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Jacksonville has a downtown on the river and suburbs on the beach. Explore miles of coastline and inland waterways and visit numerous riverside bars and boutiques. The largest city by area in the continental United States has retained its friendly Southern charm.
Experience a day of fun at Jacksonville’s family attractions. Join a walking safari at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. See hundreds of exotic plant species and more than 2,000 animals, including cheetahs, buffalos and elephants. Revel in hands-on fun with interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry. Then head for one of the beaches.
For dining, arts and entertainment go to downtown Jacksonville. Visit a museum, attend a performance at the Florida Theatre and dine in a cozy restaurant. While you’re strolling through the area, pay respects to Jacksonville’s war dead at the Veterans Memorial Wall. The black granite monument is etched with names of more than 1,600 men and women who died defending the nation.
One of downtown’s most popular destinations is Jacksonville Landing, a large waterfront shopping and entertainment complex. Fill your bags with big-name brands and unique gifts from small boutiques. Have lunch in a restaurant with a view of St. Johns River and take a boat ride along the water. Browse art and jewelry at the Friday market, enjoy a free concert on Saturday or attend one of many special events.
Jacksonville’s art scene centers on the downtown area with galleries, studios and museums, but you’ll find amazing art elsewhere too. Just outside downtown Jacksonville is Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Study pieces covering more than 4,000 years of artistic endeavors.
The city is 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Jacksonville International Airport. Get around by rental car, taxi or the bus system. In the downtown area, you can also use the free elevated Skyway monorail train.
Jacksonville has a mild subtropical climate making it a good year-round destination. Hot summers are cooled by Atlantic breezes and winters are warmed by the offshore Gulf Stream.
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).
This downtown riverfront hotel is in the city's business and retail district next to Jacksonville shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.
Located in Baymeadows, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville and Saint Vincent's Medical Center Southside. St. Johns Town Center and Hands on Children's Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in North Jacksonville, this motel 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).
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.
White-sand beaches are only 13 miles from this Jacksonville hotel; downtown, EverBank Field, the Landing, and the Prime Osbourne Convention Center are within 10 miles.
Nestled on the beach, this Amelia Island condo is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fernandina Little Theatre, Island Falls Golf, and Blue Door Artists. Island Art Association Gallery and Amelia Community Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 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).