Meet in Jax Travel Guide
Visiting for a conference and have a few hours or an extra day (lucky you!) to explore? Here are a few of our favorite recommendations to experience Jacksonville and make the most of your stay.
Breakfast ~1 hour
Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar
An upscale casual concept from Top Chef Kenny Gilbert, highlighting signature fried chicken and biscuits with daily specials focusing on international chicken dishes. A perfect warm and friendly spot everyone will enjoy.
Location: San Marco, Beaches, Avondale
A great cup of coffee connects people, starts conversations, and creates community. Proudly serving direct trade coffee, this beloved local chain features an eclectic menu with organic ingredients in a welcoming setting.
Outings ~1-2 hours
Cummer Museum & Gardens
The largest fine arts museum in the area, established in 1958, with a collection of nearly 5,000 works of art. The centerpiece is 2.5 acres of historic gardens, set against the St. Johns River.
St. Johns River Taxi
Enjoy an informative and relaxing cruise on the St. Johns.! This narrated tour includes history about the area, information about the river and a close look at wildlife in the downtown area.
Go Tuk’n Sightseeing Tour
Sit back and relax in an open air vehicle while taking a nice “stroll” through various areas learning about Historic buildings/homes and unique history.
Jacksonville Walking Tours
Enjoy Downtown from "Top to Bottom". Join the adventure through buildings and secret underground tunnels, a 1909 bank vault, and other unique sites. A little history, architecture, culture, and a lot of fun.
Museum of Contemporary Art
MOCA is dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national and regional artists. The permanent collection consists of nearly 1,000 works of art, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography.
Lunch ~2 hours
Location: San Marco, Beaches
BBQ & Beer Garden featuring high quality meats and made from scratch sides, voted best BBQ in the city. Laid back atmosphere with indoor and covered outdoor seating.
Bread & Board
Equal parts fun-loving sandwich shop and fine dining kitchen serving up inventive artisan sandwiches and sandwich boards, among other specialties.
Outings ~3+ hours
Jax Ale Trail
Jacksonville's local craft beer scene is thriving and continues to expand. It's hoppin' this year along the Jax Ale Trail, and we've made it easier than ever to explore our brews.
Ocean, river, and creek kayaking are some the best ways to see Jax and its abundant wildlife. Rent one or take a guided tour offering options for ecotourism, fitness, and fishing.
Explore Our Neighborhoods
Beyond Downtown, the heart of Jacksonville lies within our diverse neighborhoods. You'll find quaint streets lined with boutiques, funky shopping and dining districts, live music venues, and sleepy beach towns.
Catch A Game
With a talent for tailgating and a passion for sports, residents have honed the art of sports celebration and welcome visitors to partake in the fun.
The abundant parks, waterways and preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and get active in nature’s playground.
Dinner ~2 hours
A staple of the Avondale dining district, Biscottis is a small bistro specializing in eclectic American cuisine infused with Southern charm, craft cocktails, and some of the best desserts you've ever had.
Location: St. Johns Town Center
Built on a unique contemporary menu of Roman pizzas, housemade pastas, and crafted artisan cocktails. The attention to flavor, sourcing, seasonality, and hospitality help define it as a premier local Italian restaurant.