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This area of Northeast Florida has some 800,000 people.
Tallahassee, the state capital, is about 160 miles west of Jacksonville, and St. Johns is 18 miles to the south.
Some must-see sights that have helped to put this place on the map, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art attract travelers from around the world.
Get active with the kids at Adventure Landing and the Hands on Children's Museum. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, head onwards to Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Sanctuary and the Clay County Fairgrounds.
Snap photos, enjoy the interpretive displays and learn all about different ecosystems at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. If you're short on time, stop at the information center and grab a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo's many highlights.
Are you wondering what makes the local beer here so good to drink? Head to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for a close look at some of the different brewing techniques and you might discover some secrets.
When the weather is fine, pick up some lunch and head out to one of the leafy urban parks, such as Oceanway Community Center and Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. Macclenny Park and Riverside Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.
When the weather is nice, Huguenot Park is the best place to go. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the shore and collect some souvenir shells.
Need some time away from the stresses of city life? Head out to Big Talbot Island State Park and Fort Clinch State Park. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park and Tree Hill Nature Center are also popular with lovers of the natural world.
Plan a day at the Lavilla Museum, a great cultural destination. Admire the building and grounds, view the exhibits and be sure to ask about any special events or upcoming exhibitions.
Appreciate ship models and other interesting artifacts as you voyage through the displays at the Jacksonville Maritime Museum Society.
The captivating exhibit of scientific contraptions and inventions at the Museum of Science and History ought to keep you and your kids entertained for days. But if you're looking for more, the Museum of Science and History is another interesting science center worth investigating.
Do you love art? You'll find galleries of all sorts here. Start off your tour of this creative destination with a visit to the Blue Door Artists and the Island Art Association Gallery. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Plantation Artists' Guild & Gallery are also worth your time if you can squeeze them in.
The past comes to life at the Museum of Southern History and the Mandarin Museum thanks to their variety of fascinating exhibits. The Baker County Historical Society and the Beaches Museum & History Park are also respected choices.
The Jacksonville University and the Edward Waters College are certainly worth planning a trip to, even if you aren't a history buff. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. Kingsley Plantation and the Centennial Hall are also great places to check out.
Religion often allows us a glimpse of a destination's soul. Here, holy sites like San Jose Episcopal Church and All Saints Episcopal Chruch show us this region's spiritual dimension.
Jacksonville's most famed sights often overshadow its less visited, yet equally fascinating attractions. A couple of worthwhile options to start off with are Friendship Park and the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Also, contemplate a visit to the Emily Taber Public Library and the Sally Corporation if time allows.
Accommodation in Jacksonville
Jacksonville features an excellent assortment of places to stay. Our hotels in Jacksonville page is your go-to place for all the available hotel deals.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island at 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, and the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, at 607 Ponte Vedra Blvd are some of the more upscale hotel options in Jacksonville. Two other accommodation options that previous guests often recommend include the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
If you're stopping over for just a night or two and only have limited time to check out Jacksonville's star attractions, you might find it easier to stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville or the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, which are both within walking distance from Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art.
Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Pier 68 Marina. Oceanway Community Center and River City Market Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from River City Market Place and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Oceanway Community Center. Pecan Park Flea and Farmers' Market and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 6 mi (10 km).
The Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk is located across from Jacksonville Landing, on the south bank of the river, 1 mile from Everbank Field and downtown, and 2 miles from the Convention Center.
Situated in Jacksonville, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Saint Vincent's Medical Center Southside, The Avenues, and St. Johns Town Center. University of North Florida and Museum of Science and History are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Southpoint, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Saint Vincent's Medical Center Southside and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville. St. Johns Town Center and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This hotel in the Southpoint Corporate Park is just off I-95 and Butler Blvd, 6 miles from downtown and 10 miles from ocean beaches.
The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is downtown, in the cultural and business districts. The hotel is opposite the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, one block from river-front Jacksonville Landing shops, and four blocks from the convention center.
This family-friendly Fernandina Beach hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Island Falls Golf and Fernandina Beach Golf Club. Palmetto Walk Shopping Village and Fernandina Little Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).