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welcome Welcome to Jacksonville! We hope that you will have the opportunity to make the most of your trip and experience the many wonders of our slice of Florida. Whether you are looking to discover the undiscovered, relax under the sun, shop till you drop, golf a perfect game, ignite romance or be inspired by the city’s cultural offerings, unique cuisine or stunning sunrises, anything is possible in Jacksonville! Discover the heart of the city and endless stretches of wide, pristine beaches, while exploring the region’s unique dining and nightlife options and warm Southern hospitality. With a moderate temperature year-round, Jacksonville is home to numerous festivals, national and international sporting events, exceptional golf courses, world-class arts and culture and much more! Whether you are here for business or pleasure, get to know Jacksonville. Where Florida Begins. Sincerely,

Bill Gulliford President, Jacksonville City Council Chairman, Duval County Tourist Development Council

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Bill Prescott ©2013 Visit Jacksonville Visit Jacksonville’s Official Visitor Magazine is published annually by Visit Jacksonville & Morris Visitor Publications. The purpose of the publication is to provide useful information for visitors considering Jacksonville as their destination for business or leisure travel. It is used by Visit Jacksonville staff as a tool for all tradeshows and sales efforts, handed out at events & distributed at all VISIT FLORIDA & Visit Jacksonville Welcome Centers.

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Morris Visitor Publications is proud to partner with Visit Jacksonville on their Official Visitor Magazine. MORRIS VISITOR PUBLICATIONS Editorial Editor

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That’s perfect weather for enjoying the area’s uncrowded and relaxing Atlantic beaches, playing golf at one of more than 70 courses, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding or just watching the ebb and flow of the tides. History is here too—6,000 years worth. From the original natives whose story is told at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, to the origins of European settlement in America at Fort Caroline, through the American Colonial experience at Kingsley Plantation and to the African-American struggle for equality—it’s all here to educate, entertain and inspire!

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It’s difficult to find Jacksonville visitors who don’t happily use the word “surprised” or the phrase “I didn’t know” to describe their experience. Who could blame them? Jacksonville is a natural, water wonderland filled with exciting sites and new experiences to discover and enjoy—so many that it could take a lifetime to see them all. The Downtown, with miles of walking paths along both shores of the majestic St. Johns River, is a place where the past and present mingle among unique shopping and dining hotspots. Musical entertainment for every taste and big time sports for every fanatic are easy to find. Mother Nature plays her role too by providing 270 days of bright sunshine each year.

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Here’s a short list of those “surprises” Jacksonville visitors often mention.

It is the largest city in the United States (840 square miles). It has the youngest

population in Florida.

It has the largest urban park system in the U.S. (more than 80,000 acres). There are 1,220

holes of golf to play here.

Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theater is the longest running dinner theater in the nation. Once known as “The Harlem of the South,” the

African-American anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice

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Jacksonville is one of the nation’s

Top 25 Art Destinations.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has been selected as the best in Florida. Parenting magazine selected Jacksonville as

“America’s Best City for Recreation.” Jacksonville is the birthplace of Southern Rock—Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and JJ Grey & Mofro are native sons; The Allman Brothers Band was formed here. This was the first “Hollywood”—more than 30 silent movie companies made films here.

Kona Skatepark is the nation’s oldest.

Tony Hawk competed here long before he became famous.

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Jacksonville is home to six locally owned and operated breweries—tour them on the Jax Brew Bus.

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DISTRICTS Nestled between skyscrapers and the St. Johns River, downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank and Southbank blend an urban vibe with a cool atmosphere. Fortune 500 companies call the city’s core home and during the week thousands of professionals and visitors fill the streets enjoying unique lunch and dining destinations, world-class museums and an exciting variety of nightlife options, from local bars to upscale lounges. The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play Downtown at the Sports Complex, as does the city’s minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Suns, arena football league, the Jacksonville Sharks and minor league basketball team, the Jacksonville Giants. Downtown museums include the Ritz Theatre and Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Museum of Science and History.

Downtown Jacksonville boasts 5.6 miles of beautiful Riverfront, including almost 3 miles of Riverwalk, perfect for a stroll or a jog by the river or just enjoying a view of the city’s distinctive skyline. There are many ways to get around Downtown—drive and park at one of the more than 43,000 public parking spaces or use public transportation and take the Downtown Trolley or the Skyway. The Skyway connects Downtown’s Southbank to its Northbank in less than 5 minutes for free. Out on the water, the Jacksonville Water Taxi takes passengers on a fun trip across the St. Johns River while providing great views of the city. Downtown Ambassadors wearing distinctive orange shirts are always nearby, ready to give directions and suggestions to visitors.

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ArtWalk From 5-9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, Downtown Jacksonville becomes an arts market with dozens of vendors, live music, unique food vendors and more than 30 art galleries open for visitors to discover. ArtWalk spans a 15-block radius that includes Hemming Plaza and the Jacksonville Landing. www.jacksonvilleartwalk.com

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Ritz Theatre & Museum Jacksonville’s AfricanAmerican heritage takes center stage here. Take a walk along the simulated Main Street to absorb the history of an area once known as “The Harlem of the South.” Every weekend, nationally-acclaimed AfricanAmerican performers thrill sold-out crowds at the Ritz. Museum hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 829 North Davis, Jacksonville, FL 32202 www.ritzjacksonville.com

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Treaty Oak Perhaps Jacksonville’s oldest resident, this 250-year-old Southern Live Oak was here before the city was formed during the 1820s. Its trunk is more than 25 feet in circumference and more than 70 feet tall — a real sight to see! Located at Jessie Ball DuPont Park on the Southbank. 1123 Prudential Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32207

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The Jacksonville Landing Perfectly located on the St. Johns River, this shopping, dining and entertainment center hosts more than 350 events each year including live music every weekend, Florida/Georgia festivities, the Christmas Tree Lighting and New Year’s Eve celebrations. 2 W. Independent Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32202 www.jacksonvillelanding.com

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The Museum of Science and History Fun for children and parents, MOSH specializes in interactive science exhibits and Northeast Florida history. Open daily, admission on Friday is only $5. Friendship Fountain located behind MOSH offers relaxation and great views of the city. 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville FL 32207 www.themosh.org

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AdLib Tours “Top to Bottom Tour” Walk to the top and the bottom of the city in this unique and exciting history tour of Jacksonville’s core. The tour includes the Wells Fargo building, the top of the Bank of America tower for spectacular views of the city, a trip below the city to an old bank tunnel, a look at Jacksonville’s silent movie era...and much more! Tuesday 10 - 11:45 a.m. Meet at the Jacksonville Landing escalators (2 W. Independent Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32202). www.adlibtours.com

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Flip-flops and sunscreen are essential for a visit to the 21 miles of wide, uncrowded beaches known as Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. From the majestic sunrise to the inspiring sunset, these beaches are perfect for surfing, kite surfing, fishing, paddleboarding and long, lazy hours of soaking up the sun. For a little exercise, walk the 1300-foot length of the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and watch fishermen reel in their catch or see surfers catch the perfect wave (admission $1, children 6 and under free). When day fades to a star-lit night, popular restaurants, nightlife hotspots, beach-themed shops and cool oceanfront hotels add to the fun, seaside atmosphere. The Sea Walk Pavilion, just a few feet from the ocean, frequently hosts free music festivals and movie nights. There is plenty of free parking at the beaches and at two city-owned lots, which charge a small fee during the summer. At the north end of the beaches is the quaint and historic village of Mayport. Home to unique shopping and restaurants serving fresh-caught local seafood, Mayport is the perfect place to experience Old Florida and the sea.

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Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Waterpark A family attraction just minutes from the water, Adventure Landing offers visitors dozens of entertaining options like miniature golf, laser tag, gokarting and an arcade with every popular game imaginable. During the summer, the park features a lazy river, a wave pool, four extreme slides and a play village for younger visitors. In winter, the park becomes a WinterFEST complete with nightly snowfalls and an outdoor ice skating rink. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 www.adventurelanding.com

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Take the Mathews Bridge to the Arlington Expressway/Atlantic Blvd. east until you reach A1A. Straight ahead to go to Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, right for Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Beaches Museum & History Park Explore the history of the area’s magnificent beaches. See what a beach vacation was like in the 1950s, learn about Northeast Florida’s top surfers, visit Jacksonville Beach’s first chapel...and much more! 381 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 www.beachesmuseum.org

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Beaches Town Center This trendy and relaxed shopping, dining and nightlife hub is in a beautiful beach setting where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet. This is the place for the young and the young at heart.

The Lemon Bar inside the Seahorse Oceanfront Inn and the outstanding Azurea restaurant at One Ocean Spa are popular with both visitors and locals. 200 First Street, Neptune Beach. FL 32266 www.beachestowncenter.com

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Intracoastal Eco-Tour Just minutes from Jacksonville Beach, the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean meet at the Intracoastal Waterway to create a rich and fascinating marine environment. Several outstanding local companies like Old Florida Fish Camp and Seafood Shack offer eco-tours where visitors can spot dolphins, manatees, and local birds while enjoying beautiful sunsets and refreshing coastal breezes. www. oldfloridaseafoodshack.com

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TPC Sawgrass Home to THE PLAYERS Championship and the PGA TOUR headquarters, two of the nation’s greatest courses are here, as well as the 17th Island Green, the most-recognized hole in golf. Play the courses, learn from the pros at the Tour Academy or visit and tour the magnificent club house. 10 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens The largest fine art museum in Northeast Florida. The permanent collection at the museum includes more than 6,000 works of art dating from 2100 B.C to the 21st century, including Old Master and American paintings and a world-renowned collection of Meissen porcelain. Equally impressive are the Cummer’s spectacular gardens. There are three flower gardens on the museum grounds, the oldest dating back to 1903. Closed on Mondays, The Cummer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 12-4 p.m. and late on Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with free admission from 4 to 9 p.m. 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204 www.cummer.org

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Memorial Park in Riverside This is the perfect spot for a quiet picnic under the shade of an old oak or perhaps a fun game of flag football. Designed by the famous Olmsted brothers, responsible for New York City’s Central Park, Memorial Park sits next to the St. Johns River and gives visitors gorgeous views of the river. Plus, it offers an oasis of peace and calm just feet away from the shopping bustle of Margaret Street. The park is open from dawn till dusk seven days a week. 1620 Riverside Avenue www.riversideavondale.org

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The Riverside Arts Market Held each Saturday under the Fuller Warren Bridge, the market is a great place to find unique local art pieces, enjoy live music, taste fresh foods and buy organic produce. Take

the Water Taxi from downtown or drive and park for free at nearby parking lots. The Market is open from 10 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, March through December. 715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 www.riversideartsmarket.com

