Unpretentious people in a breathtakingly beautiful city, that's Jacksonville in a nutshell. Not only does it boast miles of white sandy beaches, it’s the site of world-class culture and historical sites. It’s home to yearly festivals, great weather, renowned sporting events and almost every outdoor activity you can fathom.
Jacksonville, located in northeast Florida, is one of the state's principal cities. Its weather is one of the more attractive features - summers are usually hot, but temperatures are moderate the remainder of the year. It’s seldom very cold and freezes last but a few days.
Jacksonville’s moderate climate contributes to its popularity with film makers. They have chosen to use the city as the scene of many popular movies. The weather also allows for visitors to enjoy a round of golf at any of the outstanding courses throughout the city.
Jacksonville has the largest park system in the country. Visitors can enjoy them in a number of ways, from planning a picnic to sailing, and from swimming to waterskiing. Several of these parks have won international acclaim and are ideal for families traveling with children.
Jacksonville has been called “Florida’s best kept secret”. Part of that secret is due to its impressive arts and culture scene. Tourists will not be at a loss for places to visit or events to enjoy.
A must see is the Florida Theatre, which opened in 1927. It’s one of the sole remaining Mediterranean style movie venues.
Jacksonville is also home to a symphony orchestra and dinner theaters. The latter have hosted famous actors and performances of well-known productions.
The Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena is the location of major sporting and entertainment events. It’s also the home of the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame.
Jacksonville’s festivals are nationally recognized and attract travelers from all over. One of the favorites is the Jazz Festival, the second largest in the country. And after the largest 15K Race known as the Gate River Run, the celebrations go on for days. Jacksonville is not only a fine representation of southern hospitality, it’s a happy place to be.
Jacksonville’s restaurant scene is befitting of any large city. It offers different types of cuisines as well as outstanding Florida seafood. In the last few years, families with children have chosen Jacksonville for their vacation destination. This guarantees you’ll find budget-friendly venues.
Jacksonville also offers excellent opportunities for visitors who want to spend their time shopping. Apart from two large malls, there are outdoor centers featuring a mix of specialty shops. The downtown area offers a free trolley. River taxis are ready to take you to places like the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalk. These two locations showcase great dining and shopping.
Jacksonville’s attractions offer a certain degree of uniqueness only found here. The Karpeles Manuscript Library, for example, displays a private document collection and antique books dating from the 1800s.
Jacksonville is not just another city in Florida; it’s a unique destination like no other.