Jacksonville is a beautiful old city in northeastern Florida, filled with elegant neighborhoods where restored southern mansions have been re-imagined as inns, galleries, and wonderful venues to eat and drink. The city has long white beaches, museums and cultural attractions, amazing golf courses, and waterways that provide plenty of recreational activities. Most noticeably, however, the city has a deep love of football – the Jacksonville Jaguars are the local NFL team, and there are often competitive games between teams from Florida and Georgia, with Jacksonville sitting on the border between the two states. With so much to see and do, Jacksonville has come into its own as a tourist hotspot in the past few years.
As is the case with most cities in Florida, visitors with mobility issues will find Jacksonville pretty easy to get around. You’ll find plenty of parking and accessible amenities, and Jacksonville’s beaches have accessible ramps, changing rooms, and showers, as well as beach wheelchairs available at lifeguard stations. By booking an electric scooter or wheelchair from Scootaround in advance of your trip, you’ll be ready to get out and explore Jacksonville’s many charms as soon as you arrive.
If you need to rent mobility equipment while in Jacksonville – or anywhere else in North America – Scootaround can help. We have electric wheelchair and scooter rentals in more than 1500 locations across the US and Canada. Our staff are available seven days a week, and can deliver equipment directly to your hotel in advance of your arrival. Give us a call at 1-888-441-7575 or email us to arrange to get the mobility equipment you require.
History lovers will adore exploring the gentile neighborhoods of Jacksonville, popping into galleries and boutiques, and catching a live jazz show or a delicious meal in a restored mansion. There are fine museums and attractions to explore in the downtown area, or you can always catch a football or baseball game. Get out to the beaches and enjoy the rolling surf against the white sands. There’s so much to enjoy at this destination, but here are four attractions that should be on every first time visitor’s itinerary:
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Want to explore these Jacksonville attractions with ease? Give us a call at 1-888-441-7575 or email us to get the electric wheelchair or scooter rental you need for your trip. Scootaround has a number of options, and our helpful team will do everything they can to make traveling to Jacksonville an easy experience.
As with most other places in the Sunshine State, it’s easy for drivers with disability permits from other states to find parking in and around the city, as there are plenty of dedicated spaces that will get you close to all the attractions you want to see. You don’t need to apply for a temporary permit – the one that you have from your home state or country will work just fine.
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Sometimes when it is really crowded people get inpatient with us. But the majority of people are kind. Having the use of a scooter makes it a lot of fun and easier to keep up with the grankids.P. Lockwood
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Located across the river from downtown Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum has more than 5000 impressive pieces in its collection, ranging from the very old (as in 2100 B.C. old) through to the 20th century. Here you’ll find artwork by Rockwell and Rubens, along with many other legendary artists. Set in beautiful formal gardens that overlook the St Johns River and showcasing stunning examples of early-1900s landscape design, this museum is a pleasure to visit, and a must to see when you’re in the city.
There are always visiting exhibits to explore too, and a lovely café on-site so you can stay all day if you’d like. Because you will be covering a fair bit of ground – especially if you choose to tour the 2.5 acres of gardens – a mobility device is recommended to fully enjoy the Cummer Museum. The museum is fully accessible, and there are a limited number of manual wheelchairs available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Modern art lovers will enjoy this museum immensely, as it houses one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the Southern United States. With more than 1000 pieces in its permanent collection, and plenty of exciting temporary exhibits, MOCA Jacksonville has a lot to offer. Here you’ll find works by important modern artists, such as painters Joan Mitchell, Hans Hofmann, Theodore Stamos, and Syd Solomon, as well as many other photographic and sculptural works.
There’s a parking garage next to MOCA Jacksonville, and plenty of metered street parking outside, meaning you should have little trouble finding a convenient spot. The museum is fully wheelchair and scooter accessible, and we advise organizing a rental in advance of your visit, so that all you need to worry about is enjoying the fabulous art while you’re there.
For those with a sweet tooth, this candy emporium (which has its own restaurant and bar) is heaven on earth. Sweet Pete’s is home to The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails, which was named Jacksonville’s best new restaurant and serves up amazing Southern food as well as sweet treats. The facility also houses a rooftop patio and dessert bar. You could also just visit the store to load up on gourmet candies to take home with you – that is if you have the willpower to not eat them all before you leave.
At Sweet Pete’s you can also take part in interactive candy making sessions, or book spaces in the 23,000 sq. ft. facility if you have a special event in mind. This place is magical, but also huge, so you’ll want to make sure you go prepared with a mobility device to help you explore every delicious inch of the emporium.
If you want to find out about the local flora and fauna of Florida, then the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a great place to start, as there are numerous exhibits exploring the natural inhabitants of this fascinating state. You’ll have the opportunity to see a variety of animals here, including tigers, penguins, great apes, and giraffes. The zoo also has a strong educational component, and visitors are invited to attend talks put on by keepers and interact with some of the animals.
The botanical gardens at the zoo are very pleasant, and follow a number of local and international themes. The Asia Bamboo Gardens are particularly popular – they are home to a real Komodo Dragon, a mini-forest filled with bronze sculptures of giant pandas, and an impressive koi pond. Because there’s lots of ground to cover at the zoo and gardens, it is recommended that you use a mobility device, which you can rent directly from the attraction. Alternatively, you can rent from Scootaround in advance so that you have it to take with you (a much more cost effective option).
Travelling to a conference or other event in Jacksonville? Here's a short list of confirmed events where you can rent Scootaround mobility equipment.
Don't see your event? Contact us at 1-888-441-7575 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.