The River City

Jacksonville, Florida is known as the "River City" for a reason as the heart of downtown rests alongside the St. John's River in Northeast Florida. Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States in landmass, and with so much space comes ample opportunities to have fun during your free time!


Shopping in Jacksonville is abundant! With so many options available, you'll always have access to whatever you're looking for; whether it be that new outfit or the latest electronic gadget, there's something for everyone. Jacksonville has:

  • Three area malls
  • Three town centers
  • Two outlet malls
  • Several local boutiques

Hungry? You'll love the dining available in Jacksonville! Take a drive to the Riverside and San Marco districts to find your fill of everything from sushi to sandwich shops and grills to the best Italian and pizza around. Find your way into small, cozy coffee shops where you can sit and study, or get together with friends and just hang out. From inexpensive and ordinary to the pricey and eclectic, there's always something to match your wallet and your taste buds!


Jacksonville has entertainment for all! Visit the Jacksonville Zoo, which is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. Swing downtown to the Jacksonville Landing which is a hub of hustle and bustle for our city. With several art museums and galleries, you can get your fill of culture. When it's sunny and warm, just grab some friends and head out to the beach where you can just relax and soak up the sun, or rent a surfboard for any number of local shops and go get wet! Jacksonville offers:

  • 15 miles of beautiful beaches
  • Over 50 golf courses
  • More than 350 parks and recreation facilities (one of the largest systems in the US!)
  • Consistent local events and outdoor exhibits
  • St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, just 30 minutes South
  • Amusement Parks within a few hours drive both North and South
    • Wild Adventures (1.5 hours)
    • Disney World (2 hours)
    • Universal Studios (2 hours)
    • Sea World (2 hours)
    • Busch Gardens (2.5 hours)
  • Four Family Fun Centers (mini-golf, arcades, dining, go-karts)
  • 2 Water Parks
  • Inland and Ocean Fishing
  • Minor-league Baseball, Basketball and Hockey teams, as well as the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars