Jacksonville is the largest city by area, in the United States, and it is also the most populous city in Florida. Ideally positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida, Jacksonville is a natural paradise for visitors looking to have an affordable yet luxurious destination. Whether you are searching for a little adventure and exploration, long walks on the beach, water activities, or simply a chance to create new family memories, you will find everything you want under the spectacular sunrises of Jacksonville.
Often referred to as the “River City by the Sea”, Jacksonville boasts more than 19 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches bathed in sunshine 270 days a year. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine coast, visit the charming little souvenir shops or stop at a waterfront restaurant to enjoy some scrumptious seafood—after all, isn’t hanging out on the beach what you do on holiday in Florida? Nearby, you will find the 40 miles of serene, navigable canals that make up the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as the longest stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River.
On land, you will find the second largest animal collection in the state at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The city is also home to the nation’s largest urban park system. These beautiful urban gardens are found throughout the city and along the coast—that is more than 80,000 acres of greenery to discover!
However, the liveliest areas of Jacksonville can be found directly on the river. While shops, offices and historic buildings are mainly concentrated on the North shore, you will not want to miss a visit to the South shore, where a landscaped promenade will allow you to relax while soaking up the beautiful sites and incredible weather. Jacksonville is more that fun, sun, and incredible landscape. It is also an artistic city boasting a Symphony, a Museum of Contemporary Art, a Museum of Science and History, a Broadway Series, and the oldest continuously operating community theatre in the country, Theatre Jacksonville. The city’s authentic cuisine, thriving craft-beer scene and fun, cosmopolitan nightlife also make Jacksonville an excitingly unique destination.
You have not fully experienced “Jax” without a visit to “The Elbow”. Found in the heart of downtown and surrounding the Florida Theatre, and regarded as the entertainment district, The Elbow is brimming with well-known restaurants and trendy bars. If you are looking for a memorable evening, this is your inevitable destination.
With its stretches of beautiful beaches, resurgent downtown core, museums, theatres and charming historic districts, you will never be bored in Jacksonville!
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Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is one of the largest kingfish tournaments in the Southeast. The event also includes a Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, a Food Festival, live entertainment, and much more.
Jacksonville Boat Show features a large variety of boats on display, from skiing, fishing, cruisers, personal water-crafts and more. Plus fun activities for the Kids!
The easiest way to get around Jacksonville is by car. Plan your trip at your convenience.
Biking is a great way to enjoy Jacksonville's historic neighborhoods, and even the beautiful architecture which is so easy to miss by car.
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