Jacksonville, a metropolitan center of over one million people, is a friendly and comfortable place – a coastal community of neighborhoods as unique as the people who live in them. Outdoor activities abound, with 68 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, 300 miles of river, and every imaginable topography in between. Whether you have the desire to shop, an ear for music, or an attitude for action, Jacksonville is an oasis for visitors.
Home to the southeast’s largest modern and contemporary art museum, endless miles of beautiful beaches, and sparkling, translucent waters, cultural pursuits from cool jazz to hot clubs and a remarkable concentration of high-end and ethnically diverse restaurants, Jacksonville offers visitors the true spirit of northeast Florida with marvelous meals, flamboyant exhibits, peaceful landscapes and gorgeous gardens.
The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts attracts thousands of theatre and music fans every month. The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCAJ) also has the distinction of being designed by an award-winning design collaborative who converted the Art Deco, 1930’s building into a city cultural landmark.
With its year-round balmy weather, northeast Florida is a bonanza for sports enthusiasts. Enjoy football frenzy in the fall when the Jacksonville Jaguars take to the field. Jacksonville also hosts college match-ups such as the Florida/Georgia game and the Toyota Gator Bowl. Jacksonville has also been home to the ACC Championship Game for the last two years and the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 2006.