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Why Go To Jacksonville

Jacksonville isn't your typical Florida vacation destination: It's not right on the beach like Miami , it's not choked with theme parks like Orlando and it's not small and quaint like Key West . Most travelers use this expansive city primarily as a jumping-off point for the nearby beach communities of Amelia Island and Ponte Vedra Beach or hopping on a cruise . But Jacksonville does have the makings of a great getaway. Attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Museum of Science & History will keep the kiddos happy while historic sites (like the Kingsley Plantation ) and art museums (like the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art ) draw the cultured and curious.

Native Americans saw the desirability of northeast Florida; the Jacksonville area was the first year-round Native American settlement in North America. And the region thrived as a hotbed for agriculture during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, Jacksonville continues to flourish as a business center, though it doesn't draw the crowds of the state's other tourism hot spots just yet. You'll mostly find chain hotels here, and the art scene has only recently begun to branch out beyond museum walls, but Jacksonville is on the rise. And now's the time to experience downtown's Tudor mansions and unique Southern charm without paying the overwhelming rates associated with already established tourism destinations.

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The best times to visit Jacksonville are from March to May and September to November. These shoulder seasons see pleasant weather, as well as fewer tourists and lower prices than the summer months. June through August is peak travel season in northeast Florida, with hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine drawing beach bums in droves. Winter, on the other hand, can see average temperatures drop into the 40s, driving visitors away and prices way down. If you're looking for a deal, then plan on a cold-weather visit to Jacksonville.

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It gets cold here  Unlike other Florida destinations, Jacksonville can experience chilly temperatures. If you want to hit the beach, avoid a wintertime visit.

You'll want a car Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States by area, and the beaches are about 30 miles away, so plan to rent a car.

There's an artsy side  Jacksonville is known for its creativity; take a break from the beach to visit sites like the Cummer Museum  and the  Riverside Arts Market .

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Avoid the summer season  Colder winters in northeast Florida means that the area sees a larger influx of tourists – and, ultimately, higher hotel rates – during the summer months.

Stay in Jacksonville  Even if you're planning on hitting the beach, Jacksonville will be a better bet for bargain hotel rates than the high-end communities of  Ponte Vedra Beach  or  Amelia Island .

Check for deals  Before booking your trip, check the Jacksonville tourism board's  website  for deals on hotels and upcoming festival tickets.

What to Eat

Foodie-ism is on the up-and-up in Jacksonville: The city welcomes new restaurants on a regular basis and the food truck phenomenon has taken over (Cartels Kitchen Seafood & More, Khloe's Kitchen and Holy Smoke Barbeque are a few favorites). Of course, there's no shortage of fresh seafood here: Try some of the region's signature Mayport shrimp at  Safe Harbor Seafood Market & Restaurant  in the Jacksonville Beach area. You can also sink your teeth into fresh fish served Southern-style at one of the region's "fish camps" – these rustic restaurants specialize in regional seafood and offer laid-back dining experiences. One of the most popular fish camps in the area is  Clark's Fish Camp , a former bait and tackle shop that now serves a variety of fish dishes in a lodge setting that showcases the art of taxidermy. You'll find Clark's at the mouth of Julington Creek in Southside, about 15 miles south of downtown Jacksonville. 

If you tire of seafood dishes, sample some of the city's soul food restaurants. Austin's Soul Food , Shut Em Down Authentic Southern Restaurant and Soul Food Bistro are a few local favorites serving traditional fried chicken, collard greens and corn bread.

You'll also have plenty of venues to choose from when looking for a more upscale dining experience.  Ponte Vedra Beach  is home to such popular fine dining establishments as  Aqua Grill  and  J.J.'s Bistro . And  Matthew's  – just south of downtown Jacksonville – earns praise for its constantly changing menu and unique ingredients. Meanwhile,  Atlantic Beach  adds some funk to its flavors at places like The Fish Company the  Ragtime Tavern , both of which feature live music. For a splurge-worthy meal with a side of fantastic views, make a reservation at Azurea , which is housed at the One Ocean Resort & Spa . 

If you're a fan of craft beer, you'll also want to devote an afternoon or two to explore the Jax Ale Trail. More than a dozen breweries are featured on the ale trail, which encourages visitors to earn stamps on the corresponding passport to score prizes, such as a koozie or a T-shirt. Some of the breweries highlighted along the Jax Ale Trail include Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery and Aardwolf Brewing Company, among others. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, consider signing up for the Jax Brew Bus , which makes stops at three local breweries over the course of the 4 1/2-hour tour.

Getting Around Jacksonville

The best way to get around Jacksonville is by car. The greater Jacksonville area encompasses 840 square miles, and the nearby beach towns of Amelia Island , Ponte Vedra Beach and Atlantic Beach are roughly 30 miles away from the downtown area. You'll find several big-name car rental agencies located in the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), which sits roughly 15 miles north of the downtown area. However, if you aren't a fan of heavy highway traffic, you can rely on several different public transportation methods to get around. You'll also find a number of taxi services operating in Jacksonville as well as ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft offering rides between downtown, Amelia Island and the airport.

Jacksonville sits on the banks of the St. Johns River and is the largest city in the continental United States by geographic area.

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Jacksonville.

Jacksonville, perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida, is a natural paradise for visitors looking for an affordable yet luxurious destination.

Whether you're looking to discover the undiscovered, ignite romance, reconnect with family, or be inspired by the city’s cultural offerings or vivid sunrises, anything is possible in Jacksonville. 

The "River City by the Sea" boasts more than 20 miles of wide and uncrowded  beaches , close to 40 miles of the tranquil  Intracoastal Waterway  canal, and the longest stretch of the beautiful  St. Johns River.

On land, Jacksonville is home to the largest  urban park system  in the nation, with 10 state and national parks.

Its authentic cuisine, thriving craft-beer scene and fun and cosmopolitan  nightlife  make Jacksonville a unique destination.

For more information and ideas, check out  Visit Jacksonville .

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15 Best Things to Do in Jacksonville, Florida, According to Locals

From beautiful beaches to interesting museums, Jacksonville, Florida, has something for everyone.

