JacksonvilleJacksonville occupies one of the most coveted spots on the Atlantic coast. The city is in the Northeast Florida region, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami. Set amongst abundant beaches and possessing an ideal subtropical climate, its crown jewel is the unique habitat and natural beauty of the St. Johns River. For this reason and more, "The River City" is a popular destination for vacationers looking for a laid-back Sunshine State escape.
Simply put, Jacksonville is an authentic Floridian city. Its economy is diversified and not wholly based on tourism. Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverfront location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant industries in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare, and logistics. Despite this, Jacksonville is still a city in Florida, and tourism is important to the area, particularly in regards to its historical, cultural, and environmental assets.
Once holding the distinctions of "Insurance Capital of the South" and "Winter Film Capital of the World", and home to a formidable financial industry, this underrated cosmopolitan city is a composite of northern aesthetics and southern charm. A combination of rich architectural diversity, influential African-American ancestry, and substantial musical contributions have gifted Jacksonville an international appeal for its relatively small piece of the world. The city was listed as a "High sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Group's inventory, ranking alongside Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.
The area was first inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole Native Americans and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States acquired the colony of Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.
Jacksonville International AirportThe primary commercial airport in Northeast Florida, with scheduled service offered by American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United. The airport has one terminal building with two concourses. There are two areas for ground transportation, at the center front for taxis and area hotel shuttles, and at the north end for arranged ground transportation, including limousines, rental cars, intercity buses/shuttles, and local JTA city buses. Generally arriving one hour before a flight's scheduled departure is plenty of time, but during major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, allow one and a half to two hours.
To travel between the city and JAX:
- Local bus - Costing just a dolar, public transit from JAX to Downtown Jacksonville is provided by JTA Route CT-3, every hour, picking up at Pre-Arranged Ground Transportation (north end of the terminal outside Baggage Carousel 1, lower level). Approximately one hour to the city center.
- Gator City Taxi - Local taxi service, no reservation needed for arriving passengers. (904) 999-9999.
- Super Shuttle - Offers shared ride, non-stop, and black car service to and from the airport.
- ExecuCar - Private black car service to and from the airport, as well as around the city.
- Lyft and Uber are both authorized to pick up and drop off at JAX.
Other airportsNortheast Florida Regional Airport UST, formerly St. Augustine Airport, is four miles north of St. Augustine, and about 30 miles south of Jacksonville. The airport offers service to Trenton, New Jersey through Frontier Airlines. No regular auto service is available to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville has three general aviation airports: Cecil Field, Herlong, and Craig airports, all of which are administered by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.
Jacksonville is served by Amtrak via its daily Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains, providing connections from other destinations in Florida such as Orlando and Miami, but also from cities as far north as New York. Jacksonville Station is located at 3570 Clifford Lane, approximately 5 miles northwest of downtown.
address: 1111 W Forsyth St Jacksonville, FL 32204Greyhound offers service west to Tallahassee and New Orleans, south to Orlando and Miami, and north to Charleston and New York, as well as to regional destinations such as St. Augustine and Lake City.
address: 1100 West Forsyth StTo and from trips for the cities of Atlanta, Daytona Beach and Orlando. Once daily for Daytona and 3 times daily for Atlanta and for Orlando. Bus fares vary with day of the week. The bus stop is located at the Jacksonville Skyway Convention Center Station. The stop will be at the last loading bay which is closest to Johnson St.
phone: +1 904 357-3006address: 9810 August DrJacksonville departures offers travelers a taste of a different kind of Florida city, before setting sail to more traditional destinations like Key West and the Bahamas. Low airfare and economical accommodations have made cruises from Jacksonville a popular choice. The Port of Jacksonville operates several facilities along the St. Johns River. It is the second largest point of entry for vehicles into the United States along with housing an active cruise terminal.
By public transit
JTAThe Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates the Skyway monorail system in the heart of Jacksonville, and a fairly extensive regional bus network. Rosa Parks Transit Station is the main transfer hub between systems. Nearly all bus lines, and both lines of the Skyway stop at Rosa Parks.
The Skyway is a free automated people-mover system in downtown Jacksonville. Eight stations are located throughout the Northbank, Southbank, and LaVilla districts. The system is open to commuters M-F 6AM to 9PM. Extended hours vary with special events, check JTA's website if you are planning on traveling in downtown during the weekend.
Bus frequency is between 30 minutes and an hour. Buses are reasonably comfortable, but JTA buses struggle with on-time performance. Buses do not run past midnight, and many bus routes stop running at around 8 or 9PM. All buses are linked via GPS to a central control system and stops are well-marked throughout the entire city.
By taxiTaxi services are available, but expensive due to the sprawl of the city. Jacksonville is not New York City. Taxis are not readily available in every part of town, though they can be found at some downtown tourist destinations and central hotels. Service is also readily available at the airport.
By carGiven the huge area Jacksonville covers (largest city in the continental U.S.A.), cars are the only practical way of getting around. Lyft and Uber are well established in the city and by far the most practical and affordable mode of transportation if you don't have your own car. You must have a smartphone and their apps.
Car rentals are also a convenient form of transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenience vis-a-vis return policies and times.
Car Rental Companies include:
- Alamo Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-462-5266, .
- Avis Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-331-1212, .
- Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-527-0700, .
- Dollar Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-800-3665, .
- E-Z Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-277-5171, .
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-261-7331, .
- Hertz Car Rental, Toll free: +1-800-654-3131, .
- Thrifty, Toll free: +1-800-847-4389, .
- Payless Car Rental, +1-904-741-4015, .
By bikeBiking has become a popular means of getting around in some of Jacksonville's central neighborhoods and districts, such as Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill, San Marco, and downtown. Starting in Riverside, you can walk or bike down the Riverwalk to the Main St. Bridge, in downtown. Ride or walk over the bridge to access San Marco and its many shops and restaurants. Biking is a great way to enjoy the urban core's varied and beautiful architecture which is so easy to miss by car.
address: 117 West Duval StOne of the most beautiful city halls in America and open to the public. The building was designed in Prairie School style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho. It was constructed as a department store in 1912, purchased by the city in 1993, and became the new city hall in 1997. The name was chosen by its investors, businessmen from Connecticut, the relevance being that Saint James is the patron Saint of travelers. The interior features a spectacular sunlit atrium with a dominating octagonal glass dome. The defining feature of the structure is the large abstract decorative cornices on the buildings exterior.
phone: +1 904 355-5661address: 128 East Forsyth StThe Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually, bringing 250,000 people to Jacksonville's downtown every year. The restored theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville's premier entertainment center since 1927.
Friendship FountainOpened in 1965 as the world's largest and tallest fountain, it's capable of spraying 17,000 gallons (64,000 L) of water a minute to a height of 120 feet (37 m). The fountain and surrounding park are directly across from the Northbank and offer visitors some of the best views of the city. It is also adjacent to the Museum of Science and History and is part of the Southbank Riverwalk.
Main Street BridgeOpened in 1941, the bridge was the second crossing to be built over the St. Johns River. It is one of the most recognized structures in the city and offers visitors some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
Jacksonville TerminalConverted in 1986 into a convention center, Jacksonville Terminal once served as one of the busiest train stations in the South. Designed by famed architect Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison, the station exhibits Beaux-art features and is reminiscent of New York's Old Penn Station.
phone: +1 904 396-4845address: 1996 San Marco BlvdThe oldest running first-run single-screen theatre in Jacksonville. Serving up your favorite beers, wine and food while you watch the movie. Fantastic midnight film series.
phone: +1 904 356-6857address: 829 Riverside AveAn art museum and expansive formal garden set alongside the Jacksonville waterfront. Features primarily European and American paintings as well as a large collection of early Meissen porcelain. Pricing notes: Admission is free to all on the first Saturday of every month; college students free Tuesday through Friday.
phone: +1 904 356-2992address: 101 West 1st StNotable collections include the original proposal draft of The Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation Amendment to the Constitution, signed by Lincoln, the Justification letter which accompanied the Declaration of Independence, the Final Declaration of Allegiance Treaty, signed by every Indian tribe in the U.S. and the President, the original drafts of the Constitutions of France, Spain, Mexico, and Ireland, and the Thanksgiving Proclamation.