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The Shoppes of Avondale High-end boutiques, antique stores and upscale dining await along St. Johns Avenue in the heart of Historic Avondale. Everything is here, from gardening supplies, bicycles, shoes, jewelry, children’s clothes and house décor to chocolate and specialty spices. After all that shopping it’s time to eat! Try a new option at the Shoppes called W90+, a store dedicated to fine wines, cheese and bread. Then have lunch at The Brick, and for dessert, head over to Biscotti’s for a slice (or two) of cake. 3567 St Johns Avenue, Jacksonville FL 32205 www.shoppesofavondale.com

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The King Street Food & Beer District It would take days to experience all of the many dining and drinking options on this street including Salty Fig, Carmine’s Pie House, Lola’s Burrito Joint, Pele’s Wood Fire and Kickbacks Gastropub and its extensive beer list. And speaking of beers, King Street is home to two of Jacksonville’s breweries, Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery. Plus, local beers are featured at several bars and clubs including The Garage, The Loft and Dahlia’s Pour House with 14 different Florida brews and 85 taps! District begins at 1522 King Street and ends on 720 King Street Jacksonville, FL 32204

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The historic neighborhood of San Marco is located just minutes away from Jacksonville’s Southbank. Incredible dining of every kind, upscale trendy clothing boutiques and sensational art galleries surround San Marco Square. Theatre Jacksonville, the oldest community theatre in the country, dating back to 1938, is also located within the square. Don’t miss the San Marco Fountain of Lions that reflect the neighborhood’s association with Venice, Italy. The new San Marco dining district features some of Jacksonville’s best restaurants including bb’s, Bistro AIX, The Grotto, Matthews and Taverna. One of Jacksonville’s newest breweries resides in the San Marco district, Aardwolf Brewery, located off Hendricks Avenue.

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San Marco Dining District Some of Jacksonville’s best dining options are in this neighborhood. One of the city’s dining gems, Bistro AIX, offers classic French flavors with a modern and hip twist. Taverna specializes in seasonal European cuisine served in a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. The Grotto is the perfect place for varietal wines and tapas while bb’s is “the groovy place to b”. Matthew’s features a diverse and elegant menu showcasing local ingredients — it has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award each year since 1999. www.facebook. com/SanMarcoDining

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Watch the Sunset at Riverfront Park This acre-long park along a quiet San Marco block gives visitors a perfect location to watch the majestic Jacksonville sunsets and spot dolphins and even manatees on the River. It’s the perfect place for a lazy afternoon. 901 Landon Avenue

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Dinner and a Movie at the San Marco Theater This is a great place in town where you can enjoy dinner, drinks and a movie. Built in 1938, the San Marco Theater has been magnificently restored and it is a now a popular destination for families and couples looking for a different type of night out. 1996 San Marco Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.sanmarcotheatre.com

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San Marco Art Festival April and November feature two days of art in the streets as San Marco Boulevard closes to traffic and opens to art lovers. Vendors from across the nation delight visitors with sculptures, paintings, pottery and jewelry. Admission is free. 1974 San Marco Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207

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Peterbrooke Chocolatier Production Center See how these decadent treats, including their famous chocolate covered popcorn, are made. Open daily, selfguided tours are free, guided tours are just $1. 1470 San Marco Boulevard www.peterbrooke.com

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Sweet Pete’s Make your own candy canes and taffy --all natural and organic. Sweet Pete’s is a locally owned and operated candy and ice cream shop, offering gourmet chocolates, candies and even vegan and gluten-free sweet options. 1922 Pearl Street, Jacksonville FL 32206. www.sweetpete.net

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Three Layers Cafe Offering bistro lunches and delicious desserts, this neighborhood café is open seven days a week and has a beautiful patio bar with an extensive selection of wine and local beers. 1602 Walnut

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Confederate Dog Park A special place for furry visitors, this is Jacksonville’s only city-owned off-leash dog park. Featuring nearly three acres of green space, the park has two areas; one for small breeds and a larger area for large dogs. The park is free and open to all breeds. It also has benches and shaded areas for human companions. 956 Hubbard Street, Jacksonville FL 32206

Sweet Pete’s—no place sweeter

Located adjacent to Downtown Jacksonville, the historic Springfield neighborhood is an up-and-coming residential area filled with restored old homes and local charm. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original Springfield development dates to 1869; at one point it was the city’s wealthiest neighborhood. Currently it is in the middle of a rebirth; in 2011 Southern Living named Springfield one of “The South’s Best Comeback Neighborhoods”. Zora Neale Hurston, one of the greatest African-American authors, spent her childhood here. Majestic oaks provide protective shade along Springfield’s residential streets. This neighborhood gives visitors a window into Jacksonville’s past and the city’s effort to preserve its history.

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Explore nature just minutes from downtown

Even though these two areas are as close to suburbia as it gets in Jacksonville, they are next door to dozens of popular attractions, nightclubs, entertainment centers, movie theaters, fine dining, state parks and historic places. Arlington was one of the first areas in the United States visited by Europeans. From 1564-1565, it was the site of the French Fort Caroline. Today, Fort Caroline National Memorial is there for visitors to enjoy. The Southside and Arlington are the largest areas in town; to get around, public buses provide convenient transportation between the most popular attractions and malls.

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The Alhambra Theatre and Dining The nation’s oldest continually operating professional dinner theater presents Broadway-style live theater with a fine-dining experience. Many of the Alhambra’s performers have worked on Broadway participating in national and international tours. 12000 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246 www.alhambrajax.com

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Dog Wood Park Jacksonville Named one of the “Top 10 Dog Parks You Need to See in Your Lifetime” by Dogster. com, this 42-acre swim and play park is one of the largest fenced dog parks in the nation. Non-members must pay a fee. 7407 Salisbury Rd. S. Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.jaxdogs.com

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Take the Mathews Bridge east; it will become the Arlington Expressway. Then, exit north at University to enter Arlington. Continue onto Southside Blvd. (Hwy. 115) to enter Southside.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens This 120-acre urban woodland located in the heart of Arlington gives visitors a chance to explore Jacksonville’s native fauna and flora along three miles of hiking trails. Open daily, admission is free. Parking, bathroom and camping facilities are available on site. 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32225 www.jacksonvillearboretum.org

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St. Johns Town Center This beautiful open-air shopping Mecca features more than one-million square feet of retail and dining options, from high-end retailers like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton to discount giants Target and Ross. There are more than 150 brand-name specialty stores here and dining options include P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. Also nearby is the Tinseltown area with a movie theater and local shops and the Avenues Mall, another great local shopping center. 4663 River City Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32246 www.simon.com/mall/st-johnstown-center

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Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Boat, jetski, swim, fish and hike in this 46,000-acre unspoiled coastal wetland. Beautiful salt marshes, coastal dunes and hardwood hammocks show what Florida looked like 6,000 years ago. The preserve is also home to the Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation; Florida’s last remaining plantation house. Both historic locations are open to the public. The preserve can be reached by boat or car. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville FL 32225 www.nps.gov/foca w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m   17

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The Comedy Zone Nationally-known comedians are frequent performers at Jacksonville’s favorite place for laughs! Located inside the Ramada Inn off San Jose Boulevard. Food and drinks are available at every show. 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 www.comedyzone.com

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Named for the Mandarin orange in 1830, this neighborhood on the St. Johns River just south of San Marco was once described as “a tropical paradise” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Once an important river port for shipping oranges and other citrus fruit northward, today the area’s majestic live oaks draped in Spanish moss and magnificent river views blend with residential areas and shopping centers.

Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park This 10-acre riverfront park is home to an 1876 farm complex with picnic areas and a citrus grove. Guided tours of the farm are available, call (904) 2680784 for reservations. 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223 www.mandarinmuseum.net

Mandarin Park This 37-acre park offers 2 miles of nature trails, a fishing pier and a boat ramp off Julington Creek. It also has 12 picnic areas, six playgrounds. It has free parking on site. 14780 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville FL 32223 Clark’s Fish Camp This is waterfront dining taken to the next level. Serving diners for more than 30 years, it has a great local reputation for being the placeto-go to enjoy fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. Its menu includes favorites like oysters, shrimp and crab legs as well as call-of-the-wild options like crocodile, ‘gator, ostrich and snake. Something for everyone! 12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville FL 32258 www.clarksfishcamp.com

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Herlong Airport Home to Jacksonville’s aviation enthusiasts since the 1960s, Herlong Recreational Airport (HEG) is Northeast Florida’s primary location for light sport aircraft, skydiving, gliders and other experimental aircraft. 9300 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville. FL 32221 www.flyjacksonville.com/default.aspx?sMP=Herlong

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Cecil Recreational Trails Once part of Naval Air Station Cecil Field, this trail system includes more than 30 miles of unpaved roads that traverse the pine flatwoods.

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The 3-mile-long Buckman Bridge across the St. Johns River links Mandarin with The Westside. With its beginnings going back to 1763, The Westside features waterfront mansions, Tudor-style homes and modest wooden-frame houses dating back to the the early 1900s. The Ortega community is one of the wealthiest in the nation. The Westside is well-known for its full-service marinas, nautical outfitters and boating facilities. It is also the home of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the birthplace of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team.

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Three of Jacksonville’s main travel hubs—the Jacksonville International Airport, the Amtrak station and the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal—are located in this area. As a result, it is home to dozens of hotels. The Port of Jacksonville, America’s first port, is the number one port in the U.S. for auto exports handling more than 600,000 vehicles annually. Despite the high number of businesses in the area, the Northside is a residential area with many historic neighborhoods, including Panama Park where, in 1828, East Florida’s first steam-powered sawmill was established.

