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From the beach and Friendship Fountain to the great St. John's River, here are ten of the best attractions to see in Jacksonville.
No city in the world is without its quirks. Jacksonville is no different, and there are a number of pros and cons of living on the First Coast.
Jacksonville is far from a perfect city, as even the happiest of residents will easily admit. We've covered the positive aspects of living in Jacksonville. What follows are a few of the cons of living in Jacksonville.
Just moved to Jacksonville? One of the first things you'll want to do is acquire your Florida driving license. As long as you have a valid license in another state, this is a fairly straightforward and simple process
Looking for something to do in Jacksonville, but need to keep expenses down? You'd be surprised at the number of things to do in Jacksonville for free. Most free events are announced monthly, so check our current events calendar to stay updated, but there are also a few seasonal or year round attractions in the city.
A list of fun and interesting facts about Jacksonville. Impress your family and friends with your knowledge of the city.
Buy a new outfit. Get lunch. Catch a movie. Maybe even take a water taxi ride across the St. Johns River. You can do it all from one of seven major Jacksonville malls and shopping centers.
Are you new to Jacksonville and looking for high-speed Internet? Service options can be drastically different from city to city, and a move out of a particular region may mean you'll need to find a new ISP (Internet Service Provider).
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The Jaguars may not have enjoyed that much success in the past decade, but since the team's inception in 1995, it has fielded plenty of talent. The following players, however, stand out above the pack as the Jaguars' greatest
Jacksonville is the birthplace and/or home to a number of celebrities in various fields. Due to Jacksonville's participation in the NFL since 1995, I've decided to exclude modern NFL players, including NFL and NCAA greats like Jimmy Smith, Tim Tebow and Fred Taylor. Because of the sheer number of well-known bands and musicians from the Jacksonville area, I've decided to include them in a separate list.
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A quick look at the top 10 employers in Jacksonville, Florida by number of employees.
Unfortunately, Duval County is not one of the higher-performing school districts in Florida -- in fact Schooldigger.com ranks Duval County 56th out of 67 Florida counties. Nevertheless, there are many bright spots. For example, Jacksonville is home to four of the nation's top 100 high schools, and is also home to a number of high-quality elementary schools.
The cheapest Jaguars season tickets are $330 and located in sections 432 and 441, in the upper-corners of the East upper deck. From there, tickets range from $410 to $995 for non-club seats, depending on the location.
Jacksonville has a storied musical history, primarily because a handful of Southern Rock superstars have emerged from the city. In recent years, a number of traditional rock and well-known Indie groups also have formed in Jacksonville and in the surrounding areas.
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How far is Jackonville from Atlanta? How long does it take to drive to Atlanta from Jacksonville? The About Jacksonville Guide answers reader submitted questions.
From Erica in Jacksonville, FL: How many major bridges are there in Jacksonville and what are their names? Answer: There are eight major bridges in Jacksonville. Here is the list of them, in no particular order
While Jacksonville doesn't have an art and culture community as vibrant as some other large cities, there are still plenty of ways to stimulate oneself. Jacksonville is home to a number of impressive museums with hours convenient for a school or family trip.
Attractions in Jacksonville's neighboring cities and towns.
Jacksonville's Riverside area features a number of impressive restaurants, so it was tough to narrow this list down. Here are some of the neighborhood's best eateries, with a preference for those locally-owned and operating
The First Coast is no longer known as a haven for filmmakers, but a number of notable films have been shot in Jacksonville.
List of the top coffee shops in Jacksonville, Florida, in no particular order. All the coffee shops listed are locally owned and operated.
Ax Handle Saturday is known as the turning point of the civil rights movement in Jacksonville. Organized by the NAACP youth council, a group of African American students held a sit-in at Woolworth’s and W.T. Grant’s. They sat at the “whites-only” counter and tried to order lunch, but were denied service.
Downtown Jacksonville may have its quirks, but it's home to Jacksonville's city government and a number of important landmarks.
What is Jacksonville's crime rate? Is it on the rise, or on the decline? Let's take a look at the current crime rate compared to the past.
Whether you're looking to catch the latest Summer blockbuster or the next award-winning independent film, Jacksonville FL has something for you. The city is home to a number of cinemas, including two locally owned movie theaters. Most theaters allow you to purchase tickets online or over the telephone, making it easy for you to avoid waiting in line at the box office.