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Planning a Florida getaway often conjures thoughts of sunbathing in Fort Lauderdale, dancing the night away in Miami, and seeking thrills at one of Orlando’s theme parks. And while all of these images are accurate — and great ideas for any vacation — there’s so much more to the Sunshine State. 

If you’re looking to go beyond the usual tourist hot spots and still get a taste of the best that Florida has to offer, look no further than Jacksonville. Located in the northeastern part of the state, Jacksonville is home to 22 miles of beaches, world-class museums, and more — not to mention a country flair that locals are proud of. 

To help plan your trip to this Florida gem, we spoke to locals who gave us the lowdown on the best things to do in Jacksonville. Read on for their tips on where to go, what to do, and what to see so you can make the most of your trip.

Spend the day at Jacksonville Beach.

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It wouldn’t be a Florida vacation without a visit to the beach , and Jacksonville has plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy the coastline, thanks to its year-round sunshine. Walk along the “sandy highway” during low tide, take a dip in the Atlantic, or try your hand at several other recreational activities like kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, and fishing from the pier. You can also “walk down memory lane at Beaches Museum to remember how Jacksonville’s beaches got to where they are now,” says Curt DeWitt, owner and operator of Beach Life Rentals and Salt Air Inn & Suites .

Explore the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail.

Hike, bike, or ride along what was once part of a CSX railway line and now showcases a different, more forested side of Jacksonville’s natural beauty. The 14.5-mile trail has a multiuse asphalt path smooth enough for skating and cycling, along with a parallel unpaved path for off-road biking and horseback riding. “It's a great place to see the ‘country’ side of Jacksonville and Florida,” says DeWitt.

Hang with big cats at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Animal lovers shouldn’t miss a trip to this somewhat hidden gem in Jacksonville. Providing a safe haven for big cats who may have been mistreated or have nowhere else to go, Catty Shack Ranch is home to a large variety of animals, including bobcats, foxes, leopards, tigers, and lions. “It's a fun place to learn about how some ‘pets’ can be mistreated, and how a sanctuary can help provide a comfortable, safe space for the animals to live with each other,” says DeWitt. “They do not allow visitors all the time … so it does not overstimulate the animals and treat them like they are in a zoo.”

Find healing at Auntie Peaches.

“A mystical apothecary with a vibe both earthy and ethereal, Auntie Peaches is a hidden gem in historic Springfield,” says Ernest White II, who grew up in Jacksonville and is the executive producer and presenter of travel docuseries Fly Brother with Ernest White II . “Come here for traditional African herbal and natural medicines, scented candles and aromatic teas, and incredible stories about African American life from Jacksonville and around Florida.”

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“I grew up going to this sandy strand north of the mouth of the St. Johns River. The long, wide beach in this public park is a great place to splash in the surf and watch the ships sail in and out of the river on the other side of the jetty,” says White II. Visitors are also allowed to drive down onto the beach to set up their barbecue or picnic for the day. While there, be sure to look for the historic marker that commemorates the landing of the French Huguenots on May 1, 1562.

Enjoy a family-friendly day at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

You can easily spend the entire day at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens , gawking at the 2,000-plus creatures and 1,000 varieties of plants. Feed the animals at the Giraffe Overlook, watch for adorable floating otters at the Wild Florida exhibit, and get a unique view of tigers roaming above your head at the Land of the Tiger exhibit. There’s something to keep both adults and children entertained. 

Get a dose of art and culture at Florida Theatre.

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For nearly 100 years, the Florida Theatre has served as a beacon of entertainment. Originally opened as a movie theater, the venue, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, now hosts hundreds of events per year, from ballet and opera performances to a variety of musical concerts. 

Admire the masterpieces at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

As the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has a collection of nearly 5,000 pieces spanning several centuries, cultures, and continents. The beauty continues in the museum’s historic and lush 2.5-acre garden. “I love the Cummer because you can stroll through the serene gardens, marvel at ancient artifacts, and admire European and American masterpieces all under one roof,” says Burton.

Go shopping at Riverside Arts Market.

Open every Saturday, rain or shine, the Riverside Arts Market “ is an embodiment of Jacksonville's artistic soul,” says Natasha Burton, head chef, founder, and owner of Mixed Fillings Pie Shop . With more than 100 vendors, you’ll find art, handmade jewelry, beauty products, local farmers' produce, food trucks, and more. “It's a weekend must-do for anyone craving a dose of local flavor, and the location can't be matched,” Burton adds.

Learn about Jacksonville’s Black history.

The role of Black residents throughout Jacksonville’s fascinating history is often overlooked, but Explore Jax Core is trying to change that with its Black heritage tours. The company offers a general history tour, as well as other options focused on architecture or murals and mosaics. “I vouch for Explore Jax Core’s Black History tours because they’re not just tours,” says Burton. “They’re eye-opening experiences that delve into the soul of Jacksonville. They bring to life stories that often remain untold, celebrating the resilience, triumphs, and contributions of the Black community.”

Explore a darker side of history at Kingsley Plantation.

Like many destinations in the South, Jacksonville has a complicated history, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Kingsley Plantation . Head to this site to learn about the 1814 plantation house and the people who lived there — both enslaved Africans and plantation owners. You can take a self-guided audio tour, but for a deeper dive into its history, book a tour with a park ranger. 

Enjoy the outdoors at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

This oceanfront city park has a bit of everything for outdoor enthusiasts: 1.5 miles of beautiful beaches, more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, campgrounds and cabins, an expansive lake, picnic shelters, equipment rentals for kayaking, and more. This park is also a top spot for surfing. Beyond its recreational activities, Hanna Park is significant as it was once Manhattan Beach, the first African American beach resort in Florida.

Stroll along St. Johns River.

Be sure to enjoy the views of the mighty St. Johns River along the Northbank Riverwalk (two miles) or Southbank Riverwalk (1.25 miles). These concrete pathways are ideal for going on a walk or jog, relaxing on the benches, or launching a kayak from one of the designated areas. “Enjoy the art and murals along the way and hopefully catch a glimpse of the river dolphins, a hybrid salt and freshwater dolphin only found in the St. Johns River,” recommends Katie Mitura, chief marketing officer at Visit Jacksonville. 