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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary A forever home for lions, tigers, pumas and dozens of other big cats that once belonged to circuses, closed zoos and private owners. Go on a unique guided tour of the big cats’ enclosures and experience the special bond that exists between these magnificent animals and Director Curt LoGiudice. Visitors can witness nightly feedings and see once -struggling animals now living in a comfortable and beautiful environment. 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226 www.cattyshack.org

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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Home to more than 1,800 rare and exotic animals, this is one of Northeast Florida’s most visited attractions. See gorillas, lions and giraffes, pet stingrays and pygmy goats and enjoy majestic gardens inside this modern Zoo with Southern charm. In 2014, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will celebrate

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Talbot Islands State Parks Camp, hike, swim, bike, fish, kayak, surf, discover and enjoy the Talbot Islands—Little Talbot and Big Talbot. With more than five miles of whitesandy beaches, Little Talbot has a three-mile hiking trail and a paved path for bicycles, plus a full camping facility with 40 campsites. Big Talbot is a natural preserve perfect for bird-watching, photography and exploring. Kayak Amelia offers kayak rentals and guided tours of the beautiful marshes. Don’t miss Boneyard Beach and its famous live oak and cedar tree skeletons on the beach. Little Talbot: 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226 Little Talbot: 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226 www.floridastateparks.org/ littletalbotisland Big Talbot: State Road A1A North, Jacksonville, FL 32226 www. floridastateparks.org/bigtalbotisland

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River City Marketplace Located five minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport, this open-air plaza has more than 70 restaurants and stores and also features a movie theater. 13141 City Station Dr #123, Jacksonville, FL 32218

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The Budweiser Brewery Daily complimentary tours provide a unique look inside an actual working brewery that produces 250 million 12 packs of beer per month. For a small fee, an in-depth Beermaster Tour and beer tasting are available. An inexpensive, fun and informative Beer School is also available. 11 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218 www.budweisertours.com

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For a beautiful diversion, take the A1A Scenic Highway and drive along the Atlantic Ocean from Amelia Island through Jacksonville and down to St. Augustine. See the gulls flying overhead; watch the folks fishing off every available bridge and see amazing views of the ocean just steps from the roadway. Some great stops for photographers include Boneyard Beach and Black Rock Beach on Big Talbot Island. Stop at Huguenot Memorial Park and drive your car on the beach! For a look at history, stop at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island and swing by the Ribault Club. Get a great view of Naval Station Mayport with impressive warships waiting to deploy. The St. Johns River Ferry (the only public car ferry in Florida) sails past fishing and shrimping boats as it carries cars and their owners across the St. Johns River to the beaches. Disembark at Mayport and enjoy a fresh seafood experience at Singleton’s or surf “The Poles” at Hanna Park. Continue on A1A to see the Jacksonville Beaches and lots

of wonderful restaurants and distinct watering holes. Stop at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and walk its 1300-foot length for just $1 per person or try your hand at fishing. Continue further south along the ocean through Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach and land in historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation. Explore the forts and historic landmarks in downtown St. Augustine!

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Amelia River Cruises & Charters This guided boat tour offers visitors views of Fernandina’s historic waterfront, a close look at wild horses on Cumberland Island and the history of Amelia Island. It is a unique coastal experience with several tours offered, including an eco-tour, a sunset tour and a history/nature tour. Dolphins, manatees, wild horses and local birds can be seen during the tours. 1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 www.ameliarivercruises.com

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Horseback Riding on the Beach Located at Amelia Island State Park, Kelly Seahorse Ranch offers guided horseback tours on the beautiful white, sandy beaches of southern Amelia Island—one of the few places in Florida where horseback riding on the beach is

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Fort Clinch State Park A military post during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II, Fort Clinch is one of the most-well preserved 19th century forts in the nation. Daily tours are offered to the public. There are camping facilities as well as a 6-mile hike and bike trail. 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

A 45-minute drive north from downtown Jacksonville, this tiny barrier island is relaxation central: It’s a golf and spa haven for leisure and business travelers! The island’s only city, Fernandina Beach, is a charming historic town known for its artwork, antiques, boutiques and the world famous Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which occurs every spring.

American Beach Established in 1935, this historic beach town was Florida’s first vacation haven for African-American visitors before desegregation. The weekend getaway and resort community is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Explore nature on a river cruise

The past is perfect at Fernandina’s B&Bs

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World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX Theater Combining historic artifacts, interactive exhibits and personal players’ memorabilia, the Hall of Fame celebrates the history, players and sport of golf. Held in May to coincide with THE PLAYERS Championship, the annual induction ceremony commemorating players and golf contributors is open to the public. The Hall of Fame’s 3D IMAX Theater is the largest in the Southeast and features both Hollywood blockbusters and independent documentaries. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Just south of the Jacksonville beaches on A1A is Ponte Vedra, a luxurious community with incredible golf courses and pristine beaches. It is the headquarters of the PGA Tour and the home of THE PLAYERS Championship. A1A leads to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, it is filled with historical landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. But it is not all about history, the city is known for its outstanding dining, art galleries, festivals and nightly ghost tours. The city’s oceanfront Anastasia State Park is one of Florida’s most popular. St. Augustine Beach is a fun and eclectic coastal community. Cars are permitted on more than five miles of wide, sandy beaches south of the town.

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St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Open daily, the Museum houses more than 800 authentic pirate artifacts as well as treasures collected from shipwrecks across the world. Its emphasis on engaging, interactive exhibits makes it popular with both kids and adults. The Museum features artifacts collected from Jamaica some 300 years ago, journals and original artifacts from real pirates, one of only two authentic pirate flags in existence and

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Established in 1894, is the only facility in the world that exhibits at least one living specimen of all 23 crocodile species. Modern facilities and hourly demonstrations make this the ideal place to experience Florida’s most famous predator, the alligator, in its natural habitat. “Crocodile Crossing,” a thrilling, new attraction at the park is a zip line that allows visitors to soar above hundreds of alligators. From April though June, the park is one of the world’s most spectacular wild bird rookeries. 999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32080 www.alligatorfarm.com

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St. Augustine and Premium Outlets Just off I-95, these two outlets are a bargain shopper’s paradise. With stores like Gucci, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Gap Outlet, Anne Taylor, Saks, Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama, Adidas, Nike and many more, shoppers will find great deals on dozens of designer labels. Premium Outlets: 2700 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32092 www.premiumoutlets.com; St. Augustine Outlets: 510 Prime Outlets Boulevard, St. Augustine 32084 www.staugoutlets.com

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! This is the world’s first Ripley’s first Believe It or Not! Museum. It features more than 800 unique and weird exhibits. Some reports say the museum is also haunted. Ripley’s also offers a nightly Ghost Train Adventure Tour in downtown St. Augustine. 19 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084 www.ripleys.com/staugustine/

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(Clockwise from top) The 26.2 With Donna is the only event of its kind that devotes 100 percent of its proceeds to Breast Cancer research. THE PLAYERS Championship—the best players and the biggest winning purse in golf The Jacksonville Light Boat Show occurs on Thanksgiving weekend—the perfect kick-off for the Holiday Season! w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m   27

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Home to an impressive network of world-class medical facilities lauded in research, cancer treatment, clinical trials, cardiovascular health, rehabilitation therapies, bariatric surgery, and children’s care, as well as a number of biotech companies, Jacksonville is a hub for the life science, biotechnology and health care industry. Our Patient Concierge Program provides assistance to patients and their families by offering special lodging rates and exclusive deals to attractions for patients and their families. There are plenty of great attractions, restaurants and other services in the area to help you save money and be comfortable while receiving your medical treatment. Planning on spending an extended period of time in the

area? Consider one of our longterm rental companies that can help you feel more at home. We want to make your stay in Jacksonville pleasurable and economically feasible. Medical professionals and patients are drawn to Jacksonville by an extraordinary network of high-profile healthcare facilities. Few American cities of any size are home to so many facilities, among them Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, UF Health Jacksonville, University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Jacksonville is America’s Health Center. Visit www.jaxhealthcenter.com to learn more.

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HEALING ARTS Jacksonville’s renowned medical facilities offer the very best physicians and technology in settings designed to relax and reassure patients. Here, the healing arts are applied with care and understanding.

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The “River City by the Sea” offers unique meeting venues, exciting offsite destinations, serene beaches, beautiful golf courses, mouthwatering waterfront dining options and boutique and convention hotels perfect for groups as small as 10 or as large as 10,000. It’s no wonder that more Fortune 500 companies are located here than in any other Florida city. Jacksonville is Florida’s affordable waterfront meetings destination. The city boasts an impressive selection of unique meeting venues and a historic Convention Center with 275,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space. From a glass-walled reception room at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to one of several open-air sports venues, Jacksonville is the perfect place for any memorable event. Meetings by the Water Jacksonville offers more than 21 miles of white-sandy, serene beaches and 3-plus miles of Downtown riverfront

properties. With an annual average of 270 days of sunshine, mild temperatures and competitive prices, Jacksonville is an affordable waterfront meeting destination any time of the year. Meeting planners who book their event from July through December can take advantage of Value Season Offers. Green Meetings Jacksonville is a natural water wonderland and that makes it easy for meeting planners to incorporate green initiatives into any meeting or convention held here. Eco-friendly accommodations and activities are a priority here. Jacksonville hotels actively participate in Florida’s Green Lodging Program and with the largest urban park system in the nation, finding locations for green team-building experiences is simple!

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The Visit Jacksonville Sales, Services and Marketing team has more than over 350 years of combined hospitality experience. Give us a call to help you plan your next meeting! 800-733-2668.

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meetings & conventions A Multi-Cultural Destination Northeast Florida is alive with cultural experiences, attractions and festivals. Visit Jacksonville’s staff includes personnel dedicated to helping plan multicultural meetings, events and itineraries. For example, The Ritz Theater and Museum, an African-American museum located in an area once called “The Harlem of the South”, is an outstanding meetings venue. Other historic sites representing the Spanish, French, African and Asian influences in Jacksonville are also available. Offsite Meeting Venues Jacksonville’s historic buildings, museums, libraries and expansive park system lend themselves for unique meetings away from the boardroom. Enjoy the outdoors and meet at Metropolitan Park, a 27-acre waterfront park with a 2,400 square-foot stage, a green room and generous seating located in downtown Jacksonville. How about a meeting on the water? The St. Johns River Cruise blends productive meetings with relaxing water rides.