phone: +1 904 366-6991address: 333 North Laura StThis museum is located downtown in the historic Western Union Telegraph Building across from Hemming Park and presents a large number of innovative contemporary art exhibits created by regional, national and international artists. Pricing notes: Free admission between 5PM and 9PM on the first Wednesday of each month, and to college students between 1:30PM and 5PM Tuesday through Friday.
phone: +1 904 396-6674address: 1025 Museum CircleAlso known as the "MOSH" by locals, the museum has many interesting science exhibits, and some interesting information about local history.
address: 829 North Davis StA cultural museum showcasing the people and places that flourished within the Jacksonville African American community during the Jim Crow era.
phone: +1 904 620-2534address: 4567 St. Johns Bluff RdM W Th 9AM-5PM; Tu 9AM-7PM, F 9AM-3PM. Features several exhibitions each year including regional and national artists and UNF faculty and student art.
DowntownThe central business district of Jacksonville, on the St. Johns River. Five districts make up the entirety of the area. The Northbank is the district most commonly associated with downtown. It houses many of the city's largest and most historic structures, as well as serving as the government and financial center for the region. Across the river, Southbank has its lions share of iconic buildings and parks. Most notably its home to the Museum of Science and History and Friendship Fountain. LaVilla and Brooklyn are popular upcoming areas just west of the Northbank. Last but not least, the Sports Complex is a large area to the east of the Northbank, housing TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville Veteran Arena, Metropolitan Park, and the Baseball Grounds.
RiversideAbout a mile southwest of downtown on the banks of the St. Johns River, this neighborhood was built primarily between 1910 and 1930 and features a variety of historic homes, churches and apartment buildings. It has as its commercial center eclectic Five Points which features both unique retail and dining all in a bohemian atmosphere. Also notable in the neighborhood is Memorial Park which is situated near Five Points adjacent to the River. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. and has as its centerpiece a statue of Winged Victory as a memorial to the dead of World War I. To visit this area from downtown, take Jefferson Street which becomes Riverside Avenue.
AvondaleAlong the St. Johns River just southwest of and adjacent to Riverside, was built during the 1920s Florida land boom as "Riverside's Residential Ideal". The stately historic houses here were constructed in a variety of architectural styles, including Tudor, Georgian Revival, Prairie, Shingle, Mediterranean Revival and Bungalow. The commercial heart of the neighborhood is known as the Shops of Avondale which are along St. Johns Avenue between Talbot and Dancy Streets. Here, there are many upscale dining and shopping opportunities.
SpringfieldJust north or downtown is a historic neighborhood with architecture varying from Victorian and Craftsmen to Colonial Revival and Prairie School. Characterized by large porches, iconic city parks, and immersed in a blanketing oak canopy, Springfield is quickly becoming a hot spot for any traveler looking for an authentic taste of Jacksonville.
Parks and outdoors
- Beaches - Jacksonville is on the Atlantic Ocean, and has a thriving beach culture, but not as packed or as crowded as the beaches in south Florida. Three cities within Duval county occupy most of the coastal real estate: Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.
- City parks:
Hemming ParkA block-sized park in the center of Jacksonville's downtown. Named for Confederate veteran Charles C. Hemming, who in 1898 donated to the City the Confederate monument which is the focal point of the park. The park is surrounded by Jacksonville's City Hall, the United States Courthouse, the Museum Of Contemporary Art, the new public Main Library for Jacksonville, the former Snyder Memorial Church and various restaurants. Step inside City Hall, which is a restored department store built in 1912 and designed in the prairie style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho, and take a look at the large, sunlit atrium which dominates the interior of the structure. The new downtown Main Library opened in 2005 and is the largest Main Library in the state of Florida. The postmodern structure was designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern and features a Grand Reading Room and a quiet Courtyard for outdoor reading.
address: 1620 Riverside AvenuePerhaps the most iconic city park in all of Florida, it was designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers who also designed many other national and city parks, including Yosemite. The park is located in the historic neighbourhood of Riverside, near the 5 Points area. It is located along the banks of the St. Johns River and houses the statue known as Life which now has become associated with Riverside in general. Totally worth a gander.