Know what immunizations your child needs for school? Or where she'll catch the bus? Oh - and what's for lunch? If you've got questions about Duval County Public Schools, here's a quick reference.
So you're new to our fair city. Welcome! Now, how to get started? We've got the answers to your most pressing questions.
Finding a job in Jacksonville can be a challenge if you don't have the right resources available. With an unemployment rate around 11.5 percent at the beginning of 2011, the job market is competitive, even for well-qualified seekers.
The city of Jacksonville requires all pets to be licensed and vaccinated for rabies annually. Getting your pet licensed will also help with recovery if your pet turns up missing. The annual fee is waived for seniors age 62 and older.
A list of the best Italian dining options in the Jacksonville area, with a concentration on locally-owned and operated restaurants.
Public transportation is quite challenging in Jacksonville, considering the sheer size of the city in landmass. At nearly 800 square miles, the city of Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States.
A list and brief descriptions of Duval County's Magnet School Programs.
Get active in local and national politics. The first step is registering to vote. Duval County in Jacksonville makes it easy for residents to register to vote.
Springfield was established in 1869, but didn't rise to prominence following the Great Fire of 1901, which wiped out much of Jacksonville. Following the catastrophe, Springfield experienced incredible growth. Springfield is currently in a revitalization phase. In 2010, Southern Living magazine named it the number one comeback neighborhood in the south.
Jacksonville was awarded Super Bowl XXXIX in 2000, giving the city five years with which to plan and prepare.
Picking out a bridal gown is one of the happiest moments of planning for a wedding. Before picking out a gown, you'll want to choose a bridal shop to work with. There are a number of high quality bridal shops in Jacksonville for all types of budgets. A few of the bridal shops listed are national chains, but most are locally-owned busineses.
Downtown Jacksonville's Art Walk, commonly called the First Wednesday Art Walk, is held the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. The event started in 2003, created by Downtown Vision, Inc., and has grown considerably over the years.
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Downtown Jacksonville's nightlife is vibrant and active. The area is filled with great bars and clubs perfect for any occasion.
On May 3, 1901, one of the largest fires in United States history broke out in Jacksonville, Florida. The disaster began in a mattress factory located at the cross streets of Davis and Beaver in Jacksonville’s LaVilla area.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville. Page 2.
So Forbes.com says our fair city is lacking in the love department. We say there's hope yet. Learn how to find love in Jacksonville.
How will Jacksonville and the surrounding area be affected by future climate change? The latest climate models predict a dire situation, albeit one living generations may not feel too many effects of.
Sometimes Christmas dinner cooking goes terribly wrong, and sometimes you don't feel like starting the process in the first place. If you aren't up for a meal at home this Christmas, you're in luck. A handful of high-quality restaurants are open on Christmas Day in Jacksonville.
A guide to dining out, grocery shopping and satisifying your sweet tooth for residents of Jacksonville, Florida with celiac disease or others on a gluten-free diet.
MOSH is a multi-level interactive museum with a little something for everyone, particularly children and teenagers interested in science. The museum is located at 1025 Museum Circle on the Southbank of the St. John's River -- between San Marco and Downtown Jacksonville
See some of Jacksonville’s most historically significant sites along the southern bank of the St. Johns River.
There are 262 parks in Jacksonville, FL, as well as dozens of community and recreation centers. The city of Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, devoting over 80,000 acres of land space to community parks.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville.
With average summertime temperatures well into the 90s, Jacksonville knows how to cool things off. We've got options for all ages and budgets, including Olympic-sized pools, gigantic water slides, and natural ocean and freshwater fun spots.
Students at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta created the hotel chain's new interior design being launched nationwide.
Friendship Fountain opened in 1965 as the world's largest fountain. It re-opened in June 2011 after an 8-month renovation.
Hemming Plaza is Jacksonville's oldest park. Several presidents, including JFK, have given speeches here.
Jacksonville Electric Authority, or JEA for short, has been the premier supplier of electricity, water, and sewage treatment for the city of Jacksonville and many other areas since 1978.
Mark Allen Brunell was born in Los Angeles in September of 1970. He loved football even as a child, and as starting QB led his high school team the two league championships and an appearance in the state championship series.
