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What to Do in Jacksonville, Florida: 5 Activities You Can't Miss

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Poised on the Atlantic coast between the state line and St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Florida, has a little bit of everything: a rich history, an emerging tech scene, gorgeous beaches, and a beach-ready climate year-round. It's one of our favorite cities to explore on short weekend trips, as well as a convenient stopover when we're headed to Orlando, Miami, or the Florida Keys.

Here's what to do in Jacksonville, Florida, so start planning your itinerary for your own trip today!


Timucuan Preserve

With more than 46,000 acres to explore, the Timucuan Preserve is an excellent place to delve into 6,000 years of American history, learn about the local wildlife, and stretch your legs on the hiking trails. There's also plenty for the history buff here! Learn about the French colony that once called Jacksonville home at Fort Caroline, then learn about archaeology, the antebellum South, and Southern architecture at Kingsley Plantation. 

Riverwalk

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When people ask me what to do in Jacksonville, Florida, the Riverwalk is always my first suggestion. Not only is it a great way to get the feel of the entire city, but it allows you to get outside  and enjoy some gorgeous weather in this beautiful corner of Florida.

Wander the 3-mile Riverwalk to experience the St. Johns River from a picture-perfect perspective. Along the way, you can stop for a meal, snap a photo of the skyline, or check out one of the area's many museums. Don't forget to throw a coin in the Friendship Fountain for luck! Book a room in one of the hotels near Everbank Field so you can walk to everything that the downtown area has to offer. 

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Explore the more than 5,000 pieces in the museum's permanent collection, and come away with a deeper knowledge of art covering more than 4 millenia. If the weather's nice (and it probably is with Jacksonville's gorgeous climate), head outside to wander the 2.5 acres of gardens on the property. You cannot miss the massive Cummer Oak, which is perfect for a family souvenir photo. The Cummer Museum is one of the best points of interest in Jacksonville, Florida, for people who love the arts as much as I do!

Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

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Of all of the things to do in Jacksonville, Florida, this might be the most tranquil. The Jacksonville Arboretum an oasis in the midst of the urban jungle! Find peace in this 128-acre park just outside of downtown Jacksonville. There are 3 miles of trails to explore, and dozens of signs labeling plants along the way. Marvel at the stunning live oak trees, azalea flowers, and pines on the Live Oak Trail, or learn about lichens and the tidal marsh on the Rosemary Ridge Trail.

Local Beaches

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If your perfect vacation means sitting by the ocean with a fruity drink in your hand, you're in luck, as the Jacksonville area boasts several wide, beautiful beaches. Check out the best of Jacksonville Beach hotels to get a spot right on the water.

Neptune Beach is great if you'd like to try out surfing, while there's plenty of shopping in Jacksonville Beach. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is the perfect base for a full day out with the family, excellent surfing, and even adorable cabins if you want to make it a weekend stay.

There are also multiple piers for fishing enthusiasts and beach front campgrounds along the Atlantic Ocean. If you're interested in doing a little beach hopping, there's a beach trolley that will take you from beach to shopping centers and back to your Jacksonville Beach hotels again: There's no need to take the car!

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