Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near the mouth of the St. Johns River, Jacksonville Beach is a lively town that boasts a picturesque coastline. It boasts a fine history museum, modern amusement park, thriving arts scene and easy access to outdoor adventures.
Things to do in Jacksonville Beach
Explore the people and places that have shaped the “Beaches” communities through the first-hand accounts and interactive exhibits of the Beaches Museum & History Park. It features a 19th-century house once belonging to the Pablo Beach station master, as well as a 28-ton steam locomotive dating back to 1911.
Experience the rides and amusement attractions of Adventure Landing, which lies adjacent to the Shipwreck Island Water Park. Get behind the wheel on the go-kart track, challenge your family to a game of laser tag or test your baseball skills in the batting cage.
Discover the region’s French colonial heritage at the Fort Caroline National Memorial, a re-creation of the 16th-century French fort that now lies beneath St. John’s River. Visit the on-site museum to learn about the Spanish attack by troops from St. Augustine, then wander amidst the defences that have been constructed according to historic drawings.
Dine overlooking St. Johns River at Jacksonville Landing, an iconic shopping and entertainment venue in the heart of nearby Jacksonville. Live musical performances regularly take place in the open brick courtyard and it’s home to the Jacksonville Maritime Museum’s large-scale model ships.
Getting around Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville International Airport is located around 40 minutes’ drive north of Jacksonville Beach. The most convenient way to get around is by car, while the beach area can be navigated on a bicycle.