Things to do in Jacksonville

This northeastern city along the Atlantic Ocean is full of museums and other cultural institutions. Jacksonville is known for its swimming, surfing, and amazing golf courses. Vinnie Van GO is a big fan, and has made a guide for the next time you’re in town.

Here are Vinnie Van GO's favorite places to visit in Jacksonville. Enjoy!



Jacksonville Annual Events

Community First Seawalk Music Festival

This festival is one of Jacksonville’s premier music events. Jacksonville’s best artists and musicians come out to celebrate local culture. This free one-day event in February also has fantastic food - you won’t want to miss it!

Springing the Blues

Every April, Jacksonville welcomes the world’s largest oceanfront blues festival. Join thousands on Jacksonville Beach for the best blues musicians and music.

The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival

Every August, the largest kingfish tournament in the country brings anglers of all experience levels to Jacksonville. Grab your sunglasses and stop by to take in this exciting local event!

Kids Free November

This month, Jacksonville’s best attractions are totally free for kids 12 and under. Have fun and save money!


Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

This 15,000-seat multi-purpose stadium is home to the city’s best sports and music events throughout the year. Check out their website for tickets!

Address:
300 A Philip Randolph Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32202


Amelia Island

Amelia Island is a part of the Sea Islands chain of barrier islands in the Atlantic. The island is a destination for visitors from all over the world. It has luxury resorts, golf courses, and amazing beaches – everything you could need for your holiday in the sun!

Hanna Park

This 1.5-mile public beach and city park in Mayport is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. The weather is always sunny, so this park is a must-go.

Address:
500 Wonderwood Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32233

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

This zoo and garden at the mouth of the Trout River is a fantastic place to spend the day and see more than 2,400 animals with your friends and family.

Address:
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218


There are so many great ways to see Jacksonville. Jacksonville Walking Tours offers a fascinating take on the city’s history and local color. If the weather isn’t too hot, check out E2ride Bike Tours for a tour that will keep you in good shape. For groups 21+, Jax Brew Bus has one of the most popular tour experiences in town.

Junior’s Seafood Restaurant

It’s no secret that this restaurant has some of the best seafood in town. It’s kid-friendly, making it a great place to bring family and groups.

Address:
9349 N Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32218

Soul Food Bistro

This local eatery has some of the best soul food in town. Eat in or takeaway - as long as you’re at Soul Food Bistro you can’t go wrong!

Address:
5310 Lenox Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32233

Angie’s Grom

This spot along Jacksonville Beach is famous for its breakfasts, but get there early – the locals know it’s good too, so lines can be long!

Address:
204 3rd Avenue
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


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