RiverwalkA scenic walk system along the north and south shores of the St. John's River. It's a great place for a date.
Fort Caroline National MemorialThe original French fort, destroyed by Spanish troops from St. Augustine, now lies somewhere beneath the St. John's River. A modern recreation stands on the riverbank with a museum dedicated to the first settlements by the French in the area.
Kingsley PlantationA well-preserved Southern plantation on Fort George Island. Well worth the trip to see.
Machaba Balu PreserveConsist of a collection of sites within Timucuan's vast area. The salt march looks much as it did 500 years ago and is a haven of wildlife and biodiversity. The properties are under the management of the Nature Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service.
Theodore Roosevelt AreaA nature preserve adjacent to the Fort Caroline Memorial. Donated by Willie Browne, the land sits on a marshy patch of riverfront property and offers visitors a taste of "Old Florida".
Jacksonville Jazz FestivalJazz festival featuring major names in jazz as well as local and up-and-coming jazz artists.
Main Street Cruiseaddress: 1st St. to 12th St. on Main St.A surreal experience and a fun time, this old school cruise is like stepping into the 1970s movie American Graffiti. Poodle dresses, classic music, and an endless array of cars.
Springing the BluesFlorida's largest free outdoor blues festival.
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalFernandina Beach, on Amelia Island (about 35 miles from Jacksonville), holds an annual festival every summer, the highlight of which is a mock pirate invasion terrorizing the locals. Additional Awards go to the biggest drunken pirate who plunders the most booty. And there is also the world famous wet wench contest.
Jacksonville Sea & Sky SpectacularAir show location alternates each year between Jacksonville Beach and Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Blue Angels are typically the main event to close the show.
World Arts Film FestivalThe World Arts Film Festival is an event showcasing a diverse array of filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. The central theme is a global message of inclusion through the arts and education.
JaxFlowA spin jam group local to Jacksonville. They spin various flow toys, such as hula hoops and fire poi in various parks and at nightlife spots all over Jacksonville.
address: Downtown JacksonvilleOne Spark is an annual event for creators of all kinds. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display projects in different downtown venues each year. It offers the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect and collaborate. It connects people with great ideas to the resources they need to make them come true. Participants get the chance to pitch their idea to the voting public for a possible cash prize and a chance to make their project a reality.
phone: +1 904 389-2449address: 715 Riverside AveMore than 100 vendors offer handmade art, specialty foods, farmers' market, and a variety of entertainment. Open every Saturday, March through December, "RAM" is Jacksonville's Premiere Outdoor Arts & Entertainment venue!
address: Five Points in RiversideActivities are usually centered in the Riverside neighborhood, The festival and parade are family friendly and feature friends and supporters of the gay community in Jacksonville. Late nights are whatever you make of them. Jacksonville offers a wonderful nightlife with a host of events at area gay bars and regular bars alike.
Adventure LandingA small amusement park that includes an arcade, food, water park, mini golf, laser tag, a roller coaster, and go-karts.
phone: +1-904 358-2846Jacksonville's AA Minor League baseball team. Tickets are cheap and the view is good at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Military active/retired $5 tickets.
Jacksonville SharksJacksonville's Arena Football team. Winner of Arena Bowl XXIV in 2011 and the inaugural NAL Championship in 2017.
The Player's ChampionshipIf you like golf, Jacksonville is second only to Augusta. The TPC is held each spring in Ponte Vedra, a coastal suburb of Jacksonville.
Gate River RunOne of the top running events in the US. The most participant 15K race with purse money large enough to attract professional runners from all over the world.
The Mug RaceA Pursuit Start sailboat race on St. Johns River. The world's largest river race, boaters start at the Memorial Bridge in Palatka and end at the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville.
DowntownThe Jacksonville Landing mall offers plenty of restaurants and a few shops. For a more authentic feel, travel outside that area and explore the surrounding streets. Laura Street near Adams offers a few shops and a lovely atmosphere. Adams Street at Ocean and Bay Street at Market also have some interesting places to visit.
Five PointsA shopping district on the western edge of the Riverside neighborhood. Home to Riverside Park, Memorial Park, and the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, this area attracts an eclectic group of locals and is a haven for trendy shops and hip bars.
San Marco SquareA good used book store, shops, galleries, restaurants, and a Peterbrooke chocolate shop make up this small shopping area. The Grotto, a nice upscale wine store with a small seating area, is very popular.
Shoppes of AvondaleSpecialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants line these few blocks.
St. John's Town CenterNear the intersection of Butler Blvd and the I-295 Beltway, this is an open-air mall sprawled over a large area. Lots of shopping and fine dining options, it's hands down one of the most popular and most visited malls in North Florida.
phone: +1 904 363-3054address: 10300 Southside Blvd.In Jacksonville's Southside neighborhood, the Avenues is one of the more popular enclosed malls in town. It offers a wide array of stores and most of the one you'd come to expect in a mall setting.
phone: +1 904 353-1188This festival market-style shopping center sits adjacent to the St. Johns River in the downtown. It houses quite a few restaurants and offers weekend nightlife. shopping is limited to a few stores, though downtown offers its own selection of retail stores just blocks away.
phone: +1 904 645-7003address: 10051 Skinner Lake DrOutdoor gear store focused on camping and kayaking. Offers kayak sales and rentals.
phone: +1 904 354-2821address: 1810 West Beaver St.Established in 1938, the farmers market is the oldest in the state. Operating much as farmers markets have for hundreds of years, it offers a unique shopping experience in a festive outdoor market.
phone: +1 904 435-3200address: 177 4th Avenue North
phone: +1 904 396-9492address: 1409 San Marco Square
phone: +1 904 376-7161address: 400 N Hogan StreetUnique candy store in downtown Jacksonville
BB'sphone: +1 904 306-0100address: 1019 Hendricks AveThis restaurant has good appetizers, desserts, and a good beer and wine selection. The mushroom and bacon pizza is wonderful. The food is great, but it can get somewhat loud; not the place to go for a quiet conversation.
phone: +1 904 354-9945address: 214 N. Hogan St
phone: +1 904 598-2922address: 21 East Adams St.This restaurant has become an integral part of Jacksonville's art scene. Rotating exhibits keep the atmosphere fresh while the kitchen keeps your belly full.
phone: +1 904 353-9717address: 400 North Hogan St.
phone: +1 904 674-0870address: 215 N. Laura St.Good vegetarian selection.
phone: +1 904 762-4667address: 106 W Adams St.A small eat-in with a diverse menu.
phone: +1 904 598-5303address: 21 E Adams St
phone: +1 904 353-6388address: 830 Pearl St
phone: +1 904 353-3588address: 231 N Laura StFrench cuisine
phone: +1 904 356-7100address: 301 E. Bay St
phone: +1 904 353-0320address: 117 West Adams St.
phone: +1 904 723-1180address: 11 E. Forsyth St
phone: +1 904 354-8283address: 120 W. Adams StMediterranean cuisine
phone: +1 904 396-6200address: 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207Corn-fed, custom-aged Midwestern beef in a lively atmosphere, complete with beautiful views of the St. John's River and a happening bar area.
Al's Pizzaphone: +1 904 388-8384address: Riverside at 1620 Margaret StAlso near Intracoastal West at 14286 Beach Blvd. +1 904 223-0991 and the original location at 303 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach +1 904 249-0002,
phone: +1 904 389-0330address: 887 Stockton St.Firmly rooted in tradition, this restaurant offers authentic Spanish cuisine made fresh daily.
phone: +1 904 387-0606address: 3585 St. Johns AveCreative menu with good food; on a street with lots of shops. Outside dining is available.
Biscotti'sphone: +1 904 387-2060address: 3556 St. Johns AveCool atmosphere with delicious, interesting food. Take a look at the desserts in the display case. They taste even better than they look.
phone: +1 904 356-3100address: 1001 N Main StAuthentic Mexican restaurant located on Confederate Park in the beautiful neighborhood of Springfield.
