Northeast Florida is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, featuring 90 miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic St. Johns River for boating, fishing and kayaking. National Geographic Adventure magazine ranked Jacksonville as one of the "Top Six Beach Towns" in the United States. Jacksonville also boasts more than 131 square miles of city, state and national parks making it the largest urban park system in the nation. In 2010, Parenting magazine ranked Jacksonville number one on the list of "Ten Best Cities for Recreation."
Sports enthusiasts can cheer for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, the AFL Jacksonville Sharks, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp AA baseball team, the Jacksonville Armada FC and the ABA Jacksonville Giants.
Arts & Culture
AmericanStyle magazine ranked Jacksonville as one of its "Top 25 Arts Destinations." Arts and entertainment lovers will appreciate the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Museum of Science and History, as well as the spectacular Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. These interactive and educational sites are fun for the entire family. The area is also home to several performing arts venues and the world-renowned Jacksonville Symphony.
Jacksonville offers shopping excursions for any taste. Those looking for the perfect bargain can look no further than one of the many outlet centers in Northeast Florida. Vintage items and antiques in the eclectic Five Points and upscale chic and trendy boutiques in San Marco and Avondale complement the latest in must-have retail at The Avenues Mall, River City Marketplace, Orange Park Mall, Regency Square Mall and the newest hotspot, the St. Johns Town Center. It is no wonder why Forbes magazine ranked Jacksonville as the ninth "Best U.S. Shopping City."