Jacksonville is conveniently located on I-95 and I-10, making it the perfect destination for a hub-n-spoke tour! Day trips to Amelia Island, St. Augustine, and the Okefenokee Swamps are a breeze. Don’t miss the bus to the South’s newest destination.
Jacksonville, perfectly located on the Atlantic Coast in Northeast Florida, is Florida’s Natural Water Wonderland and an ideal destination for visitors traveling in groups. The abundant waterways, parks and ecological preserves, family attractions, accommodations and transportation options provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape the ordinary and relax in nature’s playground. Jacksonville is also consistently ranked as a Top 25 Arts Destinations in the nation.
There are awesome attractions for groups of every size!
The Beach – Perhaps the city’s most well know attraction, Jacksonville offers over 20 miles of white sand beaches. Jacksonville Beach also features a 1,000 foot fishing pier
Budweiser Brewery Tour – Guests discover first-hand how the world’s greatest beers are carefully crafted using the highest quality ingredients during complimentary tours. Guests 21 years of age can sample their favorite brews in the Hospitality Room or visit the Gift Shop for a wide selection of merchandise. Beermaster Tours and Beer School are also available for a cost.
The Alhambra Theatre & Dining – The Alhambra is the longest running professional dinner theater in the USA and a cultural icon in Jacksonville. Shows run year round and is a great evening outing for groups.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens – Boasts a collection of European Masters and American Impressionists. Don’t miss out more than two acres of historical gardens, some more than a century old!
Museum of Science & History (MOSH) – MOSH specializes in interactive science exhibits and Northeast Florida history. Galleries offer permanent exhibits including “Currents of Time,” “Atlantic Tails,” “Universe of Science,” “Water Worlds,” and “The Body Within.”
Riverside District – The reasons for visiting Jacksonville’s historic Riverside-Avondale district are plenty. For starters, it’s one of the most well-preserved historic neighborhoods in the United States, with over 5,000 historic buildings. Riverside-Avondale was named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the US by the American Planning Association. Riverside has a number of attractions, including the weekly Riverside Arts Market and the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens. Five Points is known for its eclectic shopping and vibrant art culture.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens – Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. A true family adventure, the Zoo has something for everyone with over 1,800 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.
EverBank Field – The permanent home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team plays nine home games in the stadium each year. EverBank is also the home of the college rivalry, Florida-Georgia Game, and the TaxSlayer Bowl, as well as several other events and concerts. The stadium is located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.
Catty Shack Ranch – Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization with a mission: “to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity”. Our primary focus is in the rescue of cats from serious situations. Once an animal is taken in at Catty Shack Ranch, they have a loving, forever home for life. Daytime Tours and Night Feeding tours are available for groups to see the big cats!
Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve – Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. The Timucuan Preserve includes Fort Caroline and Kingsley Plantation.
Kingsley Plantation – You can explore the grounds at Kingsley Plantation, which include the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretive garden. The visitor contact station/bookstore is located in a 1920s building adjacent to the plantation buildings. A ranger program is offered weekdays at 2:00 p.m. Please inquire at the visitor contact station.
Fort Caroline National Memorial – Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida. Here you will find stories of exploration, survival, religious disputes, territorial battles, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans. The fort is a replica of what the original fort looked like in 1664.
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens – The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. From the trailhead next to the parking lot, a stabilized walkway encircles a beautiful two-acre lake. This trail gently descends about 25 feet from to the foot of the lake and then returns up a gentle slope on the opposite side to the trailhead. Interpretive signs and over 100 labeled plants enhance the loop.
Ritz Theatre and Museum – The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida. Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.