Jacksonville Places of Interest
About the Jacksonville Florida Area: Jacksonville captures the essence of a lifestyle and landscape reflecting the real Florida. Discover the heart of the city and endless stretches of pristine beaches, while exploring the region’s unique shopping, numerous dining options and warm Southern hospitality. With a moderate temperature year round, Jacksonville is home to numerous festivals, national and international sporting events, exceptional golf courses and world-class art and culture.
Because of its North Florida location, Jacksonville has a temperate climate and a delightful change of seasons not found in other Florida cities. Year-round sunshine and blue skies offer mild weather, making a visit to Jacksonville pleasant, whatever the season.
The World Golf Village has two of the most internationally known golf courses, King & Bear and Slammer & Squire. In addition, the village has the Jacksonville area’s only IMAX Theater, the World Golf Hall of Fame, and several golf-themed retail stores and restaurants like the Murray Brothers Caddyshack Restaurant.
Known as the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is an historic city of 12,000 residents, with tourism as the mainstay of its economy. Its many historical sites, miles of Atlantic coast beaches, amenities, excellent fishing, and location along the Intracoastal Waterway all contribute to bringing nearly 2 million visitors each year. Much of its rich history has been preserved and is the foundation for tours, boat cruises, and museums. There are more than 50 attractions and historic sites.
St. Augustine offers eateries from cafes and pubs to four-star dining, and many boutiques and gift shops. There are established neighborhoods in the downtown area, with a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. On the edge of town there are malls, retail centers and a mile-long St. Augustine Outlet Center.
St. Johns Town Center is Jacksonville’s newest and most talked about shopping destination with over 10 million visitors each year. Shop, dine, live and entertain in a beautifully designed lifestyle center that offers 1.1 million square feet of unique shopping and dining. Stores include Apple Computer, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie & Fitch, J. Crew and Lucky Brand Jeans. Restaurants include Ted's Montana Grill, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Mitchell’s Fish Market and The Capital Grille.
On any given night, about 100 musicians will take to the symphony hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts alongside the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville to perform a wide range of music from Tchaikovsky's Fateful Fifth to the music of Star Wars to backing the Blind Boys of Alabama. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra prides itself on being among the nation’s top 40 orchestras in budget size and population served. And its main performing hall is a short walk away from Downtown’s main retail and restaurant hub, The Jacksonville Landing.
Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass is unique among the nation's finest golf facilities. The TPC is a semi-private resort course that offers the avid golfer the ultimate golf experience. Be sure to try your luck at the famed 17th green island hole.
Sawgrass village offers shopping, dining, lodging, and nightlife, all of which comes alive each year when the tournament is in town.
Known as a trendy area, the most identifying feature of San Marco is "the Square," an artsy shopping, dining, and entertainment district; its galleries, restaurants, and boutiques are overwhelmingly independently owned, operated, and supported which lends to its vogue. Visitors of the Square are likely to see polite intermingling between young professionals, landed gentry, "scenesters," and "starving artists." Common landmarks are its large statue of three lions and the Art Deco styled San Marco Theater.
Jacksonville is known for its social diversity and the Riverside District is no exception. Located on the west bank of the St. John’s River, the famed Riverside area is home to popular shopping areas like Five Points, Avondale, and the annually occurring Riverside Arts Market, featuring artists, fresh organic produce, food, and plenty of family entertainment.
Also located in Riverside is The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, a facility committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,500 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors.
Other points of interest:
The Jacksonville Landing
The Jacksonville Memorial Arena
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville