EXPLORE JACKSONVILLE BEACH
JACKSONVILLE BEACH offers vast stretches of gorgeous beach, a newly redesigned golf course, tennis center, famous fishing pier and boatloads (we just couldn’t resist) of water activities. Beach volleyball, surfing, fishing and a wide variety of eateries – Jacksonville Beach has it all. Visitors and natives alike are delighted by dolphins rolling just outside the surf line. Surfers are drawn to the area by some of the best waves in the region. Devoting some time to Jacksonville Beach and its surrounding attractions unearths a unique combination of history, leisure and recreational activities.
Jacksonville Beach continues its tradition as the entertainment center of Northeast Florida. Spring and Summer are festival and concert season in this city by the sea. Fans of the blues, jazz, classical music, and movies are just a few of the many who are drawn to the nearly weekly events in Jacksonville Beach that offer family entertainment.
Beginning in March, Jacksonville Beach residents and visitors have an opportunity to enjoy some of the best national and regional bands, all with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean serving as the backdrop. Festivals also feature a variety of arts, crafts and children’s activities. Some of the recurring events include:
Jax Beach Art Walk is a family-friendly event takes place on the second Tuesday of each month from 5 PM until 9 PM. Bring your family out to see dozens of great local artists, hear local musicians perform, and visit the participating businesses throughout the downtown Jacksonville Beach area.
Whether you want to show off your classic car or you want to admire your neighbor’s car, bring your family out on the third Tuesday of each month and enjoy the Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Sea Walk Pavilion and Latham Plaza (between 1st and 2nd streets). At 8:30 PM vehicles in the plazas (and anyone else with a classic car) will file out to cruise 1st Street.
Outdoor movies under the stars combine the sound of the ocean, a sea breeze, the company of family and friends, the entertainment of your favorite film, and a night to remember. Moonlight Movies is the first free-to-the-public outdoor movie series on the First Coast. Shown on a huge screen on stage at the Seawalk Pavilion (between 1st and 2nd streets), movies start at 9 PM. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy.
From pizza and burgers to fine dining, when your day at the beach is done you’ll find some terrific dining options here and when the sun sets, enjoy the vibrant nightlife of this charming seaside community. Discover for yourself why visitors from around the corner and around the globe make Jacksonville Beach their location of choice to eat, beach, and be merry. If you’re interested in reading more about the recent happenings, here’s a link to our Jacksonville Beach Journal (blog) page.
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH FISHING PIER: The pic on the right was taken under Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and the pic on the left featuring our friend Wesley, is intended to share a bit of a visual perspective just how far out the pier actually extends. Reaching more than 1000 feet off shore, for $1 admission (kids under 6 are free) we get to experience some truly magnificent Atlantic views. The address for the Pier is 503 1st St N, 32250.
For more than 100 years the men and women of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps have stood watch over Jacksonville’s beaches. Founded in 1911/12, the Life Saving Corps was originally set up in Pablo Beach which later, in 1925, became Jacksonville Beach. In 1993, the Corps began accepting women candidates into the program. Today, new recruits undergo an intense training program that includes first aid, CPR, ocean rescue, and training on weather conditions and to be considered, candidates must be 16 years old by the completion of the session. This training session pic was shot in front of the iconic life guard station located at 2 Ocean Front N, 32250 and if you decide to come here and explore, please consider donating generously to help the Volunteer Corps continue to fulfill its mission of saving lives.
From Copper.org we learned that since 1968, artist J. Seward Johnson, Jr., has been blurring the line between art and reality with his surreal bronze sculptures that stunningly capture the everyday. Created with candid accuracy and meticulous detail, Johnson’s sculptures are so much like the real thing, passersby often do a double take. Heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire, Johnson carved a niche path in life creating his own legacy along the way. This is a pic of Johnson’s work titled “Dawn Patrol,” that consists of a set of life-size, hand-painted bronze sculptures. The woman is carrying a longboard and smiling excitedly while peering to the east. The man is waxing his surfboard while happily looking up at her. The work was donated to the city by the artist’s sister Jennifer Johnson Duke; a gift to the City of Jacksonville Beach in 2009 where it is on permanent public display in Latham Plaza. If you decide to come here and do a double take for yourself, head toward the corner of 1st Ave. N & 2nd St. N near Zeta Brewing and the rear entrance to City Hall, 32250.