Jacksonville is in a very interesting geographical position in northeastern Florida, where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
So as you can imagine, water pastimes are very popular here with the Jacksonville Beaches communities running all along the adjacent Atlantic coast. From swimming and surfing at the nearby barrier island beaches like Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, there is plenty to enjoy.
If you’d like to do something more of a land nature, you’ll be pleased to know the city is proud home to championship golf courses including the famous Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour. There are also many museums and cultural offerings to keep you and the approximate 1 million inhabitants busy here as well!
Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Jacksonville:
1. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Housed in a series of twentieth-century buildings, the Cummer Museum opens onto the St. Johns River which is an active Florida waterway. This is a fabulous museum for kids, making the effort to teach them that art appreciation can be fun! There is a large section of the museum devoted to interactive displays that enables both parents and kids to explore and understand the way that art changes through time.
The collection is particularly strong in American and European paintings, and includes over six thousand works of art dating from 2100 BC to the twenty-first century. There are also three flower gardens on the museum grounds to enjoy, the oldest dating back to 1903. Lovely the whole year round, they are especially wonderful to see in the spring when the orchid show is on display!