Jacksonville is the most populous city in the State of Florida and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. Situated on the banks of the St. Johns River in northeast Florida, Jacksonville is about 25 miles south of the Georgia state line, 345 miles north of Miami, and 140 miles from both Orlando, Florida and Savannah, Georgia - making it a convenient destination for a southeastern getaway on the shores of the Atlantic! Here's a look at what we've uncovered about "Jax", thanks to valuable information available from our friends at VisitJacksonville.com!
Jacksonville is the city of parks, with more than 80,000 acres of green spaces including 10 state & national parks and more than 400 city parks and gardens. And if you want beaches - Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the nation with 1,100 miles of navigable water and 22 miles of relaxing beaches:
Atlantic Beach is the quintessential Florida beach community with a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, fun beach dive bars, boutique resorts, and friendly family atmosphere.
Jacksonville Beach is a party destination with great nightlife, chain hotels and surf shops.
Huguenot Park lets beachgoers drive on the sand and bring the party with them.
Boneyard Beach at Big Talbot Island is a must-see with dozens of Live Oaks resting on the sand reminiscent of white skeletons.
Beyond the beach, discover unique points of interest with French, Spanish, Native American, and African American history. Highlights include the site of the first European settlement in the New World dating back to 1564. Another "don't miss" landmark - Treaty Oak, located on the Southbank of Downtown with a circumference of 25 feet, reaching more than 70 feet into the sky. This is Jacksonville's oldest resident, planted in 1822. For a little extra culture with your history, consider Theatre Jacksonville, the oldest continuously operating community theater in the country, in operation since 1919. OR The Alhambra Theatre and Dining - the longest-running professional dinner theatre in the nation.
A few fun facts and places to check out in Jacksonville:
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida and one of the top 25 Zoos in the nation.
Kona Skate Park is the oldest operating skate park in the world and lessons are available for all skill levels.
The Jax Ale Trail leads visitors to 20+ local craft breweries for an array of award-winning flavors.
The local culinary seafood staple is the “Mayport” shrimp, caught at the historic Mayport Village by generations of Jacksonville shrimpers.
When Friendship Fountain opened in 1965, it was billed as the world's largest and tallest fountain.
The Mayport Ferry is Florida's only public auto ferry and connects Jacksonville's beaches to the Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island areas.
The St. Johns River is one of just a few rivers in North America that flows north instead of south.
The eclectic Five Points area, with unique shops and dining experiences, is named for its landmark five-way intersection.