Once you’ve unpacked your belongings and settled in after your move to Jacksonville, one of the best ways you can get acclimated to the city is to act like a tourist in your new hometown. Before you get too bogged down in everyday life in Jacksonville, go explore what the city has to offer. Here are four suggestions.
- Hit the beaches.
A 22-mile string of beaches in Jacksonville beckons both residents and visitors. Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, plus the historic fishing village of Mayport to the north, are conducive to everything from lounging and walking to fishing and surfing. You need to enjoy a beach day right after you move to Jacksonville.
“From rustic and untouched coastlines to bustling ports with piers and boardwalks, this area boasts a rich history,” according to Visit Florida.
- Hit the links.
There’s no shortage of golf courses in the Jacksonville area—some of them with ocean or river views. Altogether, northeast Florida, nicknamed “Florida’s First Coast of Golf,” has more than 1,220 golf holes at 70 private and public courses.
But if your golf swing isn’t so great, you can watch the pros do their thing at one of golf’s signature events. Every spring, the newly renovated Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass hosts the Players Championship, bringing dozens of golf’s elite to the Jacksonville area.
If that still hasn’t satisfied your hankering for all things golf, head down to St. Augustine’s World Golf Hall of Fame, which honors the male and female greats of golf.
- Hit the restaurants.
In 2016, Forbes Travel Guide proclaimed Jacksonville one of the “5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now.” Of course, you don’t have to be a visitor to savor Jacksonville’s cornucopia of taste-bud-pleasing dishes. You should definitely start tasting what the city has to offer after you move to Jacksonville.
In what Forbes calls a “melting pot of cuisines,” you can chow down on fresh fish at Clark’s Fish Camp or North Beach Fish Camp; dine at the oceanfront Azurea; or sample Southern fried chicken at Beach Road Chicken Dinners, ribs at Jenkins Quality Barbecue, curry chicken burritos at Burrito Gallery or Guinness beef stew at Culhane’s Irish Pub.
“Jacksonville’s food scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic Southern comfort, infused with the flavors of the coast and a dash of international flair,” according to Visit Jacksonville.
- Hit the field.
The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars are the region’s only major-league sports team. So, if you’re ready for some football, check out a game at EverBank Field, the home of the Jaguars after you move to Jacksonville.
“Jacksonville is … a city that does not take itself too seriously, and the atmosphere at the games is party-like, with plenty of opportunities to have a good time and enjoy the nice weather,” Scout.com says.
If for some reason the action on the gridiron isn’t captivating you, then pay attention to the antics of team mascot Jaxson de Ville, the self-proclaimed “Best Mascot in Sports.” Among other things, Jaxson has rappelled 175 feet down a scoreboard, and has hugged and kissed more than 250,000 fans.