A visit to Jacksonville, aptly coined the “River City by the Sea”, is likely to end up in the water at some point. However, you may be surprised at the variety of things to do on the First Coast. Whether it’s the need for speed you’re craving, or a taste of North Florida’s culture, we’ve narrowed down the best of the best attractions for you and the whole family.
If it’s the beach you are bound for, consider one of the local favorites Atlantic Beach. This charming residential community is less touristy than Jacksonville’s main beach thoroughfare, and also holds some of the beach’s best shopping and restaurants. While you’re enjoying the sunshine and outdoors make sure to include the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve on your list of things to do. With over 46,000 acres of natural wonders, it’s the perfect place to discover the 6,000 years of history recorded in the region.
To get a feel for Jacksonville’s cultural fabric, enjoy the Cummer Museum which boasts nearly 5,000 objects in its permanent collection. Stroll the historic Cummer Gardens and marvel at the unique specimens found in this century old treasure.
For memories the entire family will cherish, go wild at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens where the brand new Land of the Tiger exhibit has been wowing visitors young and old.
Whatever your pace, Jacksonville is the place to keep you and the whole family entertained and inspired.