Catch a concert at the Ritz Theatre and Museum.

Located in the historic neighborhood of LaVilla, the Ritz Theatre and Museum showcases the Black history and culture of Jacksonville in an area that was a hot spot for Black entertainment, nightlife, and music from the 1920s to 1960s. Explore the museum’s many galleries and keep an eye on the event calendar to catch a concert in the beautiful 400-seat theater. 

Marvel at the stars at the Museum of Science & History.

With the goal of fostering lifelong learning, Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History has a wide range of interactive exhibits, teaching about health and the human body, coastal animals in northeast Florida, diverse energy sources, and the lives of Jacksonville’s first Native Americans. The crowning jewel of the museum is its planetarium. As one of the largest single-lens planetariums in the U.S., you can easily explore the wonders of the universe from the comfort of planet Earth. 

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Florida's Beach Haven: The Ultimate Travel Guide To Jacksonville & Things To Do

Jacksonville, Florida's beaches attract visitors most of the year thanks to the city's warm weather, but there's more to see and do.

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Seated on the northeastern end of Florida, Jacksonville enjoys an idyllic location next to the Atlantic Ocean that grants the city a whopping 22 miles (35 km) of beach real estate . Jax, as the locals refer to it, is an eclectic city with an unmistakable southern charm and a touch of Floridian quirkiness.

Since this is a beach haven, the beachside allure is certainly the main reason why visitors love Jacksonville. However, there are numerous other things to do. This ultimate travel guide to Jacksonville has everything that a traveler would need to know about Florida’s most populous city, from the best time to visit, to the best beaches and everything in between.

There are two groups of crowds that troop to Jacksonville at different times: the spring breakers in March and the summer crowds from June to August.

These crowds fill up the beaches and hotel rooms, pushing prices up. It’s also difficult to fully enjoy the beauty of Jacksonville when the beaches are full.

So, the best times to visit Jacksonville are in April and May, right after the spring breakers have left and just before the summer vacationers arrive.

The autumn months from September to November are also good times to visit since the summer crowds have left, prices have dropped, and the weather is still pleasant.

Jacksonville is a large city, so the most convenient way to get around is by car. Here’s a look at the different options for traveling in Jacksonville, that tourists have.

This is the best way to get around Jacksonville because it gives travelers the freedom to visit most of the city. Sadly, because this is a populous city, there’s always going to be heavy traffic, especially on roads leading to the beach.

Still, getting a car is more convenient than using the public transport options, which don’t operate all day, every day.

Public Transport

This option is best for travelers who are on a tight budget. Thankfully, Jacksonville has several public transport options operated by the Jacksonville Transport Authority (JTA), with the lowest bus fare costing $1.75.

There’s the Skyway train, which ferries people for free within the downtown area. Tourists exploring downtown Jacksonville can take advantage of the Skyway, which runs from 6 am to 9 pm, Mondays to Fridays.

JTA also operates buses from downtown to the greater Jacksonville area. Travelers can buy single-ride or multi-day tickets, and this is done via the MyJTA mobile app .

Travelers can also opt to buy the STAR card, which offers unlimited rides for a specific period once loaded. For instance, for 7 days of unlimited rides, travelers will pay $20.

Uber and Lyft cabs are common in Jacksonville and are reliable ways to get around Jacksonville. However, travelers who intend to move longer distances are likely to be put off by their higher prices. These are best for shorter trips.

Breakfast: Maple Street Biscuit Company

Maple Street Biscuit Company opens every day at 7 am, just in time for the breakfast crowd. Patrons troop to this joint to enjoy their trademark delectable biscuit sandwiches that are made fresh every day.

They also serve yummy waffles and classic breakfast food like bacon and eggs. This is one of the best breakfast places in Jacksonville.

  • Address : 2004 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207-3214
  • Opening hours : 7 am - 2 pm (daily)
  • Average price : $5.50

Lunch: Julington Creek Fish Camp

Julington Creek Fish Camp offers visitors a meal with a view thanks to its waterside location. Their claim to fame is their seafood, which they have given a southern twist.

For instance, there’s a teriyaki-glazed salmon burger that would make for a filling lunch meal. Julington also serves pan-seared cod, deviled crab, and scallops among other dishes.

Their dessert menu is also worth trying out.

  • Address : 12760 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223, United States
  • Opening hours : Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri & Sat: 11 am - 10 pm
  • Average price : $30

Dinner: J. Alexander’s Restaurant

J. Alexander’s Restaurant is found in multiple locations across the US, with Jacksonville as one of these places. Located along Bistro Dr, this restaurant specializes in American fare, like Baby Back ribs, steak burgers, and classic cheeseburgers.

There’s also a variety of seafood options ranging from grilled salmon to shrimp.

  • Address : 10296 Bistro Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246, United States
  • Average price : $40

Drinks: The Volstead

The Volstead bears a vibe that’s similar to that of speakeasies of the Prohibition era. This spot has a vast drinks menu; their cocktails are among the most popular.

In fact, this bar has about 12 signature cocktails from which one can choose. They also serve beers and wines, as well as spirits.

  • Address : 115 W Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, United States
  • Opening hours : Mon - Thu: 4 pm - 12 am; Fri & Sat: 4 pm - 2 am; Sun: 7 pm - 12 am
  • Average price : Moderately priced

Head to the beach

There’s no point visiting Jacksonville and skipping the beaches. This city has numerous beaches with excellent views of the Atlantic. For instance, Jacksonville Beach is a beautiful option, and it's known as now of the cheapest vacation spots in Florida .

This should be at the top of any visitor’s list. But, which beach should one visit? There’s a more in-depth list later in this article, of the best beaches in Jacksonville.

For a bit more seclusion, visitors can travel to Amelia Island, which is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Jacksonville. Here, the beaches are more pristine, with the ambiance of a tropical island.

Visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Covering about 122 acres, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosts more than 2000 animal species and thousands of plant species.

Visitors get to see animals from all over the world, including several snake species, big cats like the jaguar and cheetah, as well as the African elephant among other fascinating creatures.

