Hotel at a Glance: Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville Airport
Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, this recently renovated hotel sits just a three-minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), making it a convenient place to stay during a visit to the River City.
- Airport shuttle: A 24-hour shuttle runs from JAX to the hotel.
- Start the day right: Guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast of Jimmy Dean sandwiches, waffles, fruit, and yogurt.
- Take a dip: The hotel has a heated outdoor pool.
Jacksonville, Florida: Beaches, Live Entertainment, and the Scenic St. Johns River
The St. Johns River—which meanders through the middle of Jacksonville, Florida—is one of the only rivers in America that flows north. Along its banks is The Jacksonville Landing, which has been attracting residents and visitors for more than 20 years with international eateries, live-music clubs, and more than 300 special events held every year. It’s worth walking across the bright-blue Main Street Bridge to Southbank to see Friendship Fountain, which puts on a dazzling light show at night. Next door to the fountain, at the Museum of Science & History, you’ll find several aquariums filled with Floridian fish and unambitious nature documentarians.
Jacksonville sits right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and its beaches are frequented by kiteboarders and surfers. More than 80,000 acres of parkland lie within the city limits—for a low-key hike or bike ride, head to one of the many state parks. Little Talbot Island State Park’s beaches are rife with sand dunes, and at Fort Clinch State Park, you can take a daily tour past Civil War reenactors or explore native wildlife on self-guided nature trails.
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