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 Jacksonville Moms Blog
September 21, 2015 12:13 pm EDT
Many people visiting or new to the Jacksonville area don't realize the awesome assortment of outdoor activities our city has to offer.
September 04, 2015 10:50 am EDT
Lately, there have been lots of innovative ideas put forward regarding Downtown Jacksonville. It seems as though every creative thinker and successful business owner in town has a fabulous idea for making over the under utilized portions of the area.
July 29, 2015 11:09 am EDT
Like every city in Florida, Jacksonville can get HOT.
Blogs by Gary Sass
September 21, 2015 12:30 pm EDT
On Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 12:30pm, there is a special Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony in Mayport, Florida. Congratulations to St. Augustine on their 450th celebration, however, It All Began in Mayport!
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.
June 16, 2015 11:49 am EDT
Walk into Downtown Jacksonville’s Merrill House and step back in time to the year 1903
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
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.
Blogs by Patty
July 27, 2015 4:39 pm EDT
Jacksonville is the perfect destination to have an authentic Florida experience, and there is no better way to explore it than to enjoy the tastes, the flavors and the sites that the locals love.
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.
Blogs by Becky
September 18, 2015 3:35 pm EDT
Fall doesn’t just mark the return of pumpkin spice season, fall in Jacksonville is beer lovers season with a wide variety of fun events that feature national and local craft brews.
September 04, 2015 9:14 am EDT
September strikes the perfect balance between Summer and Fall in Jacksonville.
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!
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.
June 28, 2015 10:32 am EDT
Fireworks, fishing, festivals and fun abound this July in Jacksonville.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
July 06, 2015 12:00 pm EDT
A terrarium is an apt metaphor for what’s happening in Hemming Park.
June 24, 2015 9:55 am EDT
Sometimes art wants to be set free. That’s the idea behind the worldwide Outings project, initiated by French visual artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca.
June 15, 2015 10:32 am EDT
Visit MOCA Jacksonville for a self-curated exhibition “Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape”.
June 01, 2015 9:55 am EDT
When you think about what’s happening under a bridge, storybook scenes of trolls might come to mind—or perhaps more sobering visions of seedier activity.
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.”