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By Bob Levin on December 13th, 2011

Categories: Popular Cities

Home to astonishing beaches, fine dining, rich history and amazing outdoor activities, Jacksonville is an amazing place to visit for a romantic or family getaway.

The warm and sunny weather highlights Florida’s largest city, which makes for perfect beach trips. Start out at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, where you can walk along the boardwalk and experience great views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline, stretching out nearly a quarter of a mile.

Further experience the beauty of Jacksonville by going to the pulsating Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, a 73-acre park that has a variety of animals and beautiful native gardens. The whole family can enjoy the zoo and its offerings at a moderate price.

For a romantic getaway, the city offers an intimate atmosphere and immaculate personal service at the numerous resorts, hotels and bed & breakfasts. A memorable romantic experience can happen at the historic Riverside/Avondale district, where you can go to spas, get massages and relax.

Omni Jacksonville Hotel, the 354-room, AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel in Downtown Jacksonville is the height of luxury for couples to enjoy. The classic elegance and luxurious accommodations of these hotels will ensure a romantic experience.

Family activities include adventure, fishing and parks. Mountain biking trails can satisfy the adventurous side at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, where you can ride through the trees of this oceanfront park. Families can explore the more than 15 miles of wooded paths.

Finish the day with your family at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, where a delicious menu created by renowned chef Matthew Medure is at your fingertips. The revamped menu and entertaining show is a tradition in Jacksonville.

If you visit Jacksonville in November, you can catch the annual rivalry matchup, University of Florida-University of Georgia football game, in what’s known as the “World’s Largest Cocktail Party” and a great experience for football fanatics. offers great deals for accommodations. See Jacksonville Hotel Discounts.

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