Jacksonville loves their NFL Jaguars and the city’s close relationship with the PGA Players Championship sets the tone for a legendary golfing culture that sports 1,220 challenging holes inside city limits. Fans love the University of Jacksonville Football team as the Dolphins contend for the Pioneer title every year.
The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home stadium of the six-time champions the Jacksonville Suns, was opened in 2003.
Jacksonville’s multiple annual events ensure strong tourism and enjoyment by locals. The keystone of spring is the Jacksonville Springing the Blues Festival where many blues artists tout their stuff. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jacksonville World of Nations, and The Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival are among other popular spring events. The Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Festival keeps Jacksonville’s party going.
First settled by French Huguenots in 1562, Jacksonville fell under Spanish and British rule very early in the city’s history. Jacksonville’s culture is more diverse due to the presence of strong African-American influences that contribute to Jacksonville’s dynamic tradition of cultural diversity.
Jacksonville features the largest collection of urban parks in the US. At the top of things to do in Jacksonville has to be the 80,000 acres of parkland that includes two national parks, seven state parks, and more than 400 city parks. The City of Parks guarantees quality time for children, couples, families and pets who know how to enjoy the great outdoors.
The Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve offer 46,000 acres of outdoor paradise. Throughout the city’s green spaces dozens of free outdoor activities provide unlimited opportunities for fun.
Jacksonville is especially proud of the Riverwalk that spans the North and South banks of the St. John’s River and provides tourists and business people easy access to Downtown.
St. Johns Town Center is the mall with something for everyone and 150 delightful upscale retail, stores and restaurants to make for exciting shopping. The Avenues offers 1.1 million sq. ft. of retail bargains while River City Marketplace features indoor/outdoor shopping and dining venues with well-known brands like Best Buy, Old Navy and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Downtown shopping in Jacksonville hosts many local boutiques that thrive with native culture and heritage. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville storefront is not to be missed!