Recreation In Jacksonville
Discover Jacksonville's Beaches
Jacksonville Beach is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and includes Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach. The beautiful ocean graces the entire eastern boundary of the seven-county area, with more than 60 miles of shoreline from the Georgia border to the southern end of Flagler County.
Convenient access to water, both fresh and salt, is the primary reason the city of Jacksonville is a desirable place to live, work, and play. One of the many water activities featured annually is the longest sailboat race in the world. Since 1953, sailors have tried the challenging 38-mile Mug Race, which begins in Palatka and has an exciting finish line in Jacksonville. Jacksonville is also home to the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, the largest of its kind in the country. Northeast Florida is an angler's dream, and there are numerous locations to cast your line. If it's deep-sea fishing you seek, charters are available at Mayport, as well as marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Jacksonville Beach lights up the ocean with its 4th of July Liberty Celebration. Family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and more leads up to an unbelievable fireworks display. Jacksonville Beach also offers an array of festivals: Spring the Blues, Great Atlantic Seafood Festival, Jazz Concert Series, Beaches Opening Parade, and many more!
Sports in Jacksonville
Whether it's college or professional teams, Jacksonville is an absolute sports Mecca. Our sports entertainment satisfies a diversity of passions. The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars are a Sunday staple in Northeast Florida, drawing tens of thousands to the downtown riverfront and Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
College sporting events also take center stage with one of college football's biggest rivalries, the Florida-Georgia Football Classic. Summertime brings our baseball minor league Jacksonville Suns games, which are hot spots for families.
Northeast Florida is home to The Players Championship, held annually at TPC Sawgrass, located on Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, approximately 10 miles away from Jacksonville Beach. Tennis is also a popular sport enjoyed in Jacksonville with the Bausch & Lomb Tennis Championships annual event located on the beautiful Amelia Island. Ponte Vedra is the headquarters for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and also hosts MPS Group Tour visits.
Adventure welcomes every outdoorsman who calls Jacksonville home. Our moderate year-round climate and access to the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Johns River continually affords residents the opportunity to experience the outdoors for exercise and recreation.