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Jacksonville Sports and Recreation

Sports and outdoor activities are a big part of life in Jacksonville and whether you’re a big football fan, golf fanatic or love to fish Jacksonville has the perfect game, course, or spot for you.

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Jacksonville Beach Pier

The Pier on Jacksonville Beach

Fishing, golfing, and surfing are some of the most popular recreational sports around Duval County.  Jacksonville hosts several sports events including college football games, NFL games, and Minor League baseball games.

Fishing in Jacksonville

As you drive around Jacksonville, you’ll see residents fishing along rivers, creeks, lakes, and of course surf fishing the beaches.  The area is known for great backwater fishing in the St Johns River and Intracoastal waterways.  Along the coastal areas, you’ll find fishermen wading in the ocean waves, fly fishing, or fishing off the piers. 

Fish You’ll Catch
Fishing in Duval County and Jacksonville is in very diverse waterways. You can catch fish like tarpon, cobia, black drum, flounder, trout, jacks, snappers, kingfish, and sheepshead in the river and along the coastal areas saltwater.  In the freshwater areas nearby you’ll catch trout, bass, mullet, panfish, and bream.

Jacksonville Pier
One of the most popular spots to fish is the Jacksonville Pier. Located on Jacksonville Beach the Jacksonville Pier is 1,300 feet long extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. The Jacksonville Beach Pier is a great place to fish and get an excellent view. 

Each fishermen is allowed 3 fishing rods and a pays a fee of $4.00 to fish for the day.  Friends and spectators that walk out onto the pier and not fish are charged $1.00. And the team that works at the pier makes no exceptions. We asked to walk out onto the pier to take a few pictures and were told “sure, for $1 each”. 

Jacksonville Pier
503 N 1st Street
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
Hours:  6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phone: 904-241-1515

For freshwater fishing, Hanna Park is good for bream, and you can catch mullet at Shands Bridge, and bass at the Rodman Reservoir.  Saltwater fishing spots are St Mary’s Inlet, Mayport inlet, 312 Bridge, and in the south jetties around the St Johns River mouth.


TPC Clubhouse

The clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra FL

Jacksonville Golf Courses

Home to more than 70 private and public golf courses, the Jacksonville area is well known for its golf. 

Just a few minutes south of Jacksonville is the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine with its golf museum, golf courses, pro lessons, and resort accommodations.  The King and Bear golf course at the World Golf Village was designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.  A fun course is the Slammer and Squire course at the World Golf Village designed by Bobby Weed with input from pro players, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.

Every May, The Players Championship PGA tournament is held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.  The purse is $9.5 million.  Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased well in advance.

TPC Sawgrass is one of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the country. The 17th green is famous because it is a peninsula - surrounded by water on three sides with a narrow path leading to the green.

The Players Championship
103 Championship Way
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Phone:  904-273-3383

In Fernandina Beach, you’ll find the Golf Club at North Hampton.  The Hampton Golf Club has course locations throughout Florida for members to enjoy.

Surfing in Jacksonville

Many residents and college students are drawn to this area for its great waves.  You can find surfers at Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, and just about anywhere up and down the coast when there’s waves.

Poles is a favorite surf spot on the north side of Hanna Park.

One of our favorite surf shops is Aqua East on Atlantic Boulevard.  The staff is friendly and the store has great clothes, sun glasses, surf boards, skateboards, snow boards, and kayaks.  Ask about events they host including autograph signings by Peter Townsend and Shaun Thompson.

College Football in Jacksonville

College Football is big in Jacksonville.  You’ll find Georgia Bulldog, Florida State Seminole, and Florida Gator fans proudly displaying bumper stickers, license plates, shirts, hats and other fan paraphernalia around town.

On the last Saturday of October, Jacksonville is host to the annual Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators season game.  The city goes wild with tail gate parties and die hard fans.  It has been nicknamed the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”  This tradition started in 1915.

Every January 1st, the city has been host to the Gator Bowl since 1946.  The Gator bowl features some of the top college football teams (ACC vs. Big 12, Big East, or Notre Dame).

Jacksonville Stadium

All major football games in Jacksonville - college and professional - are held in Jacksonville Stadium. Formerly known as Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville Stadium is located in downtown Jacksonville right on the St Johns River across the street from Metropolitan Park.

You can see the Stadium as you drive through downtown Jacksonville on highway 90 - Union Street Expressway, which crosses the river via the Mathews Bridge as you head east.

Jacksonville Stadium is the home to the annual Florida Gators versus Georgia Bull Dogs Game, The Gator Bowl in January, and Jacksonville Jaguars home games.

Jacksonville Stadium
1 Gator Bowl Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 798-1700
Seating Capacity:  77,000

Jaguar Stadium

Jacksonville Stadium where the Jaguars Play

Jacksonville Professional Sports

Duval County is home to the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars football team.  Started in 1995, the Jacksonville Jaguars joined the AFC (American Football Conference) at the same time the Carolina Panthers did.

If you’re a baseball fan you can enjoy the area’s minor league team, the Jacksonville Suns.  The home games are held at the Baseball Ground of Jacksonville which opened in 2003.  It has an old fashion brick design to the stadium and has a 9 foot high mound for seating behind left field.

The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville
301 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 904-358-2846

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