Popular Landmarks and Attractions in Jacksonville, Florida

Discover the top things to see and do in Florida's largest city.
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Photo By: Greg Downing, Visit Jacksonville

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Jacksonville Landing

Located along the north bank of the St. Johns River, Jacksonville Landing offers waterfront dining, exclusive nightclubs, outdoor concerts and shopping. The Landing hosts more than 350 events each year, including festivities for the Florida-Georgia college football matchup, an annual Christmas tree lighting, a St. Patrick's Day celebration and a New Year's Eve party. 

Main Street Bridge

Officially named the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, this bridge crossing the St. Johns River is one of downtown Jacksonville's most prominent landmarks. The 1,900-foot-long bridge opened in 1941 and was named for Mayor John T. Alsop Jr. in 1957. 

Hemming Plaza

Located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Hemming Plaza is the oldest park in the city, established in 1857. The Confederate statue in the center of the Plaza is one of very few structures still intact from before the Great Fire of 1901, which destroyed more than 2,300 buildings in downtown Jacksonville.

St. James Building

Downtown Jacksonville is home to the one of the largest collections of prairie-style buildings outside the Midwest, thanks in part to architect Henry John Klutho, who helped rebuild the city after the Great Fire of 1901. Klutho, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed many buildings still standing in downtown Jacksonville, including the St. James Building. Originally designed as a mixed-use building containing the Cohen Brothers Department Store, the St. James now houses Jacksonville City Hall. 

Friendship Fountain

When it was completed in 1965, Friendship Fountain in downtown Jacksonville was the world's largest and tallest fountain, with pumps that could push water 10 stories high. In 2011 the fountain underwent a $3 million restoration: Walkways and picnic areas were added around the fountain, and colorful lights were incorporated for an incredible show at night. 

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

One of the largest art institutions in the Southeast, the Cummer Museum houses more than 500 works spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century. Set on the banks of the St. Johns River, the lush gardens feature rare horticultural specimens nestled under a canopy of mature live oak trees. 

Florida Theatre

Built in 1927, the Florida Theatre is the largest movie palace in Jacksonville and one of only four movie palaces of the era still operating in Florida. The theatre hosts more than 200 performances each year, ranging from ballets to rock concerts.

Museum of Science and History

The Museum of Science and History houses the Bryan Gooding Planetarium – the largest single-lens planetarium in the world – plus a range of rotating and permanent exhibits exploring nature, history andscience. Notable exhibits include Water Worlds, which showcases aquatic animals found throughout Florida and beyond, and Currents in Time, which takes visitors through the history of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Frequently ranked as one of the best zoos in the country, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens houses more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plant species. A few highlights: the award-winning Range of the Jaguar exhibit, the Giraffe Overlook and the 1,400-square-foot African Loop. There's also a Play Park and Splash Grounds for the kids.

EverBank Field

Home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, EverBank Field also hosts the annual Florida-Georgia college football matchup and the Gator Bowl, a post-season college bowl game. EverBank Field seats 67,246, butadditional temporary seats can be added to expand the capacity to well over 82,000.

Adventure Landing

Located just off the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, this family amusement center offers a water park with a wave pool, 12 slides, spray nozzles and Florida's only uphill water coaster. There's also miniature golf, an arcade, go-karts and laser tag. 

Jacksonville Beach

Located 20 miles east of downtown Jacksonville, the city of Jacksonville Beach boasts more than 4 miles of sandy beaches, a famous fishing pier and a newly redesigned golf course. Other beach communities near Jacksonville include Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Jacksonville Beach Pier

Extending nearly a quarter mile into the ocean, the Jacksonville Beach Pier is the perfect place to fish or just admire the Atlantic. The 1,320-foot-long pier features several fish-cleaning stations, a concession area, a bait shop and restrooms.

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