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With 22 miles of beaches in Jacksonville, it can be hard to pick just a few beach attractions to visit while you’re here. After soaking up the sun and dipping your toes in the ocean, check out the following 12 #onlyinjax highlights:
When they say, “by the sea” these actors mean it literally. Players By the Sea is a place to watch performances come to life, Broadway musicals to classical shows, on the John McManus Mainstage Theatre. With over 50 years of culture, community and innovation, Players is a must-see in Jacksonville Beach.
Want to learn more about the history of the area? Or see a real train that traveled up and down our historic coastline? Beaches museum has it all. They are your one-stop shop for information about Jacksonville’s past and future. Check them out for information on things to do at the beaches.
Hear the sweet sounds of local artists right on the beach! The Blue Jay Listening Room is the best way to feel connected to the musicians that you’re watching—it feels like a concert in your living room. The intimate interior is a great place to see what the soul of Jax Beach is all about.
43.3 acres of undisturbed land? Sign us up! The Cradle Creek Preserve shows what life was like on the intracoastal before Jacksonville became the city it is today. With nature trails, elevated boardwalks and an observation platform, this park is great for all you tree-huggers out there.
The Talbot Islands State Parks are an intriguing mixture of beach setting and coastal wo4odland. One of Jacksonville’s most picturesque beaches, Talbot Island State Parks are a unique ecosystem, with dune covered woodlands, live oaks and beautiful “bones” of bleached live oaks. Head to the north side for a little more nature, and a whole lot of views.
Nestled in the sleepy beach town of Atlantic Beach, the Beaches Town Center is the focal point of the beaches best qualities: Steps from the ocean, great local food and drinks, boutique shopping and more. Grab a drink at Lemon Bar, shop along the square and finish with a romantic dinner at Doro. Even better, live like a true local and enjoy a stay at Hotel Palms, a close-by motor court hotel, 3 blocks from the ocean.
60 acres of lake, 1.5 miles of public beach, 20 miles of trails, a splash park and more! We’re exhausted just thinking about the fun to be had at Hanna Park. Rent a pedal boat or kayak, set up camp and watch the local surfers ride The Poles. The campgrounds feature many amenities for beginner to tree-hugger.
Looking for an adult beverage tour of the beaches? Hop on the Jax Ale Trail. There are four beaches-area local breweries to relax, soak in the sun and cool down with a craft beer. From sours, to IPAs, to lagers and more, Green Room Brewing, Reve Brewing, Southern Swells Brewing Co. and Engine 15 Brewing Co. can provide the brew you’re looking for. Each brewery has activities and atmosphere that make you feel like a local.
Families of all ages can find an #onlyinjax day of fun in Adventure Landing. Older kids will love the Go-Kart track and giant slide in Shipwreck Island water park. Younger kids can enjoy the arcade and the mini golf course with themed tees. A trip to Florida is incomplete without a gator sighting, so see if you can spot the resident reptiles.
Fore! Looking for a sporty vacation? Take in the sun and the turf at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. The course once only 9-holes, features a fun and playable 18-hole course and Driving Range. After playing a perfect game, you can shop in the Pro Shop and brunch at the Sand Trap Bar and Grille.
Some of the best vacations are taken with our fur-friends. If your pup came along on your trip, treat them to their own #onlyinjax day. They won’t believe their eyes when they see a park with pet-friendly turf grass, a Doggie Splash Pad and splash zones for those who love to get wet. While the dogs play, humans can enjoy a local beer, coffee or tea at The Porch.
Designed to resemble an old Ford plant that once stood in the city, the newly opened Brumos Collection Museum features 35,000 square-feet of space dedicated to more than three dozen rare and historically acclaimed race and collector cars. The elegant museum also offers multiple meeting spaces, indoor-outdoor event space and a 22-seat movie theater, research archive and working car shop.
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