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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A list of fun and interesting facts about Jacksonville. Impress your family and friends with your knowledge of the city.
A quick look at the top 10 employers in Jacksonville, Florida by number of employees.
From Brenden in Jacksonville, FL: Is Jacksonville the most dangerous city in Florida? Answer: For 11
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).
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.
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.
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.
From Brenden in Jacksonville, FL: What are the worst neighborhoods in Jacksonville? Answer: In many ways,
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.
Downtown Jacksonville's nightlife is vibrant and active. The area is filled with great bars and clubs perfect for any occasion.
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The First Coast is no longer known as a haven for filmmakers, but a number of notable films have been shot in Jacksonville.
A list of the best Italian dining options in the Jacksonville area, with a concentration on locally-owned and operated restaurants.
Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In Jacksonville, a number of large and small retailers are opening early for shoppers eager to take advantage of deals they may not be able to find elsewhere.
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.
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.
A doozy of a deal marks a new day for Jacksonville's three Grand Dames of healthcare.
List of the top coffee shops in Jacksonville, Florida, in no particular order. All the coffee shops listed are locally owned and operated.
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.
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.
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
Attractions in Jacksonville's neighboring cities and towns.
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.
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.
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.
Downtown Jacksonville may have its quirks, but it's home to Jacksonville's city government and a number of important landmarks.
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
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
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.
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.
A list and brief descriptions of Duval County's Magnet School Programs.
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.
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 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.
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A brief history of Jacksonville, starting with prehistory and moving to the city's founding and up to the modern day.
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.
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 5.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville.
This upscale boutique raised the bar for cosmetics retailers in Northeast Florida
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.
Sky scrapers, skate parks, a brothel queen and one famous "fat boy." They're all subjects of interesting
So you're new to our fair city. Welcome! Now, how to get started? We've got the answers to your most pressing questions. Page 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, is attached to Jacksonville's main library branch. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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
Aroma's takes a new twist on the traditional cigar bar.
Art Walk - Seven steps to help you make the most of Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk. Page 2.
A quick look at some of the institutions of higher learning in Jacksonville, Florida.
Alfred Irenee du Pont, of the famed du Pont chemical company, was an extremely accomplished individual in addition to being a colorful personality. Known for being the family rebel, du Pont was born 5/12/1864 in Wilmington, Delaware, one of five children.
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.
See some of Jacksonville’s most historically significant sites along the southern bank of the St. Johns River. Page 3.
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.
Fashion from the Heart: Jacksonville fashion designer Erin Healy just might be one of Northeast Florida's
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Bo's Coral Reef made history as Duval County's first gay bar.
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.
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.
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 8.
They've strutted down runways, belted out tunes and shared their most difficult battles with a few million of their closest friends. A few even got famous. Meet reality stars from Jacksonville.
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.
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.
From 1861-1865, the American Civil War raged across the young country as the Union and the Confederacy fought over the abolishment of slavery and a host of other issues. The Confederate States of America broke from the Union and fought to sustain the ownership of slaves.
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A growing Jacksonville-based confectionery whips up chocolate in the European tradition.
Jacksonville was awarded Super Bowl XXXIX in 2000, giving the city five years with which to plan and prepare.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville. Page 3.
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.
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.
The First Coast's all-female roller derby team seeks fresh meat.
Ready to put 2012 behind you? Check out these New Years Eve events in Jacksonville to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013.
Local educators and port officials prepare students for success in an increasingly global economy via two new language programs - One designed to have your kindergartner speaking, reading and writing two languages before he hits middle school.
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.
The city of Jacksonville is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July celebration over the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville.
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The historic Five Points district is located in Riverside. Page 2.
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.
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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.
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).
Students at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta created the hotel chain's new interior design being launched nationwide.
Mom's Park in Riverside is dedicated to the memory of Patricia Austin, late wife of former Jacksonville mayor Ed Austin. Patricia, who enjoyed taking strolls in the area near the canal adjacent to the park, died in a car accident 1996.
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.
Henry John Klutho was a major architect at the turn of the last century. He first came to Jacksonville in 1901, shortly after the Great Fire of 1901.
