Jacksonville: Amazing. Affordable. Florida.
Immerse Yourself Here, There’s So Much to Do at Any Given Time!
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The abundant parks and ecological preserves in Jacksonville provide an unforgettable opportunity to escape city life and relax in nature’s playground. Jacksonville proudly boats the largest urban park system in the nation with more than 80,000 acres as well as 21 miles of white-sandy serene beaches. All the natural beauty is surrounded by a modern and exciting city filled with extraordinary dining options, thrilling attractions, world-class museums, beautiful hotels, a hip downtown and unique neighborhoods filled with Southern charm.
A Natural Wonderland: With over 10 state & national parks, and 80,000 acres of urban parks land, green is Jacksonville’s color. Just minutes away from Downtown Jacksonville, the city’s wild side flourishes at the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. This 46,000-acre Preserve is approximately 6,000 years old and is made for those seeking a natural thrill. It is home to historic sites like the Fort Caroline National Memorial, often called Florida’s “Atlantis” due to its mysterious history, other highlights at the Preserve include historic African-American sites, like American Beach and Kingsley Plantation, Florida’s last remaining Plantation-era house.
Let’s Get Wild: Nature can be relaxing, but it can also be pretty wild. Get a birds view of the Atlantic Coast by leaping into the clear Jacksonville sky as you skydive or take a helicopter tour of the area. Come face to face with the local wildlife with Crazy Fish’s Airboat ride of the Intracoastal Waterway. Explore the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, with over 3,000 rare and exotic animal and plant species it is Northeast Florida’s most visited attraction. The Zoo turns 100 years old in 2014 and it will celebrate by opening a whole new exhibit featuring Chinese tigers. Venture out to Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and hand-feed lions and tigers and other big and wild cats. You can also let romance and adventure merge as you ride horses on our white-sandy beaches with Kelly Seahorse Ranch (one of the only places in Florida where it’s allowed).
365 Days of Beach Life: Open all year, Jacksonville’s 21 miles of white-sandy beaches are relaxing, spacious and fun. You can sit under the sun or get more active, take surfing or kiteboarding lessons, rent kayaks and paddleboards, fish at the pier or rent a fishing charter boat. Stay at our luxurious yet affordable oceanfront resorts like One Ocean or Casa Marina and wake up every morning to sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit local beach hotspots like Lemon Bar, the Beaches Town Center, and the award winning Azurea Restaurant. Just bring the bathing suit and the flip-flops and get ready to have fun!
500 Years of Southern Hospitality: Some will argue, but Jacksonville is actually the location of the nation’s first Thanksgiving, dating back to 1564 and the arrival of the first French Huguenots to Fort Caroline. Jacksonville is also the original Hollywood, in the early years of the 20th century, the warm climate, striking natural surroundings, diversity of architecture, inexpensive labor and easy rail access attracted more than 30 movie studios to Jacksonville, earning the city the title of “Winter Film Capital of the World.” We are also the birthplace of Southern Rock, with two of Southern rock’s architects, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band being formed in Jacksonville. Our musical heritage is palpable today as historic music venues and modern music clubs host dozens of world-class acts visiting the River City.
Southern Comfort Food: Jacksonville’s dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic southern comfort. In the last year alone, a new “Food & Beer District” has sprung in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside neighborhood. On King Street, there are now 11 locally owned restaurants and 2 breweries offering organic, local and sustainable options that give this strip new life and flavors. Jacksonville’s new wave of chefs keeps our local food scene diverse and exciting offering new twists on Southern favorites.
Game Time, Anytime: Jacksonville is one athletic town, from football to golf to basketball and anything outdoors, our great weather, modern facilities and excited crowds make for the ideal destination for sporting events. Jacksonville is home to several professional teams including: the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), the Jacksonville Suns (Minor League Baseball), the Jacksonville Giants (American Basketball Association), the Jacksonville Sharks (Arena Football League), the Jacksonville Axemen (Rugby League), the Jacksonville Dixie Blues (Women’s Football League) and the Jacksonville Breeze (Lingerie Football League). And that’s not all, with over 1,220 holes of golf Northeast Florida is the perfect getaway for golfers looking to take advantage of pristine course conditions and comfortable weather all year. Home to 72 public and private courses, making up 488,000 yards of greens – Northeast Florida is truly a golfer’s paradise.
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