Jacksonville is a beautiful Florida beach city that does not always get the attention it deserves. There is so much to do in this vibrant, multicultural city that it is possible to spend quite some time there without seeing and doing everything worthwhile. However, if your stop in this gorgeous metropolis is limited, you might be wondering what you should do with your time there. Even if your stay in Jacksonville lasts for only 24 hours, you will still have enough time for some memorable fun. Of course, it is a good idea to plan ahead and make an itinerary that is based on your personal interests. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Jacksonville is host to a variety of different events throughout the year, and by simply purchasing the paper after you arrive, it is possible to find many unique local events. Concerts, festivals and sporting events are all popular in the city, so there is always something going on. A mix of urban lifestyle and rural beauty marks the city, which features such popular attractions as the Jacksonville Zoo, the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Landing and many beautiful beaches, from the year-round popularity of Jacksonville Beach to the quaint coziness of Neptune Beach.
Those who love sports will enjoy catching a Jacksonville Jaguars game; you can also find lesser-known baseball, basketball and other sports teams in the city depending on the time of year. This is a great way to take in the sunny weather, although if sports are not your thing you might prefer to stick with the beaches, museums and zoos.
The area’s beaches, in particular, will never disappoint during a trip to Jacksonville, no matter which one you choose. Most of these beaches feature a pier, golf courses, volleyball, kayaking and similar attractions, as well as the best restaurants, bars, and clubs in town. The Jacksonville Landing is located in the downtown district, and is packed with charming waterfront shops, eateries, local entertainment and much more. In fact, it includes nine full service restaurants, as well as food courts and more than 30 unique specialty stores.
Downtown you can also find the JTA Skyway, an extremely unique people mover that can take you through the scenic riverbank and the Jaguars’ stadium. The Skyway is perfect for taking pictures, enjoying the view and simply relaxing. You may also wish to book a seat on a river ferry that can take you on a peaceful river trip. Afterwards, you can walk by the river to visit the local shops and restaurants.
There are also quite a few museums located within the city of Jacksonville, but if your time is short, one of the best to visit is the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is among the biggest modern art institutions in the southeastern United States, and includes exhibitions by local, national, and regional artists.
Keep in mind that this is just a brief summary of all the things you can do in Jacksonville. Use your imagination and if possible, plan ahead to find the attractions that you will enjoy the most. Of course, in a city like Jacksonville, you really cannot go wrong; after all, the hotspots you discover on your own by exploring are often most memorable.