Chan's Chinesephone: +1 904 358-2808address: 1508 N Main St
phone: +1 904 355-9050address: 2527 N Main StCaribbean cuisine
phone: +1 904 683-8313address: 1544 N Main StMiddle-eastern cuisine
The Loop Pizza GrillRestaurant chain that started in Jacksonville. Good burgers, pizza, salads, onion rings, milk shakes, etc. Several locations in Jacksonville.
phone: +1 904 438-3321address: 3302 Hendricks Ave.A popular breakfast spot for locals.
St. Johns Seafood & SteaksSeveral locations in Jacksonville. Just what it sounds like, a variety of seafood and steak with all the trimmings. Make sure to have grits as a side.
- Gene's Seafood. Several locations in Jacksonville. The usual fried shrimp, fish, etc. in addition to delicious entrees like stuffed flounder. Consistently delicious.
phone: +1 904 399-0609address: 2578 Atlantic BlvdDelicious Cuban food. Most dinners come with rice, black beans, and plantains. Very good flan.
The Madridphone: +1 904 642-3741address: 11233 Beach BlvdCaribbean and Cuban cuisine. Everything is delicious.
Grinder's Cafephone: +1 904 725-2712address: 10230 Atlantic BlvdSte 8-9. One of the very few "down home" southern food restaurants in Jacksonville. Very friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of southern specialties.
phone: +1 904 268-3474address: 12903 Hood Landing RdA local favorite with lots of atmosphere. If you are a vegetarian, you might not enjoy this restaurant. Try the Fish Camp Platter or the Prime Rib, you'll be glad you did. Great place to take the kids.
Angies Subs at Jax Beachphone: +1 904 246-2519address: 1436 Beach BlvdJacksonville Beach, When seen from the street you may think twice about eating there, but the large number of cars outside shows that it is a great favorite of the locals. For enjoying the best subs and experiencing local beach flavor, a visit here is a must. Lunch time is peak time and may be crowded. Hours are 11 to 8PM Monday through Saturday.
Beach Hut Cafephone: +1 904 249-3516address: 1281 Third Street SouthJacksonville Beach. This is where locals go for breakfast. Weekend mornings are very busy.
address: 19 N. Ocean St.Beer and wine only. It does offer great local music and a great atmosphere.
phone: +1 904 354-0666address: 123 E. Forsyth St.Full bar. A nice place to dress up and go out to. Great selection of cocktails.
phone: +1 904 699-8186address: 113 E. Bay St.
phone: +1 904 353-4411address: 11 N. Ocean St.
phone: +1 904 414-3171address: 115 West Adams St.
phone: +1 904 356-1110address: 2 Independent Drive
address: 100 E. Adams St.
phone: +1 904 356-4444address: 1044 Park St.
Rain Dogsphone: +1 904 379-4969address: 1045 Park St.
Wall Street Deli and Loungephone: +1 904 355-6969address: 1050 Park St.
phone: +1 904 380-3091address: 1534 Oak St.
phone: +1 904 388-9551address: 910 King St.
address: 2692 Post St.
address: 927 King St.
address: 925 King St.
phone: +1 904 337-0146address: 901 King Street
Park Place Loungephone: +1 904 389-6616address: 931 King St.
Shantytown Pubphone: +1 904 798-8222address: 22 W 6th St.1 mile north of downtown in Jacksonville's historic Springfield, this hole-in-the-wall bar offers hundreds of beers and boasts a spacious backyard which hosts barbecues once a week.
Uptown Kitchen and Barphone: +1 904 355-0734address: 1303 N Main St.
The Birdhouseaddress: 1827 N Pearl St
Lynch's Irish Pubaddress: 514 N. First St, Jacksonville BeachA well known Irish pub in Jacksonville Beach. Many good imported pints on tap, with live music, and a raucous atmosphere.