Tourists can also explore the gardens and learn about the different plants that are conserved there.

Shop at St Johns Town Center

This shopping outlet has close to 200 stores, ranging from popular brand stores to smaller retailers. There’s something for everyone’s budget; shoppers with looser purse strings can head to Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors while those on a shoestring budget can shop at Dollar Tree.

St Johns Town Center is also home to over 20 eateries like J. Alexander’s, Starbucks, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Explore the Tree Hill Nature Center

Tourists who enjoy spending time in nature are drawn to the Tree Hill Nature Center , a serene nature reserve found just 10 minutes from Jacksonville downtown. This nature center is home to a natural history museum as well as several animal species.

However, the center is best known for its nature trails, with difficulty levels ranging from easy to intermediate. The longest trail, Longleaf Pine, is 2620 ft (798 meters) long, and it cuts through hardwoods and Longleaf pines.

Tour the Museum of Science and History

This is a great destination for a family outing, with different things to do for visitors of all ages. There’s an interactive area for kids under 5 years, which they call the Kidspace.

The museum also has a planetarium, known as Brian-Gooding Planetarium.

The Museum of Science and History has different programs on science, nature, and even space, which are run on Mondays and Thursdays to Sundays.

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Jacksonville has some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast . Here are just five of them.

Neptune Beach

This is a small mile-long beach that stacks up against the larger beaches in Jacksonville. It’s often quiet with a laid-back appeal. Neptune Beach is close to restaurants and shopping outlets like Beaches Town Center.

Atlantic Beach

Found right next to Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach is like the former’s elder sibling, with a rich history linked to the Native Americans. Atlantic Beach is more boisterous than Neptune, with opportunities for fun activities like water sports or even golfing.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra is known for its golfing facilities that host global championships. However, those who aren’t golfers also love coming here for its pristine beauty that’s marked by tall sand dunes.

Fernandina Beach

Found on Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach is removed from the hubbub of Jacksonville’s downtown area, offering an ideal spot for families to enjoy a day out. Snorkeling is a popular activity here, as well as mini-golf and skating at the beach parks.

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park

This is a vast 450-acre oceanfront park, with stunning beach real estate plus hiking trails. In fact, the park has a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) beach, which is certainly the hallmark of Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Baymeadows is just 11 miles (17 km) from downtown Jacksonville and a half-hour drive from Jacksonville International Airport. It’s considered one of the safest neighborhoods making it an ideal area to stay.

This is a high-end neighborhood found about 12 miles (19 km) from the downtown area, and just 10 miles (16 km) from Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville Beach. There are dozens of recreational facilities in the area, including golf courses and parks.

Deercreek is a family-oriented neighborhood located near parks, sports facilities, and shopping outlets. It’s also a 20-minute drive to Ponte Vedra Beach, making it a good choice for visitors.

San Marco sits right next to the St Johns River, so there are numerous riverfront homes available. This area also boasts bars, restaurants, and art galleries, among other amenities.

Located south of Jacksonville’s downtown area, Mandarin also sits beside the St Johns River. However, Mandarin is slightly more laid back than San Marco, with more parks and country clubs in the area.

Best Western Premier Jacksonville Hotel

This hotel is found in the Baymeadows neighborhood, just a 10-minute drive from the downtown area and 18 miles (29 km) from Jacksonville International Airport. Best Western Premier is also close to several parks, including Lovelace Park and Wurn Park.

  • Address : 4700 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, 32256, United States
  • Amenities : swimming pool, fitness center, kitchen, free Wi-Fi
  • Price : From $130

Residence Inn By Marriott Jacksonville-Mayo Clinic Area

Jacksonville’s Residence Inn by Marriott doesn’t let the brand down, offering top-level hospitality in the studio and one-bedroom accommodations. Each room has its own kitchen area with all the necessary appliances.

Those who say here get to enjoy close proximity to Jackson Beach and Pone Vedra Beach.

  • Address : 4905 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, 32224, United States
  • Amenities : Full kitchen, swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, picnic area, bbq facilities.
  • Price : $220

Tropical Guest House

This vacation rental is a short stroll to the beach, the perfect choice for those who wish to hang around the ocean. The guest house sits in a stunning compound lined with palm trees.

It has one bedroom and can host up to four guests. There’s a charming living area and a mini kitchen.

  • Address : Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • Amenities : Mini kitchen, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, BBQ facilities, fire pit.
  • Price : From $198

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Jacksonville hosts a variety of festivals and sports events throughout the year, which are worth experiencing. Here are some of the main ones;

  • From the end of March to the first week of April, Jacksonville hosts a 3-day music festival known as Springing the Blues.
  • November carries PorchFest, a music festival in which performances are held on front porches of homes in Historic Springfield.
  • Every July, Jacksonville hosts the Kingfish Tournament, a fishing competition, a boat display, and a food festival.

Every November, kids under 12 are allowed to enter some of Jacksonville’s attractions for free. These include the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Museum of Science and History, among others.

Football lovers can check out the Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games at the TIAA Bank Field.

For Visitors who are passing by, Jacksonville makes for a breathtaking ocean-side road trip in the summer .

The perfect day should involve a lot of beach visits. So, the day should start with a stroll along Jacksonville Beach followed by breakfast at one of the beachside cafés. Then, head to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to check out the animals before a picnic lunch in the gardens.

The afternoon can be spent exploring Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park before ending the day with dinner and drinks at a nearby beachfront restaurant.

Q: Is it worth visiting Jacksonville Florida?

Yes, it's worth visiting Jacksonville to experience the pleasant weather and stunning East Coast beaches .

Q: What is Jacksonville most known for?

Jacksonville is most known for its vast beach real estate, which is about 850 square miles (2200 square kilometers) of coastline. It's also near tourist spots like St. Augustine .

Q: Is Jacksonville a fun city?

Absolutely, Jacksonville is a fun city that's a popular spring break destination, just like Florida hotspot Miami . Its beaches are excellent party spots and the city hosts several festivals and events all year round.

