Jacksonville Travel Guide & Information

Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Florida. Visitors to Jacksonville will have an opportunity to enjoy a wealth of sunshine while being surrounded by beaches and tons of sightseeing. The city also presents a great opportunity to experience a host of natural wonders, including rivers, lakes and the ocean. The golden sand of Jacksonville and beautiful attractions, like Jacksonville Zoological Gardens and Adventure Landing amusement park, make it a popular holiday destination.

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Travel to Jacksonville, a destination that operates the largest urban park system in the United States. These internationally recognized parks provide access for people to boat, swim, fish, sail, Jet Ski, surf and water-ski. Flights to Jacksonville are your tickets to enjoying all of this and endless stretches of pristine beaches, while exploring the region’s unique shopping, numerous dining options and warm hospitality.

Located in a romantic setting amidst the scenic St. Johns River, Jacksonville is a thriving port town and one of the Southeast's major cultural, commercial, industrial and financial hubs. For travelers, this area offers a wealth of attractions and recreational opportunities. 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.

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Things to do in Jacksonville

Museums:

Jacksonville has several world class museums.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens: Recently expanded their art gallery and formal garden. Set alongside the Jacksonville waterfront, it features European and American paintings, as well as a large collection of early Meissen porcelain.

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The University of North Florida Gallery: Located on St. Johns Bluff Road, features several temporary exhibitions each year, including regional and national artists, as well as UNF faculty and student art.

Museum OfContemporary Art: This Museum was relocated to the Hemming Park location in the historic Western Union Telegraph Building and presents a large number of innovative contemporary art exhibits created by regional, national and international artists.

Prominent Attractions:

Jacksonville hosts several attractions well worth a visit.

The Jacksonville Landing: This riverfront marketplace features brand name stores showcasing the flavor of Northeast Florida. The attractions include waterfront dining, nightclubs and unique shops all in an urban, maritime setting.

The Slammer & Squire Golf course: Located at the World Golf Village, designed by Bobby Weed. With the intent to be both fun and interesting, the course features five sets of tees to choose from to accommodate players of all skill levels. It has hosted several nationally televised events, including the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and numerous championship events.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: The zoo boasts the second largest animal collection in the state with elephants, lions and jaguars, as well as a multitude of reptile houses, free flight aviaries and many other animals. It is an ideal spot to hang out with your kids if you are on a family vacation.

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Where to Stay in Jacksonville

From cheap hotels, to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, and resorts, Jacksonville offers hotels for every type of traveler.

Downtown: The Downtown area of Jacksonville is host to several attractions such as the Jacksonville Landing and the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Downtown includes the south & north banks of the narrowest part of the St. Johns River. The area is home to some several luxury and renowned hotel chains for budget and luxury travelers.

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Airport: Travelers who are visiting Jacksonville for business might want to choose to stay in one of the hotels close to the Airport. Those travelling for a shorter duration can also choose to stay in this area. The area has numerous renowned hotels to choose from like Comfort Suites, Clarion, Holiday Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information to Jacksonville, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Jacksonville

With a wealth of sunshine and plentiful attractions, Jacksonville is a popular destination to be enjoyed year round.

The most popular time to visit Jacksonville is during the summer months when the weather is at its best for sightseeing.

Budget travelers can visit Jacksonville during the winter months, which are characterized by dry, crisp days and chilly nights.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (June to October)

Off-Peak season: (December to February)

Jacksonville Weather

Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate with mild weather during the winter and hot weather during the summer.

* During winter, there can be hard freezes during the night. Such cold weather is usually short lived, as the city averages only 15 nights below freezing.

* The summer months of June, July and August are the wettest months of the year and July and August are also the hottest months of the year.

Currency and Language

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Jacksonville. Before departing, be sure to notify your bank with your dates of travel and ask about the cost for ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language.