Jacksonville

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For other places with the same name, see Jacksonville (disambiguation).
Statue of Andrew Jackson, near the Jacksonville Landing

Jacksonville is the westernmost city on the Eastern Seaboard, arguably occupying one of the most coveted spots on the Atlantic coast. Set amongst abundant beaches and an ideal subtropical climate, its crown jewel is the unique habitat and natural beauty of the St. Johns River. The River City, just one of Jacksonville's nicknames, is the largest city proper in Florida and largest city, by area, in the contiguous United States.

While Jacksonville doesn't have the concentration of tourist amenities present in its southern-neighbors, like Orlando and Miami, there is no shortage of activities as you discover its rich history. Once holding the distinctions of Insurance Capital of the South and Winter Film Capital of the World, not to mention possessing a formidable financial industry, this underrated cultural center is a composite of northern aesthetics and southern charm. In combination with rich architectural diversity, influential African-American ancestry, and substantial musical contributions, Jacksonvillians have garnered international appeal for their relatively small piece of the world.


Understand[edit]

Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and Cowford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States acquired the colony of Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.

Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Florida based on population, and the largest city by area in Florida and the contiguous United States. It is the county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits; with a population of 827,908, it is the most populous city in Florida, and the eleventh most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, with a population of 1,345,596 in 2010.

Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its river line location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics. As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf. In 2010, Jacksonville was listed as a "High sufficiency" world city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. It ranks alongside cities such as Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Jacksonville International Airport (IATA: JAX) . Jacksonville International Airport is the primary commercial airport in Northeast Florida, with scheduled service offered by AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, jetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. The airport is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown. The airport has one terminal building, with ticketing on the upper "Departures" level and baggage claim and ground transportation on the lower "Arrivals" level. There are two areas for ground transportation, at the center front for taxis and area hotel shuttles, and at the north end (outside of Baggage Carousel 1) for Pre-Arranged Ground Transportation, including limousines, Rental Cars, intercity buses/shuttles, and local JTA city buses. Airline gates radiate from three concourses, A, B, and C which all funnel through one central security screening area. Generally arriving one hour before a flight's scheduled departure is plenty of time, but during major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, allow one and a half to two hours.

Terminal Serves
A AirTran, Delta, jetBlue, United
C American Airlines, Southwest, U.S. Airways

Public airport transportation

Public transit from JAX to Downtown Jacksonville is provided by JTA Route CT-3, every hour, picking up at Pre-Arranged Ground Transportation (north end of the terminal outside Baggage Carousel 1, lower level). $1.

Other airports[edit]

Northeast Florida Regional Airport (IATA: USTICAO: KSGJFAA LID: SGJ), formerly St. Augustine Airport, is four miles north of St. Augustine, and about 30 miles south of Jacksonville. The airport offers service to Trenton, New Jersey through Frontier Airlines.

Jacksonville has three general aviation airports, including Cecil Field, Herlong, and Craig airports, all of which are administered by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

By train[edit]

Amtrak provides service to other Florida destinations such as Orlando and Miami , but also connects to other points as far north as New York via the Silver Star and Silver Meteor lines. The station is located approximately 5 miles northwest of downtown Jacksonville at 3570 Clifford Lane.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound10 North Pearl St. 24 hours. Greyhound offers service west to Tallahasee and New Orleans, south to Orlando and Miami, and north to Charleston and New York, as well as to regional destinations such as St. Augustine and Lake City. The Jacksonville Greyhound Station is located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, next to the EverBank Center. The JTA Skyway Central Station is located across Bay St. (at the rear, south side of the Greyhound station building).
  • Megabus1100 West Forsyth St. Once daily service from Atlanta and Orlando. The bus stop is located at the Jacksonville Skyway Convention Center Station. The stop will be at the last loading bay which is closest to Johnson St.

By ship[edit]

Carnival Fascination - St. Johns River 12.2010.jpg

The Port of Jacksonville operates multiple facilities along the St. Johns River. It is the second largest point of entry for vehicles into the United States along with housing an active cruise terminal. Low airfare and economical accommodations have made cruises from Jacksonville a popular choice. Jacksonville departures offers travelers a taste of a different kind of Florida city, before setting sail to more traditional destinations like Key West and the Bahamas.

