Visit the biggest city in Florida to experience some real Southern hospitality, get adventurous on the water or explore the city’s extensive parks and wetlands.
Spread over 850 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in the lower 48 states and has something for everyone. There are museums, art galleries, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife to enjoy.
The summer months from June to August are the busiest in Jacksonville, so plan well ahead to ensure you get a cheap fare. At this time of year, the temperatures can reach 90°F and visitors flock to the beaches.
The city also gets busy around the time of the Players Championship, golf’s ‘fifth major’, which is held in May.
Spring and fall are good times for a bargain vacation in Jacksonville, the weather is still warm but prices are lower. Winter, when the temperatures fall to 50°F is off season, but there is still plenty to do and cheap tickets are readily available.
With more than 20 airlines flying to Jacksonville there are plenty of departure airports to choose from. And when you search for flights with Orbitz there are many ways to increase your chance of grabbing a bargain.
Flexibility is key when booking flights to Jacksonville. Use the ‘Nearby airports’ option, under your chosen departure and arrival airport when your search results are returned, to explore deals from alternative locations.
Another great way to bag a bargain is to have leeway in your schedule. Click in the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box when making your search to browse the cheapest fares on each day for your outbound and return flight.
You can filter and sort your results on the left-hand side of the results page or by using the ‘Show options’ drop-down. Sort your flights by price or duration, explore only direct or connecting flights, filter by airline and airport, limit your results to refundable flights and look for flights at certain times of the day.
Optimal flight times to Jacksonville from major US cities include:
Jacksonville International Airport is located 13 miles north of downtown and handles more than 5 million passengers each year. It is also home to the Florida Air National Guard.
Orlando International Airport is around 120 miles from Jacksonville, and there are often cheap flights available to here. From Orlando it’s a two-hour drive to Jacksonville, and there are coach and train connections. The train takes three hours.
Airlines that serve Jacksonville include:
You can get catch a bus or a taxi from the airport to downtown Jacksonville – but the best way to explore the city and the surrounding area is by hire car, and these are easily booked at the airport.
Although Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the country, the center is compact so exploring on foot is an option. Public transport in Jacksonville includes the Skyway monorail and there are more than 30 bus routes across the city. There are also river taxis and two trackless trolley lines.
Built on the Atlantic coast and the banks of the St Johns river, Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the US, including 22 miles of beach. The city’s main beaches are Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport Beach and Atlantic Beach to the south of the city. If you want to get back to nature you can visit the 450-acre Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is Jacksonville’s main cultural attraction and houses more than 5,000 works of art.
There are also English and Italian themed gardens and a lawn on the banks of the river to relax in and, less than two miles away, is the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.
On the other side of the St Johns river is the 1.25-mile Southbank Riverwalk, which has great views of the Jacksonville skyline and has become one of the city’s most vibrant spaces.
The beaches in Jacksonville are quieter during spring and fall but the water is still warm, with temperatures usually above 65°F, so you can still enjoy the water outside of peak season.
Jacksonville is home to the Budweiser brewery, but also has a thriving craft beer scene, so sample the local brews as part of your evening’s entertainment.
Situated at the very northeast corner of Florida, Jacksonville has weather and seasons more like Savannah than Miami. Which is to say that, while the weather is mild year-round compared with northern climes, don’t expect beach-lounging conditions during the winter. Also, it’s not primarily a tourist town, so high and low seasons refer mostly to the surrounding beach areas.
That said, the most popular time to visit Jacksonville is from spring to mid-summer—May to August—when the sun drives local and regional crowds to the beaches. For visitors planning outdoorsy activities like kayaking on Amelia Island, spring has milder temperatures, while July and August can get quite hot. The summer months are also the rainiest part of year.
The least popular time to visit is the winter, from November to February, when the weather is cool and blustery. Temperatures can occasionally dip close to freezing from December to February, but cold fronts don’t last long and inevitably give way to mild days in the mid-60s.
For a happy medium, consider a trip during the shoulder seasons around March and April or September and November. The spring shoulder season can have cool weather and the late summer can still suffer lingering heat, but both seasons see nice weather and beach crowds are greatly reduced.
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