
A small theater in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood has made a big impact on Jacksonville’s movie tastes.
September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT
MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation
September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT
Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to enjoy local art.
Blogs by Local Expert Guest
May 19, 2015 11:37 am EDT
Jacksonville, FL offers everything for medical meeting planners.
April 23, 2015 1:43 pm EDT
After a brief interlope in Atlanta yesterday, I managed to make myself to Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
March 23, 2015 8:41 am EDT
Enjoy an evening exploring Jacksonville's hottest restaurants, by Sarah Sekula.
March 19, 2015 9:33 am EDT
Local Speakers Share Recommendations for the Best of Jacksonville for Visitors & Attendees
March 16, 2015 5:16 pm EDT
Reconnecting with nature in Jacksonville.
Blogs by Patty
March 27, 2015 1:22 pm EDT
Whether you’re looking for a family friendly spring-break destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!
March 10, 2015 1:22 pm EDT
Running. You either love it or you hate it, but sometimes you hate a little less and get the inspiration you need from a city and its running paths.
February 06, 2015 7:01 pm EST
Every day can be Valentine's Day, create your perfect romantic getaway to Jacksonville, the “River City by the Sea.” Whether you’re looking for romantic strolls on the beach, candlelit dinners, or an eco-adventure for two, couples can craft a picture-perfect time together in Jax!
October 20, 2014 10:17 am EDT
Unless you’re an expert on our fine city (and who knows, you might be - it is pretty awesome here) here are some things you probably didn’t know about Jacksonville, Florida.
August 08, 2014 1:10 pm EDT
Planning a getaway with your fam? Be sure you are prepared prior to departure!
Blogs by Kacie Couch
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!
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.