Looking for something to do with Dad this Father's Day weekend? A number of Jacksonville businesses are offering Father's Day specials and promotions.
At 310 miles, the St. John’s River is the longest in the state of Florida. The change in elevation from the source to the mouth at the Atlantic Ocean is less than 30 feet. Because of this, the river moves very slowly at only one third mile per hour.
Send in the clowns! Kids and families got a zany treat when members of the South East Clown Association popped in for some classic clowning around at the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Florida.
Nearby attractions include The Jacksonville Landing, The Times-Union Center for Performing Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Florida Theatre and EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Most of these are within comfortable walking distance for centrally-located downtown Jacksonville residents.
In June 1822, Isaiah David Hart enlisted the help of a few other individuals and began planning for what was to become the city of Jacksonville, Florida
Treaty Oak Park, also known as Jessie Ball duPont Park, is the original site of the Dixieland Amusement Park which opened in 1907. The 7 acre park is known for the sprawling Southern Oak in its center. Page 8.
The Jacksonville neighborhood became known as San Marco following the construction of numerous examples of Mediterranean architecture, many of which still stand today. The neighborhood's name was inspired by the San Marco area in Venice
Art Walk - Seven steps to help you make the most of Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk
A brief history of Jacksonville, starting with prehistory and moving to the city's founding and up to the modern day.
The city of Jacksonville is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July celebration over the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 14.
The historic Five Points district is located in Riverside.
Photo gallery of Riverside park in Jacksonville, Florida, located at the corner of Park and Post St. near the Fuller-Warren bridge. Page 2.
Read a restaurant review of Burrito Gallery, a casual dining Mexican grill located in Downtown Jacksonville, FL.
Art Walk is an event held Downtown the first Wednesday of every month -- rain or shine. Art Walk includes musicians, local artists, crafts and more.
Bring on the three-day weekend! But wait... What are you gonna do with all that extra time? We've got a few ideas to fill your Labor Day Weekend in Jacksonville.
Ninah Cummer is by far one of the most influential women in Jacksonville history. An avid gardener, art collector, and civic leader who helped found the Garden Club of Jacksonville, Mrs. Cummer wanted badly a local museum to display works of art. Her original donation of 60 pieces was received by the city of Jacksonville following her death in 1958, along with her Riverside home, and what we now know as the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens was founded.
The Ritz Theatre has a rich and varied history. Located in the African-American community of LaVilla, it was the place to be from the 1920's to the 1960's, when the community gathered to hear musical performances, plays and more
Show your appreciation for mom this weekend by taking her out to dinner, or to one of several Mother's Day events in Jacksonville. From an orchestra experience on the beach, to a whimsical tea party, there's enough going on to make any mom happy.
Sushi Cafe is located in Riverside Market Square near Publix and Memorial Park. It was voted Jacksonville's
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park.
Since Jacksonville's NFL franchise entered the league in 1995, the Jaguars have had plenty of up-and-down moments. Recently, there have been more downs than ups, but that's the nature of the league: success is often cylical. Let's take a look at the top 10 moments in Jaguars history.
Send in the clowns! Kids and families got a zany treat when members of the South East Clown Association popped in for some classic clowning around at the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Florida. Page 2.
Avondale is generally said to start where St. John's Ave. begins, ending right around the boundary between Roosevelt Blvd. (US 17), separating the district from Murray Hill and the heart of Jacksonville's Westside.
Aroma's takes a new twist on the traditional cigar bar.
Budget cuts have threatened the annual Memorial Wall Ceremony in downtown Jacksonville in recent years. This year, the event goes on thanks to a generous $5,000 donation by the Jacksonville Firefighters Union.
Looking for something romantic to do in Jacksonville for Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas, including romantic dining options, spots and hotel getaways.
The works of A. Philip Randolph demonstrate true strength, determination and perseverance of human rights throughout the 20th century. Randolph was involved with many notable contributions to the Civil Rights movement, but one must appreciate his dedication to challenging current labor laws and defending the rights of the disenfranchised.
Each year, millions of Americans choose to eat out for Thanksgiving rather than prepare a traditional feast at home, or visit family. While there are a number of reasons for this, the fact remains that some families will be looking for an alternative option. On Thanksgiving Day 2012, there are a handful of Jacksonville restaurants offering special Thanksgiving feasts.