Get around[edit]

Most travelers to Jacksonville will want to venture out, see the beaches, shop and dine in its commercial districts, or visit historical sites and parks. This would be impossible or greatly hindered without a car. Unless your are planning on remaining at the beaches or the downtown area it is time consuming to travel by bus, and too expensive by taxi. Jacksonville is sprawling and not very dense. Most of the city's more popular destinations are not within walking distance of each other, with the exception of the city center. Downtown monorail service is free and connects the Northbank, Southbank, Hemming Plaza, and Convention Center, offering travelers a great view of the city and an easy route to their destination.

By public transit[edit]

JTA[edit]

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates the Skyway monorail system in the heart of Jacksonville, and a fairly extensive regional bus network. Rosa Parks Transit Station currently serves as the main transfer hub between systems. Nearly all bus lines, and both lines of the Skyway stop at Rosa Parks.

The Skyway is a free automated people-mover system in downtown Jacksonville. Eight stations are located throughout the Northbank, Southbank, and LaVilla districts. The system is open to commuters 6AM to 9PM, Monday through Friday. Extended hours vary with special events, check JTA's website if you are planning on traveling in downtown during the weekend.

Bus frequency is between 30 minutes to an hour. Buses are reasonably comfortable, but JTA buses struggle with on-time performance. Buses do not runs past midnight, and many bus routes stop running at around 8 or 9PM. All buses are linked via GPS to a central control system and stops are well-marked throughout the entire city.

By taxi[edit]

Taxi services are available, but expensive due to the sprawl of the city. Jacksonville is not New York City. Taxis are not readily available in every part of town, though they can be found at some downtown tourist destinations and central hotels. Service is also readily available at the airport.

By car[edit]

Car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenience vis-a-vis return policies and times.

Car Rental Companies include:

  • Alamo Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-462-5266, [1].
  • Avis Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-331-1212, [2].
  • Budget Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-527-0700, [3].
  • Dollar Rent A Car, Toll free: +1-800-800-3665, [4].
  • E-Z Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-277-5171, [5].
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Toll free: +1-800-261-7331, [6].
  • Hertz Car Rental, Toll free: +1-800-654-3131, [7]].
  • Thrifty, Toll free: +1-800-847-4389, [8].

By bike[edit]

Biking has become a popular means of getting around in some of Jacksonville's central neighborhoods and districts, such as Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill, San Marco, and downtown. Starting in Riverside, you can walk or bike down the Riverwalk to the Main St. Bridge, located in downtown. Ride or walk over the bridge to access San Marco and its many shops and restaurants. Biking is a great way to enjoy the urban core's varied and beautiful architecture which is so easy to miss by car.

See[edit]

Landmarks[edit]

  • City Hall (St. James Building)117 West Duval Street. One of the most beautiful city halls in America and open to the public. The building was designed in Prairie School style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho. Originally constructed as department store in 1912, the St. James Building was purchased by the city in 1993 and became the new city hall in 1997. The name was chosen by its investors, businessmen from Connecticut, the relevance being that Saint James is the patron Saint of travelers. The interior features a spectacular sunlit atrium with a dominating octagonal glass dome. The defining feature of the structure is the large abstract decorative cornices on the buildings exterior.
  • Florida Theatre128 East Forsyth Street (at Newnan),  +1 904 355-5661. The Florida Theatre offers 200 cultural and entertainment events annually, bringing 250,000 people to Jacksonville’s downtown every year. More than just an entertainment center, The magnificently restored Florida Theatre is recognized as one of the finest concert venues in the Southeast, and also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville’s premier entertainment center since 1927.
  • Friendship Fountain. Opened in 1965 as the world's largest and tallest fountain, it's capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. The fountain and surrounding park are located directly across from the Northbank and offer visitors some of the best views of the city. It is also adjacent to the Museum of Science and History and is part of the Southbank Riverwalk.
  • Main Street Bridge. Opening in 1941, the bridge was the second crossing to be built over the St. Johns River. It is one of the most recognized structures in the city and offers visitors some of the best views of the downtown skyline.
  • Riverplace Tower (Gulf Life Tower). Constructed in 1967 for Gulf Life Insurance, the tower was designed by renown architect Welton Becker. Most famous for his Capital Records Building in Los Angeles, his design for Riverplace Tower is a prime example of Mid-century Modern architecture. Build along the St. Johns River, this landmark is prominent fixture in the Jacksonville skyline
  • San Marco Theatre1996 San Marco Blvd +1 904 396-4845. The oldest running first-run single-screen theatre in Jacksonville. Serving up your favorite beers, wine and food while you watch the movie. Fantastic midnight film series.

