What are the best things to see and do in Jacksonville?

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Natalie Wearstler

It may be hard to narrow down the best of countless activities at your disposal during a trip to Jacksonville. Lucky for you, we’ve whittled down the options and come up with the five best things to see and do:
 
1. Attend a First Wednesday Art Walk. Take in the city’s diverse arts scene at the monthly First Wednesday Art Walk. The free self-guided tour includes over two dozen galleries and cultural hotspots condensed within a 15-block radius. Be sure to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida that showcases established and up-and-coming artists; Southlight Gallery, a space where prominent local artists display their latest work; and Hemming Plaza, where one can find live music and vendors selling original paintings, jewelry and photography.

2. Go see a football game. Cheer on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Jags are a source of deep local pride, and several season ticket holders brag that they’ve attended each game since the franchise first kicked off in 1995.

3. Stroll the Northbank Riverwalk. Dubbed the “River City” for its proximity to the St. Johns River, downtown Jacksonville is home to one of the prettiest riverfront skylines around. Take it all in on the Riverwalk, a paved walkway that stretches just under two miles along the water.

4. Get salty at the beach. Cast a line, catch a wave or simply build a sandcastle on Jacksonville Beach, a nearby city located just 20 minutes from downtown Jacksonville.
 
5. Stare in awe at the Blue Angels. The famous flight demonstration squadron of the United States Navy first took off from Naval Air Station Jacksonville in 1946. Although the Blue Angels perform in cities around the country each year, there’s something special about seeing those famous blue F/A-18 Hornets zip by in their hometown skies.

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