Fort George Island in Jacksonville is home to the Kingsley Plantation, a producer of Sea Island cotton and other crops during Florida’s plantation period from 1763 to 1865
Following an extensive search process conducted by Jaguars GM Gene Smith, as well as Shahid Khan, the team's new owner, the Jaguars pulled the trigger and hired Mike Mularkey, former Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator.
The Jacksonville Thanksgiving Light Parade is a water parade on the Downtown Riverbank. Viewing areas include the North and South river bank. The parade features up to 100 boats annually. Following the boat parade, viewers will enjoy a first-class fireworks show right on the river, shot from barges in front of the Jacksonville Landing, Metropolitan Park and the Hyatt Regency.
During 2000, an analysis in Florida showed just how tremendous the impact of recycling was on the state's economy and employment. Surprisingly, Florida gained nearly $62 million in tax revenues from the recycling business.
Jacksonville has long been considered a conservative city, and the results of recent presidential elections back that up. Like all cities, some areas are more traditionally Republican while other areas are traditionally Democratic.
Mom's Park is a small park in Riverside dedicated to the memory of Patricia Austin, late wife of former Jacksonville mayor Ed Austin, who died in 1996. Page 14.
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The Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex is probably best known to most residents as a public ice-skating rink, but the venue itself offers much more, including figure skating, youth sports such as hockey, basketball and indoor soccer, as well as a field-goal kicking program
Florida seems to have a new twist in bankruptcy law. The means test is used in most bankruptcy courts to insure that Debtors that can afford to repay must file as Chapter 13 cases and repay something to their creditors.
A previous inspection of the Hotel Roosevelt had found that the ceiling of its ballroom was an unsafe fire hazard. Rather than replace it, the owners of the hotel simply built another ceiling directly below it.
Murray Hill is directly west of Jacksonville's Riverside area. Page 2.
Residents of Jacksonville, as well as visitors, should get ready for an action-packed March. The third month of 2011 has plenty of local entertainment in store.
This upscale boutique raised the bar for cosmetics retailers in Northeast Florida
Castillo de San Marcos is a fort in St. Augustine, Florida that was originally built as a defense against pirates. The oldest fort in the lower 48 states to be built out of masonry, it was started in 1672 when Florida still belonged to Spain
Adventure Landing's Shipwreck Island is located at 1944 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach. There's also a location on Blanding Boulevard; however, it does not feature a water park.
There is no specific reason neon blue was chosen, other than for aesthetic/visibility reasons. In a nutshell, it's functional and attractive, and it highlights the beauty of the St. John's River.
Jacksonville suffered high unemployment and was one of the first Florida cities to set up an unemployed workers fund: about 40 percent of the population needed financial assistance.
A growing Jacksonville-based confectionery whips up chocolate in the European tradition.
Jacksonville's only four-diamond, four-star restaurant swanks up San Marco.
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Memorial Park in Riverside is one of Jacksonville's most beautiful parks. It was established on the edge of the St. John's River in 1924.
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Seven stars of film, radio and politics make the lineup of speakers for the 17th annual Florida Forum's 2008-2009 series. The four-event series will raise funds for a new clinical state-of-the art Behavioral Health Unit for children and adolescents facing surgeries, chronic and terminal illnesses, and other psychological issues at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
April 2011 in Jacksonville is sure to be an exciting month. Check out the April events calendar for Jacksonville to plan your outings ahead of time.
A detailed look at the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars, with season by season recaps and records, from the inaugural 1995 season to the most recent season. Relive the best and worst moments in Jaguars' history.
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January isn't the most action-packed month as things slow down a bit post-Christmas, but there are still a handle of notable events for January 2013, including concerts, musicals and sports.
December 2013 in Jacksonville features an variety of holiday and non-holiday themed events.
Looking for things to do in Jacksonville, Florida? Check out our comprehensive, month by month event guides.
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Jacksonville's largest gay pride celebration kicks off in October with a parade on October 1 at 4 p.m. The parade starts at Willowbranch Public Library on Sydney St.and ends at Riverside Park at 753 Park St.
Take a pictoral tour of the lavish Florida Theatre, once the largest of Jacksonville's 1920s movie palaces, and one of just four remaining high-style movie theatres built in Florida during that period. Page 8.
