Exploring the Jacksonville Area on a Budget

By Cristin Wilson Looking for adventure? A bit of romance? Some quality family time? All are possible in the Jacksonville area, and without breaking the bank. Here are three itineraries that can be done for under $50. If the sunshine doesn't make you smile, these budget-friendly ideas will…

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Adventurous Activities in Jacksonville, Fla.

By Janet K. Keeler Jacksonville is Florida’s largest city both in population (about 840,000) and landmass (888 square miles). Even with all those residents (add another 22,000 for Jacksonville Beach ), there are plenty of ways to get your adventure on in Jax. The city is just miles from the roaring…

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Self-Guided Tour: Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Fernandina Beach

This tour of Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach transports you to some of the oldest historical sites in the state. By VISIT FLORIDA staff Something is happening in downtown Jacksonville. There is a shared expectation here. A feeling that everything's moving in the right direction…

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Jacksonville and Amelia Island Area Beaches

Your guide to Jacksonville, Amelia Island and other area beaches. Editor's note: Florida beaches and parks are listed geographically from north to south. Beaches with this symbol have beach wheelchairs available either provided as a courtesy or available for (prearranged) rent and delivery from…

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Tigers at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

It's an exciting time to visit Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Discover more than 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants encompassed by the zoo's 115 acres, including wildlife from every corner of the globe and a variety of family-friendly activities, educational resources, and attractions. Just a few of…

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Things You Have to Do In and Around Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville, also known by locals as “Jax,” is one of the hottest cities in Florida these days. Why? Well, Jax, encompassing 840 square miles, is the largest city, by area, in the contiguous United States. That's plenty of room more than 20 miles of beach, plus a wealth of activities that'll keep…

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Day Trips from Jacksonville: Beaches, Springs, American History

By Kevin Mims A vacation day trip from Jacksonville can mean driving south and cruising the beaches along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, going west to hike in a national forest or splash in the freshwater springs, visit historic landmarks, and so much more. Here are 10 great day trips you can make…

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How to Experience Jacksonville’s Local Waters

By Jennifer DeCamp Water surrounds Jacksonville -- a visual heartbeat of tides coming and going, a life source of trade and commerce, a symbol of outdoor adventures – from the Atlantic Ocean to the east, to the St. Johns River which cuts through the heart of downtown. Here are some ways to…

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How to Visit Jacksonville and Amelia Island

By Lauren Tjaden Situated in Northeast Florida, where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville offers culture and sports as well as golden-sand beaches. A big city with a big heart, Jacksonville encompasses grand historic neighborhoods, an important military port and…

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In Search of Fort Caroline, Jacksonville's 'Atlantis'

The location of the French fort is one of Florida's great archaeological mysteries. The search has been stymied partly because the fort's originators didn't want to be found. By Amy Wimmer Schwarb Every few weeks, sometimes as often as a couple of times a month, a visitor to Jacksonville's…

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