The Best Jacksonville Attractions at Your Fingertips

Explore our Jacksonville area guide and interactive map to find the best things to do, see, and eat in Jacksonville.

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 Jacksonville attractions, 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 Jacksonville, FL attractions and feel free to ask our helpful staff members for their own favorite local hotspots.

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. At the centerpiece of the Riverwalk sits Jacksonville's iconic Friendship Fountain Park and Museum of Science & History (MOSH).

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.

Best Bet Jacksonville

Just 15 minutes away from DoubleTree Jacksonville sits the "best bet" facility housing the new Jacksonville Poker Room. The Best Bet Jacksonville poker room is Florida’s newest and largest poker room in the state! The establishment features 70 tables and spreads all poker games at all limits. Did you travel to Jacksonville to aim high? The facility boasts a  High Limit Room to meet each players individual betting needs. The facility proudly features award winning dealers and floor staff that will insure you’ll have a great poker experience. The poker room is open Sunday - Thursday from 10am to 4am and operates for 24 hours on Friday & Saturday. 

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. 

First Wednesday Art Walk

The first Wednesday of each month, Downtown Vision, Inc. hosts the “First Wednesday Art Walk” which brings the streets of Downtown Jacksonville alive with art of all kinds.  The First Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Jacksonville is a program developed to bring citizens to the historical and cultural center of the city and to highlight Jacksonville’s deep pool of creative talent. There are several independent venues, serving as galleries that feature local, original work. All locations are approximately within a 6 block radius of one another. A map of the galleries can be acquired at any of the venues, including MOCA Jax, the Jacksonville Landing, and Art Walk Headquarters at 100 N. Laura Street. You’ll find an Artist Bazaar in Hemming Plaza where you will find belly dancers, live bands, a drum circle, martial artists, acrobatics, break dancing and a live marching band! More Information

Riverside Arts Market

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront is a proud sponsor of Riverside Arts Market. Every Saturday from April – December, visitors to the Riverside Arts Market are intrigued by the kaleidoscope of possibilities under the soaring canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. Admission is FREE for everyone! Eclectic varieties of art are available for viewing and purchase. Also featured: Live Music, Jugglers, clowns, magicians, balloon artists, troubadours, and performance artists are among the impromptu entertainers, and a local produce market. In addition, RAM is the terminus of the River Walk, which connects you a wonderful array of activities along the river. R.A.M. is also accessible via Water Taxi. More Information


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