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Things to do after your flight to Jacksonville (JAX)

Fly to Jacksonville, Florida, from over 200 airports within the United States and an additional 100 airports internationally.

Jacksonville’s top attractions

  • Stop by popular local sites such as Hemming Park and head to City Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Main Library.
  • Take in art at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
  • Stroll the Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods for shopping, dining and views from Memorial Park near the St. Johns River.
  • Watch the Jacksonville Jaguars football team in action or tour their playing field.
  • Visit Jacksonville Landing, an entertainment center that combines waterfront dining, nightclubs and shops.

Best time to travel to Jacksonville

Jacksonville's warm weather means great events year-round. Athletes will enjoy the Gate River Run at the close of winter, the largest 15K in the U.S. Spring brings the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, one of the nation’s largest jazz celebrations. Families should visit Jacksonville in November, when many top attractions are free for children under 12.  Experience Jacksonville or  one of United's many  other   Florida destinations  when you book today.

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Where can i fly from jacksonville, good to know, faqs for booking flights out of jacksonville, is there long-term parking at jacksonville international airport (jax).

Across from JAX’s main terminal, there is an hourly garage that also offers daily rates of about $24. Next to the hourly garage is the daily garage, which charges about $20 a day, and the daily surface lot, which charges around $14 a day. These parking options are within walking distance of the main terminal. Farther along Yankee Clipper Drive and Pecan Park Road are economy lots for about $8 a day, which have shuttle services to the airport.

Are there accessible services and facilities at JAX?

You can find assistance if you are disabled at JAX. The airport and airlines should be notified in advance if you need help with wheelchairs, oxygen, or other medical devices during your travels. You will also find many accessible facilities, including restrooms, parking, and water fountains. For assistance with security, you can contact TSA Cares at JAX at least 72 hours before traveling, and an agent will help you through the screening process.

Are there any hotels connected to the airport?

If you want the convenience of staying at a hotel at the airport before your flight, you have a choice of two at JAX. There is a DoubleTree by Hilton and a Microtel Inn and Suites located at the airport. Both offer free 24-hour shuttles to the airport. There are also several hotels within two miles of the airport that also offer free shuttles.

Can I get something to eat while I’m waiting for my flight from JAX?

You can find food and drink at JAX from 5 am to 9 pm. During this time, there are various outlets open. This includes burgers, pizzas, and subs, as well as casual dining spots and a bar & grill. These eateries are located throughout the airport, including in pre-security areas and along the two concourses by the gates.  

Which are the most popular places to fly to from Jacksonville?

Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular place to fly from Jacksonville is New York (15% of total searches). The next most popular destinations are Washington, D.C. (6%) and Dallas (5%).

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Jacksonville Airport’s airport code is JAX. It can also be referred to as Jacksonville, Jacksonville Intl.

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Hacker Fares allow you to combine one-way tickets in order to save you money over a traditional round-trip ticket. You could then fly to your destination with an airline and back to Jacksonville with another airline.

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Sometimes travel dates aren't set in stone. If your preferred travel dates have some wiggle room, flexible dates will show you all the options when flying from Jacksonville up to 3 days before/after your preferred dates. You can then pick the flights that suit you best.

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found tickets from Jacksonville to the following destinations at these prices or less: Atlanta $158 one-way - $357 round-trip; Charlotte $151 one-way - $301 round-trip; Miami $164 one-way - $386 round-trip
  • Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be May and June. The cheapest month to fly from Jacksonville is September.
  • Morning departure is around 2% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is located about 13 miles from downtown Jacksonville and serves Duval County, Florida, and the surrounding areas. It was established in 1968 and fulfills civil and military purposes.
  • If you want to take public transportation to JAX, you can catch a Jacksonville Transit Authority Bus, connecting to Route 1 which stops on Dixie Clipper Drive, which is about half a mile from the airport. Otherwise, you can catch a taxi or hail a ride-share on an app like Uber or Lyft.
  • While you are walking around JAX, you may appreciate all the art that decorates the airport. The airport’s art program includes permanent exhibitions and temporary installations from local and international artists. This ranges from mosaics along walkways to sculptures suspended from the ceilings.
  • JAX has two concourses, A and C. Terminal A is where you might find flights with Delta Air Lines, Sun Country, JetBlue Airways, Frontier Air Lines, and United Airlines. Terminal C is usually for flights with Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Breeze Airways, Frontier Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines.
  • If you need to meet with clients or colleagues before your flight from JAX, the Aikens Executive Conference Room. It seats up to 17 and has computer hook-up and video/teleconferencing equipment, as well as full-service catering available.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A second cruise line may begin offering service in Jacksonville soon, News4JAX news partner Jacksonville Daily Record reported .

JaxPort’s CEO Eric Green Green told the Jacksonville Port Authority board in a meeting on Monday that the incoming cruise company was seeking approval from the JaxPort Cruise Terminal.

He said the company wanted to be put on the Monday agenda, but documents for the deal couldn’t be completed in time for the meeting. Green also said the cruise line was “anxious” to finalize the agreement and requested a special meeting to expedite the approval, the JDR reported.

Board Chair Daniel Bean agreed to set a special meeting in the next two weeks.

JDR reported that after the meeting, Green said the incoming company would operate a ship larger than Carnival Cruise Line’s Elation, which is the only ship sailing from JaxPort’s Cruise Terminal, and it holds about 2,400 passengers.

“This is not Carnival saying we’re going to bring in a bigger ship,” Green told the JDR. “This is an added service from another cruise line.”

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Posted: January 18, 2024 | Last updated: January 18, 2024

In 2024, dozens of new restaurants are in the works throughout the greater Jacksonville area from the city's historic neighborhoods to the Beaches. Some are in the early stages while others have opening dates on the horizon.

Among them are big-name national chains staking a claim to new territory and established local favorites expanding their footprint. Others include new concepts from veteran area restaurateurs.

Restaurant openings are subject to multiple factors such as permitting and inspection delays, supply chain disruptions, fluctuating economic conditions and staff shortages.

Nonetheless, here's a look at 25 of the most notable restaurants in the works for the Jacksonville area during the next 12 months or so based on a review of public documents, including building permits, as well as developers' site plans, restaurant social media posts and owners.

