Jacksonville, Florida is a popular departure point for a number of year-round cruises. Most of the cruises from Jacksonville are headed to the Bahamas where you can enjoy the soft sands and a variety of water activities. Since many of the waterways around Jacksonville have calmer waters, you can set sail on a small ship cruise for a relaxing trip around the city. The city of Jacksonville is also home to the Intracoastal Waterway and several beaches where you can enjoy some fun in the sun before your voyage.

Downtown Jacksonville can be a great destination to explore before your cruise because it’s home to several historic sites and shops. You can spend your days swimming and surfing around the barrier islands or visit some of the cultural attractions.

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Museums & Attractions

Take a tour of The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens to enjoy fine art and see the European-inspired gardens. The museum houses a large collection of Ninah Mae Holden Cummer’s favorite pieces and also has an interactive children’s exhibit. Spend the day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to feed the giraffes and see the Jaguars in action. 

Classic Theatre Experience

Jacksonville is also home to The Florida Theatre, one of only four Movie Places built in the state of Florida in the 1920s. The theatre hosts a number of events throughout the year, including blues concerts and contemporary jazz, rock, and country music. 

Local Shopping

Make your way to the bohemian neighborhood of Riverside/Avondale to enjoy the culture and charm of the one of Jacksonville’s most interesting districts. You’ll find coffee houses, great local restaurants, and The Shoppes of Avondale. This neighborhood is also home to several historic homes and city parks so you can just spend the day exploring.