Jacksonville is a large city in northeastern Florida where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A regional business center, it has many museums and cultural offerings. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches such as Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Championship golf courses in the area include Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour.
Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, providing facilities and services at more than 337 locations on more than 80,000 acres (320 km2) located throughout the city. Jacksonville enjoys natural beauty from the St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean. Many parks provide access for people to boat, swim, fish, sail, jetski, surf and waterski. Several parks around the city have received international recognition.
Hemming Plaza is Jacksonville's first and oldest park. It is downtown and surrounded by government buildings. Riverside Park and Memorial Park are the city's second and third oldest parks (respectively), and located in the historic Riverside area. Tree Hill Nature Center is a nature preserve and environmental education center located five minutes from Downtown Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens broke ground on a new center in April 2007 and held their grand opening on November 15, 2008.
The Veterans Memorial Wall is a tribute to local servicemen and women killed while serving in US armed forces. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day recognizing any service woman or man from Jacksonville who died in the previous year.
The Treaty Oak is a massive, 250-year-old tree at Jessie Ball DuPont Park in downtown. Office workers from nearby buildings sit on benches to eat lunch or read a book in the shade of its canopy.
The Friendship Fountain has been one of Jacksonville's most recognizable and popular attractions, it features a light show and music each evening.
The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a linear city park which runs 14.5 miles (23.3 km) from Imeson Road to a point past Baldwin, Florida.
St John Town Center
Attracting over ten million visitors a year and offering over one million square feet of shopping space, the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville is a premier shopping and dining destination in northeast Florida. The St. Johns Town Center is located just two miles from the Hotel, making it easy for guests to discover great fashion, shops and food. With anchor stores like Dillard's, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW, and Barnes & Noble and brand name specialty stores like Banana Republic, Coach, Tiffany & Co., White House Black Market, Gap, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Apple, Williams-Sonoma, Sephora and much more, the St. John's Town Center is a shopper's dream.