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JacksonvilleUnited States of America

This spread-out Florida city features an abundance of riverside and seaside attractions, including a popular waterfront shopping and entertainment complex.

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.

Where to stay in Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville which includes a city, skyline and a river or creek

Downtown Jacksonville

3.5/5Good!(17 area reviews)

Downtown Jacksonville is known for its stunning river views, and with sights like TIAA Bank Field and VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Jacksonville.

Downtown Jacksonville

Top Hotels in Jacksonville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
One Ocean Resort & Spa
One Ocean Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL
The price is CA $192 per night

Located in Atlantic Beach, this beachfront hotel is connected to a shopping centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Beaches Town Center and Dutton Island Preserve. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,971 reviews)

"All the personnel was friendly and very helpful🙏🏻😍"…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

One Ocean Resort & Spa
Omni Amelia Island Resort
Omni Amelia Island Resort
4 out of 5
39 Beach Lagoon Road, Fernandina Beach, FL
The price is CA $308 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Fernandina Beach resort is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Fernandina Beach Historic District.

4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)

"It’s paradise here, never want to leave! Highly recommended to anyone considering."…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Omni Amelia Island Resort
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront
Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront
3 out of 5
1515 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL
The price is CA $233 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Jacksonville Beach hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from J. Johnson Gallery and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Adventure Landing. Jacksonville Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,917 reviews)

"Staff was very helpful and polite. Everything we needed was promptly provided!"…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2020

Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Oceanfront

Popular places to visit in Jacksonville

TIAA Bank Field
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TIAA Bank Field

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Capable of seating over 80,000 fans, this modern football stadium is the exciting home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, international soccer games and music events.

Jacksonville Landing
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Jacksonville Landing

4/5(9 reviews)

Discover boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and a historic museum in this vast shopping complex beside the picturesque St. Johns River.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

5/5(4 reviews)

Admire thousands of animals and plants across entertaining exhibits in this family-friendly zoo that also has a children’s play area and a 4-D experience.

Top things to do in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing
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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

CA $220
Per adult
Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour
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Adventurous Electric Skateboard Guided Tour

CA $63
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

CA $98
Per adult
The Heist Escape Room
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The Heist Escape Room

CA $49
Per adult
Prison Break Escape Room
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Prison Break Escape Room

CA $49
Per adult
Gold Rush Escape Room
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Gold Rush Escape Room

CA $49
Per adult

Reviews of Jacksonville

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
16
5 - Excellent 19.047619047619047%
4 - Good
36
4 - Good 42.857142857142854%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 29.761904761904763%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 4.761904761904762%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 3.5714285714285716%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

I wouldn’t visit Jacksonville unless there was something special to attend. We were there for the Amelia Island car auctions and Concourse.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2020

Can’t say much as we were only passing through.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

We goulots going to the hôtel. There was a lot of construction. For out of the country that was a bit dificult if you don’t speaker English.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 23, 2020

We were just passing through on the way south to visit friends. But Jacksonville looked very interesting and we wishing we could stay longer to explore the many sights and sounds of Jax.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 3, 2019

I wish they had more stores & shops near the area. The landing is gone which it was the only place by the water to eat/drink & do little shopping. I really hope they add a new “mall” where the landing was; full of shops & restaurants.

3/5 - Okay

Darren

Nov 4, 2019

Was just a layover to Gainesville, which is wonderful.

Cities near Jacksonville

Amelia Island showing a festival as well as a large group of people

Fernandina Beach

Jacksonville Beach which includes a beach as well as a large group of people

Jacksonville Beach

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