Explore Jacksonville

Things to Do in Jacksonville: Top Attractions

Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States, geographically speaking. Its 840 square miles encompass Atlantic beaches, corporate headquarters inside city high-rises, quaint neighborhoods and Florida's longest river, the St. Johns. Just north of Jacksonville, either by interstate or coastal highway with a ferry crossing, lies Amelia Island. This beautiful resort town is Florida's northern-most point before crossing into Georgia. Travelers have come here for generations to relax at luxury properties, play golf by the sea or go horseback riding on natural beaches. Needless to say, there is plenty to do here, from outdoor activities on some 1,000 miles of waterways to enjoying the bustling nightlife, shopping, arts scene and foodie culture of big-city Jacksonville. 

 

Jacksonville Beaches

Jacksonville’s beaches are a varied lot — from the residential and reserved Atlantic Beach to the more commercial and high-rise oriented Jacksonville Beach. And don’t forget Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. For a sense of what the beaches were like “back in the day,” stroll the streets of Atlantic and Neptune beaches.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Main exhibits include tigers, giraffes, lions, rhinos, elephants, antelopes and cheetahs, while the Wild Florida area presents local species like black bears, red wolves, Florida panthers and alligators.

Museum of Science and History

This interactive children’s museum focuses on the science and history of Northeast Florida. Museum highlights include an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton, live animal shows, daily science programs, KidSpace, planetarium and traveling exhibits. Admission $15 adults, $12 children, seniors, military, students and teachers.

Downtown Jacksonville

For years, downtown Jacksonville faced the same concerns as most metropolitan areas: There’s nothing to keep people there after 5 p.m. No more. With everything from happy hours and art walks to theater and concerts, people are staying — and even moving — downtown.

The Florida Theatre

From ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues, 200 events are offered annually. One of the finest concert venues in the Southeast since 1927, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Five Points

Used-record stores, vintage clothiers, coffee shops and funky galleries that stay open late define this artsy neighborhood. The heart of the district is located on Park Street in the historic Avondale neighborhood.

Historic San Marco

On San Marco Square, the cobble-stoned main street features stores inside Revival-style buildings offering furnishings, clothing, books and records.

TIAA Bank Field

Tour the home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. The stadium boasts the world's largest big screen TV and plays host to the annual TaxSlayer Bowl, concerts and special events. Tour times and prices vary.

Centre Street

In the National Register of Historic Places, this district includes 50 blocks of Victorian architecture, a depot, quaint churches, shopping, dining and the docks where the shrimping industry began.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game Jacksonville offers players 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles, and complete their escape. Free parking. Games recommended for ages 13 and up. Open 8:30 am to 11:30 pm daily. Reservations recommended.