In April 2012, the Jaguars completed their first draft under new owner Shad Kahn and new head coach Mike Mularkey. Let's take a look at the Jags' 2012 draft picks, who will hopefully help the team reach the playoffs this season and beyond.
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
With four major construction projects underway, UNF continues its expansion, outward and upward. President
The publishers of Jacksonville Magazine and Jacksonville Magazine's Home recently debuted 904, a slick new publication covering Northeast Florida business in a whole new way.
Qualifying for Special Elections in Duval and surrounding counties ends Friday. Think you've got what it takes to lead? Get down to your Supervisor of Elections office quick!
This live music venue offers a nightclub feel with a positive, faith-filled message.
A national publication says the River City is one of the country's top five emerging cities attracting same-sex couples.
Merian Caldwell Cooper was born on October 24, 1893 in Jacksonville, Fl. to John C. Cooper and Mary nee Caldwell. After graduating High School, Cooper joined the navy in 1912.
Atlantic Beach's former Sea Turtle Inn has undergone a massive renovation and reemerged as One Ocean, Jacksonville and the Beaches' only full-service, oceanfront resort.
For nearly four decades, Willie's for Kids in Avondale has served the children's wear market in Jacksonville, offering top kid's lines and exclusive designs.
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.
Photo gallery of Jacksonville's historic Avondale district in the Riverside area, including the popular Shoppes of Avondale.
Local historic spot honored for its creative, critter-friendly approach to education.
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.
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 9.
Three Layers, a cafe and coffee shop in Springfield, features an outdoor Zen Garden complete with a resident bunny named Bugsy.
The local group First Coast No More Homeless Pets was on site, taking donations and passing out literature. The non-profit works with animal rescue groups and provides a free/low-cost spay and neuter program to pet owners. Page 10.
Newly elected State Attorney Angela Corey promises sweeping changes in the office of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties' top prosecutor.
The Jaguars entered the 2013 NFL Draft with a roster full of holes and needs all over the board. They emerged with a slew of players that will have an opportunity to contribute in some capacity, with several likely earning starting positions
In 1888, Jacksonville fought it fiercest invader. An epidemic of Yellow Fever swept through town, decimating the population and making fleeing locals America's most wanted.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Looking for something romantic to do in Jacksonville for Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas, including romantic dining options, spots and hotel getaways.
Henrietta C. Dozier was a brilliant architect, societal trailblazer, and one of Jacksonville's leading citizens. She was born in Fernandina Beach, Florida, on April 22, 1872. Her father Henry died before her birth.
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. Page 10.
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.
Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the local media is to blame for an exaggerated perception of the city as a dangerous, crime-ridden area. And he's got a solution: out with the familiar yellow crime scene tape, in with something new.
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
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.
Nearly 11,000 Hollywood hopefuls turned out for American Idol's Season 8 Auditions at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Were you one of them? See if you can spot a familiar face in our American Idol Photo Gallery. Page 9.
Images of the Jacksonville RollerGirls in action, on and off the rink. Page 2.
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For 2011, the festival's official name was changed to the Jax Film Fest, an effort to simplify things. This year's lineup features documentaries, comedies, dramas, horror, and even a few music videos.
Murray Hill is directly west of Jacksonville's Riverside area. Page 2.
The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville has a rich history beginning with its opening more than 80 years ago on April 8, 1927.
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.
Florida Community College at Jacksonville announces three new bachelor degrees in Nusing, Computer Networking and Supervision and Management.
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Friendship Fountain opened in 1965 as the world's largest fountain. It re-opened in June 2011 after an 8-month renovation.
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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.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 9.
Armed with recommendations of The Jacksonville Journey committees, Mayor John Peyton vows to craft one of the largest public safety investments in the River City's history without raising taxes.
Guys with Ties of Jacksonville just might be the best party in town. Themed events attract young professionals from throughout Northeast Florida for a good time and a good cause. It all benefits local charities.
It is only fitting that Wayne Weaver and his wife Dolores enjoy their place among the Pride of the Jaguars. It is largely due to the deep-seated passion Dolores possesses for making the world a better place that this symbiotic relationship continues to this day.