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And for a wild corporate event, choose the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, where team-building exercises include a behind-the-scenes tour at animal habitats and scavenger hunts. Where to Stay? From upscale seaside resorts to downtown high-rise hotels, Jacksonville offers the perfect accommodation to meet the needs of clients and event attendees. Meeting planners looking for a hotel with flexible meeting space, a convenient location or services that go above and beyond, can find just what they need at one of Jacksonville’s 200 properties, which altogether total almost 18,000 hotel rooms. www.visitjacksonville.com/ where-to-stay Visit Jacksonville Sales & Service Team With more than 350 years of combined hospitality experience, Visit Jacksonville’s experienced Sales and Services team works with more than 400 groups annually to plan, promote and execute their meetings, conventions and events in this exciting and affordable destination. Jacksonville provides groups and associations the opportunity to meet by the water, either the St. Johns River or the Atlantic Ocean, in beautiful, luxurious, historic, flexible and state-of-the art venues. The team works with more than 500 local partners and service companies

to accommodate every group’s needs, wants and budgets. For more information go to www.visitjacksonville.com/ meetings

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Conference Center at the Main Library Plan your event at the Conference Center at the Main Library. Choose from our Banquet Room, Courtyard, Auditorium or Meeting Rooms. Enjoy a unique venue with excellent customer service and technical support. 303

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Deercreek Country Club Conveniently located between I95 and I295 on the Southside of Jacksonville. Southern-style clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and is perfect for business meetings and social events up to 150 guests. Enjoy amazing cuisine and friendly staff all in a private club setting. 816 McLaurin Road N., Jacksonville, 904-363-1604, www.clubcorp.com/ Clubs/Deercreek-Country-Club

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The Herbert University Center is a 95,000 square foot meeting and adult education facility located on the tranquil campus of the University of North Florida. This full-service facility features in-house catering, advanced audiovisual technology and professional meeting planning services. With over 43,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 25 meeting rooms, it’s the perfect place for your next board retreat, conference, or banquet. 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, 904-620-4222, www.unf.edu/universitycenter

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EverBank Field Home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 76,000seat EverBank Field is located near downtown along the St. Johns River. The Pavilion is a 30,000-square-foot tent located beneath the south scoreboard. Staff will assist with flexible menus, refreshment service, personalized and customized decorations, equipment and staging for entertainment, television service and other amenities. The indoors East and West Club areas, which are carpeted and air-conditioned, may be rented for larger events. One EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, 904-633-6100, www.jaxevents.com

Florida Theatre Jacksonville’s historic Florida Theatre is home to over 200 performances of all kinds each year- from ballet and opera to rock, pop and jazz. You can also rent this majestic venue to fit your specific needs! The theatre staff will be able to assist with all facets of organizing the event from production and marketing

to ticket sales. Extraordinary architecture, impressive history, a friendly and helpful staff, incredible space and advanced technology all come together to create the kind of event that can only be found at the Florida Theatre. Be a part of history. 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 904-355-2787 (ARTS), www.floridatheatre.com

Home Field Events @ EverBank Field The inspiration of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Levy Restaurants, Home Field Events is designed to cater to all of your corporate and social event needs. EverBank Field has been designed to make EVERY event special. From the players’ locker room and the actual stadium field to one of our exclusive Touchdown Clubs and the Pepsi Cabana Village, the staff at Home Field Events will help you select a unique venue and design the perfect event to fit your needs. We have hosted intimate events for private parties and unforgettable events for thousands. One EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, 904-633.6174, www.homefieldevents.com

Jacksonville Beach Community Center & Exhibition Hall Features a 3,000 square-foot exhibition hall complete with high-tech audio/visual system accommodates up to 150 people. The 550 square-foot conference room can be partitioned or used in conjunction with the exhibition hall. Full serving kitchen onsite. 2508 South Beach Parkway, Jacksonville Beach, 904-247-6236, www.Jacksonvillebeach.org

This 15,000-seat, multi-purpose arena is the area’s largest event venue. In addition to hosting major concerts, the arena is home to the AFL Jacksonville Sharks, ABA Jacksonville Giants and Jacksonville University’s basketball teams. 300 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, Jacksonville, 904-630-3900, www.jaxevents.com

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park/ Dolphin Plaza Superb facilities, conveniently located

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unique venues The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts The Times-Union Center houses three distinct theatre/ halls built to accommodate a variety of performing arts. The Shircliff Lounge and Davis Gallery overlook the St. Johns River, and can be used for theaterstyle meetings, luncheons and banquets or receptions for 100 to 250 people. The Hicks Lobby and South Marquee, with its curved walls of glass, can accommodate larger receptions. The three halls range in capacity of 600 to 2,979. 300 West Water Street, Jacksonville, 904-633-6110, www.jaxevents.com

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area, beach access, freshwater lake for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats and canoes, and biking/hiking trails. Camping available. 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, 904-249-4700, www.coj.net

Museum and Gardens Recently renovated, centrally located and tastefully designed. The Museum in Jacksonville, Florida provides the ideal backdrop for any type of gathering. From weddings and award shows to meetings and conventions, The Museum offers the perfect marriage of seamless form and function. 4160 Boulevard Center Dr, Jacksonville, 904-398-7060, www.museumandgardens.com

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cession stands, six portable kiosk locations, three dressing rooms, a media room, weight room and kitchen, the ballpark also features a place for players to practice indoors. 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, 904-633-6104, www.jaxevents.com

The River Club Founded in 1954 as the city’s premier dining venue, The River Club fulfills the distinct dining tastes of its members and guests with superb hospitality & service. More than 13,000 square feet of event space is designated for special events, such as breakfasts, business luncheons & dinners. 1 Independent Drive,

Established in 1968, the University Club continues to be Jacksonville’s premier private business club. Known for its ambiance, the club offers a magnificent 360-degree view overlooking the St. John’s River, downtown Jacksonville and historical San Marco. Located atop the Riverplace Tower on the southbank of downtown, the club is ideal for celebrating, meeting, entertaining, and socializing! 1301 Riverplace Boulevard, 27th Floor, Jacksonville, 904-396-1687, www.uc-Jacksonville.com

University of North Florida (UNF) Student Union The UNF Student Union is a full service meeting facility equipped with advanced technology and food services on site. Built in 2009, this three story facility includes everything from small conference rooms to a 5200 square foot ballroom. 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 904620-1496, www.unf.edu/studentunion/

Ste. 3500, Jacksonville, 904-354-1111, www.jaxriverclub.com

Jacksonville’s stately old Union Terminal is now the centerpiece of a modern convention facility, largest in North Florida, and host to events from intimate boardroom meetings to the region’s largest shows! Proudly managed by SMG. 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, 904630-4000, www.jaxevents.com

Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership This 50,000 square foot facility is centrally located and offers a variety of meeting rooms and auditoriums with the convenience of onsite catering and the latest in cutting edge technology. 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, (904) 348-5757, www.schultzcenter.org

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Sundancer Yacht The Sundancer is a 117’ custom yacht that is available for charter. Weddings, office parties or that special celebration - Make your next get together fabulous! 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, 386-447-4633

The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville sits on a little more than 9 acres and includes a 112,000 square-foot field and an 18,400 square foot sky box. In addition to six con-

Magnificent settings readily available

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EverBank Field

Nicknamed the “River City by the Sea,” Jacksonville offers groups and associations opportunities to meet overlooking the St. Johns River or Atlantic Ocean in beautiful, historic, flexible and state-of the art venues. No matter what your meeting needs, Jacksonville offers an unforgettable meeting experience that will bring you back again and again!

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at yourservice Advertising

Daily Billboards

215 Osceola Street, Jacksonville, 904-339-5929, www.dailybillboards.com

Dalton Agency

140 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, 904-398-5222, www.daltonagency.com

Mass Media

904-612-9489, www.massmediaoutdoor.com

Teric Enterprise Solutions, LLC

904-631-2427, www.tericenterprisesolutions.com

airlines

American Airlines

2400 Yankee Clipper Dr. Ste. 102, Jacksonville, 800-433-7300, www.aa.com

Delta Air Lines

2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, Ste. 106, Jacksonville, 800-221-1212, www.delta.com

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) 2400 Yankee Clipper Dr., Jacksonville, 904-741-2000, www.flyjax.com

JetBlue Airways

800-538-2583, www.jetblue.com

Firehouse Subs Catering

Medical Facility

Panera Bread Catering

11048-9 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, 904-854.7911, www.crucialcare.com

Various locations, 904-294-2682, www.firehousesubs.com 11111-39 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-626-4952, www.paneracatering.com

Crucial Care Emergency Medicine Doctors

Savor Jacksonville

Med X-Press-Amelia Urgent Care, River City

300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-630-4057, www.savorsmgjackosnville.com

510 Airport Center Drive, Ste. 109, Jacksonville, 904-696-0055, www.urgentcarejax.com

Copy/Business Equipment

Mobile Massage

COPYFAX

6631 N. Executive Park Court, Ste. 210, Jacksonville, 904-226.1388, www.copyfax.com

Décor

Destination Planning Corporation

10151 Deerwood Park Blvd, Building 200, Ste 250, Jacksonville, 904-249-3729, www.destinationplanning.com

Mugwump Productions

1780 Kings Avenue, Jacksonville, 904-398-9971, www.mugwumpproductions.com

Destination Management Company

Body Tech Mobile Massage Spa Services

PO Box 58155, Jacksonville, 904-655-2464, www.BodyTech2u.com

Pest Control

Orkin Pest Control

529 Stuart Lane, Jacksonville, 904-415-4115, www.orkin.com

Photorgrapher

Art & Alex Photography

904-273-4442, www.artandalexphoto.com

GPL Studios

Southwest Airlines

Active Escapes

2400 Yankee Clipper Dr., Ste. 308, Jacksonville, 800-225-2525, www.southwest.com

1177 Garrison Drive, St. Augustine, 904-230-8787, www.activeescape.com

United Airlines/United Express/ Atlantic Coast Airlines

Destination Planning Corporation

10151 Deerwood Park Blvd, Building 200, Ste 250, Jacksonville, 904-249-3729, www.destinationplanning.com

Printer

USAirways/USAirways Express

E Squared Meetings & Events 904-315-1745, www.esquaredme.com

3521 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, 904-346-0999, www.appagi.com

Exclusive Destination Management

Promotional Products

2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, #99, Jacksonville, 800-864-8331, www.united.com 2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, Ste 104, Jacksonville, 800-428-4322, www.usairways.com

P.O. Box 2127, Callahan 904-879-1356, www.gplstudios.com

Ken McCray Photography 904-737-1188, www.kenmccray.com

All Purpose Printing & Graphics, Inc.

audio Visual

Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-325-3649, www.exclusivedm.com

904-634-4544

Energy

Jacksonville Specialty Advertising (JSA)

21 West Church Street, Jacksonville, 888-345-4609, www.jea.com/investsmart/

Jax Promos Promotional Products

AVT Event Technologies D’Land Entertainment & Productions 11655 Central Parkway, Ste. 314, Jacksonville, 904-880-7887, www.dlandentertainment.com

First Coast Audio Visual LLC

14460 Woodfield Cir N, Jacksonville, 904-759-8973, www.fcav.net

PRI Productions

1819 Kings Ave., Jacksonville, 904-398-8179, www.priproductions.com

Sight & Sound Productions

11193 Saint Johns Industrial Pkwy N, Jacksonville, 904-645-7880, www.ssav.net

Awards

Champion Trophy and Awards 11645 Beach Blvd, Suite 205, Jacksonville, 904-997-6166, www.championtrophy.biz

Caterer

Ashley Street Catering

613 W. Ashley St., Jacksonville, 904-354-4162, www.clarawhitemission.com

Chardonnay’s Catering & Events

3305 Parental Home Rd, Jacksonville, 904-730-8081, www.chardonnayscatering.com

InvestSmart with JEA

Geiger Promotional Products 904-739-0304, www.geiger.com

2727 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-398-7072, www.jsapromos.com

Entertainment For Hire

4495-304 Roosevelt Blvd. , Box 304, Jacksonville, 904-654-2012, www.jaxpromos.com

11655 Central Parkway, Ste. 314, Jacksonville, 904-880-7887, www.dlandentertainment.com

Speaker/Presenter

Destination Planning Corporation

877-461-1679, www.contantcontact.com/ centralflorida

D’Land Entertainment & Productions

10151 Deerwood Park Blvd., Building 200, Ste. 250, Jacksonville, 904-249-3729, www.destinationplanning.com

Mr. C Christian Entertainment/ Mr. C Train Rides

P.O. Box 440263, Jacksonville, 904-703-9594, www.mrcinthehouse.com

Event Rentals

Beachview Event Rentals and Design 2720 Park Street, Suite 206, Jacksonville, 904-381-8877, www.beachview.net

Food Purveyor

Sysco Jacksonville, Inc.

