Flights to Jacksonville
Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida, but that is only because it has the most area within its city limits. In fact, Jacksonville is the largest city in the entire country when you consider who large an area it covers. The city was originally named Cowford, but was eventually renamed after Andrew Jackson who would later become the 7th US president.
The city of Jacksonville has 3 airports, but only the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) handles flights from overseas. Craig Municipal Airport and Herlong Airport are for local flights only. Jacksonville International is about 14 kilometres (8.75 miles) north of the city’s downtown core. Flights to Jacksonville will require 2 connections, regardless of which airline you choose. United Airlines flights to Jacksonville stop first in Washington and then again in Chicago. A flight with Delta Airlines connects in Atlanta, and then New York. All the airlines have at least one of their stops in the USA, and most of them have both connections in the United States.
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The Tourist Attractions in Jacksonville:
Being a large city Jacksonville has a variety of things to see and do. Of course there’s plenty of shopping opportunities here, as well as numerous restaurants, entertainment and nightlife in addition to the specific attractions mentioned below.
Museum of Contemporary Art
This museum showcases modern art from around America and the world. Some exhibits are permanent, and some change throughout the year so there is always something new to see. The art includes paintings, photography, sculpture and other forms of media. The building itself is a fine example of restored art-deco architecture. The museum is closed on Mondays, and on most major holidays.
Museum of Science and History
Always popular with children, the MOSH as it’s fondly called, is filled with interactive displays and exhibits that teach as well as entertain. There are exhibits for local Jacksonville history, as well as the history of the world. The Alexander Brest Planetarium has a 60-foot domed screen for realistic astronomy presentations that are shown daily.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
The Jacksonville Zoo is quite large, covering more than 100 acres and having more than 2,000 animals on display. The exhibits are large, and very naturalistic to show off each animal’s natural habitat. There are exhibits for animals around the world, including jaguars, apes, kangaroos and elephants. They are open 7 days a week, with extended hours in the summer. Admission price doesn’t cover some of the rides in the park.
Have some splashy fun at the Shipwreck Island water park. It’s part of the Adventure Landing theme park, and there is plenty to do for the whole family. Water slides and pools, as well as mini-golf, go-carts and amusement park rides.
Located on Fort George Island, the plantation includes the original house, barn and ruins of the old slave cabins. There are trails through the grounds, and there is no admission fee. Only the kitchen house is open for viewing, as the main house is still undergoing interior renovations.
When Should You Visit?:
Weather in Jacksonville is typically hot and humid for most of the year, and the winters are quite mild. Severe weather is not uncommon, especially during hurricane season. The hottest months are June, July and August. Temperatures can reach 33C (91F) during the day through all 3 months. May and September are only slightly cooler. For more pleasant temperatures, try to visit Jacksonville during any other month. Even mid-winter is fine, as snow is very rare.