Between the Atlantic Ocean, St. Johns River and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway, Jacksonville hugs 22 miles of beaches in northeast Florida. The shores of Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach are all within minutes of each other, located less than a half-hour east of the city.
Jacksonville offers 17 colleges within its metro area, from large universities like the University of North Florida, Florida State College, and Jacksonville University, to smaller private schools like Jones University and Trinity Baptist College. Other colleges include Edward Waters College, Virginia College, Everest University, and Flagler College.
Something is always happening in Jacksonville, from live music and comedy shows, to sports events and annual festivals. The city's Gate River Run is held in March, the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival in April, and the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade rings in the holidays on the water in December. And there's always free yoga Tuesday - Thursday at Unity Park. Check our events calendar for what's going on now.
Some of Jacksonville's most popular family-friendly sights include the waterpark at Adventure Landing and the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, where kids can catch a glimpse of big cats up close. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers a children's wing called Art Connections, and the Jacksonville Zoo features a Discovery Building, wildlife carousel, and splash play park.
Yes, the Anheuser Busch Brewery offers a complimentary tour that takes guests through the brewing and crafting process. The Northbank Riverwalk offers great sightseeing and views of local landmarks. Downtown Artwalk showcases live music, food, arts and crafts. Within minutes of the city, guests can find plenty of free hiking spots, including the UNF's nature trails.