Top Attractions in Jacksonville

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Your adventure begins with a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie and it only gets sweeter from there. Order in a meal or stop at one of our onsite restaurants before heading out for a day (or night) of exploration in the virbrant downtown area, the urban core and heart of Jacksonville. DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront affords guests easy access to some of the best attractions in Jacksonville, FL, including The Jacksonville Riverwalk, encompassing three perfect miles for jogging, strolling or taking incredible skyline photographs.

If you're traveling with kids, head over to the Museum of Science and History and tour 12,000 years of Northeast Florida History together. We are also a top choice among hotels near Everbank Field Jacksonville, the home stadium of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Use our guide below to locate some of the best things to do nearby and feel free to ask our helpful staff members for their own favorite local hotspots.

Top Things to Do in Jacksonville

3800 Old Gunpowder Road
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 953-0100

Jacksonville Riverwalk

Located on the north and south banks of the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville, the 3-mile Jacksonville Riverwalk is perfect for a stroll or a jog on the water or perhaps a famous skyline photograph. Take in the inspired city lights as they twinkle across the water of the St. Johns River in the evening or be mesmerized by the sun shimmering across the river every morning while enjoying breakfast on your walkout balcony.

7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076

Arundel Mills Mall
(410) 540-5100

Come see a Medieval Times jousting tournament, win big at the slots or update your wardrobe at Arundel Mills Mall. The largest outlet and retail shopping center in Maryland boasts more than enough shops, restaurants, and entertainment options to keep the whole family busy.

13710 Central Avenue
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Six Flags
(301) 249-1500

In the mood for some heart-stopping roller coaster action? Head to Six Flags America for a constantly updated array of rides, games and coasters. Then cool off at the Hurricane Harbor Water Park next door, which features one of the country's largest wave pools.

7002 Arundel Mills Circle #777
Hanover, MD 21076

Maryland Live! Casino
(443) 445-2500

Book a date with Lady Luck at the Maryland Live Casino, one of the nation's largest gaming, entertainment, and retail destinations. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone ages 21+, the casino features over 4,300 slots and electronic table games, 122 live table games, and 52 poker tables.

6600 Kenilworth Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737

Historic Prince George's County

Nearby, find Prince George's County and explore several exciting historic sites that are both educational and fun. Gaze upon the the beautiful Georgian architecture of Montpelier Mansion, or dive into an ancient history lesson at Dinosaur Park. On the first and third Saturdays of each month, the whole family will enjoy a free program where you'll examine ancient fossils with paleontologists and volunteers.

13950 Old Gunpowder Road
Laurel, MD 20707

Fairlands Aquatic Center
(301) 362-6060

This massive facility houses indoor pools, including a 50-meter for swim competitions, locker rooms and an outdoor beach volleyball court.

198 Laurel Race Track Road
Laurel, MD 20724

Laurel Park Horse Track
(301) 362-6060

There's nothing quite as heart- or hoof-pounding as the action of live horse racing at Laurel Park. With races every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Laurel Park is the ultimate destination for a great weekend filled with family fun.

8251 Preston Court
Jessup, MD 20794

Autobahn Indoor Speedway
(410) 880-0010

Enjoy the speed and exhilaration of indoor go-kart racing in a safe space at this fun-filled, family-friendly facility offering tracks for driving high-speed go-karts at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour.

14828 Baltimore Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Laurel Towne Center

Shop brand name stores, dine at some of the best restaurants and catch a movie at Towne Centre, a perfect spot for endless entertainment in Laurel, MD. Stores include everything from Sports Authority to Old Navy. Need a ride? Our complimentary shuttle will take you there! Learn more at

The Jacksonville Riverwalk

Located on the north and south banks of the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville, the 3-mile Jacksonville Riverwalk is perfect for a stroll or a jog on the water or perhaps a famous skyline photograph. Take in the inspired city lights as they twinkle across the water of the St. Johns River in the evening or be mesmerized by the sun shimmering across the river every morning while enjoying breakfast on your walkout balcony.

EverBank Field

Are you a football fanatic? Enjoy easy access to EverBank Field, the home stadium facility of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. The football stadium also hosts the annual NCAA University of Florida vs. University of Georgia and Gator Bowl football games as well as numerous concerts and special events. If you're interested in private events, consider the stadium's 2 cabanas and three football fields of grass for entertainment and parties, the East and West Clubs, the Bud Light Party Zone and the exclusive Terrace Suite. Call (904) 633-6100 for more info.

The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

This 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Jacksonville hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year, from WNBA games to rock concerts and beyond. Built in 2003 as part of Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan, the venue is home to the Jacksonville Sharks and has hosted WWE events, basketball games, comedy acts and more. Call (904) 630-3900 for more info about upcoming events.

Museum of Science and History

The whole family will leave The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) with fresh perspectives on the world and its vibrant history. Explore the stunning exhibit the Currents of Time, which covers 12,000 years of Northeast Florida History or the Florida Naturalist's Center, where visitors can get acquainted with Northeast Florida's native wildlife. Located on the Southbank Riverwalk, MOSH is the city's most visited museum. Call (904) 396-6674 for more info.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

This museum's collection is especially bountiful in European and American paintings while also holding substantial displays of Meissen porcelain. View nearly 5,000 objects in its Permanent Collection, encompassing world-class art spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century. The Gardens are also something to be seen, spanning 2.5 acres of early 20th century garden design, featuring reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments and stunning sculptures. Call (904) 356-6857 for more info.

The Florida Theatre

Open since 1927, this historic theatre hosts everything from ballet and opera to contemporary pop, jazz, rock, country and blues across 200 cultural and entertainment events annually. Considered an anchor to the downtown area along the gorgeous St. Johns River, The Florida Theatre sees more than 250,000 people a year. The restored arts and culture center is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call (904) 355-2787 for tickets.

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts

This esteemed performing arts center is situated along the Riverbank and hosts professional and community artistry in downtown Jacksonville. Events have included Broadway shows like Mamma Mia!, the Jacksonville Symphony, popular comedy acts, cultural events and festivals and some of the most popular names in music. Call (904) 633-6110 for more info.

The Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing, encompassing 126,000 square feet, is home to year-round entertainment, a diverse array of waterfront dining options, an inside shopping mall and some of the best nightlife in the city's urban center. Spectacularly situated on the shores of St. Johns River, The Jacksonville Landing hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including superhero-themed 5K marathons, local dance productions, free live music on the riverfront stage, exciting giveaways and more. Call (904) 353-1188 for more info.

Historic Districts: Riverside/Avondale and San Marco

The Riverside and Avondale districts form one of the South’s most substantial neighborhoods designated on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you'll find the largest collection of Prairie-style homes outside the Midwest and much more.

The Jacksonville Zoo

Sitting at the mouth of the Trout River, the Jacksonville Zoo occupies approximately 117 acres and holds more than 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in its impressive collection. Must-see exhibits include Wild Florida, 2.5 acres of natural wetlands consisting of native animals like alligators, black bears, red wolves, whooping cranes, bald eagles, bobcats and Florida panthers. You're also encouraged to visit Stingray Bay, where guests can pet and feed the stingrays in a fun and interactive exhibit. Call (904) 757-4463 for more info.