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Eco-Happiness

Paddle your way through Jacksonville--we have more than 30 public ramps accessible to visitors.

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Downtown Jacksonville

There is always something to do in Downtown, The Jacksonville Landing is known for their weekly events in the courtyard.

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Do you SUP?

Duval county is home to three beaches; Atlantic, Neptune and Jax.

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Take a hike on the Jax Ale Trail

With 8 craft breweries and counting, we encourage you to try a local pint!

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Florida Theatre

Florida Theatre is a preimer venue in Downtown Jacksonville. See top acts from concerts to comedy.

Quality of Life

There’s so much to do at any given time!

Fortune 500 companies, one of the top ports in the nation, two navy bases, two major universities, an NFL franchise, 22 miles of uncrowded beaches, an ecological preserve, diverse cultural options, a thriving culinary scene and an exciting nightlife make Jacksonville an ideal destination. Jacksonville often makes the list as one of the Top Cities for jobseekers and young professionals and the reason is easy to spot, our cost of living is more affordable than any other Florida city, with some of the lowest housing prices in the Sunshine State. Affordability combined with the region’s natural and cultural offerings make Jacksonville the place to live and play!

If you’re looking for excitement, Jacksonville is the place to be. You can have an eco-adventure at our more than 80,000 acres of parks (our park system is four times the size of manhattan!), skydive, take helicopter tours of the coastline, relax at the beach, dine in 5-star restaurants, explore the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and its 2,400 rare and exotic animals, browse through local crafts at ArtWalk or see the latest movie at the historic San Marco Theater. Like we said, so much to do at any given time!

See Where Jacksonville Ranks:

  • Bold Bean Coffee Roasters named one of the Top 24 U.S. Coffee Shops to Visit Before You Die by BuzzFeed. (2015)
  • Pollstar ranked the Florida Theatre among the Top 100 most attended theatres worldwide for 2014. – Pollstar Magazine (2015)
  • Jacksonville was rated the second most affordable vacation city in the U.S. - GObankingrates.com (2015)
  • CIO Magazine Includes Jacksonville Among Top Effective, Innovative Users of IT. Jacksonville is one of only three local governments to win 2015 CIO 100 Award. (2015)
  • The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. (2015)
  • Users of the Foursquare app have rated Jacksonville ice cream shop Dreamette the best in Florida. (2015)
  • Jacksonville ranked 41 in the top 50 best cities in America for 2014 – MOVOTO (2015)
  • The Alhambra was named one of Jacksonville's Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Jacksonville by USA Today. (2015)
  • Jacksonville fourth-best in state for young job seekers according to Nerdwallet.com (2015)
  • Jacksonville ranked No. 1 among U.S. Cities Where Hispanics Are Doing The Best Economically. – Forbes (2015)
  • Florida Theatre among the Top 100 most attended theatres worldwide for 2014. (2015)
  • Olympian and world-renown distance runner Jeff Galloway lists the 26.2 with Donna Marathon in Jacksonville Beach as one of the top six most scenic races in America in his new book America’s Best Places to Run. (2015)
  • Jacksonville's Kickbacks, Grassroots make RateBeer.com's "Best Awards" list for 2014. In the beer retailer rankings, Kickbacks Gastropub/Goozlepipe & Guttyworks was named best Florida restaurant, and Grassroots Natural Market was named best grocery store in the state. – RateBeer.com (2015)
  • Jax Beach makes the list of Florida's top 15 beaches – Thrillist (2015)
  • The Jacksonville Aviation Authority announced that Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) ranked Third in the Best Airport by Region: North America category of the Airports Council International's (ACI's) 2014 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. (2015)
  • Atlantic Beach named in Travel Channel's Top 10 Best Florida Beaches (2015)
  • Jacksonville was found to be the “gayest” city in Florida (with the highest LGBT population in the state) – New York Times (2015)
  • According to Livability.com, Jacksonville’s Dog Wood Park is one of “The 5 Most Woof-Worthy Dog Parks in America” – Livability.com (2015)
  • CouponsDaily pronounced Jacksonville the 3rd Cheapest Spring Break Destination – CouponsDaily (2015)
  • Dos Gatos in Downtown Jacksonville is one of the Top 100 Bars in the South- Southern Living Magazine (2014)
  • The Florida Theater in Downtown Jacksonville is one of the Best 100 Theaters in the world- PollStar (2013)
  • Jacksonville is No. 6 in the Top 10 Best Cities in Florida list- Movoto.com (2014)
  • Jacksonville Beach makes list of Top 10 Most Exciting Suburbs in America- Movoto.com (2014)
  • Jacksonville is the Most Digitally Dependent city in the nation – IDC, Intel.com (2014)
  • Jacksonville is No. 37 among Best Cities for Saving Account Rates- GOBankingRates (2014)
  • Matthews’s Restaurant, One Ocean and Azurea make it into the AAA Diamond ranking (2014)
  • Ranked #35 America's Most Playful Cities – Sperling’s Best Places (2014)
  • Olio in Downtown Jacksonville is one of the Best Places for Foodies in Florida- CheapFlights.com UK (2014)
  • Jacksonville is No. 9 in the Top 10 Super Bowl Viewing Markets- ESPN.com (2014)
  • Jacksonville is ranked as the second best city for saving money in America- Go Banking Rates (2014)
  • Jacksonville is ranked as the top city to start a business in 2014- WalletHub (2014)
  • The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville ranked in the top 25 Best Ballparks in the Minors. – Baseball America (2015)
  • Jacksonville is the 21st best baseball city – Sperling’s Best Places (2014)
  • Jacksonville is the only city in the US with two Proton Therapy facilities (2014)
  • Jacksonville’s Sandalwood High School won the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition in the ProStart Culinary Team Competition (2014)
  • Two of Jacksonville’s breweries, Engine 15 and Intuition Aleworks, made Draft Magazine’s list of “Around Florida in 11 beers” – Draft Magazine (2014)
  • Jacksonville is ranked No. 9 in Forbes’ “Cities Gaining the Most College Graduates”- Forbes (2014)
  • Forbes listed Jacksonville as the No. 4 city for jobs- Forbes (2014)
  • Jacksonville is 7th Most Popular City for the Holidays – Sperling’s Best Places (2014)
  • Jacksonville ranked 19th Most Energetic City – Sperling’s Best Places (2014)
  • Destination Seeker ranked Jacksonville No. 3 on their list of “15 Best Places to Live in Florida”- Destination Seeker (2014)
  • Jacksonville is ranked No. 20 on the “2014 Best & Worst Cities for Summer Travel- WalletHub (2014)
  • Jacksonville restaurant Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails named one of the best new restaurants in Florida by Florida Trend. (2014)
  • BREW Five Points named one of the best new coffee shops in  America. – Thrillist (2014)
  • One Spark Named Top 300 Festival in the World by Fest300 Magazine. (2014)
  • Jacksonville Among top 50 Best Cities In America For 2014 – Movoto (2014)
  • The Atlantic Beach Country Club ranked  25 out of 36 on Golf Digest list of best new golf courses. – Golf Digest (2014)
  • Jacksonville Ranks 3rd Among Top Digital Cities (2nd year in a row) - Center for Digital Government (2014)
  • Jacksonville was voted “Best City for Culture” for meetings and conventions. – ConventionSouth (2014)
  • Jacksonville No. 4 in the “South’s Top 10 Music Cities for Meetings & Events.” – Convention South (2014)
  • Jacksonville is the 6th most generous of largest U.S. cities – Chronicle of Philanthropy (2014)
  • Jacksonville’s Dog Wood Park named 10th best dog park in the US - Destinations Travel Magazine (2014)
  • Destination Seeker ranked Jacksonville No. 3 on their list of “15 Best Places to Live in Florida”- Destination Seeker (2014)

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