Museums[edit]

The gardens at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
  • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens829 Riverside Avenue +1 904 356-6857. Tu 10AM-9PM; W,F,Th,Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 12PM-5PM. A recently expanded art gallery and formal garden set alongside the Jacksonville waterfront. Features primarily European and American paintings as well as a large collection of early Meissen porcelain.
  • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum101 West 1st Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 +1 904 356-2992. Monday-Saturday 10am - 3pm, Closed on holidays. Notable collections include the Original Proposal Draft of The Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation Amendment to the Constitution, signed by Lincoln, the Justification letter which accompanied the Declaration of Independence, the Final Declaration of Allegiance Treaty, signed by every Indian tribe in the U.S. and the President, the original drafts of the Constitutions of France, Spain, Mexico, and Ireland, and the Thanksgiving Proclamation. Free.
  • Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville333 North Laura Street (Downtown Jacksonville),  +1 904 366-6991. Tu, Fr, Sat, Sun 10AM-4PM; Wed, Th 10AM-9PM; Closed Monday. This Museum recently relocated to its Hemming Park location in the historic Western Union Telegraph Building and presents a large number of innovative contemporary art exhibits created by regional, national and international artists.
  • Museum of Science and History1025 Museum Circle +1 904 396-6674fax: +1 904 396-5799. M-F 10AM-5PM; Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-6PM. Also known as the "MOSH" by locals, the museum has many interesting science exhibits, and some interesting information about local history.
  • Ritz Theatre and Museum829 North Davis Street. A cultural museum showcasing the people and places that flourished within the Jacksonville African American community during the Jim Crow era.
  • University of North Florida Gallery of Art4567 St. Johns Bluff Road +1 904-620-2534. M,W,Th 9AM-5PM; Tu 9AM-7PM, F 9AM-3PM. Features several exhibitions each year including regional and national artists and UNF faculty and student art.

Neighborhoods[edit]

  • Downtown is the central business district of Jacksonvile, located on the St. Johns River. Five districts make up the entirety of the area. The Northbank is the district most commonly associated with downtown. It houses many of the city's largest and most historic structures, as well as serving as the government and financial center for the region. Across the river, Southbank has its lions share of iconic buildings and parks. Most notably its home to the Museum of Science and History and Friendship Fountain. LaVilla and Brooklyn are popular upcoming areas just west of the Northbank. Last but not least, the Sports Complex is a large area to the east of the Northbank, housing EverBank Field, Jacksonville Veteran Arena, Metropolitan Park, and the Baseball Grounds.
  • Riverside, located about a mile southwest of downtown on the banks of the St. Johns River, this neighborhood was built primarily between 1910 and 1930 and features a variety of historic homes, churches and apartment buildings. It has as its commercial center eclectic Five Points which features both unique retail and dining all in a bohemian atmosphere. Also notable in the neighborhood is Memorial Park which is situated near Five Points adjacent to the River. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. and has as its centerpiece a statue of Winged Victory as a memorial to the dead of World War I. To visit this area from downtown, take Jefferson Street which becomes Riverside Avenue.
  • Avondale, located along the St. Johns River just southwest of and adjacent to Riverside, was built during the 1920s Florida land boom as "Riverside's Residential Ideal". The stately historic houses here were constructed in a variety of architectural styles, including Tudor, Georgian Revival, Prairie, Shingle, Mediterranean Revival and Bungalow. The commercial heart of the neighborhood is known as the Shops of Avondale which are located along St. Johns Avenue between Talbot and Dancy Streets. Here, there are many upscale dining and shopping opportunities.
  • Springfield , just north or downtown, is a historic neighborhood with architecture varying from Victorian and Craftsmen to Colonial Revival and Prairie School. Characterized by large porches, iconic city parks, and immersed in a blanketing oak canopy, Springfield is quickly becoming a hot spot for any traveler looking for an authentic taste of Jacksonville.