Take a pictoral tour of the lavish Florida Theatre, once the largest of Jacksonville's 1920s movie palaces, and one of just four remaining high-style movie theatres built in Florida during that period. Page 2.
Images of the Jacksonville RollerGirls in action, on and off the rink. Page 4.
The Jacksonville Landing is a shopping center located on the edge of the St. John's River. In addition to being home to a number of retailers and restaurants, The Landing hosts more than 350 events annually.
The Riverside Arts Market is open Saturdays in Jacksonville between March 6 and December 18. It is hosted beneath the Fuller-Warren Bridge in the historic Riverside district.
Brown Whatley Park is dedicated to the memory of Brown and Marion Whatley, notable Jacksonville residents who died in 1982. Page 13.
A quick look at some of the institutions of higher learning in Jacksonville, Florida.
Confederate Park opened in 1907 as Dignan Park. It featured Jacksonville's first supervised playground. Following an 8,000 member Confederate reunion in 1914, the city renamed the park. Page 17.
A doozy of a deal marks a new day for Jacksonville's three Grand Dames of healthcare.
From the mystique of the Easter Bunny to the excitement of the egg hunt, Easter is an exciting time for toddlers and even older children. A number of organizations, both religious and non-religious, are hosting Easter activities and egg hunts in Jacksonville. Many churches also have egg hunts for members; such events may or may not be open to the public.
It was, by some accounts, a miracle that Jacksonville was granted the 30th football franchise in the NFL. It was at the very least an upset.
Where do fossils, back to school, The Backstreet Boys and TEDx talks come together? In Jacksonville of course. August 2013 brings an eclectic mix of entertainment.
Eden Meirow is a guest author for About.com. She is a Jacksonville native who graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in Marketing.
Hemming Plaza is Jacksonville's oldest park. It largely survived the Great Fire of 1901 and has hosted several notable speakers, including JFK, LBJ and Martin Luther King, Jr. Page 11.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 15.
The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville has a rich history beginning with its opening more than 80 years ago on April 8, 1927.
The Five Points Theatre in Jacksonville's Riverside district has a long and storied history dating back to 1927. Notable architect Roy Benjamin designed the theatre, as well as the San Marco Theatre and the historic Florida Theatre.
From a small high school stadium to a state of the art Super Bowl facility, Jacksonville's iconic stadium has a history of constant evolution. Originally known as Fairfield Stadium, the capacity was only 7,600 when it opened in 1928.
With four major construction projects underway, UNF continues its expansion, outward and upward. President
Images of vast natural parklands part of Preservation Project Jacksonville. Page 9.
Murray Hill is directly west of Jacksonville's Riverside area.
His 11,695 career rushing yards places him 15th in career rushing yards. Fred Taylor is also the Jacksonville Jaguar franchise record holder in a number of categories including career rushing attempts and rushing yards.
Images of vast natural parklands part of Preservation Project Jacksonville. Page 3.
Safe Students in Schools Program Hits Home with Students
The Natural Life Music Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. inand ends around 6 p.m. The outdoor event will go on no matter the weather -- rain or shine.
The Northeast Florida VegFest, held for the second year in 2011, is a celebration of vegan/vegetarian food, animal rights and sustainable living. VegFest features dozens of specialty vendors as well as local non-profits.
Decades of hard work began showing fruit in 2010 when Jacksonville's historic Springfield district was named one of the South's best comeback neighborhoods by the magazine Southern Living. The notoriety likely would not have been possible if not for the efforts of the Springfield Preservation and Restoration (SPAR) council, which was established in 1974.
A national publication says the River City is one of the country's top five emerging cities attracting same-sex couples.
It's getting close to that time of year again: Halloween. Jacksonville has no shortage of things to do on Halloween, including haunted houses, celebrations and parties. Consider making one of these events part of your Halloween celebration this year, either in lieu of or in conjunction with taking the kids trick or treating (or going trick or treating yourself).
Stinson Park is located on the bank of the St. John's River in Jacksonville's Ortega district. It is adjacent to the Ortega River Bridge which connects Ortega to Lakeside. Page 14.
Former Jaguars wide-receiver Jimmy Smith was born in Detroit and raised in Jackson, MS. He attended high school at Callway in Jackson, and he went on to star at Jackson State University.