Why You Need to Go to Jacksonville, Florida This Summer

Featured as one of Forbes’ 20 best cities for travel this summer, Jacksonville, Florida, has no shortage of things to see and do. Sitting on the St. John’s River, this city is home to friendly neighbourhoods bustling with bars and restaurants, like Five Points and San Marco. Besides eating and drinking, there are a number of attractions in Jacksonville worth visiting. Here are a few highlights.

EverBank Field

EverBank Field Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida

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Don’t miss out on the chance to catch the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play a football game at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville. If you love American sport, it’s worth checking in to one of the many hotels near EverBank Field to give yourself enough time to explore all that the area has to offer. This sports complex is also home to the Jackson Veterans Memorial Arena, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball grounds, and the Jacksonville Armada Football Club.

EverBank Field runs guided stadium tours upon request. Contact the stadium for further details.

Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville, Florida

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Noel Morata, travel blogger at Travel Photo Discovery, recommends visiting Kingsley Plantation on Palmetto Avenue for a taste of old Florida. Kingsley Plantation is one of the few remaining well-known plantations in North Florida, and Noel describes it as an “excellent living museum and a wonderful historical site” where you can visit the home, gardens, and living quarters of the slaves who lived here in the past.

Noel also recommends, “Take the guided tour of the home interior, and then you can easily do a self tour of the rest of the property, which is really a beautiful part of the coastal areas in Jacksonville. Also, if you have the time, a nice coastal walk out to the fishing pier and visitor centre is a nice way to spend more time on the property and learn about Florida history and plantation life.” Entrance to Kingsley Plantation is free of charge.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Lion

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A top attraction in Jacksonville, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a charity dedicated to providing homes for endangered big cats rescued in the wild. Located on Starratt Road, the Wildlife Sanctuary looks after tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis. The sanctuary is run entirely by volunteers, who offer guided daytime and nighttime feeding tours for guests. Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 11.

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville Florida

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Perched on Riverside Avenue, the Cummer Museum was founded in 1961, when Ninah Cummer died and left her gardens and art collection to the new museum. Today, the museum boasts one of the finest art collections in the Southeast U.S., with more than 5,000 works of art that date from 2100 B.C. to the 21st century. Visitors are also welcome to explore the museum’s 2.5 acres of historic gardens, complete with reflection pools, fountains, antique ornaments, and sculptures. Don’t miss the Cummer oak, which is said to be the oldest tree in Jacksonville.

The Cummer Museum is open every day of the week except for Monday. Admission costs $10 for adults, but children under 5 can enter for free.

Friendship Fountain

Friendship Fountain, Jacksonville Florida

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Ideal for Instagrammers, Friendship Fountain is an enormous circular fountain that shoots jets of water as high as 120 feet into the air. At night, the fountain is illuminated in different colours, making for a stunning scene. You can find Friendship Fountain on Museum Circle. It’s on the west end of the Southbank Riverwalk, next to the Museum of Science and History. Admission is free.

After discovering how much there is to see and do in Jacksonville, it’s easy to see why it could be one of the best cities for travel this summer. Just make sure you allow yourself enough time to fit in all the things you want to do and see!

What do you think you’d like the most about Jacksonville, Florida?

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24 Comments

  1. July 30, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Oh my goodness, it looks like an amazing place to visit. Would love to visit the sanctuary and plantation

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:46 pm

      Kingsley Plantation really appeals to me – love a bit of history!

  2. July 30, 2017 / 10:40 am

    I absolutely love Florida but I’ve never been to Jacksonville. Looks great though, will have to check it out next time I’m there.

    Katie xoxo

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I’m sure you’d love it 🙂

  3. July 30, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    It looks fantastic – that fountain particularly stands out.
    I’ve never thought of Jacksonville as somewhere I wanted to visit but now I’m dying to go!

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      I love the look of Friendship Fountain too, but I think I’d love exploring all of Jacksonville’s attractions.

  4. July 30, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Interesting! I didn’t know much about Jacksonville, so it’s great to learn about a new place xx

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I was surprised at how much there is to see and do there

  5. July 30, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    This looks like a stunning place to visit. I’d love to tKe photos by those fountains!

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      For sure – I can imagine myself taking hundreds of photos, LOL.

  6. glamorous glutton
    July 30, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Jacksonville looks like a great place to visit with plenty to see and do. GG

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      I agree – I’d never tire of things to do here!

  7. July 30, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I really want to visit Florida! I would love to go to the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary too

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Florida has been on my bucket list for some time, and writing this post has made me want to go even more.

  8. July 30, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    I would love to visit Florida and would make the most of the Friendship Fountain! 🙂

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      I’d love to take some snaps for Instagram there 🙂

  9. July 31, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Florida – and Jacksonville – are new places to me, places I had absolutely no clue about. I’d love to visit some day, and check out the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary especially. Love the sound of that! 🙂
    Great post!

    • July 31, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked my post. The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary looks so good, I can’t wait to check it out someday.

  10. July 31, 2017 / 9:43 am

    That looks like a fab place to visit! So many interesting things to see and do!

    • July 31, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      I don’t think I’d ever get bored here!

  11. July 31, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Wow, this is absolutely looks a nice place to visit with my family and I hope we can go there this summer

    • July 31, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      I bet you’d love it – there’s something for everyone here 🙂

  12. July 31, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    The Kingsley plantation sounds so interesting! The fountain is beautiful, too 🙂

    • August 2, 2017 / 11:17 am

      I love the Friendship Fountain – it really caught my eye when I was researching what Jacksonville has to offer.

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