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One's idea of the best attractions in Jacksonville FL depends on one's personal interests. The About Jacksonville Guide compiles a well-rounded list of the best activities and attractions 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.
No city in the world is without its quirks, just as none is without its positives. Jacksonville is no different, and there are a number of pros and cons of living on the First Coast. I've spent some time recently asking other residents what they consider to be the pros of living in Jacksonville. Here's what the majority had to say:
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.
From Brenden in Jacksonville, FL: Is Jacksonville the most dangerous city in Florida? Answer: For 11
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.
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.
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.
A list of fun and interesting facts about Jacksonville. Impress your family and friends with your knowledge of the city.
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
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.
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.
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.
List of the top coffee shops in Jacksonville, Florida, in no particular order. All the coffee shops listed are locally owned and operated.
A list of the best Italian dining options in the Jacksonville area, with a concentration on locally-owned and operated restaurants.
The First Coast is no longer known as a haven for filmmakers, but a number of notable films have been shot in Jacksonville.
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.
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A quick look at the top 10 employers in Jacksonville, Florida by number of employees.
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
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.
A list and brief descriptions of Duval County's Magnet School Programs.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Downtown Jacksonville may have its quirks, but it's home to Jacksonville's city government and a number of important landmarks.
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.
Attractions in Jacksonville's neighboring cities and towns.
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.
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.
Images of vast natural parklands part of Preservation Project Jacksonville.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Art Walk - Seven steps to help you make the most of Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk
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.
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.
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
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.
Friendship Fountain opened in 1965 as the world's largest fountain. It re-opened in June 2011 after an 8-month renovation.
A growing Jacksonville-based confectionery whips up chocolate in the European tradition.
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.
Fashion from the Heart: Jacksonville fashion designer Erin Healy just might be one of Northeast Florida's
With four major construction projects underway, UNF continues its expansion, outward and upward. President
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.
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 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.
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 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.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville.
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.
Bo's Coral Reef made history as Duval County's first gay bar.
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.
April was the month of One Spark, and May is the month of the Jazz Festival and the World of Nations Celebration.
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.
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 10.
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.
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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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.
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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.
See some of Jacksonville’s most historically significant sites along the southern bank of the St. Johns River. Page 7.
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.
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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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.
A brief history of Jacksonville, starting with prehistory and moving to the city's founding and up to the modern day.
Newly elected State Attorney Angela Corey promises sweeping changes in the office of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties' top prosecutor.
Born in California's Central Valley in the 1970s, Tony Boselli grew big and strong in the North American epicenter of agriculture. He turned out to be a dominating force on the Fairview High School Knights football team
This living document is designed to keep you up-to-date with the contract situations involving Jaguars' players. Following the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), players are eligible to become free-agents following four years of service
Jacksonville was awarded Super Bowl XXXIX in 2000, giving the city five years with which to plan and prepare.
Take a global tour without ever leaving Jacksonville's city limits. Page 4.
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.
The First Coast's all-female roller derby team seeks fresh meat.
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
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.
Sky scrapers, skate parks, a brothel queen and one famous "fat boy." They're all subjects of interesting
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.
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.
Snyder Memorial Church is one of Jacksonville's oldest churches. It was established in 1870 as Trinity Methodist Church. Page 3.
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.
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.
This upscale boutique raised the bar for cosmetics retailers in Northeast Florida
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.
Looking for things to do in Jacksonville, Florida? Check out our comprehensive, month by month event guides.
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. Page 2.
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In 1908, Jacksonville became the new home of Kalem Studios, the very first film studio in the state of Florida, which propelled the city to fame as the Winter Film Capital of the World.
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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.
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.
A quick look at some of the institutions of higher learning in Jacksonville, Florida.
Late silent filmmaker Richard Norman's five-building, silent film studio complex readies for its comeback. The nation's only surviving full silent film-era complex, and one of the first to feature black actors in positive roles, is being meticulously restored.
See images of the devastation left by 1964's Hurricane Dora, to date the only hurricane to make landfall in Jacksonville.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 2.
Jacksonville's historic San Marco Theatre, one of the nation's oldest, continuously running theatres, celebrates 70 years in 2008.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 4.
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.
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.
View photos of Jacksonville's trendy San Marco district, convenient to Downtown and Riverside.
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.
John Archibald Wheeler, known as Johnny Wheeler to his friends, was born in Jacksonville on July 9th of 1911. An engaged and bright young boy, he grew up in a family of librarians who treasured knowledge and education.
Three Layers, a cafe and coffee shop in Springfield, features an outdoor Zen Garden complete with a resident bunny named Bugsy. Page 13.
Devan Stuart is a journalist, documentary producer and life-long Jacksonville, Fla. resident.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 11.
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.
Aroma's takes a new twist on the traditional cigar bar.
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
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.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 9.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 10.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 8.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 14.
They're not just surfing for fun. They're using their passion to reach the surf and skate culture for Christ.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 5.
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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 16.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 13.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 16.
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.
Read a restaurant review of Burrito Gallery, a casual dining Mexican grill located in Downtown Jacksonville, FL.
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.
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.
Photo gallery of Riverside park in Jacksonville, Florida, located at the corner of Park and Post St. near the Fuller-Warren bridge. Page 2.
The Twisted Martini brings a South Beach style to Northeast Florida's club scene.
Enjoy images of downtown Jacksonville, including views of the skyline overlooking the mighty St. Johns River, Hemming Plaza and Treaty Oak Park. Page 6.
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
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.
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