Top 5 Things to See in Jacksonville

If you are planning your next vacation and don’t know where to go, then Jacksonville might be a great choice to keep in mind. With wonderful beaches, interesting museums, and great parks, the city is perfect as your next travel destination. Here are the top five things to see in Jacksonville to give you an idea of what you’ll be able to enjoy here.

1. Museum of Science and History

Museum of Science and History
Museum of Science and History

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This is a great museum, especially for children. They’ll learn a lot about Jacksonville’s history, the human body, dinosaurs, and more in the permanent exhibits, and they’ll discover interesting things in the specialty, rotating temporary exhibitions. The playground for kids 5 years old and younger and the new Planetarium are also great stops while visiting this museum.

2. EverBank Field

EverBank Field
EverBank Field

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Located in Downtown Jacksonville, EverBank Field is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars and one of the local attractions. You can stay in one of the hotels near EverBank Field on your trip to Jacksonville and start a day of your vacation with a visit to this stadium.

3. The Beach

With a beach that spans almost 20 miles across the Atlantic coast, this is one of the top things to do in Jacksonville. Amelia Island (First Coast Highway), located about 30 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville, is perfect for family trips. Ponte Vedra Beach (Ponte Vedra Boulevard) is ideal for golf lovers and those who want to enjoy a beautiful sandy beach, while Atlantic Beach is famous among locals, less crowded, and has great local shops and places to eat. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is perfect for outdoorsy visitors as there are many different recreation opportunities in addition to a nice beach with great surfing.

4. Riverside Neighborhood

No trip to Jacksonville is complete without seeing the Riverside neighborhood. If you have enough time, check out the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, located at 829 Riverside Ave., and get mesmerized by the 2.5 acres of historic gardens and around 5,000 objects in the permanent art collection. One block from this museum, every Saturday you can attend the Riverside Arts Market and buy some local products.

Stroll the streets of the Five Points area to get a glimpse of how the South used to look, and enjoy the unique stores and antique boutiques. This entire neighborhood takes you back in time and, as a side note, many houses are included on the National Register of Historic Places.

5. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation
Kingsley Plantation

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The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve consists of a 46,000-acre area with several park sites to visit, each with its own attractions. Among the famous things to see here are the Fort Caroline National Memorial and the Theodore Roosevelt Area.

If you fancy seeing a traditional plantation, with slave cabins, a barn, the plantation house, and more, then check out the Kingsley Plantation that you can find at 11676 Palmetto Ave. You won’t regret it!

Jacksonville is a great destination spot to get the southern vibe, discover some interesting museums, and relax at the beach or in the parks. With things to do for solo travelers, couples, and families, it’s no surprise that it lures many tourists every year.

Top 5 Things to See in Jacksonville (USA)

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21 thoughts on “Top 5 Things to See in Jacksonville

  • 29 July, 2017 at 14:36
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    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve sounds so neat! Maybe my husband and I will have to check out Jacksonville for our babymoon!

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  • 29 July, 2017 at 16:24
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  • 29 July, 2017 at 23:45
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    WOAH! I grew up in Jacksonville! Riverside is SO PRETTY! Some great places to eat there are
    The Brick and Mellow Mushroom!! Also Memorial Park in Riverside is right on the water and so pretty!

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  • 30 July, 2017 at 08:39
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    This sounds like a really interesting place to visit for sure. I love finding places that have history I can explore.

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  • 30 July, 2017 at 09:40
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    Nice. Sounds like a really interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 31 July, 2017 at 01:12
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    I have always wanted to go to Jacksonville and go to a game at EverBank field. But I didn’t know about these other spots like the museum of science and history or the Kingley Plantation.

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  • 31 July, 2017 at 02:19
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    I’ve actually been there before but didn’t go to all these places, if only I had this blog! Great article!

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  • 31 July, 2017 at 17:51
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    These are all fantastic ideas! I’ll definitely keep them in mind when I next visit.

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  • 31 July, 2017 at 21:02
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    The museum looks so interesting. I would definitely love to see it.

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  • 1 August, 2017 at 09:34
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    Never been to Jacksonville but could be a trip idea. I love museums so that’s where I’d go first! And the plantation looks interesting too. Full of history

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  • 1 August, 2017 at 11:20
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    I haven’t been to Jacksonville but this post sure makes me want to go there right now. I would love to see the museum and the beach.

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  • 2 August, 2017 at 01:55
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    I have never been to jacksonville but this is a great travel guide!

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  • 3 August, 2017 at 16:17
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    I love the place! So beautiful, I want to know more about Jackson Ville and travel there with my son.

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