Parks and outdoors[edit]

  • Beaches - Jacksonville is on the Atlantic Ocean, and has a thriving beach culture, but not as packed or as crowded as the beaches in south Florida. Three cities within Duval county occupy most of the coastal real estate: Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.
  • City parks
    • Hemming Plaza is a block sized park in the center of Jacksonville's downtown. Named for Confederate veteran Charles C. Hemming, who in 1898 donated to the City the Confederate monument which is the focal point of the park. The park is surrounded by Jacksonville's City Hall, the United States Courthouse, the Museum Of Contemporary Art, the new public Main Library for Jacksonville, the former Snyder Memorial Church and various restaurants. Step inside City Hall, which is a restored department store built in 1912 and designed in the prairie style by noted local architect Henry John Klutho, and take a look at the large, sunlit atrium which dominates the interior of the structure. The new downtown Main Library opened in 2005 and is the largest Main Library in the state of Florida. The postmodern structure was designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern and features a Grand Reading Room and a quiet Courtyard for outdoor reading.
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosts more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. It is constantly growing and changing and always a pleasurable experience.
  • Riverwalk is a scenic walk system along the south shore of the St. John's River. It's a great place for a date.
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
    • Fort Caroline National Memorial The original French fort, destroyed by Spanish troops from St. Augustine, now lies somewhere beneath the St. John's River. A modern recreation currently stands on the riverbank with a museum dedicated to the first settlements by the French in the area.
    • Kingsley Plantation is a well-preserved Southern plantation located on Fort George Island. Well worth the trip to see.
    • Machaba Balu Preserve consist of a collection of sites within Timucuan's vast area. The salt march looks much as it did 500 years ago and is a haven of wildlife and biodiversity. The properties are under the management of the Nature Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service.
    • Theodore Roosevelt Area is a nature preserve adjacent to the Fort Caroline Memorial. Donated by Willie Browne, the land sits on a marshy patch of riverfront property and offers visitors a taste of "Old Florida".

Do[edit]

Events[edit]

  • Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Jazz festival featuring major names in jazz as well as local and up-and-coming jazz artists.
  • Main Street Cruise1st St. to 12th St. on Main St.. 4th Saturday of every month. A surreal experience and a fun time, this old school cruise is like stepping into the 1970's movie "American Graffiti". Poodle dresses, classic music, and an endless array pf cars.
  • Springing the Blues. Florida's largest free outdoor blues festival.
  • Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island (about 35 miles from Jacksonville), holds an annual festival every summer, the highlight of which is a mock pirate invasion terrorizing the locals. Additional Awards go to the biggest drunken pirate who plunders the most booty. And there is also the world famous wet wench contest.
  • Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular. Air show at Jacksonville Beach.
  • World Arts Film Festival. May 15-17. The World Arts Film Festival is an event showcasing a diverse array of filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. The central theme is a global message of inclusion through the arts and education.
  • JaxFlow. A Spin Jam group local to Jacksonville. They spin various Flow Toys, such as hula hoops, fire poi, etc. in various parks and at nightlife spots all over Jacksonville.
  • One Spark (The World's Crowdfunding Festival), Downtown Jacksonville (Hemming Plaza). April 9-13th. One Spark is an annual five-day event for Creators of all kinds. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display Projects in a 20-square-block, multi-Venue gallery in downtown. It’s offers the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect and collaborate. It connecting people with great ideas to the resources they need to make them come true. Participants get the chance pitch there idea the voting public for a possible cash prize and a chance to make there project a reality.
  • Riverside Arts Market715 Riverside Ave (Riverside Ave. under the Fuller Warren Bridge),  +1 904 389-2449. 10-4. More than 100 vendors offer handmade art, specialty foods, farmer's market, and a variety of entertainment. Open every Saturday, March through December, "RAM" is Jacksonville's Premiere Outdoor Arts & Entertainment venue! FREE.
  • Jacksonville Pride (River City Pride), Five Points in Riverside. Gay pride for 2014 is scheduled to occur October 5th-6th. Activities are usually centered in the Riverside neighborhood, The festival and parade are family friendly and feature friends and supporters of the gay community in Jacksonville. Late nights are whatever you make of them. Jacksonville offers a wonderful nightlife with a host of events at area gay bars and regular bars alike.

Sports[edit]

  • Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville's NFL team. Catch one of their home games during football season in the fall.
  • Jacksonville Suns. Jacksonville's AA Minor League baseball team. Tickets are cheap and the view is good at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
  • The TPC. If you like golf, Jacksonville is second only to Augusta. The Player's Championship is held each spring in Ponte Vedra, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Buy[edit]

Shopping districts[edit]

  • Downtown. Don't get me wrong, The Landing offers plenty of restaurants and a few shops are left. For a more authintic and less Disney feel, travel outside the Landing area and explore the surrounding streets. Laura Street near Adams offers a few shops and a lovely atmosphere. Adams at Ocean and Bay at Market also have some interesting places to visit.
  • Five Points is a shopping district on the western edge of Riverside. Home to Riverside Park, Memorial Park, and the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, this area attracts an eclectic group of locals and is a haven for trendy shops.
  • San Marco Square - Good used book store, shops, galleries, restaurants, and a Peterbrooke chocolate shop. Nice upscale wine store with a small seating area, the Grotto, is very popular. Olive - upscale clothing store.
  • Shoppes of Avondale. Specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.

