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Planning a trip to Jacksonville sometime soon? No matter who you’re with or what your interests are, there are some exciting attractions you shouldn’t miss!
Whether you're traveling to Jacksonville for business or leisure, you’ll find a wide array of interesting, exciting things to keep you busy while you’re in town.
It’s a vibrant and colorful area, with something for everyone! Love the beach? We’ve got 22 miles’ worth. Enjoy the arts? Our street art is a sight to behold. Are you a foodie? Our unique cuisine and craft beer will have you coming back for more.
If you’re visiting Jacksonville, don’t miss these exciting attractions!
If you’re visiting as a family, you’ll want a bit of kid-friendly adventure on your itinerary. Luckily, Jacksonville has a ton of family activities to keep you and the kids busy and happy!
Stop by the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for a fascinating and educational experience. With more than 300 species of animals and plants, creative art pieces, and unique adventures like night strolls, the whole family will enjoy this experience.
For a thrill, visit Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach. Nobody will be bored, with activities such as a water park, gator feeding, laser tag, mini golf, roller coasters, a teddy bear factory, and an arcade.
Other unique adventures include a holistic family bonding experience at the Braddock Blueberry Farm (open during select summer months), trampolining at Flight Adventure Park, and the anime/gaming convention WasabiCon if you’re around in October.
If you’re a lover of cultural attractions, Jax has some amazing ones. There’s an abundance of unusual and interesting museums around, such as the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the Museum of Science and History, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.
Theater buffs can visit the historic Florida Theater to admire the old-school architecture or catch a show by the Florida Ballet. For a walk through some Jacksonville history, Kingsley Plantation—Jax’s oldest residence—offers audio tours through the plantation and old slave houses.
If you love counting new bird species or checking out local wildlife, Jacksonville has a wide variety of amazing scenic spots to see wildlife.
Visit Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary non-profit organization to see, photograph and even witness a feeding of a variety of big cats. Those looking for a quiet, secluded place to meditate on nature would enjoy the Talbot Island State Parks.
For the adventurous souls who want to get their hands dirty and their hearts pumping, Jax offers plenty of excitement. We’re one of the best surfing spots around!
If surfing doesn’t appeal to you but you still enjoy being on the water, why not go sailing? This is ideal for couples who wish to explore and spend some leisure time together. You can even take sailing classes.
Those who enjoy angling will find a wide variety of fishing opportunities in Jacksonville. From deep sea fishing, where you can charter a boat to the best hidden spots for some adrenaline-pumping game fishing, to freshwater fishing at your pick of rivers and lakes, including St Johns River.
Get your hands dirty with horseback riding, target shooting, fly fishing and a variety of other activities at Diamond D Ranch. Or spend some time beating your family members on the Autobahn Indoor Speedway track, or challenging them to an axe throwing contest.
Even when the weather isn’t great, there’s still a bunch of fun stuff to do in Jacksonville.
Ready to book your ticket to Jacksonville? You don’t need to be heading here for business. It’s packed with enough exciting attractions (including some we haven’t mentioned) for the whole family to enjoy some vacation time!
Guest Blogger Bio:
Kenneth Reaves has been a professional angler for over two decades and has plenty of experience fishing competitively. He gets out on the water every chance he gets and shares his knowledge and passion over at Perfect Captain.