Tourism and Attractions in Jacksonville,
Jacksonville, FL - Tourism and Attractions
Jacksonville also has significant
natural beauty from the St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean. The
city center includes the Jacksonville Landing shopping center
and the Riverwalk. Downtown Jacksonville has a memorable
skyline with the tallest building being the Bank of America Building,
constructed in 1990 with a height of 617ft (188m). Other notable
structures include the Modis Building with its distinctive flared
base and the Riverplace Tower, which is the tallest pre-cast, post-tension
concrete structure in the world.
Jacksonville is also a hub for the world famous
golf opportunites of North Florida. In Ponte
Vedra lies the Sawgrass Country Club, one of the most famous
golf courses in the world and home to the annual PGA
TPC (The Player's Championship) tournament. Nearby St.
Augustine is home to the World Golf Village and World Golf Hall
of Fame. Jacksonville also features dozens of other
golf courses and country clubs.
Professional tennis is in town each year when the WTA holds
the Bausch & Lomb Champsionships at Amelia Island Plantation
near Fernandina Beach, just north of Jacksonville. Other
sports events include the annual Kingfish Tournament held
in July, the Florida-Georgia football game, commonly
known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"
held every November, and the Gator Bowl held in
early January. Both the University of North Florida and Jacksonville
University also field athletic teams in a number of sports.
The city's biggest cultural event is the Jacksonville Jazz
Festival, an annual event featuring many of the biggest
names in jazz. Jacksonville also features two art
museums, the Cummer Gallery of Art and the Jacksonville Museum of
Modern Art. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
makes regular performances at the Times-Union Center for
the Performing Arts near downtown.