Shopping malls[edit]

  • The Avenues Mall. Located in Jacksonville's Southside neighborhood, the Avenues is one of the more popular enclosed malls in town. It offers a wide array of stores and most of the one you'd come to expect in a mall setting
  • Jacksonville Landing. Located downtown, this festival market style shopping center sits adjacent to the St. Johns River. It houses quite a few restaurants and offers weekend nightlife. shopping is limited to a few stores, though downtown offers its own selection of retail stores just blocks away.
  • St. John's Town Center. Located near the intersection of J. T. Butler Blvd and Gate Parkway, this is an open air mall sprawled over a large area. Lots of shopping and fine dining options. Hands down one of the most popular and most visited mall in North Florida.

Specialty Stores[edit]

  • Black Creek Outfitters10051 Skinner Lake Drive +1 904 645-7003. Mon – Fri: 10AM – 8PM, Sat: 10AM – 6PM, Sun: 11AM – 6PM. Outdoor gear store focused on camping and kayaking. Offers kayak sales and rentals.
  • Jacksonville Farmers Market1810 West Beaver St. (near the corner of Stockton),  +1 904 354-2821. 7AM-6PM. Established in 1938, the farmers market is the oldest in the state. Operating much as farmers markets have for hundreds of years, the it offers a unique shopping experience in a festive outdoor market.
  • J. Johnson Gallery177 4th Avenue North +1 904-435-3200. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 12PM-5PM.

Eat[edit]

  • Al's Pizza, Riverside at 1620 Margaret St.904.388.8384, Intracoastal West at 14286 Beach Blvd. 904.223.0991 and the original location at 303 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach 904.249.0002, one of the best pizzas I have eaten in the world.
  • Angies Subs at Jax Beach1436 Beach Blvd +1 904 246-2519. Jacksonville Beach, When seen from the street you may think twice about eating there, but the large amount of cars outside shows that it is a great favorite of the locals. For enjoying the best subs and experiencing local beach flavor, a visit here is a must. Lunch time is peak time and may be crowded. Hours are 11 to 8PM Monday through Saturday.
  • Beach Hut Cafe1281 Third Street South +1 904 249-3516. Jacksonville Beach. This is where locals go for breakfast. Weekend mornings are very busy.
  • BB's1019 Hendricks Avenue +1 904 306-0100. This restaurant has good appetizers, desserts, and a good beer and wine selection. The mushroom and bacon pizza is wonderful. The food is great, but it can get somewhat loud; not the place to go for a quiet conversation.
  • Salsarita's Fresh Cantina840 Nautica Drive +1 904 696-4001. A great restaurant with delicious, affordable, Mexican food like tortillas and enchaladas. The place is excellent for families and groups. Includes outdoor service and takeout.
  • St. Johns Seafood & Steaks. Several locations in Jacksonville. Just what it sounds like, a variety of seafood and steak with all the trimmings. Make sure to have grits as a side.
  • Gene's Seafood. Several locations in Jacksonville. The usual fried shrimp, fish, etc. in addition to delicious entrees like stuffed flounder. Consistently delicious.
  • Brick Restaurant3585 St. Johns Avenue +1 904 387-0606. Creative menu with good food; on a street with lots of shops. Outside dining is available.
  • Havana-Jax Cafe2578 Atlantic Boulevard +1 904 399-0609. Delicious Cuban food. Most dinners come with rice, black beans, and plantains. Very good flan.
  • The Loop Pizza Grill. Restaurant chain that started in Jacksonville. Good burgers, pizza, salads, onion rings, milk shakes, etc. Several locations in Jacksonville.
  • Biscotti's3556 St. Johns Avenue +1 904 387-2060. Cool atmosphere with delicious, interesting food. Take a look at the desserts in the display case. They taste even better than they look.
  • The Madrid11233 Beach Boulevard +1 904 642-3741. Caribbean and Cuban cuisine. Everything is delicious.
  • Grinder's Cafe10230 Atlantic Blvd +1 904 725-2712. Ste 8-9, Jacksonville, One of the very few "down home" southern food restaurants in Jacksonville. Very friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of southern specialties.
  • Clark's Fish Camp12903 Hood Landing Road +1 904 268 3474. Jacksonville. A local favorite with lots of atmosphere. If you are a vegetarian, you might not enjoy this restaurant. Try the Fish Camp Platter or the Prime Rib, you'll be glad you did. Great place to take the kids.
  • Metro Diner3302 Hendricks Ave. (at Inwood Terrace),  +1 904 438-3321. Daily 6:30AM-2:30PM. A popular breakfast spot for locals.
  • Chomp Chomp (Chomp2), 106 W Adams St. (between Ocean and Newnan),  +1 904 762-4667. A small eat-in with a diverse menu. $6-$8.
  • 13 Gypsies887 Stockton St. (at College),  +1 904 389-0330fax: +1 904 389-0220, e-mail: . Firmly rooted in tradition, this restaurant offers authentic Spanish cuisine made fresh daily.
  • Burrito Gallery21 East Adams St. (between Main and Ocean),  +1 904 598-2922, e-mail: . This restaurant has become an integral part of Jacksonville's art scene. Rotating exhibits keep the atmosphere fresh while the kitchen keeps your belly full. $8-$10.

