Jacksonville is the largest city in the conterminous United States, serving as the Duval County's seat. It is the most populated city in the state of Florida and also in the southeastern United States. Jacksonville is known to have one of the largest metropolitan regions in Florida and is a very active business hub in the region. The city of Jacksonville has a convenient location on the point where the St. Johns River connects with the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors pride in many great spots for surfing, swimming, and other water activities along the beautiful white sand beaches with warm blue waters. Numerous golf courses around the city provide for more fun outdoor activities, as seen in the famous Ponte Vera Beach that hosts the PGA Tour headquarters on the sprawling TPC Sawgrass. Unique art and craft masterpieces can be found in several museums around Jacksonville, like the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art and the famous Museum of Science and History. There are numerous antique pieces of European, American, and Asian origins in the Cummer Museum of Art, found along the riverfront in the most scenic environment in the city. Visitors can go for concerts and live show performances at the Florida Theatre and the famous Ritz Theatre. For shopping and dining options, visitors can go to the high-end Jacksonville Landing District as well as in the Southbank Riverwalk region.
The climate of Jacksonville is a humid subtropical one, classified as Cfa in the Köppen climatic classification. The summers are characterized by hot weather and ample rainfall, whereas the winters are mildly cold and highly tolerable. Springs and autumns are mildly warm and pleasant, and moderately wet throughout. Summer is exceptionally sweltering, with the temperature hitting highs of 99.1°F (37.3°C) or more on the hottest days. The nights are cold, with the mercury in the average of 73.6°F (23.1°C). Most days are crowned with high afternoon rainfall, measuring up to an average of 6.4" (162.6mm) per month. The rainiest month of the year is September, with the rain gauge collecting 8.2" (208.3mm) in precipitation from approximately twelve and a half days of rain. Winter has the temperature dropping as low as 22.8°F (-5.1°C) on the coldest nights, and averaging highs of 70.2°F (21.2°C) during the day. The days remain moderately dry, with the wettest month barely registering 3.3" (83.8mm) in precipitation. The days also warm up to as much as six hours of sunshine per day. Autumn experiences a considerable drop in the summer scorch, with the mercury in the daily average of 75.7°F (24.3°C). The fall brings the beautiful golden illumination to Jacksonville, amid the lovely weather. Spring is gorgeous, with the blossoms dominating the season amid mildly warm and pleasant days. Jacksonville is a year-round destination because most of the days have weather that is mild to warm. The number of tourists is higher during spring, between March and mid-May, and in November. The seasons are mild and tolerable; in November, the extreme summer scorch and heavy rains have calmed down, and during spring, the winter chill has lifted considerably. The biggest event held in Jacksonville is the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which is held in May. Visitors enjoy free jazz music concerts from renowned jazz stars in numerous venues around downtown Jacksonville, both in indoor and outdoor arenas.