1501 Lewis Industrial Drive, Jacksonville, 904-786-2600, www.sysco-jax.com

Constant Contact

The Improv Effect

Jacksonville, 904-401-9485, www.improveffect.com

Wilder Business Solutions

www.wilderSuccess.com

Specialty Printing/Banners

Speedpro Imaging

8081 Philips Highway, Ste. 14, Jacksonville, 904-638-7900, www.speedprojaxsouth.com

Staffing Agency

HospitalityStaff

4604 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 7, Jacksonville, 904-399-3200, www.hospitalitystaff.com

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Spherion Staffing

550 Water Street, Suite 1230, Jacksonville, 904-3560000, www.spherion.com

talagy

245 Riverside Avenue, Ste. 250, Jacksonville, 904886-6798, www.talagy.com

Tours

Jax Brew Bus

GO Airport Shuttle & Sedan Services of Jacksonville 5320 Springfield Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-353-8880, www.yellowcabflorida.com

Metro Executive Transportation of Jax, LLC 904-616-3598, www.metofjax.com

Yellow Cab of Jacksonville

PO Box 1304, Orange Park 904-352-0982, www.jaxbrewbus.com

5320 Springfield Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-355-8294, www.yellowcabflorida.com

Play Harder Tours

Transportation | public

P.O.Box 973, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-910-7009, www.playhardertours.com

Tiger Concierge, LLC by Surprise Me! Jacksonville, 904-874-7763, www.tigerconcierge.com

Tour Time, Inc.

2680 Creekrideg Dr., Green Cove Sprinds, 904-2828500, www.tourtimeinc.com

Transportation | auto rental

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

P.O. Drawer “O”, 100 N. Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, 904-630-3100, www.jtafla.com

Transportation | waterway

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT)

P.O. Box 3005, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue (main office), Jacksonville, 904-357-3000, www.jaxport.com

Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Rent-A-Car

St. Johns River Ferry Commission St. Johns River Ferry

Transportation | Logistics

video production

11034 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, 904-265-4399, www.enterprise.com

Destination Staffing A Stanley Company

3417 Silver Palm Road, Jacksonville Beach, 904-535-8788, www.destinationplanning.net

4610 Ocean Street, Jacksonville, 904-241-9969, www.stjohnsriverferry.com

Kennetic Productions

www.KenneticProductions.com

Visitor Information Publication

FlipFlop Media

Transportation | Motorcoach

4237 Salisbury Road N., Bldg. 2, Ste. 209, Jacksonville, 904-551-2713

7451 Wilson Blvd., Jacksonville, 800-282-3655, www.annettbuslines.com

Florida Senior Housing Guide, Inc.

Annett Bus Lines

First Student, Inc.

4000 Faye Road, Jacksonville, 904-509-4616

Transportation | Pre-Arranged

CAREY Jacksonville

5320 Springfield Blvd, Jacksonville, 904-221-5466, www.yellowcabflorida.com

Dana’s Limousine & Transportation 10220 New Berlin Road, Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 904-744-3333, www.danaslimo.com

East Coast Transportation

14125 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, 904-525-8600, www.ectjax.com

Transportation | Taxi/On Demand

Checker Cab and Shuttle of Jacksonville

9850 Interstate Center Drive, Jacksonville, 904-345-3333, www.checkercabofjax.com

Checker Cab of St. Augustine

5320 Springfield Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-829-1111, www.yellowcabflorida.com

E Z Airport Shuttle

14451 Whirlwind Ave, Jacksonville, 904-741-3740, www.ezshuttle.net

Gator City Taxi

5320 Springfield Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-355-8294, www.yellowcabflorida.com

3948 South 3rd Street, #353, Jacksonville Beach, 904-241-0055, www.nefloridaseniorsguide.com

Jacksonville’s Arts & Cultural Scene/Arbus

1816 Landon Ave., Jacksonville, 904-346-1920, www.arbus.com

Jax4Kids.com

12620-3 Beach Blvd., Ste. 202, Jacksonville, 904-710-2020, www.jax4kids.com

Morris Visitor Publications / WhereTraveler.com

904-501-4556, www.wheretraveler.com

San Marco Magazine / Beaches Magazine

1619 Village Way, Orange Park, 904-838-9710, www.sanmarcomagazine.com

Community Organizations

AIA Jacksonville, A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects PO Box 331607, Atlantic Beach, 904-389-8421, www.aiajacksonville.org

Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau

City of Jacksonville Beach

11 North Third Street, Jacksonville Beach, 904-247-6100, www.visitjacksonvillebeaches.com

Clay County Tourism Division

477 Houston Street, P.O. Box 1366, Green Cove Springs, 904-278-3734, www.exploreclay.com

Downtown Vision, Inc.

214 North Hogan Street, Suite 120, Jacksonville, 904-634-0303, www.downtownjacksonville.org

First Coast Asian American Chamber of Commerce

2771 Monument Road, Suite 29 #221, Jacksonville, 904-638-4378, www.asianchamberjax.org

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 57972, Jacksonville, www.fchcc.com

First Coast Worksite Wellness Council

9252 San Jose Boulevard, Ste. 2401, Jacksonville, 904-253-2277, www.firstcoastwwc.org

Flagler County Chamber of Commerce

20 Airport Road, Palm Coast, 386-437-0106, www.palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com

GlobalJax

4077 Woodcock Drive, Building 2500, Ste. 100, Jacksonville, 904-346-3942, www.globaljax.org

Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida

137 Bear Pen Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-327-3329, www.indousnefl.info

JAX Chamber

3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 904-366-6600, www.myjaxchamber.com

JAXUSA Partnership

3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 904-366-6652 , www.jaxusa.org/Home.aspx

North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association

208 Laura Street N., Suite 102, Jacksonville, 904-421-9176, www.northfloridalodging.com/

Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida, Inc (PRCCNF) P.O. Box 902, MIDDLEBURG, 904-207-7714, www.prccnf.com

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau 29 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, 800-653-2489, www.floridashistoriccoast.com

St. Marys Convention and Visitors Bureau

406 Osborne St., St. Marys, 912-882-4000, www.stmaryswelcome.com

VISIT FLORIDA

2540 West Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, 850-488-5607, www.visitflorida.org

102 Centre Street, Amelia Island, 904-277-0717, www.ameliaisland.com

City of Jacksonville

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Luxurious five-star resorts ... full-service riverfront hotels ... charming beachside inns or affordable, friendly family lodgings ... Jacksonville has them all! In fact, with 200 lodgings with a total of 18,000 rooms, visitors can find the ideal accommodations for leisure or business. Best of all, these are quality accommodations owned and operated by some of the best hoteliers and innkeepers in the business. Location, quality and affordability: three of the most frequent attributes of accommodations in Jacksonville.

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9815 Lantern St, 904-247-6782, www.marriott.com/jaxne

13733 Beach Blvd, 904-223-0222, www.hamptoninnjax.com

1021 Hospitality Lane, 904-722-8881, www.hamptoninn.com

Marble Waters Hotel and Suites

45 Kernan Blvd N, 904-337-1700, www.marblewaters.com

Beaches Best Western Mayport Inn & Suites

2389 Mayport Rd, Atlantic Beach, 904-435-3500, www.bestwesternflorida.com/hotels/best-western-mayport-inn-and-suites/

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Beaches Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront 1617 North First St, Jacksonville Beach, 904-249-9071, www.marriott.com/jaxjv

Days Inn Neptune Beach

1401 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, 904-249-2777, www.beachhotelsofjacksonville.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville Beach 1616 N. 1st St, Jacksonville Beach, 904-435-0100, www.marriott.com/jaxjb

Hampton Inn & Suites - Beach Blvd. 13733 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville 904-223-0222

Hampton Inn Jacksonville Beach/Ponte Vedra 1220 Marsh Landing Pkwy, Jacksonville Beach, 904-280.9101, www.hamptonpontevedra.com

Hampton Inn Oceanfront - Jacksonville Beach 1515 First St N, Jacksonville Beach, 904-241-2311, http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-in n-jacksonville-beach-oceanfront-JAXJBHX/index.html

Holiday Inn Express - Jacksonville Beach 1101 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, 904-435-3000, www.beachhotelsofjacksonville.com

One Ocean Resort & Spa

1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, 904-249-7402, www.oneoceanresort.com

Quality Suites Oceanfront

11 North First St, Jacksonville Beach, 904-435-3535, www.beachhotelsofjacksonville.com

Sea Horse Oceanfront Inn

120 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, 904-246-2175, www.seahorseoceanfrontinn.com

The Palms Retro

28 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach, 904-241-7776, www.palmsretro.com

Downtown Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront

Extended Stay America Downtown

Fairfield Inn & Suites Butler Boulevard

1201 Riverplace Blvd, 904-398-8800, www.cpjacksonville.com

1413 Prudential Dr, 904-396-1777, www.extendedstayhotels.com

4888 Lenoir Ave, www.marriott.com/JaxBB

Hampton Inn Jacksonville Downtown I-95 1331 Prudential Dr, 904-396-7770, www.hampton-inn.com/hi/jacksonville-central

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Downtown/Southbank 1201 Kings Ave, 904-396-6111, www.jacksonvilledowntown.hgi.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Downtown/Southbank 1201 Kings Ave, 904-396-6111, www.jacksonvilledowntown.homewoodsuites.com

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

225 East Coastline Dr, 904-588-1234, www.jacksonville.hyatt.com

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Whether you seek upscale resort settings, luxury downtown hotels or cozy bed & breakfast inns, Jacksonville has lodging options to suit your every need. All facilities share the area’s sundrenched tropical climate and boast inviting Southern hospitality. Whether you are looking for a convenient location, flexible meeting space or services that go above and beyond, you’ll find it in Jacksonville.