Pete's Baraddress: 117 1st Street, Neptune Beach, FLCheap beer and 25 cent pool. One of the oldest bars in Jacksonville. It is definitely a staple at the beaches. Opened the day prohibition was repealed.
address: 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fl 32233Featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.
phone: +1 904 435-3000address: 1101 Beach BlvdNew hotel, including 32" flat panel televisions, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi.
address: 13550 Airport CtAn all-suite hotel property. Free hot breakfast, courtesy airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi.
phone: +1 904 996-8900address: 10551 Deerwood ParkOffers extended stay accommodations with full size kitchens. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet and free WiFi provided.
phone: +1 904 997-6650address: 4385 Southside BlvdAll suite accommodations offering free Internet and hot buffet breakfast daily.
phone: +1 904 261-0511address: 4800 Amelia Island ParkwayResort with condo rentals, oceanfront views, family vacations.
phone: +1 904 249-7402address: One Ocean Blvd, Atlantic BeachAtlantic Beach Hotel at the Jacksonville Beaches offers a turn-down service, oceanfront views and wireless Internet.
phone: +1 904 223-1700address: 14390 Mayo BlvdFeatures a state-of-the-art lobby and stylish guest rooms.
phone: +1 904 733-8088address: 8365 Dix Ellis TrailOffers spacious suites with full kitchens, living areas and separate bedrooms, complimentary breakfast each morning and high-speed Internet access.
The Riverdale InnAnother beautiful B&B in Riverside, this one has a renowned restaurant.
phone: +1 904 398-8800address: 1201 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207Nestled in the downtown area on the south bank of St. John's River, DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront has completed a $12 million renovation, emerging with 293 sophisticated accommodations, various dining options, including Ruth's Chris Steak House, a new business zone to keep corporate travelers linked in, an expanded Precor fitness center and large riverfront pool and sundeck.
The Elizabeth Pointe LodgeBed & breakfast amenities.
Marriott Sawgrass Beach ResortHome of the Players Championship, on the beach.
address: 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd.Historic — open since 1928. Rated a 5 Diamond resort by AAA. Features four challenging golf courses, tennis facilities, swimming pools, luxury shops, and fine dining restaurants on site.
- Florida Times-Union. The main newspaper in Jacksonville.
- Financial News & Daily Record. Another daily newspaper.
- Jacksonville Business Journal. Daily publication focused on the Jacksonville business world.
- Folio Weekly. The most popular weekly alternative.
- Buzz Magazine. Another popular free-weekly.
- EU Jacksonville. Weekly insiders guide to the area.
- Arbus Magazine. The art and business magazine of Northeast Florida
- Void Magazine. A monthly magazine focused on North Florida's culture.
- Jacksonville Magazine. A monthly magazine devoted to Northeast Florida culture.
- Metro Jacksonville. A daily blog dedicated to insider city and event info for Jacksonville.
- phone: +1 904 910-9620address: 609 Wyndham Ct.
- phone: +1 904 469-4964address: 7255 Salisbury Road, Suite 4
- phone: +1 904 366-6682address: 644 3 Independent Dr
- phone: +1 904 798-7360address: 50 N. Laura St., Suite 3900
- Amelia Island - A beautiful island about an hour north of Jacksonville along FL-A1A, it is home to upscale houses, and the Amelia Island Plantation. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Amelia Island was used as a pirate base for raids on Spanish shipping. Known as the Isle of Eight Flags, it is the only location in the United States to have been under the allegiance of eight different nations.
- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
- Olustee Battlefield - About an hour's drive west along I-10 in Olustee is the Olustee Battlefield, site of the only Civil War engagement in Florida. The battle is reenacted each February, and is a popular site for Civil War buffs.
- St. Augustine - Founded by Spanish colonists in 1565, St. Augustine lays claim to being the oldest permanent settlement in the United States. It is about a 45-minute drive south of Jacksonville by I-95, or about an hour taking the more scenic route down FL-A1A. It boasts many fine restaurants and tourist attractions, as well as a unique blend of old world architectural styles inherited from its Spanish and British masters. The fort, the old city, the Flagler Museum, St. George's Street, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Bridge of Lions are all recommended.