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Things to do in Jacksonville Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Jacksonville Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Jacksonville Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Jacksonville Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Jacksonville Area.

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  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Jacksonville

    Enjoy a free tour and beer tasting. More
  • Castillo de San Marcos

    Imposing 17th-century fort that makes a good jumping-off point for a walking tour of St. Augustine's 144-block historic downtown. More
  • Colonial Spanish Quarter

    In St. Augustine's Old Town, the city’s Mediterranean roots are most evident; take a time-warp stroll past the Castillo de San Marcos and the evoca... More
  • Cool Moose Coffee Company

    Grab a caffeinated pick-me-up at the friendly shop. More
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

    Then hit the museum 19th-century masterpieces from Thomas Moran. More
  • Daytona Speedway

    The wide beaches here are lounge-worthy, but thanks to Daytona’s role as a motoring mecca for the Daytona 500 (mid-Feb.), driving is permitted on t... More
  • Fernandina Beach

    When you’re not lounging on the crystal sand here, stroll around the tiny town. Built in the 19th century, it’s full of ornate, lovingly restored V... More
  • Fountain of Youth

    Take a pit stop at the hokey but endearing Fountain of Youth. Who knows if the free slug of water is better than Botox, but it’s great fun. More
  • Golf Club of Jacksonville

    Tee off at this affordable PGA-managed course. More
  • Jacksonville MOCA

    Browse the exhibitions—the permanent hoard includes work by Calder, Paschke, and Rauschenberg. More
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

    The white rhinos here are a captive rarity. More
  • Little and Big Talbot Islands

    Take the Mayport Ferry (cars $5) across to the beaches to a bird-filled state park that’s laced with a four-mile trail that loops past the park’s b... More
  • McK's Tavern

    Guzzle one of 30-plus beers on tap at this unfussy Irish pub. More
  • Obsession Charters

  • Palace Saloon

    Grab a drink at this atmospheric 1878 saloon, with its carved mahogany bar and tin ceiling, claims to be the oldest bar in Florida. More

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