Expert Travel Advice to Jacksonville

Top Answers To Jacksonville Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
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  • Anonymous user answered:
    The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is a favorite destination for those who wish to cast a line. You will want to check with park authorities on crab catch. There are times of the day and year when crabs are protected for breeding purposes. The following site should help you find a host of activities for the family: http://bit.ly/cjPq1T Have a great trip!
  • Alistair answered:
    I haven't spent any time in Jacksonville itself, but would highly recommend a trip up to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. The beaches up here are gorgeous and really very quiet, particularly around Little Talbot Island State Park and as you hit the southern end of Amelia Island. It's about an hour's drive from downtown Jacksonville. I have heard good things about the zoo at Jacksonville, plus the kayak tours that take you out into some of the nearby waterways and marshes. For culture vultures, there's a few museums like the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Museum of Science & History (with small aquarium and animal exhibits, which younger travelers might enjoy). The city puts on a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival (Memorial Day weekend) and the annual Springing the Blues Festival. And of course, no self-respecting pirate lover should miss Fernandina Beach's Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Fest, with shrimp-boat races, mock pirate invasions, and lots of yummy seafood!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Carrie McLaren, Visit Jacksonville's Communications Manager, gave us this very detailed and helpful response when we contacted her about your question. Check out the Visit Jacksonville website (www.visitjacksonville.com) for more info on things to see and do in Jacksonville. While the Beaches area is about a 25- to 30-minute ride from Downtown, public bus transportation is available. I would suggest checking out the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's website at www.jtaonthemove.com for routes and bus times. Downtown Jacksonville is a very pedestrian-friendly destination with great hotels, museums, shopping, restaurants, and performing art venues all within walking distance of each other. One great thing about our Downtown is the unique transportation opportunities. The St. Johns River runs through the middle of Downtown and we have water taxis available connecting the North and Southbank riverfronts. Both Downtown bridges have pedestrian-friendly bike lines and sidewalks for those looking for some great exercise. Plus, there is a free trolley providing another fun mode of transportation. Our Skyway Express, setup very similar to the monorail at Disney World, also connects travelers throughout Downtown for the low price of 35 cents! Some of the best attractions downtown include: The Jacksonville Landing (www.jacksonvillelanding.com), home to shopping, restaurants, nightclubs and free live entertainment every weekend in the riverfront courtyard. Next door sits the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts -- home to the Jacksonville Symphony (www.jaxsymphony.org) and our FCCJ Artist Series (artistsseries.fccj.org) featuring on- and off-Broadway shows throughout the year. The Florida Theatre (www.floridatheatre.com) just two blocks from the riverfront is home to over 200 cultural events annually and is filled with history.

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