The Top 22 Attractions in Jacksonville

Largest city by landmass in America. Largest urban park system. The most shoreline of any Florida city.

With so much to see and do in Jax, we want to make sure you know what our must-do attractions are, so you can plan the best visit yet to our very active destination. Here are the top 22 ranked attractions in Jax, check them out:

1. Catty Shack Ranch

This tiger-focused ranch has a conservation mission, often rescuing tigers and other big cats from inhumane captivity. Volunteers give tours of the ranch, providing the cats’ histories and detailed explanations of their operations. Buy tickets ahead of time for a night feeding. Watching the cats pace around their cages to tear into whole carcasses is an experience like no other.

Location: 1860 Starratt Rd, Downtown, FL 32226

2. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Enjoy fine art and European-inspired gardens along the St. Johns River at the Cummer. Originally the home of art collector Ninah Mae Holden Cummer, the museum focuses on diverse, dynamic art and the beauty of nature. With an expansive, interactive children’s exhibit, the Cummer is the perfect attraction for art lovers of all ages.

Location: 829 Riverside Ave, Downtown, FL 32204

3. Little Talbot Island

Enjoy a five mile stretch of pristine shoreline amid a maritime forest. Little Talbot Island is home to dozens of native wildlife species. Fishing enthusiasts are likely to catch flounder, sheepshead, and more. Bring your binoculars for a chance to view birds of prey perched in the treetops or comb the shore for glistening seashells.

Location: 12157 Heckscher Dr, Downtown, FL 32226

4. Big Talbot Island

Wetlands, marshes, bike paths and secret beaches, that’s the magic you’ll find at Big Talbot. Blackrock Beach and Boneyard Beach are the highlights, be sure to enjoy a guided kayak tour or go for a hike.

Location: State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

5. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Since 1914, the Jacksonville Zoo has supported wildlife conservation on a stunning riverfront landscape. Grown-ups and little ones alike will love feeding the giraffes at the African Overlook and watching the otters float along in the Wild Florida exhibit. The zoo also houses an Australian Adventure, featuring colorful birds called lorikeets. Tigers roam overhead at the Land of the Tiger exhibit and Jaguars steal the show at their award-winning exhibit. During your visit, step onto the zoo’s scenic Trout River dock. You might even spot a manatee!

Location: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Downtown, FL 32218

6. The Florida Theatre

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Florida Theatre is one of only four remaining high-style Movie Palaces built in the state in the 1920’s. It now hosts more than 200 annual events, everything from ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues concerts, this is a cultural and entertainment center in the middle of Downtown Jacksonville.

Location: 128 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

7. Riverside/Avondale

Eclectic, bohemian, historic and hip, those are a few words often used to describe this Jacksonville District. Voted as one of the country’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, the Riverside/Avondale district has a unique mix of history, culture, charm and modern design. Located just a few blocks from the St. Johns River, the district’s “Five Points” area is a bohemian neighborhood with funky coffee shops, outdoor cafés, great local dining, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightclubs, antique stores and more. The Shoppes of Avondale, another highlight of this district, has an eclectic mix of locally owned restaurants, clothing boutiques and Spanish-moss-covered, oak-lined streets.

Beautiful historic homes and grand city parks are the norm in Riverside/Avondale. Enjoy a self-guided tour or join a guided bike tour of the most architecturally significant structures in the area.

8. Kingsley Plantation

Located on the Fort George Island marsh side, Kingsley Plantation plays a large role in Florida’s complicated history. The 1814 plantation house and its surrounding structures, all preserved by the National Park Service, shed light on a different era in the South. Make time to explore the unique tabby houses, built and inhabited by the Plantation’s slaves. You can take a self-guided audio tour or book a tour with a park ranger.

Location: 11676 Palmetto Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32226

9. Beaches Town Center

Located where Atlantic and Neptune Beach meet, this quaint and relaxing shopping and dining hub offers some of the best shopping and dining in Jacksonville. Stroll through one-of-a-kind shops, beachy stores, art galleries and delicious dining options just feet from the ocean!

Location: 0 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

10. St. Johns Town Center

With over 1.2 million square feet of open-air shopping and 150 retailers and restaurants, the St. Johns Town Center is Jacksonville’s shopping mecca. There’s everything from Target to Tiffany & Co. and something for everyone – whether you’re a savvy saver or a luxury lover. There are also three hotels inside the St. Johns Town Center, so you can shop till you drop!

Location: 4663 River City Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246

11. Riverside Arts Market

Local artisans, craft makers, artist and local farmers gather every Saturday morning under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge for this outdoors marker. The Riverside Arts Market, or RAM, offers unique entertainment with an unparalleled view along the St. Johns River. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and free yoga at this community event.

