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Things to do in Jacksonville
The largest and most populous city (proper) in Florida, Jacksonville is a city full of life and fun! With popular sights and attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and well-known landmarks like Friendship Fountain, not to mention great entertainment venues such as Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and historic Florida Theatre that bring in all the who’s-who of entertainment; things to see and do in Jacksonville never stop.
For the business-traveler, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center isn’t far from great shopping and dining spots like Jacksonville Landing, and depending on the time of year you’re in town, there are plenty of festivals and events from which to choose, such as the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. For families, places like the Museum of Science & History and Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens offer activities for kids, while providing fun ways to learn all about how the world works.
As expected from any major center, Jacksonville had many tourist-friendly attractions and unforgettable sights. Whatever brings you to town, you’re sure to remember your visit and be on your way back down for another trip soon enough!
Attractions and Sights
Museum of Science & History is Jacksonville's most visited museum, offering an exciting look at how the world works.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to more than 2000 animals and 3 distinct botanical gardens on 110 acres.
Parks and Outdoor Activities
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens is a beautiful nature and wildlife preserve.
Friendship Fountain is a well-known Jacksonville attraction and landmark in Friendship Park.
Dames Point Bridge (also Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge) is an unmistakable part of Jacksonville's skyline.
Jacksonville Landing is a major shopping, dining and entertainment complex located along the St. Johns River.
Festivals and Events
Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one of the city's biggest annual events, bringing in names like Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall and Miles Davis.
Arts and Entertainment
Florida Theatre is an historic 1927 live entertainment and movie venue in Jacksonville.
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and hosts hundreds of events each year.
Freebird Live is a popular nightspot in Jacksonville for live music.
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center or the "Prime Osborn" is Jacksonville's main meeting and function facility.
Arenas and Stadiums
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team.
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena is home to the Jacksonville Sharks of the AFL and hosts other major events.
Food and Drink
Bistro AIX is a popular Jacksonville diner offering a twist on French and Mediterranean cuisine.
Lemongrass in Jacksonville is a great modern authentic Thai diner.