About Jacksonville

The River City by the Sea

Jacksonville, known as the River City by the Sea, is a growing and thriving city. While you’re visiting, we invite you to enjoy the many outstanding activities our city has to offer.

Interesting facts about Jacksonville:

  • It’s the largest city in the United States in land area
  • It boasts the largest urban park system in the United States – more than 300 sites and 111,600+ acres of parkland and ecological preserves
  • The coastal side of the city covers 22 miles of beaches
  • The St. Johns River, the longest river in Florida (310 miles), is one of the only bodies of water to flow in a northerly direction

Things to Do

Be in the know about the happenings around town. These sites have comprehensive information about Jacksonville from a business and recreation perspective:


The city features a number of notable golf links, golfing resorts and historic country clubs. Golf courses in the area offer good facilities, impressive scenery, a range of difficult holes, and experienced golf instructors. While you enjoy your stay here, please use the following list as your guide to some of the most popular golf courses in the greater Jacksonville area:

Other Places of Interest Near Jacksonville

St. Augustine – 30 minutes south of Jacksonville, St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest continuously settled city and boasts a great family environment with history, beaches, and shopping.

Amelia Island / Fernandina Beach – Known as the Isle of Eight Flags since it’s the only place in the U.S. to have been under the control of eight national flags, Amelia Island offers a chance to slow down a bit, relax, and enjoy the real Florida. Fernandina Beach is a quaint town with a beautiful Victorian-era historical district with eclectic restaurants, shops, and bed & breakfasts.

Orlando – All of the attractions and theme parks it has to offer are just more than 2 hours away from Jacksonville.