Drink[edit]

  • Lynch's Irish Pub514 N. First Street. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. A well known Irish pub in Jacksonville Beach. Many good imported pints on tap, with live music, and a raucous atmosphere.
  • Shantytown Pub - Located 1 mile north of downtown in Jacksonville's historic Springfield, this hole-in-the-wall bar offers hundreds of beers and boasts a spacious backyard which hosts barbecues once a week.
  • Pete's Bar117 1st Street, Neptune Beach, FL. Cheap beer and 25 cent pool. One of the oldest bars in Jacksonville. It is definitely a staple at the beaches. Opened the day prohibition was repealed.
  • Lillie's Coffee Bar200 First St. Neptune Beach Fl 32266 +1 904 249-2922. A great place to chill. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, appetizers, wine and beer and of course desserts and coffee. Music in the courtyard every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Culhane's Irish Pub967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fl 32233. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • The Riverdale Inn (Adjacent to Memorial Park). Another beautiful B&B in Riverside, this one has a renowned restaurant.

Splurge[edit]

  • Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts200 Ponte Vedra Blvd.. Historic — open since 1928. Rated a 5 Diamond resort by AAA. Features four challenging golf courses, tennis facilities, swimming pools, luxury shops, and fine dining restaurants on site.

Cope[edit]

Publications[edit]

Consulates[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Amelia Island - A beautiful island about an hour north of Jacksonville along FL-A1A, it is home to upscale houses, and the Amelia Island Plantation. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Amelia Island was used as a pirate base for raids on Spanish shipping. Known as the Isle of Eight Flags, it is the only location in the United States to have been under the allegiance of eight different nations.
  • Olustee Battlefield - About an hour's drive west along I-10 in Olustee is the Olustee Battlefield, site of the only Civil War engagement in Florida. The battle is reenacted each February, and is a popular site for Civil War buffs.
  • St. Augustine - Founded by Spanish colonists in 1565, St. Augustine lays claim to being the oldest permanent settlement in the United States. It is about a 45 minute drive south of Jacksonville by I-95, or about an hour taking the more scenic route down FL-A1A. It boasts many fine restaurants and tourist attractions, as well as a unique blend of old world architectural styles inherited from its Spanish and British masters. The fort, the old city, the Flagler Museum, St. George's Street, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the Bridge of Lions are all recommended.


Routes through Jacksonville
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SavannahBrunswick  N I-95.svg S  St. AugustineDaytona Beach
AugustaCallahan  N US 1.svg S  St. AugustineDaytona Beach
SavannahBrunswick  N US 17.svg S  Orange ParkOrlando
MaconCallahan  N US 23.svg S  END
TallahasseeOsceola Nat'l Forest  W US 90.svg E  Jacksonville BeachEnds at Florida A1A.svg
CallahanAmelia Island  N Florida A1A.svg S  Neptune BeachDaytona Beach
Savannah ← Jesup, GA ←  N Amtrak logo.svg S  PalatkaOrlando


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