Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville offers something for everyone. History buffs can visit the many landmarks that stretch from Amelia Island to St. Augustine, and families will find the array of attractions, including the many white-sand beaches, both fun and relaxing. Music fans can take in live performances at a variety of venues, and sports enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, sailing, or one of the area’s golf courses.

Jacksonville is in the state of Florida, in the United States of America.

The St John’s River divides the city in two, Jacksonville Landing, on the riverfront, is full of boutiques and shops. Easy access to both sides is via a water taxi.

The Museum of Science and History has a planetarium and lots of hands-on displays.

The Museum of Contemporary Art showcases post-1950s art.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located in a former estate and features a German porcelain collection, beautiful gardens right on the river, and an interactive children’s area.

Other attractions include the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, which is Florida’s only existing cotton plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial Park, commemorating the first French effort to establish a permanent colony in North America.

For golf fans the World Golf Hall of Fame has golf courses, an academy, an IMAX theatre and golf exhibits.

The disabled cruiser visiting Jacksonville

Where You’re Docked

Ships currently dock at Jaxport’s Dames Point Cruise Terminal (9810 August Drive), although the city is looking to build a new cruise port. Dames Point is about a 15-minute drive from downtown, and even closer to the airport.

You’ll need a car for this port, but within a very short drive are fast-food places and nearby Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park is a good place to roam among the oak trees and Civil War relics, if you have extra time on your hands.

Taxis are available at the cruise pier.

Whilst car hire is not available at the dock, Avis and Hertz have direct connect telephones outside the terminal.

Good to Know

As with any big city, and Jacksonville is very large geographically, use common sense to keep safe. Don’t flash valuables or walk around alone at night. Locals suggest avoiding the northwestern area of the city at night.

Getting Around

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Currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM’s are readily available.


English is spoken.


The city’s Riverside/Avondale and San Marco Square areas have interesting shops, galleries and restaurants.

Amelia Island is 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville. There is a charming historic district with lots of boutiques and restaurants. Fort Clinch State Park, also on the island, has a good beach and nature trails.

Nearer, Jacksonville Beach is a popular and busy beach, with lots of shops, food stalls and watersport rentals.

There is a wide range of choice in local restaurants, from fresh fish and seafood dishes, to steaks and international cuisine.

Points of Interest

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