Things to Do in Jacksonville
The city often serves as a launching pad for Atlantic coast exploration. While Jacksonville isn't located right on the beach, it won't take long to get there - the free Atlantic Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach are crowd favorites. With more than 1,220 holes and 70 private and public course, Northeast Florida is a paradise for golfers. Choose between dozens of world-class courses throughout the Jacksonville area.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosts more than 1,400 animals and 1,000 unique plant species. If you want to step back in time, check out the oldest, continuously operating community theater in the country called Theatre Jacksonville, open since 1919.
Every Saturday in downtown, visitors can swing by the Riverside Arts Market where hundreds of vendors gather to sell everything from pottery to produce. If you want to unleash your creative side, head to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, which showcases over 5,000 works from various artists including Camille Pissarro and Norman Rockwell. Art lovers should also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Attention, sports fans: Jacksonville is home to the National Football League Jacksonville Jaguars, so be sure to catch a game at EverBank Field, a 76,000-seat outdoor stadium that also hosts the U.S. men's national soccer team.