Cheap Flights to Jacksonville
Located approximately 13 miles north of downtown, Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is the aviation gateway to the area known as the Sunshine State's First Coast. The airport's art program highlights work by local artisans that are designed to soothe and inspire travelers while educating them about the cultural heritage of the region. Pieces are displayed in the Haskell Art Gallery and throughout the terminal.
Situated along the St. John's River on Florida's northeast coast, Jacksonville is colloquially known as "Jax" in honor of its airport's three-letter code. The sprawling community features historic districts and museums as well as beaches, shopping and entertainment venues.
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
Jacksonville International Airport has one terminal building with two arrival and departure concourses. A variety of shops and eateries can be found before and after the security checkpoint. During peak travel periods, there is live musical entertainment. Airlines providing scheduled flights to Jacksonville International Airport include Allegiant Air, American Airlines and Delta as well as JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines. The majority of flights to Jacksonville are from major hubs in Atlanta, Charlotte and New York. You can reach downtown by taking a Jacksonville Transportation Authority surface bus, shuttle van or taxi. The fare for a taxi from the airport to downtown is approximately $40.
Attractions in Jacksonville
The city offers the powdery, white sand of Neptune and Jacksonville beaches as well as shopping and entertainment complexes like The Landing and scenic promenades such as The Riverwalk along the St. John's River. Historic districts include the stately homes of Avondale and Riverside with its bohemian atmosphere. Riverside is also home to Memorial Park with a centerpiece that is a statue of Winged Victory honoring the soldiers of World War I.
Other popular Jacksonville attractions include the Fort Caroline National Memorial, a replica of the French fort built by the city's first European settlers, and the Kingsley Plantation, a well-preserved example of the area's antebellum period. You can also enjoy the exhibits of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ritz Theatre and Museum, which highlights the city's African-American heritage. Jacksonville is home to a 117-acre zoo and Camp Milton, a former Confederate installation. Actors dressed in period Union and Rebel uniforms re-enact battles and describe life during the Civil War.
Hints and Tips for Visiting Jacksonville
Jacksonville's subtropical climate creates humid summers with average highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The "River City" has mild, sunny winters with lows in the mid-40s and highs near 70 degrees. With nearly 2,900 hours of annual sunshine, Jacksonville is a popular destination for golfers, beachgoers and water enthusiasts, including anglers and divers. In addition to the extensive urban park system, you can enjoy minor league baseball, semi-professional rugby matches and professional soccer and football games. The city hosts two of the nation's largest jazz festivals and a monthly 15-block Art Walk featuring live music and street performers. Jacksonville cuisine spans the gamut from Caribbean to soul food with dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken, fried gator and collard greens.
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