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Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Downtown 245 Water St, 904-355-6664, www.omnijacksonville.com

1515 Prudential Dr, www.wyndhamjacksonville.com

Northside / airport Aloft Jacksonville Airport

Comfort Suites Airport

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport

Fairfield Inn & Suites Airport

Flamingo Lake RV Resort

751 Skymarks Dr, 904-714-3800, www.aloftjacksonvilleairport.com

1180 Airport Rd, 904-741-0505, www.comfortsuitesjaxport.com

14670 Duval Rd, 904-741-4404, www.cpJacksonvilleAirport.com

1300 Airport Rd, 904-741-3500, www.marriott.com/jaxap

3640 Newcomb Rd, 904-766-0672, www.flamingolake.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Airport

13551 Airport Ct, 904-741-4001, www.jacksonvilleairportsuites.hampton.com

Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport 14565 Duval Rd, 904-741 4184, www.hyattplacejacksonvilleairport.com

Microtel by Wyndham @ Jacksonville International Airport 13200 International Airport Blvd, 904-741-4911, www.microtelinn.com/hotel/29036

Quality Inn Jacksonville Airport 1351 Airport Rd, 904-741-0094, www.choicehotels.com/hotle/fl766

Residence Inn by Marriott Jacksonville Airport 1310 Airport Rd, 904-741-6550, www.marriott.com/jaxra

The Jacksonville Airport Hotel 2101 Dixie Clipper Rd, 904-741-1997, www.jacksonvilleflairporthotel.com

Orange park Club Continental Suites

2143 Astor St, Orange Park, 904-264-6070, www.clubcontinental.com

Country Inn & Suites Jacksonville/Orange Park 5945 Youngerman Cir E, www.countryinns.com/jaxfl

Courtyard by Marriott Orange Park

610 Wells Rd, Orange Park, 904-854-1500, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jaxco-courtyard-jacksonvilleorange-park/

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Orange Park 450 Eldridge Ave., Orange Park, 904-278-7442, www.marriott.com/jaxop

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville Orange Park 145 Park Ave, Orange Park, 904-458-1577, www.jacksonvilleorangepark.hgi.com

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Southside / mandarin 4812 Deer Lk Dr W, 904-998-4448, www.aloftjacksonvilletp.com

4660 Salisbury Rd, 904-281-0900, www.jacksonvillebestwestern.com

Best Western Southside Hotel & Suites 4580 Collins Rd, Orange Park, www.bestwestern.com/southsidehotelandsuites

Candlewood Suites Southpoint

4990 Belfort Rd, 904-296-7785, wwww.candlewoodsuites.com/jacksonvillefl

Comfort Suites Baymeadows 8277 Western Way Cir, 904-737-4477, www.comfortsuitesjacksonville.com

4670 Lenoir Ave S, 904-296-2828, www.courtyard.com/jaxch

14402 Old St. Augustine Rd, 904-260-2027, www.marriott.com/jaxjs

Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Mayo Clinic 14390 Mayo Blvd, 904-223-1700, www.jacksonvillemayocliniccourtyard.com

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Holiday Inn Express Chaffee - Jacksonville West

Holiday Inn Express Mandarin

Holiday Inn I-295 & Baymeadows

Homestead Studio Suites Jacksonville Southpoint

Homestead Suites Baymeadows

Homestead Suites Southside St. Johns Town Center

Hometown Inn & Suites

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Southside / mandarin 5649 Cagle Rd, 904-733-3890, www.daysinn.com

9300 Baymeadows Rd, 904-731-3555, www.embassysuitesjax.com

6961 Lenoir Ave, 904-296-0181, www.extendedstayhotels.com

Extended Stay Deluxe Deerwood Park 8801 Perimeter Park Blvd, 904-620-9008, www.extendedstayhotels.com

Extended Stay Deluxe Studios Butler Blvd.

4699 Lenoir Ave S, 904-332-6512, www.extendedstayhotels.com

Four Points by Sheraton Jacksonville Baymeadows 8520 Baymeadows Rd, 904-562-4920, www.fourpoints.com/jacksonvillebaymeadows

Hampton Inn & Suites Bartram Park 13950 Village Lake Cir, 904-268-6264, www.hamptonjacksonvillesouth.com

Hampton Inn & Suites St. John’s Town Center 4415 Southside Blvd, 904-997-9100, www.jacksonvilledeerwoodpark.hamptoninn.com

Hampton Inn I-295 East & Baymeadows 8127 Point Meadows Dr, 904-363-7150, www.jacksonvillebaymeadows.hamptoninn.com

Hampton Inn I-95 South

4690 Salisbury Rd, 904-281-0443, www.hamptoninn.com/hotels/jaxflhx

Hawthorn Suites Jacksonville Baymeadows 8737 Baymeadows Rd, 904-733-9299, www.homewoodsuitesjacksonville.com

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville JTB/Deerwood Pk 9745 Gate Pkwy N, 904-997-6600, http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-g arden-inn-jacksonville-jtb-deerwood-park-JAXDPGI/index.html

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Jacksonville South

4675 Salisbury Rd, 904-332-9500, www.hiexjax.com

537 Chaffee Point Blvd, www.hiexpress.com

11262 Old St. Augustine Rd, 904-899-9000,

11083 Nursery Fields Dr, 904-854-8000, www.jacksonvillehi.com

4693 Salisbury Rd, 904-296-0661, www.extendedstayhotels.com

8300 Western Way, 904-739-1881, www.extendedstayhotels.com

10020 Skinner Lake Dr, 904-642-9911, ww.extendedstayhotels.com

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9840 Tapestry Park Cir, 904-996-7199, www.hoteldeerwoodpark.com

4300 Salisbury Rd N, 904-281-0198, www.hojojacksonville.com

Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Rd, I-95 & J.Turner Butler Blvd, 904-296-2222, www.marriott.com/Jaxfl

235 Marywood Dr, St. Johns, 904-287-2525

9150 Baymeadows Rd, www.hibaymeadows.com

4700 Salisbury Rd, 904-281-9700, www.jacksonvilleradisson.com 3130 Hartley Rd, 904-268-8080, www.jaxramada.com

8365 Dix Ellis Trail, 904-733-8088, www.marriott.com/jaxbm

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Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

10605 Deerwood Pk Blvd, 904-564-4772, www.sheratonjacksonville.com

4385 Southside Blvd, 904-997-6650, www.marriott.com/jaxsh

2228 Philips Hwy, 904-396-4090, www.jacksonvillesuper8.com

4420 Mary Brigh Dr, www.marriott.com/jaxmy

Towne Place Suites by Marriott Jacksonville Butler Blvd

4801 Lenoir Ave, 904-296-1661, www.jaxtps.com

Value Place Beach Blvd.

3425 Saland Way, 904-483-5400, www.valueplace.com

Wingate by Wyndham Southpoint

4681 Lenoir Ave S, 904-281-2600, www.jaxwingateinn.com

westside Best Western Cecil Field Inn and Suites

525 Chaffee Point Blvd, 904-265-7759, www.bestwestern.com

Comfort Suites Commonwealth 7019 Commonwealth Ave, 904-224-5500, www.choicehotels.com/hotel/fl793

Country Inn & Suites Westside

7035 Commonwealth Ave, 904-772-7771, www.countryinns.com/jacksonvillefl_west

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chaffee Road 561 Chaffee Point Blvd, 904-693-4400

Hampton Inn I-10 West

548 Chaffee Point Blvd, Exit 351 off I-10W, 904-783-8277, www.hamptoninn.hilton.com

Hospitality Inn

7071 West 103rd St, 904-777-5700, www.hospitalityinns.com

Bed & Breakfast Inns / Vacation Rentals All South Realty, Inc.

3090 South 3rd St, Jacksonville Beach, 904-241-4141, www.allsouthrealty.com

Corporate Suite Shoppe

Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast

8933 Western Way, Ste 6, www.corporatesuiteshoppe.com

804 Atlantic Ave, Amelia Island, 904-277-4300, www.hoythouse.com

Inn at Marywood

235 Marywood Drive, St. Johns, 904-287-2525

Lancelot’s Castles Family of Vacation Homes 4116 Third St S, Jacksonville Beach, 904-612-1191, www.LancelotsCastles.com

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additional accommodations Airport Motor Inn America’s Best Inn America’s Best Value Inn - Dunn Ave. Amore’ Bed and Breakfast Baymont Inn & Suites Jacksonville Best Western Inn Baldwin Best Western Jacksonville Airport Bethelite Hotel & Conference Center Budget Inn of Jacksonville Candlewood Suites East Jacksonville Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant Comfort Lodge Country Hearth Inn Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Airport Days Inn Airport Diamond Inn Motel Jacksonville West Dickert House Downing Street Bed & Breakfast Eagle Inn Econo Lodge South Emerson Inn Etta’s Motel Executive Inn at Busch Drive Executive Inn Westside Fig Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast Gator Lodge Hawkins Motel Hilton Garden Inn Airport Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Jacksonville East Atlantic Beach Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Blount Island New Berlin Road Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville-East Hometown Inn & Suites Inn at Baymeadows InTown Suites St. Johns Bluff InTown Suites Atlantic InTown Suites Jacksonville InTown Suites Jacksonville Atlantic Jacksonville Plaza Inn & Suites Jax American Motel Kings Inn Knights Inn

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Bed & Breakfast Inns / Vacation Rentals TP Corporate Lodging

4446-1A Hendricks Ave #336, www.tpcorpjax.com

Amelia island / fernandina beach Amelia Hotel at the Beach

1997 S. Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, 904-206-5600, www.ameliahotel.com

Hampton Inn Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach 2549 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach, 904-321-1111, www.ameliaislandhamptoninn.com

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, 904-261-6161, www.omniameliaislandplantation.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island 2301 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach, 904-277-2440, www.residenceinnameliaisland.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Amelia Island, 904-277-1100, www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland

Palm Coast Hammock Beach Resort

200 Ocean Crest Dr, Palm Coast, 386-246-5500, www.hammockbeach.com

Ponte vedra / st. augustine Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites 6970 A1A South, St. Augustine, 904-471-8849, www.beacherslodge.com

Courtyard by Marriott St. Augustine 2075 State Rd 16, St. Augustine, 904-826-4068, www.marriott.com/jaxcs

Elegant Beach Vacations

904-372-7070, www.elegantbeachvacations.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites St. Augustine

305 Prime Outlet Blvd, St. Augustine, 904-810-9892, www.marriott.com/jaxst

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra Beach 45 PGA Tour Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-280-1661, SawgrassHiltonGardenInn.com

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

200 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, www.pontevedra.com

Renaissance World Golf Village Resort Convention Center and Beach Club 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, 904-940-8000, www.worldgolfrenaissance.com

Sawgrass Marriott

1000 PGA Tour Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, www.sawgrassmarriott.com

The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach

607 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-273-9500, www.pontevedra.com

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additional accommodations La Quinta Inn & Suites Mandarin La Quinta Inn & Suites Southpoint La Quinta Inn Baymeadows La Quinta Inn North La Quinta Inn Orange Park Little Talbot Island State Park Campsite Monterey Motel Motel 6 Airport Motel 6 Jacksonville Southeast Motel 6 Orange Park Mt. Vernon Motor Lodge Pecan Park RV Resort Pelican Path Bed & Breakfast by the Sea Plantation Manor Inn Quality Inn & Suites Baymeadows Quality Inn Commonwealth Quality Inn of Orange Park Quality Inn Mayport Rayl Bed & Breakfast Regency Inn - DSPP, Inc. Relax Inn River City Inn Salt Air Motel Scottish Inn Sea Walk Hotel Shakir Economy Motel

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Jacksonville Airport St. Johns House Bed & Breakfast Stars Best Inn Staybridge Suites Studio 6 Suburban Extended Stay Baymeadows Sun Suites Super 8 Motel University Blvd. Super 8 Orange Park The Jenks House Travel Inn Travelodge Inn & Suites USA Inn Jacksonville Value Place Dames Point and Merrill Rd. Watson Property Management Wingate by Wyndham Airport Wingate by Wyndham Windsor Parke

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ŠADVENTURE LANDING

Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are home to some very unique attractions. See the big cats being fed at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary or visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens for an amazing day of fun and learning. Hike nature trails, go kayaking, see how great beer is made, or be inspired at one of many art galleries. Jacksonville offers history, fun, shopping, tours, perfect days at the beach ... and so much more. So, get started. Check out the many cool places to see and things to do only in Jacksonville.

