This trip was in partnership with Visit Jacksonville, however, all opinions are my own.
Looking for an awesome family vacation that will have everyone geared up and ready for more? Planning a trip to Jacksonville, FL is the perfect family trip! Find out the best tips on how we saw the sights of the city in just three days’ time.
While we could have stayed there much longer (and can’t wait to go back!), here is a rundown of all the things that we were able to pack into a 72-hour trip!
Where to Stay
If you looking for a place to stay I highly recommend staying at the Omni Hotel located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. From this hotel, you can walk to several different places to eat and walk to the riverwalk for concerts. The hotel has some great amenities such as a gym and a rooftop pool which is great to enjoy with the family!
These locations aren’t in any specific order but are all places that you need to visit on your trip. Get your belly and your adventure pants ready because you’re going to have a blast!
Book a fun tour
Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop Class & Tour offers a great way to take a tour of a candy store. You’ll also learn about how to make chocolate, too.
Start your morning off with coffee
Every great trip has to have coffee, am I right? There are so many great places that you can get a great cup of joe! Here are some stops to add to your trip when you’re needing a boost of caffeine.
Grab a bite to eat and take a wagon ride
Eat lunch and Enjoy a Wagon Ride on the farm at Congaree and Penn. You’ll get delicious food and a complimentary wagon ride over their 350 acres of beautiful farmland! Congaree and Penn offer agritourism opportunities for all ages. Please note that all reservations must be booked in advance.
Take the kids to the zoo and gardens
Don’t miss out on the Jacksonville Zoo! There are so many fun animals that the kids are certain to love and see!
Dinner Options in Jacksonville, FL
⦁ Burrito Gallery Downtown – Tex Mex with a colorful outdoor patio
⦁ The Bearded Pig – Casual BBQ with outdoor sitting space
⦁ V Pizza/Sidecar – Award-winning Neapolitan style pizza with speakeasy attached
⦁ Juliette’s Bistro – Fresh modern food
Where to grab brunch in Jacksonville, FL
⦁ Metro Diner – Southern Style breakfast with famous chicken and waffles
⦁ Good Dough – Gourmet doughnuts with unique flavors
⦁ Southern Grounds – Café offering coffee, tea, breakfast, and brunch
⦁ Maple Street Biscuit Co – homemade biscuit sandwiches and fresh coffee
Visit the Museum of Science & History
Make certain that you make a point of going to MOSH. It’s a great museum that offers so many things to learn and see!
Spend times in the beautiful parks
There are so many great parks to enjoy! These are some tops ones we suggest:
⦁ Riverfront Park – 1733 River Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
⦁ Henry J Klutho Park – 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206
⦁ Memorial Park – 1620 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204;
Beaches Town Center Restaurants for Dining
If you’re looking for more places to dine, here are a few other great eateries in the Town Center!
- Flying Iguana– Taqueria & Tequila Bar
- North Beach Fish Camp – Modern bar with seafood
- The Local – Southern food with a twist, great drink selection
- Tavern – Edgar Allen Poe themed décor with burgers and pub fare
- Southern Grounds
- Coop 303– A contemporary and diverse menu with a rooftop bar
Beaches Town Center Things to do:
If you’re going to Beaches Town Center, add these items to your must-do list!
- Tide Views Preserve – Stunning spot to watch the sunset
- Jax Surf & Paddle – Small shop with all your beachside needs (and coffee!)
Jacksonville Beach Restaurants
- Angie’s Subs/ Angie’s Grom- Local popular counter-service sandwich shop50
- Margaritaville Beach Hotel– Landshark Lookout restaurant and bar overlooks the beachfront
- V Pizza– another location of the local award-winning Neapolitan style pizza chain
As you can tell, there are so many things to see and do in Jacksonville that after three days, you’re still going to have so much left!
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