JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTHR) — If you're in Jacksonville, you'll be in the largest city in northeast Florida known as a regional business center. People who visit Jacksonville enjoy taking in museums, culture and the beach. Surfing and swimming are popular ocean activities. If the beach isn't your thing, the city is also known as the Professional Golf Association headquarters. So grab a club and find the green.
Nickname: Jax, Where Florida Begins, River City by the Sea
Population: Jacksonville is the most populous city in the Sunshine State, as well as the most populous city in the southeastern United States. Jacksonville has a population of just under 900,000 people. The metro area of the city has a population of more than 1.6 million.
Avg. Temp by season: Winter - 66; Spring - 79; Summer - 91; Fall - 80
- Allegiant flies from Indianapolis International Airport to Jacksonville International Airport nonstop seasonally beginning in February.
- Jacksonville is named after President Andrew Jackson.
- Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental U.S. with over 840 sq. miles.
- Despite Florida's status as a hurricane hotspot, Jacksonville has only been directly hit by one hurricane since 1871.
- It's the birthplace of southern rock: The Allman Brothers formed in Jacksonville in 1969. Lynyrd Skynyrd did, too, in 1966.
- The city is the headquarters for the PGA Tour.
- The beach (because you are in Florida)
- Friendship Fountain
- The Museum of Science and History & Museum of Contemporary Arts
- Jacksonville Landing & Jacksonville's Riverside District
- Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens