Situated in Duval County, in northeastern Florida, Jacksonville stands in the great double loops of St. John's River, next to the Atlantic Ocean. Its locals often know Jacksonville as 'JAX', after the city's nearby airport.
Jacksonville offers tourists kilometers of beaches used all year round, the scenic Southbank Riverwalk, a Skyway Monorail, museums and numerous art galleries located in the downtown Jacksonville district. The Spanish discovered Jacksonville in 1513, and the cities many tourist attractions are often full of historic information, celebrating Jacksonville's rich past.
Jacksonville has a host of popular tourist attractions, including Adventure Landing and Shipwreck Island Water Park, ALLTEL Stadium home to the Jacksonville Jaguars American football team, Jacksonville Zoological Gardens - with more than 1,000 rare and exotic animals, regarded locally as a 'Walking Safari'; and the Jax Expo Center hosting many notable events, festivals and concerts in downtown Jacksonville.
Some of the main museums and art galleries in Jacksonville include the Cummer Museum of Art and Garden, the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, the Museum of Weapons and Early American History, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art.
Port Location - Jaxport Cruise Terminal is located in North Jacksonville approximately 7.5 miles from downtown Jacksonville.
Transport Links - Jacksonville International Airport, greyhound buses and Amtrak trains provide links to other US destinations. A variety of bus services operate in the city and an elevated train system, called the Skyway service operates between downtown destinations. Taxis are readily available throughout Jacksonville, however car rental is a better option.