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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.
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.
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.
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
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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A list of fun and interesting facts about Jacksonville. Impress your family and friends with your knowledge of the city.
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.
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.
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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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.
A quick look at the top 10 employers in Jacksonville, Florida by number of employees.
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.
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.
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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.
Attractions in Jacksonville's neighboring cities and towns.
Downtown Jacksonville's nightlife is vibrant and active. The area is filled with great bars and clubs perfect for any occasion.
The First Coast is no longer known as a haven for filmmakers, but a number of notable films have been shot in Jacksonville.
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.
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A list of the best Italian dining options in the Jacksonville area, with a concentration on locally-owned and operated restaurants.
Downtown Jacksonville may have its quirks, but it's home to Jacksonville's city government and a number of important landmarks.
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
Snyder Memorial Church is one of Jacksonville's oldest churches. It was established in 1870 as Trinity Methodist Church. Page 3.
A list and brief descriptions of Duval County's Magnet School Programs.
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
A quick look at some of the institutions of higher learning in Jacksonville, Florida.
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.
List of the top coffee shops in Jacksonville, Florida, in no particular order. All the coffee shops listed are locally owned and operated.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A doozy of a deal marks a new day for Jacksonville's three Grand Dames of healthcare.
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 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See some of Jacksonville’s most historically significant sites along the southern bank of the St. Johns River. Page 5.
Art Walk - Seven steps to help you make the most of Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk
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.
A brief history of Jacksonville, starting with prehistory and moving to the city's founding and up to the modern day.
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.
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.
A growing Jacksonville-based confectionery whips up chocolate in the European tradition.
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.
Friendship Fountain opened in 1965 as the world's largest fountain. It re-opened in June 2011 after an 8-month renovation.
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.
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.
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
This upscale boutique raised the bar for cosmetics retailers in Northeast Florida
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. Page 8.
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.
The historic Five Points district is located in Riverside.
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
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.
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 3.
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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.
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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.
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.
Local historic spot honored for its creative, critter-friendly approach to education.
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 10.
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
Fort Caroline, founded in 1564 and located in Jacksonville, Florida, was the first French colony in the United States. Though the fort only stood for a year, before being destroyed by a Spanish fleet, it left an indelible mark on the history of Florida
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 17.
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.
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.
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.
Fashion from the Heart: Jacksonville fashion designer Erin Healy just might be one of Northeast Florida's
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.
Bo's Coral Reef made history as Duval County's first gay bar.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for things to do in Jacksonville, Florida? Check out our comprehensive, month by month event guides.
Students at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta created the hotel chain's new interior design being launched nationwide.
Looking for something romantic to do in Jacksonville for Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas, including romantic dining options, spots and hotel getaways.
Aroma's takes a new twist on the traditional cigar bar.
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.
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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 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.
View photos of Jacksonville's trendy San Marco district, convenient to Downtown and Riverside.
Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month of fasting and prayer, begins on August 1st and ends on the 30th. Jacksonville FL has one of the largest Muslim communities in the South, although in the grand scheme of things it's still a rather small but tight-knit community.
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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.
Three Layers, a cafe and coffee shop in Springfield, features an outdoor Zen Garden complete with a resident bunny named Bugsy. Page 15.
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.
The Florida Theatre in Jacksonville has a rich history beginning with its opening more than 80 years ago on April 8, 1927.
This live music venue offers a nightclub feel with a positive, faith-filled message.
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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.
11. Dog Wood Park: The nation's largest fenced dog park Dog Wood Park on Jacksonvilleâs Southside is
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.
With four major construction projects underway, UNF continues its expansion, outward and upward. President
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Murray Hill is directly west of Jacksonville's Riverside area. Page 2.
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.
The First Coast's all-female roller derby team seeks fresh meat.
The city of Jacksonville is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July celebration over the St. John's River in downtown Jacksonville.
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 7.
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 leaders turn to the faith community to help reduce crime and save our city's youth.
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.
Devan Stuart is a journalist, documentary producer and life-long Jacksonville, Fla. resident.
The Raw Juice Company, a local business that produces a delectable organic and vegan juice, was also on hand, selling its product and spreading the word about its benefits.
In 2001, Smith was suspected of driving drunk. Tests revealed the receiver had a by-product of cocaine in his system, but Smith was ultimately not charged. Testing positive for the substance, however, meant Smith had to enter the NFL's substance-abuse program.
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.
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.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 6.
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!
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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.
Boone park is located in Jacksonville's Avondale district. The land was donated to the city of Jacksonville by William E. Boone in 1926. Page 7.
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).
April 2013 event calendar featuring concerts, exhibits and other events.
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.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 5.
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.
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Boone park is located in Jacksonville's Avondale district. The land was donated to the city of Jacksonville by William E. Boone in 1926.
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.
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.
A national publication says the River City is one of the country's top five emerging cities attracting same-sex couples.
Jacksonville was awarded Super Bowl XXXIX in 2000, giving the city five years with which to plan and prepare.