Festivals & Fairs

Enjoy various cultural events while visiting Jacksonville, including The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Spring Music Fest, Planetfest, and Springing the Blues. Jacksonville also hosts an annual Film Festival, and a July 4th celebration the Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks a well as The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair. View the Jacksonville Events Calendar for details on upcoming events.

Performing Arts & Culture

Don't miss the events at The Times-Union Center, The Florida Theatre a historic, high-style movie theater or The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena during your visit. These venues offer a wide variety of local and national entertainment including symphony, orchestras, theater and film.

Museums & Historical Sites

Don't miss the Art and History of the Jacksonville area including The Museum of Science and History, The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

If History is your forte you'll want to take a short drive over to St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the United States. The Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos is a must see. Take a trolley ride or tour the town on a horse drawn carriage where your guide will share the past of this unique city.

World Class Shopping

The Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites puts you close to everything, including The River City Marketplace (5.9 mi), a new shopping center that is the largest retail center in the North Jacksonville area (over 850,000 sf), and Jacksonville Landing Riverfront Marketplace (12.1 mi) in downtown on the St. Johns River, with more than 70 shops, restaurants and live entertainment. Jacksonville has plenty of shopping malls and districts, whether you are looking for outlet deals, upscale department stores, antique finds, or boutique specialties. Find shopping experiences for every taste and budget in downtown Jacksonville and the surrounding Metro area. Other nearby popular shopping includes: Regency Square (15.7 mi), St Johns Town Center Mall (20.7 mi), Orange Park Mall (26.1 mi), and Avenues Mall (25.9 mi).

Jacksonville's Great Outdoors

Enjoy fun outdoor activities for everyone. Our moderate climate makes Jacksonville the perfect location to get outdoors no matter what season it is. Take in a day of sun and fresh air at one of our local beaches, lakes or rivers.

Jacksonville is also home to top-rated golf courses, many a short drive from Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites. The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, located in nearby Ponte Vedra is home to the TPC, (THE PLAYERS Championship) and is world famous.