It’s difficult to choose the best time to visit Jacksonville because each season has something great and unique to offer. You can tailor your trip around your preferred season depending on what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for beach days and dolphin-watching tours with fellow tourists, summer will be your jam. Museums and football games are great options for the winter months, while the shoulder seasons in Jacksonville (spring and fall) provide ideal temperatures and fewer crowds.
Best Time To Visit Jacksonville, Florida
Annually, over 22 million people visit the city of Jax. Being a local of the area, my suggestion for when to visit Jacksonville is during the shoulder seasons – March through May and September to November. The weather is extremely pleasant and the beaches and attractions have far fewer crowds than in the peak season.
To no surprise, the peak season to visit the Bold City is the summer – June through August. During the summer months, people love to vacation in the hot weather on the glorious beaches and visit popular tourist spots like museums or participate in water sports/activities. I love summer in the area for the buzz of visitors and warm ocean temperatures.
The winter months of December through February are actually quite cold, and I was surprised to have my first winter here with chilly temperatures in the 40s. These cold temps drive away tourists, which in turn, also drives prices way down. There are still fun things to do, though! Go to a Jaguars game, visit the art museum, or take a day trip to Saint Augustine.
Overall Best Time To Visit Jacksonville
In my opinion, the best times of year to visit Jacksonville are the spring and fall. The weather is super pleasant, with high temperatures ranging from the brisk 50s to beach-worthy 80s. I don’t like a lot of crowds, and Jacksonville in March through May, or September through November, is much quieter compared to the peak months.
In addition to fewer tourists, the prices are also lower during spring and fall than in the peak season. So, you’ll be spending less on hotels and attractions which is always a plus. One thing I really love about Jacksonville in May and September is that you can have an entire stretch of beach to yourself. And it’s the perfect temperature too.
It should be noted that the shoulder seasons have fewer tourists than the peak…