City Spotlight: Jacksonville

Frontdesk welcomes you to Jacksonville, Florida! The “Bold City of the South,” often just called “Jax,” is the largest city by square mileage in the United States. Jacksonville is most well known for its beaches and football team, but the city has much more to offer to visitors. Keep reading to learn more about what to do, where to eat, and how to get around Jacksonville.

Things to do in Jacksonville

There are many fun things to see and do in Jacksonville. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, enjoy spending time outdoors or indoors, there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

Beaches

Jacksonville Florida Beach

Jacksonville has 22 miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy. The city’s four main beaches are Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport Beach, and Atlantic Beach. Soak up the sun, go swimming, or try surfing or paddleboarding.

Golf Courses

TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville Florida

Northern Florida is known for being a golf hotspot and that certainly includes Jacksonville. Check out Bent Creek Golf Course or Blue Sky Golf Club, both under half an hour from downtown. Golfers who truly want the best of the best can splurge for a round at TPC Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship.

Museums

The Cummer Museum in Jacksonville Florida

The Cummer Museum of Art is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida. It has over 5,000 works of art spanning centuries including Norman Rockwell and the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain, plus historic gardens. Tip: Admission is free every Tuesday and Friday from 4 to 9 pm.

Zoo & Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo

The Jacksonville Zoo is one of the top attractions in northeast Florida. It features more than 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in the garden section. The zoo has a two-time national award-winning jaguar exhibit plus tigers, elephants, giraffes, and more.

Best Restaurants and Bars in Jacksonville

Breakfast/Brunch

Start off with brunch at Maple Street Biscuit Company, which has three locations in Jacksonville (two near downtown and one by the beaches). The cafe is known for its delicious biscuit sandwiches and other southern comfort dishes.