National Travel & Tourism Week Staff Picks

We asked the Visit Jacksonville staff where would you take someone if they could only go to one site in Jax.

Our staff is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week by sharing some best kept secrets. Check out all the cool places they would choose to visit in Jax:

Congaree & Penn
I would take them to Congaree & Penn. They offer unique experiences including goat meet & greets, farm tours, dining among the vines with great food, and fruit picking!
[Paloma Martin, Destination Experience Manager]

Learn about Congaree & Pe

Aardwolf Brewing Company
Aardwolf is part of the Jax Ale Trail, which we love to promote because of Jacksonville’s great craft beer scene. Our friends and family love grabbing an Ale Trail Passport and traveling around Jacksonville looking for new beer spots (there are 24!). We also love that Aardwolf has an outdoor space that is dog-friendly!
[Courtney Gumbinger, Director of Destination Experience]

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Helios Beer Garden at Hyperion Brewery
I chose this spot because I think it is one of the best-kept secrets in Jacksonville. It’s such a “pocket of peace” in a big city like Jacksonville. With fresh jasmine growing, lots of plants and greenery, and multiple games to play, you’re sure to enjoy your time there and take a break from the hustle and bustle. It really is the most relaxing environment to enjoy a beer and quality time with loved ones. I have taken multiple people here now and will be taking plenty more in the future, I’m sure!
[Lauren Hickox, Destination Experience Assistant Manager]

Learn about Hyperion Brew

Huguenot Memorial Park
I love the beach and coastline that Jacksonville has, however, I hate lugging all my stuff to the beach. My favorite aspect of Huguenot is that I can drive my Jeep on the beach! I love being able to drive up to my spot for the day and not worrying about unpacking coolers and everything else. I also love that the park offers camping so that it can be a whole week or weekend experience as well.
[Jorie Allinson, Destination Experience Assistant Manager]

Learn about Huguenot Memo

Clark's Fish Camp
Clark's Fish Camp is a must see!
[Monica Pope, Destination Experience Coordinator]

Learn about Clark's Fish

Boneyard Beach
I’ve never seen anything like that, the drive and the ferry are great ways to get there too.
[Bob Doering, Senior National Accounts Manager]

Learn about Boneyard Beac

Kinglsey Plantation
Kingsley Plantation’s location is spectacular it sits in the middle of a national park surrounded by water. It’s history is unique as the plantation was 1) owned by a woman and 2) she was African American
[Vicky Koele-Bryan, Senior Destination Experience Manager]

Learn about Kingsley Plan

Memorial Park
Memorial Park is a great spot for a leisurely stroll and enjoying a relaxing view of the St. Johns River. The park is within walking distance of 5 Points. Grab a meal from one of the local eateries and picnic under the trees.
[Nicole Crawford, Administration & Support Manager]

Learn about Memorial Park

St. Johns River
I would take someone boating on the St. Johns River, particularly through Downtown where you can watch the dolphins play along-side the boat, see the amazing skyline from the water, or watch the lowering of the train bridge and see a train cross the River, which is just an amazing sight from the water.
[Sarina Wiechens, Chief Operating Officer]

Learn about water tours

Sweet Pete's
Not only is Sweet Pete's the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth, but the shop is always fun to visit. It is decorated with different themes year-round, and there is plenty to do (aside from filling your bags with delicious candy). From attending a class to enjoying a huge ice cream sundae with friends, it is always a fun place to go with a group.
[Shivani Kanji, Marketing Social Media Manager]

Learn about Sweet Pete's
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