Not only is Jacksonville, Florida the largest city by area in the contiguous US, it also has the largest urban park system in the country. Jacksonville is home to the second largest Jazz Festival in the US, bringing artists in from around the country to perform. The festival takes place in May each year and is a popular tourist attraction. For some spooky local history, the River City Haunts walking tours take place on Friday nights. These lantern-guided tours throughout the alley’s and haunted buildings of Jacksonville are sure to keep you entertained.
Once you step off your private jet you’ll find that Jacksonville offers the convenience of a big city and a proximity to the great outdoors. Beautiful golf courses, parks with hiking and walking trails, beaches, art and history museums and more vie for the visitor’s attention. There really is something for every traveler in Jacksonville.
Cuisine: Jacksonville cuisine, like many Florida cities, has been influenced by Spanish flavors. It is also easy to find the Southern US style of cooking, with cornbread on the side of plates in many diners and barbecue with a mustard-based sauce as a regional feature.
Must See: Jacksonville Landing Market on Fridays from 10-2 offers shopping for goods as well as prepared foods and produce. The market often hosts musicians and entertainers for your enjoyment.
Lodging: The Hotel Indigo Jacksonville Deerwood Park is next to a lake and surrounded by small shops and restaurants. The unique hotel has a friendly, accommodating staff and a pool.
Ground Transportation: Jacksonville Skyway Monorail stops at stations throughout the city, while two rail systems connect outlying areas.
Packing Tips: For a trip to Jacksonville you should pack light layers. Although the climate is subtropical, its northern location allows for seasonal changes and temperature dips. You should prepare for both warm weather in the day and cool temperatures at night.
Recommended Books: Historic Photos of Jacksonville by Carolyn Williams tracks the progression of Jacksonville through yesteryear with still images. You can use the images in the book to compare what the city looked like then and now.
Currency: The US Dollar is the local currency.
Calling Code United States: 1
Best Travel Dates: This city lies just inside the Northeast corner of Florida, giving it a slightly milder climate and seasonal change that southern Florida cities don’t experience. The best times to visit are March-April and October-November in order to enjoy warm temperatures and low humidity.