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Shake Shack 

10281 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, shakeshack.com  

Known for its fresh-never-frozen hamburgers, crinkle fries and signature shakes, Shake Shack plans to open this year at the St. Johns Town Center, marking its first location in the state north of the Orlando area. The restaurant is set to open in the space now occupied by M Shack, which doesn’t plan to renew its lease at the retail center in March. In addition to its burgers made from a blend of 100% Angus beef, Shake Shack is famous for its shakes, featuring premium ice cream made in-house daily with real cane sugar and cage-free eggs. 

Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria

4820 Deer Lake Drive W., No. D-11, Jacksonville, salvatores.com

Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria — a longtime family-owned restaurant — hopes to debut its first restaurant outside its home state of New York late this month in Jacksonville. The restaurant is known for its traditional and specialty New York-style pizzas, which are served up in huge slices as well as a sheet pan. Salvatore's also features calzones, wings, pasta dinners, salads and more. The 1,109-square-foot Jacksonville restaurant will focus on take-out and have limited dine-in seating. Long-term plans indicate it will be the first of multiple locations in Northeast Florida.

Raising Cane's

8396 Merchants Way, Jacksonville, raisingcanes.com  

A rising star in the fast-food chicken business, Raising Cane’s is planning its first Northeast Florida restaurant in Southwest Jacksonville, at Oakleaf Station near Gator’s Dockside, according to documents filed with JEA. Founded in 1996, the restaurant is known for its limited menu of fried chicken fingers and signature Cane’s sauce — a secret recipe known only to its managers. Its combo meals — available with two, three, four or six chicken fingers — come with crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and coleslaw. A chicken sandwich made with three chicken fingers is also available. 

Hwy55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries

1027 Danmac Lane, (also listed as 6707 Commonwealth Ave .,) Jacksonville, hwy55.com

The signs are up and construction completed, but it's unknown when Hwy55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries will open its first restaurant in Jacksonville. Officials with the North Carolina-based restaurant chain couldn't be reached for comment. Hwy55 is known for its hand-patted burgers, premium cheesesteaks, and frozen custard as well as entree platters featuring classics such as fried shrimp, grilled and fried chicken and chopped steak. The Jacksonville restaurant is listed online by Wertz Real Estate Investment Services of Carlsbad, Calif. as an "investment offering" under contract for $2,845,733.

Dick Mondell's Burgers & Fries

1177 Third St. S., Jacksonville Beach, dickmondells.com

A popular drive-thru-only Gainesville restaurant with a fictitious namesake but very real, freshly made burgers, fries and shakes is preparing to open in Jacksonville Beach. Dick Mondell's Burgers & Fries hopes to open by the end of February, co-owner Connor Castelli told the Times-Union. Known for its hot-off-the-grill burgers as well as homestyle fries, the restaurant also features plant-based fare and will be offering breakfast sandwiches at the Jacksonville Beach location. Although it's the first in Duval County, the restaurant is the third Dick Mondell's location, joining the original at 412 SW 4th Ave. in Gainesville and a second at 1808 S. Monroe St. in Tallahassee.

Angie’s Subs 

Jacksonville International Airport, 2400 Yankee Clipper Drive

Later this year, travelers flying in and out of Jacksonville International Airport will have two new dining options. Offering a selection of sandwiches popular at its longtime Jacksonville Beach location, Angie’s Subs will open an 800-square-foot quick-service restaurant in Concourse A in the former Ciao Gourmet spot. Also at JAX, airport wine bar Vino Volo, which has operated there since April 2014, will share a new 2,592-square-foot space with Verdi Market near the entrance to Concourse C. In addition to wine, Vino Volo offers craft beers and cocktails along with a menu of sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, brunch items and more. And Chili’s, a fixture at the airport for years before closing to accommodate the airport’s new security checkpoint area, is planning a nearly $1.3 million new 4,385-square-foot restaurant. 

Strings Sports Brewery

1618 Penman Road, Jacksonville Beach, stringssportsbrewery.com

A family-oriented microbrewery in historic Springfield known for its craft beer, gastropub menu and sports is expanding to Jacksonville Beach. Strings Sports Brewery hopes to open by summer. Veteran restaurateur Scott "String" Adeeb, who founded and owns the microbrewery with sons Colby and Trevor, is renovating the former longtime  Terry's Country Store  building on Penman Road. Strings typically has 12-15 brews on tap.  Menu offerings include made-to-order smoked wings, brisket nachos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, specials such as fish and chips, and other fare. Patrons also can shoot free throws on a full-size basketball hoop and play a variety of interactive games such as darts, Jenga, cornhole, bingo and others.

Insomnia Cookies

815 Lomax St., Jacksonville, insomniacookies.com

Insomnia Cookies is preparing to open its third Jacksonville location in the heart of the Five Points business district near downtown. The Philadelphia-based late-night dessert shop is known for satisfying late-night cravings for warm, fresh-baked chocolate chunk and other cookies as well as rich, fudgy brownies. Insomnia Cookies is building out a 1,174-square-foot storefront on the same block as Taqueria CINco and Odessa Slava Ukrainian Cafe.

818 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach , beachbowl.com

Five years after it closed abruptly, efforts to revive the historic Beach Bowl are ongoing but no reopening date has been announced. The iconic 64-year-old Jacksonville Beach landmark is undergoing renovations, remodeling and upgrades including the planned addition of a two-story restaurant with rooftop seating. Plans also call for the existing building to be expanded by about 6,200 square feet. When approved in 2021, the estimated cost of the restoration and overhaul of the facility that closed in 2019, was $7.5 million.

The Lomax Restaurant

803 Lomax St., Jacksonville , roostrestaurants.com

Construction is underway on The Lomax Restaurant , the new concept in Five Points from Roost Restaurants LLC — the team behind The Local restaurants in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach. The Lomax replaces the former Wells Fargo bank branch at Lomax and Oak streets. Led by restaurant developers Ted Stein and J.C. Demetree and CEO Eli Durant, the restaurant group is renovating the existing ground-level bank space as well as building a new two-story addition where the bank's drive-thru lanes canopy once stood. A city building permit lists the estimated construction cost as $2,215,000. Neither the opening date nor the menu has been announced.

