You want to know the things to do in Jacksonville, Florida? Well, welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a place. Want to know how to “do” the Jacksonville, Florida? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have a great time. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Jacksonville?”
For years, the lower 48’s largest city by land mass was a punch line of sorts, known best for its pulp mill odor and botching of a Super Bowl. However, Jacksonville might be America’s most improved over the past couple of decades, a more affordable, laid-back and less crowded urban beach destination that many people know little about.
Jacksonville is a city of historic neighborhoods, where artists — who can still afford to live here — fill vintage stores, coffee shops and independent restaurants. It’s a place where the barriers to entry are low in every industry, and young creatives can have an impact. Put all that next to some great beaches, and you start to realize that Jacksonville is a pretty cool scene. And we’ve got all you need to blow the top off this slept-on city.