Location: 715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204

12. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

This beautiful, oceanfront city park in Atlantic Beach, offers more than 20 miles of biking and hiking trails ranging in difficulty, it has an area dedicated to camping, a lake for fishing and paddle boarding, access for kayaking and miles of white sand beaches. Hanna is also home to one of the best surfing spots in Jacksonville.

Location: 500 Wonderwood Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32233

13. TIAA Bank Field

The home of the Jacksonville Jaguars is an attraction on its own. From its sparkling swimming pools and cabanas, to the largest video boards in the world, as well as several state-of-the-arts meeting spaces, local food spots, and beautiful murals made by local artists, you can enjoy The Bank during game days or every Saturday during guided tours.

Location: 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

14. Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

This biking and hiking trail and park is made from an old railroad corridor. The trail runs for 15 miles through tall oaks. In some places, the trees almost form an archway, making this ride easy and shady. There are also eight miles of spur trails that run through public conservation lands for hiking and horse riding.

Location: 850 N. Center Street, Jacksonville, FL 32234

15. Topgolf Jax

Jacksonville offers a variety of beautiful courses for golfers of all skillsets and budgets. A great way to golf and also enjoy great food, drinks and fun times is heading to Topgolf Jax and booking one of their climate control golf booths. They are open 7 days a week and up to 12 players can enjoy each booth.

Location: 10531 Brightman Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32246

16. Fort Caroline National Memorial

This is a historic rebuilding of the fort settled by French colonists in 1564 in Jacksonville. In 1565, the French colony was raided by the Spanish and destroyed. The replica fort depicts what the original Fort Caroline would have looked like, complete with cannons and flags. The top levels of the fort offer a beautiful view of the mouth of the St. Johns River. There is a 1.3-mile nature trail at the park. It is a loop trail, winding through maritime and hardwood hammock. There is also a museum featuring area’s history. When you leave the fort, you’ll see a replica of a Timucua hut, complete with an in-progress canoe. This historical landmark is under the care of the National Parks Service.

Location: 2713 Fort Caroline Rd., Jacksonville, FL 3222

17. Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Located in the historic Arlington neighborhood, the Arboretum is by far one of the best hidden spots in Jacksonville. Great hiking trails, different ecosystems, wildlife, streams, and a beautiful and peaceful pond covered in lilies. The arboretum is pet friendly and a great outdoor spot for a family hike.

Location: 1445 Millcoe Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32225

18. The Jax Ale Trail

Jacksonville is one of Florida’s biggest beer destinations with more than 14 craft breweries and half a dozen more on the way in 2018. To enjoy local breweries like Intuition Ale Works, Engine 15, Aardwolf, Veterans United and Bold City Brewing, embark on your own self-guided tour with the Jax Ale Trail Passport. Ask for it at local breweries, get stamps for each beer you drink, and win prizes when you fill it all out.

19. MOSH (Museum of Science and History)

Imagine exploring deep space and the observable universe without ever stepping foot off our planet. That’s what it feels like at The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at MOSH, one of the largest single-lens planetariums in the US (translation: expect cutting edge technology for razor-sharp viewing and immerse experiences). The planetarium is one of the museum’s most notable features, but there’s more to love. A handful of family-friendly exhibits entertain and amuse with themes that span nature and science.

Address: 1025 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207

20. The Ritz Theatre & Museum

This now historic theatre was Jacksonville’s main movie house for black families. It first opened in 1929 in the LaVilla neighborhood of Downtown, considered "the mecca for African American culture and heritage" in Florida. The Theater now houses a museum for Jacksonville’s African American History and Heritage with exhibits depicting life in the city for black families during the 1920’s to the 1960’s.

Address: 829 N Davis St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

21. MOCA Jacksonville

An institution of the University of North Florida, MOCA Jacksonville is home to an expansive contemporary art collection. The permanent collection, housed in a modern space in downtown Jacksonville, includes celebrated works of art from 1960 to the present. Kids will love playing in the ArtExplorium Loft, where they’re encouraged to bring out their abstract expressionist side and create their own contemporary art. Stay for lunch at the museum’s renowned fusion restaurant, Nola Moca.

Address: 333 N Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

22. Dog Wood Park

Located on 42 acres, this fenced-in, off-leashed dog park has a lake for swimming, trails for big and small dogs, a dog washing station, fun obstacles for play, and even an agility course.

Address: 7407 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

For more things to DO and SEE in Jacksonville go to our Things To Do page.

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