Jacksonville International Airport is located 21km north of downtown Jacksonville. With car rental available on site at the airport and excellent links to the interstate network; hiring a car is the perfect way to begin exploring both Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
What is There to Do in Jacksonville?
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens houses over 2,000 animals. Having grown from its modest beginnings in Springfield, it’s now considered one of the city's premier attractions. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Why not catch a game of American football at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville? You could also visit the home stadium of the Jacksonville Jaguars who play in the National Football League (NFL).
For a good day out why not drive over to Hanna Park in your rental car? It's just one of many nearby state and city parks. Consisting of 447 acres of parkland and beaches, there’s also a visitor centre and shuffleboard and volleyball courts.
Visit the Jacksonville Landing, a 126,000 square feet shopping and historic museum complex. It features 65 stores as well as dining facilities with full-service restaurants, plus a food court and entertainment. The Landing stages a variety of special events and there is weekly live music on the courtyard stage.
Jacksonville is also home to a number of museums and theatres such as the Museum of Science and History on the Southbank Riverwalk. Alternatively, why not catch a performance at The Ritz Theatre?
Day Trips From Jacksonville
Rent a car and drive west of Jacksonville to Tallahassee. Popular attractions include the Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens, the Museum of Florida History, and Lake Ella.
Savannah to the north is in the state of Georgia and also worth a trip. The oldest city in Georgia, drive through the Savannah Historic District, visit Summer Waves Water Park or head over to Fort James Jackson. This is a restored 19th Century fort located one mile east of Savannah.
Gainesville lies an hour south west of Jacksonville. It hosts a number of art festivals throughout the year and has a number of museums and art galleries that include the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art.