Panorama of the Jacksonville city skyline from across the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Jacksonville is the largest city in land area in the United States (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Jacksonville is a very interesting city to visit and it is a place that I particularly enjoy. It may not have the name of Miami, but it certainly holds its own as a great Southern city. This is the best opportunity to show you a bit more about this great city and some of the amazing things that you can do while you are there. Read on to find out more.
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
This great museum has one of the best art collections in the southeastern part of the United States, and this is the reason that 130,000 people visit the museum annually! The museum was founded in the 1960s, and after the death of Ninah Cummer, she bequeathed her vast art collection and gardens to the museum. This collection today includes over five thousand artworks from various periods in history, from as early 2100 BC to works from the 21st century. The museum collection boasts a number of European and American paintings, as well as a large and impressive collection of Meissen porcelain. The gardens are equally stunning with three flower gardens that are gorgeous and well designed. This is one of my personal favourites in Jacksonville and something you absolutely must see when you visit.
EverBank Field is a great place to visit when you are in Jacksonville and is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team. The stadium plays host to one of the most incredible games of the year between the Universities of Florida and Georgia, which have an extremely fierce rivalry. If you do get the opportunity to attend this game when you are there, it will be almost life changing. If you have never been to an American football game full stop, you need to visit EverBank Field. There are also a number of hotels near EverBank Field, so this could be a great place to base yourself.
Strangely enough, this beautiful 32-acre urban waterfront park was once the home of the landfill that came from the city of Jacksonville. Thankfully, it is a now great viewing point of Jacksonville from the banks of the St. Johns River. This is the ideal place to get some stunning views, play on the playgrounds, have a picnic, or just enjoy the atmosphere of this lively park. The park also doubles as a concert venue, which provides an amazing backdrop for a live performance. So if you do get the chance, I would highly recommend catching a gig here too!
This public beach is one of my favourites in Jacksonville and it is interesting for a few reasons. Firstly, it is much less crowded than other beaches and is also very well-preserved. It is also home to roughly 15 miles of off-road bicycle trails, and these range from easy to difficult, so there is definitely something for everyone here. There are also several campsites that lie in the woods, as well as facilities for RVs. This is a great place for a beach camping experience.