2200 block of Oak Street, Jacksonville , roostrestaurants.com

The Roost is another new concept proposed by restaurant developers Ted Stein and J.C. Demetree of Roost Restaurants LLC. They want to open the new restaurant in the 2200 block of Oak Street at the former Deluxe Laundry and Dry Cleaners and Deluxe Launderette buildings. Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 26 to rezone the property for the restaurant. The potential menu hasn't been made public. The restaurant group previously brought The Local to Neptune Beach and the Miramar neighborhood of Jacksonville. In addition to the Roost, the restauranteurs are bringing a new concept — The Lomax Restaurant — to Five Points, less than a half-mile from the Roost location.

Iguana San Marco

1996 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville , flyingiguana.com

A year after closing abruptly, the historic 86-year-old San Marco Theatre is being renovated to welcome Flying Iguana San Marco — the third in the popular Latin American and Mexican fusion cuisine concept from local restaurateur Al Mansur, who also founded Al's Pizza . The San Marco location will join the original Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar in Neptune Beach and its second location, Iguana on Park in Avondale. The two-story, Art Deco-style theatre closed Jan. 1, 2023 . Alterations and repairs to accommodate the restaurant were estimated at $160,000 according to a March 7 city building permit. The permit lists the restaurant space at 4,939 square feet.

Tulua Bistro

1703 N. Main St., Jacksonville, tuluabistro.com

Tulua Bistro , a popular Jacksonville Beach bistro, is opening a second restaurant in historic Springfield. The restaurant is known for its bountiful breakfast boards, decadent dessert crepes and humongous, meal-unto-itself, signature Bloody Marys as well as its colorful murals of historic and cultural icons. The new bistro will be in a 78-year-old, two-story building — the former longtime home of Money Tree Jewelry & Pawn — at the corner of Main and Seventh streets.

Billy Jack’s BBQ 

9560 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, billyjacks.com  

New barbecue joint Billy Jack’s BBQ will soon join landmark waterfront restaurants Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Safe Harbor Seafood and Sandollar on the St. Johns River. The restaurant is the newest concept from Southern Table Hospitality, the family-owned restaurant group from Marker 32 founders Ben and Liza Groshell. The fast-casual restaurant will have a menu similar to that offered at the couple’s Valley Smoke restaurant “but a lot more casual as far as the daily specials and things like that.” 

Capital Tacos

12220 Atlantic Blvd., No. 109, Jacksonville, capitaltacos.com

Known for its fresh-from-scratch tacos and burritos as well as hand-cut tortilla chips, Capital Tacos, a Tampa-based fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant, is preparing to open its first Jacksonville location at Atlantic-Kernan Shops in the city's Intracoastal West area. Capital Tacos will be in the storefront previously used by Sid and Linda's Seafood Market & Restaurant , which closed last May after a decade. The Mexican restaurant hopes to open the Jacksonville restaurant — the first of multiple franchise locations — early this year, according to a June 1, 2023, news release. Jacksonville is among 11 Florida locations either open or coming soon.

Gen Korean BBQ House 

4880 Big Island Drive, Suite 6, Jacksonville, genkoreanbbq.com  

California-based Gen Korean BBQ House is bringing its high-end Korean barbecue concept to Jacksonville, the first of two restaurants planned in Florida. Founded in 2011, the chain has just over 30 locations in five states and features a large menu of chicken, beef and pork cooked at your table and traditional ban-chan, including Kimchi, Saeng Chae and others. The restaurant is set to open in the former Destination Maternity spot near Cooper’s Hawk and Sugar Factory at Markets at Town Center. 

Voodoo Brewing Company

1974 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, voodoobrewingco.com

Craft beer and classic pub fare will be on tap when Voodoo Brewing Co. comes to San Marco Square. The Pennsylvania-based craft brewery will span two stories totaling 8,646 square feet in a 99-year-old building overlooking historic Balis Park. Voodoo is known for its brews Good Vibes (West Coast IPA), Oh Mama (lager), Voodoo Love Child (fruited Belgian tripel), Where Our Secrets Go (Imperial Stout), Empty Calories (American light lager), Lacto-Kooler (berliner weisse) and other seasonal offerings. The restaurant’s classic pub fare, which varies slightly from one location to another, includes pizzas, burgers, salads, wraps, and sandwiches as well as mac and cheese, mussels, wings and more.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant 

10601 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, chwinery.com  

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant , the Napa Valley wineries-inspired concept that offers a tasting room, full-service restaurant and market as well as its own wine club with more than 500,000 members, is planning a second restaurant in Jacksonville, this one in Mandarin at the Whole Foods- and Kirkland’s Home-anchored Mandarin Landing, according to documents filed with Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Cooper’s Hawk’s menu features Shrimp & Scallop Risotto, Filet Mignon, Parmesan-Crusted Mahi Mahi, Cooper’s Hawk Chicken Giardiniera, and more along with more than 50 of its own wines. The chain made its Jacksonville debut in 2015 at Markets at Town Center. 

Rodrigo's Craft Pizza 

1029 Park St., Jacksonville, rodrigoscraftpizza.com

Rodrigo's Craft Pizza , a family-owned pizzeria offering artisan "Neo-Neapolitan style pizza" as well as pasta and other homemade Italian specialties, is coming to Jacksonville's Five Points. Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant will focus on handcrafted fresh-from-scratch pizzas featuring mozzarella cheese made in-house and seasonal ingredients. In-house-made pasta dishes, along with calzones, salads and more, also will be featured on the menu, owner Alex Rodriguez told the Times-Union. The pizzeria is replacing Crane Ramen,  which closed  in November 2022 after four years.

Vincenzo's Cucina

3787 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, vincenzoscucina.com

A St. Johns County husband and wife hope to open Vincenzo's Cucina by the end of January or by early February. The Italian restaurant will offer freshly made-from-scratch pizza as well as pasta, salads, sandwiches and ultimately seafood. It also will have a bar. Located in the Publix-anchored Shoppes at Palm Valley shopping center, the restaurant will have about 100 seats, Elaine Grande, co-owner with her husband, Vincenzo, told the Times-Union. Vincenzo's Cucina will be open for lunch and dinner.

