Beach towns in Florida range from sleepy to bustling. What makes Jacksonville Beach so special is that it's both! From free to ritzy, just about anyone can find something to do and see there.
The top 5 things to do in Jacksonville Beach are all easily accessible. A short journey from Jacksonville or St. Johns County, Jax Beach feels far from the big city. From hotels and restaurants to nature preserves and history, this coastline is unlike any other.
1. The Jacksonville Beach Pier
A beautiful boardwalk lines the stretch of Jacksonville Beach and meets up with the pier, which stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean. It's one of the most beautiful and notable landmarks in the city.
The boardwalk is more than a quarter of a mile long from boardwalk to ocean. Serene and quiet, you can walk, sit, or fish from the pier (if you have a permit). Hang out for the sunrise, sunset, or just a midday stroll.
2. Beaches Museum and History Park
Resorts and restaurants and beaches line the streets of Jacksonville Beach, but that doesn't negate its rich history. Don't make the mistake of overlooking everything here that points to the past.
One of the best places to learn more about this city is the Beaches Museum and History Park. Find out about the indigenous cultures that occupied the coastline prior to the Spanish and the British.
See local artifacts up close and check out incredible old photographs of how Jax Beach has evolved. Interactive and informative, some of the exhibits are permanent while others change to keep things interesting!
The best part is that there is no charge for admission, thanks to the generation donations made by Maxwell and Edna Dickinson.
3. Adventure Landing
This place is a faster pace than the beaches and the museums! Jacksonville Beach has its own amusement park! Perfect for small groups and families, you will find so many things to do here.
From go-karts, laser tag, batting cages, miniature golf, you will have a blast. And speaking of a blast, included in Adventure Landing is Shipwreck Island! A lazy river, a huge wave pool, and tons of slides, you will have a blast here on Florida's hot days!
Pricing varies by season and activity, but you'll find it to be affordable compared to some of the larger amusement parks in Florida.
4. Cradle Creek Preserve
This stretch of preserve that separates Jacksonville Beach from Jacksonville. Located along the intercoastal, this is beautiful getaway to visit without every leaving the city.
The boardwalks follow the waterways of this preserve for beautiful views from the viewing platforms. If you'd like to get a little bit closer to nature, bring a kayak or canoe and paddle your way through the creeks.
Of course, it's imperative that you keep a look out for the many reptiles that live in and around the preserve if you decide to get in the water!
5. The Spa at One Ocean
Need a little self-care? The Spa at One Ocean Resort is one of the the most prestigious and renowned spas on the First Coast. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, a private locker room, jacuzzi, and a plethora of experiences from massage to detoxifying treatments.
Then, wrap yourself in a luxurious robe and relax the day away in the Tranquil Room and stare out at the Atlantic ocean.
Jacksonville Beach has so much to offer. If you're considering moving and would like to see homes available for sale in Jacksonville Beach, reach out to your favorite Round Table Realty agent for more information!