The nationally famous Jacksonville Jazz Festival is held each year in Metropolitan Park, and the renowned Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition is held annually at Jacksonville's Florida Theatre. Shopping enthusiasts will find a wide range of retail options that includes trendy upscale boutiques, major department stores and outlet malls.
Jacksonville's geographical location puts it close to many cultural, historic and entertainment centers in Florida and Georgia. Elegant Savannah, Georgia, and exotic Amelia Island, Florida, lie to the north, while historic St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the U.S. and home of the World Golf Village, lies to the south.
Just 2.5 hours away is Orlando, Florida, where you'll find the Disney theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios) as well as Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Legoland and SeaWorld Orlando.
Tampa Bay, Florida, home to Busch Gardens, is approximately 3.5 hours from Jacksonville. Six hours away is Miami, Florida, and seven hours away are the Florida Keys.
Oct. 14, 2016