Tony's Cantina Mexican Grill

10131 San Jose Blvd. No. 12, Jacksonville, tonyscantinamexicangrill.com

Tony's Cantina Mexican Grill headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., plans to open at Crown Point Plaza retail center in Mandarin. The restaurant will be the small chain's first in Northeast Florida and first outside of South Carolina. A Nov. 7 city building permit lists the restaurant at a total 5,235 square feet. It is going into the space that previously housed Jumpin' Jax House of Food and before that, Red Elephant Pizza . The Rock Hill restaurant's online menu lists classic Mexican fare such as tacos, fajitas, burritos, empanadas and nachos. A variety of margaritas and other cocktails are offered.

8206 Philips Highway, Unit 39, Jacksonville, catalunalounge.com

Promising to be the first of its kind in Jacksonville, Cataluna Lounge & Tapas plans to offer Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian cuisine as well as hand-crafted cocktails, wine and live music. Cataluna's decor is intended to be distinct with chandeliers, original artwork and plants. The furnishings range from modern tables and chairs to banquette seating and chaise lounges, according to images posted on the restaurant's social media pages. The roughly 6,000-square-foot restaurant with an outside patio is in the space formerly used by Mojitos Caribbean Cuisine Bar and Grill.

Slim Chickens 

Glen Kernan Park and 1550 Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, slimchickens.com  

Another newer fast-casual chicken chain, Slim Chickens, is planning its first two Northeast Florida restaurants — one on Jacksonville’s Southside and another in North Jacksonville, according to plans filed with JEA. The 20-year-old, Fayetteville, Ark.-based chain is known for its chicken sandwiches and wraps, chicken tenders and wings and chicken and waffles paired with a choice of 17 house-made sauces. Its menu also features a variety of Southern-inspired sides and a selection of milkshakes and jar desserts — layered with cake, pudding or whipped cream and served in a Slim Chickens mason jar. 

Chick-fil-A 

Atlantic North retail center, Jacksonville and 463915 SR 200, Yulee , chickfila.com

Following post-pandemic improvements to the drive-thrus to improve capacity and reduce wait times at several of its Jacksonville-area restaurants, Chick-fil-A is proposing two drive-thru-only restaurants in Northeast Florida — one in East Arlington and another in Yulee. Each restaurant would be able to accommodate 40 or more cars in its dual drive-thru. 

Cigars International 

4808 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, cigarsinternational.com  

Though not a restaurant, Cigars International promises to be a unique addition to the St. Johns Town Center area. Plans show a 6,621-square-foot retail store with a 2,140-square-foot outdoor seating area next to Diamonds Direct and near Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse. In addition to a selection of more than 1,300 different cigar brands, Cigar International superstores typically feature a full-service bar and lounge, all set in a building designed to resemble a classic tobacco barn. The store’s bar offers a variety of liquors, craft cocktails, beers, Bloody Marys, wines and coffee beverages. 

Teresa Stepzinski is the dining reporter for the Times-Union. Follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, @TeresaStepz or reach her via email at [email protected].

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JaxPort CEO Eric Green said the agreement could come soon to the port authority's board.

"Our team has been busy in this area and we hope to have an announcement to share in the coming weeks," Green told the board at its meeting Monday.

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Green did not identify the cruise ship company but said after the meeting it is not Carnival Cruise Line, which has had a ship sailing out of Jacksonville since 2004. The current Carnival ship is the 2,190 guest Elation that goes to the Bahamas.

"This is an added service coming from another cruise line," Green said.

He said the cruise line company would have capacity for a few hundred more people than the Carnival ship and offer longer cruise voyages on a seasonal basis.

Jacksonville is not as big a cruise homeport as Port Canaveral, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, which are among the busiest in the world. But Jacksonville has carved out a niche in the cruise industry for travelers who don't want to drive farther south for their trips.

Jacksonville surpassed the 3 million mark for cruise passengers in November for trips from the JaxPort cruise terminal located off Heckscher Drive west of Interstate 295.

Green said the cruise line coming to Jacksonville was interested in getting board approval for the additional service at the Monday meeting but bringing it to the board will require more time to get all the documents squared away.

"We weren't able to get it done for this meeting, but we'll have a special board meeting in the next week or two so we can get that piece of business done as well," board Chairman Daniel Bean said.

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MIAMI — A witness saw sparks shooting from a cargo plane as it made an emergency landing at Miami International Airport shortly after takeoff.

The aircraft landed safely Thursday night “after experiencing an engine malfunction soon after departure," a spokesperson for Atlas Air said in a statement Friday. “The crew followed all standard procedures and safely returned to MIA."

The airplane was “shooting sparks" as it flew overhead, said Melanie Adaros, who was out for a walk with her mother and was about to turn into her home, when she heard and saw an approaching plane.

“There’s always planes flying overhead, but they’re little planes,” she said. “But this didn’t sound like a little plane. It sounded very low, so I turned ... You always see a plane going up or going down. This one was just at a steady level and it was shooting sparks. It was very surreal.”

She recorded it with her phone, wondering "is it falling? Is it going to explode?” she said. “It seemed to do a big, wide, swerving turn” in the direction of Miami International Airport, she said.

The Boeing 747 was on its way to Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico when the crew reported an engine failure, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Friday. Atlas Air Flight 95 then returned safely to Miami International Airport, the agency said.

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Unverified videos on social media platform X showed flames shooting out of the wing of a plane near the airport while in flight.

Atlas Air hauls everything from machinery to perishable food and pharmaceuticals, and also provides charter services for passengers, according to its website. The company's parent firm, Atlas Air Worldwide, recently announced that it planned to move its headquarters from Purchase, New York, to White Plains, New York, this month.

Adaros, who lives near Miami Executive Airport about 15 miles southwest of Miami, said she shared her video with that airport, which confirmed a few minutes later that it had landed safely at Miami International.

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