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Experience the best of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Amelia Island in LUXURY. Award winning guides take you on your own custom tour; featured on History Channel. Some attractions included. Golf packages with 30+ courses. Any size group. 421 W. Silverthorn Lane, Ponte Vedra, 904-827-1845, www.adlibtours.com

Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach Water Park, go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video arcade and party facilities. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 904-246-4386, www.adventurelanding.com

Adventure Landing Blanding Blvd.

Jacksonville Zoo is one of the South’s finest

Alhambra Theatre & Dining The Alhambra is the region’s only professional, Actor’s-Equity theatre featuring dinner served tableside by renowned Executive Chef DeJuan Roy, who creates a new menu for each show. Evening performances Tuesday through Sunday. Matinee performances Saturday and Sunday. 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville,

Go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video arcade and party facilities. 4825 Blanding Blvd.,

904-641-1212, www.alhambrajax.com

Jacksonville, 904-771-2803, www.adventurelanding.com

Amelia River Cruises & Charters

Adventure Landing St. Augustine

Go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, Dixie Twister ride, video arcade and party facilities. 2780 State Road 16, Saint Augustine, 904-827-9400, www.adventurelanding.com

AIA Jacksonville, A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects As a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Jacksonville serves Architect, Associate and Allied members in, Duval, Clay, St. Johns and Nassau counties. This site offers information about the practice of architecture and the role of AIA Architects in working with their communities to create a better future by design. PO Box 331607, Atlantic Beach, 904-389-8421, www.aiaJacksonville.org

Come enjoy one or two-hour narrated and sightseeing tours along the Amelia and Cumberland rivers featuring Cumberland Island National Seashore. Our personalized tours are rich with wildlife, history and folklore that will enchant you through the beauty, charm and history of NE FL and SE GA. 1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, 904-261-9972, www.ameliarivercruises.com

Artist Series Join the excitement with Jacksonville’s major presenter of national and international coming attractions. From blockbuster Broadway shows to concerts, opera and dance programs from around the world. 501 West State Street, Suite 109, Jacksonville, 904-442-BWAY (2929), www.artistseriesjax.org

Backwater Fishing Adventures Specializing in inshore fishing with light tackle and fly fishing for red fish, sea trout, flounder and tarpon. Bird watching and photo safari also available. 11911 Harmony Drive, Jacksonville, 904-708-8915, www.backwaterfishingadventures.com

Beaches Museum & History Center Explore the history of the Beaches. See a 28ton Steam Locomotive, stroll down the boardwalk, visit our archives, step back in time in the old post office, shop in Ruby’s Emporium and enjoy our hands-on-projects for kids. Visit us today for an exciting and informative experience. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4:30pm. 380 Pablo Ave, Jacksonville Beach, 904-241-5657, www.bm-hc.com

bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Gaming Art is a major attraction here

Enjoy wagering on greyhounds, thoroughbreds, harness racing and jai alai from around the country. Poker 7 days a week, Sunday -

Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., Friday & Saturday - open 24 hours. Visit one of our two great locations. For more information visit us at www.bestbetjax.com 455 Park Avenue, Orange Park, 904-646-0001, www.bestbetjax.com

Boat Florida Rentals Boat Florida Rentals has a complete line of boats to fit your needs. We offer Jet Skis as well as pontoon, deck and runabout boats for full or half-day rentals. We also have houseboats for the perfect St. Johns River vacation or party cruise. 3108 US HWY 17 , Fleming Island, 904 215 5363, www.boatfloridarentals.com

Budweiser Brewery Tour Guests discover first-hand how the world’s greatest beers are carefully crafted using the highest quality ingredients during complimentary tours. Guests 21 years of age can sample their favorite brews in the Hospitality Room or visit the Gift Shop for a wide selection of merchandise. 111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, 904-751-8116, www.budweisertours.com

Capt. Dave Sipler Sportfishing Charter fishing trips on the St. John’s River, Inlet for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Sharks and more. Full-time fishing guide 12 months a year. Depart from:, 4870 Ocean Street, serving Amelia Island vistors also, Mayport, 904-642-9546, www.captdaves.com

Castillo de San Marcos Located along the waterway in historic St. Augustine. Completed in 1695 this is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Children under 16 free. 1 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, 904-829-6506, www.nps.gov/casa

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Get an up close and personal experience with endangered big cats, lions, tigers, leopards and cougars. Learn about their habitat, their personalities and the stories behind why they are at the sanctuary. Daytime tours, scheduled night feedings and group events available upon request. 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, 904-757-3603, www.cattyshack.org

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attractions City of Jacksonville Special Events Department Provides free or low-cost entertainment, educational and community events that make Jacksonville a thriving, fun city. 117 W. Duval Street, Ste. 280, Jacksonville, 904-630-3690, www. coj.net/Departments/Recreation+and+Community +Services/Special+Events/default.htm

Clara White Mission/ Eartha M. M. White Museum Take a step back in history and experience a part of historic LaVilla African American culture located at the Globe Theater. 613 West Ashley Street, Jacksonville, 904-354-4162, www.clarawhitemission.org

Confederate Park Dog Park Park Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. Located near downtown in historic Springfield. It is a 2.87acre fenced park and has picnic pavilions and lush green space for canine friends to enjoy. 956 Hubbard St, Jacksonville, 904-630-2489

Cuba Hunter Skateboard Park Park Hours: 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Daily. A 10, 000square-foot skateboard facility, which includes a 6- foot half pipe, 7-foot quarter pipe, jump boxes, multi rails and a bank ramp with pyramid. Also has a nature trail, community center and gymnasium. 4380 Emerson St, Jacksonville, 904-858-1366

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens The Cummer is the largest fine arts museum in NE Florida with 6,000 objects in its permanent collection spanning from 2100 B.C. through 21st century and more than two-andone half acres of historic gardens along the St. Johns River. Art Connections is the museum’s nationally recognized education center. 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, 904-356-6857, www.cummer.org

Dog Wood Park Jacksonville Dog Wood Park is a 42-acre swim and play park for people and their dogs (over 25 acres are currently fenced) located in Jacksonville, FL! The park is one of the country’s largest completely fenced dog parks - a true heaven on earth for dogs! 7407 Salisbury Road South, Jacksonville, 904-296-3636, www.jaxdogs.com

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Florida Theatre Jacksonville’s historic Florida Theatre is home to over 200 performances of all kinds each year - from ballet and opera to rock, pop and jazz. 128 E. Forsyth Street, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, 904-355-5661, www.floridatheatre.com

Fort Caroline National Memorial This park memorializes the 16th century French effort to establish a permanent colony in Florida. The site includes a near full-scale rendering of the fort, nature trails and visitor center containing Indian and French artifacts. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 904-641-7155, www.nps.gov/foca/

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Fernandina Beach, 904-277-7274, www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch/

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Huguenot Memorial Park Park Hours:Winter: 8a-6p M-Su/Summer: 8a-8p M-Su. Huguenot Memorial Park is an oceanfront park that offers visitors a lot more than sand,surf and sand. It also displays an array of natural wonders, from great birding opportunities to amazing views of some of North Florida’s remaining natural areas. 10980 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904-251-3335

Masonry watchtower, made of coquina, fourteen miles south of St. Augustine on Matanzas Inlet built by the Spanish in the 1740s to protect the “back door” to the city. Fort can be reached by ferry only. Nature walks, guided tours. 8635 A1A

Jacksonville Farmers Market

South, St. Augustine, 904-471-0116, www.nps.gov/foma

Beaver Street, Jacksonville, 904-354-2821, www.Jaxfarmersmarket.com

Foxy Lady Cruises

Jacksonville Giants

Cruise the St. Johns River and see the sights of Jacksonville aboard the award winning “Jacksonville Lady” 149 passenger luxury yacht. Public and private cruises available. Boat departs from River City Brewing Company or Liberty Marina, Jacksonville, 904-398-9553, www.foxyladycruises.com

Freedom Boat Club Boating should be an escape rather than a nuisance. To us, boating is a way for people to relax, connect with friends, and create powerful memories with family. In 1989 we brought that philosophy to life with Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest club alternative to boat ownership 12807 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek Marina, Jacksonville, 904-588-2417, www.freedomboatclub.com

Fresh Spirit Adventures Kayak rentals, tours and adventures. 17524 Montessa Terrace, Jacksonville, 904-404-6758, www.freshspiritadventures.com

Save 50 to 70% on the widest & freshest selection of local, ethnic, specialty, & exotic produce, agricultural & other food items. JFM is Florida’s oldest & NE Florida’s only authentic farmers market. Open EVERY day of the year including holidays, dawn to dusk. Retail & wholesale. Drive-up parking. 1810 West

The Jacksonville Giants, ABA back-to-back national champions, play their games at the Jacksonville Veterans’ Memorial Arena. 1010 East Adams Street, Ste. 114, Jacksonville, 904355.6531, www.jacksonvillegiants.com

Jacksonville Historical Society Tour the Merrill House, recently renovated. Located in downtown, adjacent to Old St. Andrews. 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-665-0064, www.jaxhistory.com

Jacksonville Jaguars The NFL preseason begins each August; the regular season is played from September thru December. All home games are played at EverBank Field. One Everbank Field Drive,

Holidays are spectacular in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, 904-633-6000, www.jaguars.com

Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club Jacksonville Suns professional baseball team. Members of the “AA” Southern League, affiliated with the Florida Marlins. Play 70 home games from April-September at Bragan Field, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-358-2846, www.jaxsuns.com

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Recognized for artistic excellence, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ranks among the nation’s top regional orchestras. The JSO performs a variety of concerts nearly every week, September to May. Concerts are in Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center. Ask about Symphony dinner cruises. 300 Water Street, Suite 200, Jacksonville, 904-3545547, www.jaxsymphony.org

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens At this top regional top attraction, visitors enjoy a walking safari encompassing 93 acres featuring more than 1,800 animals and 1,000 exotic plant species. 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, 904-757-4463, ext. 210, www.Jacksonvillezoo.org

The Jax Brew Bus tours all of the local craft breweries in Jacksonville, Florida. On our fun and informative tour you will be introduced to the many different sides of craft beer. PO Box 1304, Orange Park, 904-352-0982, www.jaxbrewbus.com

JaxParks - City of Jacksonville The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is among the nation’s best

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment develops, maintains, and provides programming in over 287 parks, play-

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attractions grounds and community centers, 32 swimming pools, 16 boat ramps, two oceanfront parks and acres of nature trails in Jacksonville. We’re The Fun Experts! 851 N. Market Street, Jacksonville, 904, www.coj.net/Departments/ Parks+and+Recreation/default.htm

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park/ Dolphin Plaza A 450-Beach front city park featuring picnic area, Beach access, freshwater lake for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats and canoes, and biking/hiking trails. Camping available. 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, 904-249-4700, www.coj.net

Kayak Amelia at Long Island Outfitters Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Eco-Tours. Together we’ll develop the skills to make you comfortable. Then explore the beautiful islands of the First Coast. Kayak & canoe rentals- make your own adventure, paddle the quiet creeks of Talbot Islands State Park. 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904-251-0016, www.kayakamelia.com

Kingsley Plantation Florida’s oldest standing plantation house, exhibits, ruins of slave quarters. Enjoy hiking and birding on surrounding grounds. Park ranger lead special events. Educational tours for students. 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville, 904-251-3537 ext 11, www.nps.gov/timu/

Latitude 30 Restaurant and entertainment venue including Sunset 30 Tavern & Grill, Axis Bar, luxury cinema, boutique bowling, sports theater, gaming arcade and billiards. Specializing in corporate meetings, social gatherings and team building. Fully equipped to handle production and live events. 10370 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville, 904-345-2455, www.latitude-30.com

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society at Walter Jones Historical Park Located on the St. Johns River in the 10-acre Walter Jones Historical Park, the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society takes visitors back to old Florida. Explore a restored homestead site, a 1876 barn, and relax on a riverfront boardwalk. The museum’s permanent collection includes - “Always the River...” depicting various aspects of Mandarin’s unique history, the wreck and excavation of the Union steamboat Maple Leaf, and a Harriet Beecher Stowe section. 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, 904-268-0784, www.mandarinmuseum.net

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

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Imagine...dolphins, salt water and pristine beaches. Reserve your own program to swim with dolphins, create a work of art with a dolphin artist, participate in a one-of-a-kind summer camp, host a Dream Dolphin Wedding and more. Make memories of a lifetime at Marineland. 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, 904-471-1111, www.marineland.net

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Scale model ships, paintings, artifacts and photographs related to maritime history are on display. These displays are of interest to all ages. Storyboards tell each story in some detail. Gift shop offers a variety of interesting items.Suggested Adult donation $5.00 kids $1.00 2 Independent Drive, Suite 162, Jacksonville Landing, Jacksonville, 904-355-1101, www.Jacksonvillemaritimeheritagecenter.org

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) Located in the heart of downtown, MOCA Jacksonville offers innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national and regional artists of our time. Additional attractions include the delicious Café Nola, the MOCA Shop, and an interactive children’s Art Explorium. 333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, 904-366-6911, www.mocaJacksonville.org

Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

MOSH inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. MOSH features interactive exhibits and the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium. 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 904-396-6674, www.themosh.org

North Florida Fishing Charters Captain Ron Schurr specializes in light tackle fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Trout. Flats, backwater and intracoastal fishing trips from Amelia Island , Jacksonville and St Augustine are available all year. Children and anglers of all skills are welcome. U.S Coast Guard licensed and insured. 904-707-8328, www.fishingnorthflorida.com

Create a masterpiece at Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Old Florida Fish Camp and Seafood Shack Island waterfront destination restaurant and water tour facility offering indoor and outdoor seating for lunch or dinner with local seafood. Enjoy the spectacular views or engage in the adventure of an airboat ride, river safari, kayak or fishing charters. 2510 2nd Ave. N, Jacksonville Beach, 904-334-8408, www.oldfloridaseafoodshack.com

Old Town Trolley Tours Old Town Trolley Tours has brought the best of St. Augustine to life through Transportainment, our unique blend of transportation and entertainment. Climb aboard to experience the humorous tales and interesting trivia of our friendly conductors, as they bring 500 years of American history to life. 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine, 904-829-3800, www.trolleytours.com

Play Harder Tours “The Jacksonville Beer Tour” is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with pick-up at your hotel at 2:00 PM. We will visit 4 of our Jacksonville area brewers with a pint of local brew included at each stop. Tours include door to door transportation with drop off at your hotel. P.O.Box 973, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-

Jacksonville, 904-396-2333, www.jaxrivercruises.com

Riverside Arts Market (RAM) The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is a unique arts and entertainment venue under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. RAM features artists, food artists, farmer/growers and food vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment options. 715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, 904-389-2449, www.riversideartsmarket.com

Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) RAP is a historic preservation organization that also hosts a Home Tour, Riverside Arts Festival, Luminaria, Restore Jacksonville Conference and the Riverside Artists Market. 2623 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, 904-389-2449, www.riversideavondale.org

San Sebastian Winery San Sebastian is among the very best of Florida’s premium wineries, and is a pioneer in the development of table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Free tours and tastings daily. 157 King Street,

910-7009, www.playhardertours.com

Saint Augustine, 904-826-1594, www.sansebastianwinery.com

Ritz Theatre and Museum

Spa Laterra

Exhibits celebrating Jacksonville’s AfricanAmerican culture and heritage. The museum is located in the historic neighborhood once known as the “Harlem of the South” and features traveling exhibits from notable institutions and collections. Regular concerts and performances at the Ritz Theatre. 829 North

Augustine, 904-940-7800, www.spalaterra.com

Davis Street, Jacksonville, 904-632-5555, www.ritzJacksonville.com

River Cruises, Inc. Enjoy an adrenaline rush

hand holding or dancing under the stars. Cruise the “north flowing” St. Johns River. Call for dates of public cruises. 1840 Perry Place,

Beautiful climate controlled salons, full bars, dance floors and outside areas for strolling,

In a setting inspired by the healing waters of the Fountain of Youth, we have created a day spa environment of relaxation and rejuvenation, where guests will receive an ultra-pampering brand of treatments and Red Carpet service. 955 Registry Blvd., Suite 117, Saint

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and

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attractions became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research and worldwide conservation efforts. It’s the only facility it the world where you can view all 23 species of crocodilian. The Alligator Farm’s history as an attraction and an accredited zoo is nearly as exciting as zipping across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling new zip-line attraction. 999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine, 904-824-3337, www.alligatorfarm.com

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum Relive the Golden Age of Piracy at Pat Croce’s St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. Discover authentic artifacts, touch real pirate treasure, see Hollywood pirate memorabilia and get in on interactive fun designed by Disney Imaginers. 12 S. Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, 877-467-5863, www.thepiratemuseum.com

St. Johns River Ferry The St. Johns River Ferry Service transports vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the St. Johns River from Mayport to Ft. George Island and back. 4610 Ocean Street, Jacksonville, 904-241-9969, www.stjohnsriverferry.com

Talbot Island State Parks Comprised of seven state parks, including Little & Big Talbot Island, Amelia Island, Fort George Island, Pumpkin Hill Creek, Yellow Bluff Fort and the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier. Sandy Beaches, hiking and nature trails, driftwood forests, picnic areas, great for birding and nature photography. 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904-251-2320, www.floridastateparks.org

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Association The Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Classic is a NCAA Division I post-season college football game played on New Year’s Day, televised on ESPN2 and pits the Big Ten and the SEC. The Gator Bowl Association’s mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area’s economy, national image and community pride. 1 Gator Bowl Boulevard, Jacksonville, 904-798-1700, www.gatorbowl.com

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The Jacksonville Fire Museum The Jacksonville Fire Museum, home to over 500 artifacts, serves as an educational link between past and present. Through the years, thousands of visitors have toured the museum, learning about the rich history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. 1406 Gator Bowl Boulevard, Jacksonville, 904-630-0618, www.jacksonvillefiremuseum.com

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The Ribault Club Interactive, self-guided exhibits depicting 6,000 years of history on Ft. George Island and the surrounding area. Bookstore, group event facilities, weekend guided tours. 11241 Fort George Road , Jacksonville, 904-251-1050, www.theribaultclub.com

The Spa at One Ocean As the only full-service oceanfront spa in Northeast Florida, the Spa at One Ocean touts beautiful views of the rolling surf from the comfort of its meditative lounge. Staying true to its coastal surroundings, the spa offers more than 40 marine-inspired rituals comprised of specialty treatments, unique massage styles, body wraps, peels, facials & more. One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904-249.7402, www.oneoceanresort.com/spa/

The Spa at Sawgrass Steal away to a vibrant world of wellness and serenity surrounded by 15 acres tucked amid winding lagoons, moss-draped water oaks, twisted palms, and giant magnolias at The Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-674-4SPA, www.spaatsawgrass.com

Nature abounds for any occasion

The Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club The award-winning Spa is the perfect haven for relaxation and reflection. A sophisticated oasis designed to appeal to both men and women, young and old who want to feel great. In all, a seductively beautiful environment awaits. We invite your call! 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-273-7700, www.pvspa.com

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve A 46,000-acre National Park Unit with visitoruse areas located at Fort Caroline National Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Area, Kingsley Plantation and Cedar Point. Activities include

hiking, photography, fishing, birding, and boating. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 904-641-7155, www.nps.gov/timu/

TourTime Start your delightful tour of the ‘River City’. TourTime presents the city’s history through fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes designed to give you a unique perspective on Jacksonville. Van Tours and group tours available. 904-282-8500, www.tourtimeinc.com

Tree Hill Nature Center Located in the center of Jacksonville, Florida, Tree Hill is the perfect place to connect with nature for individuals and families, school field trips, home schoolers, scout troops, business groups and so much more. Stop by with your friends and family to explore our 50-acres and three ecosystems. Plan a family reunion or evening reception in the beautiful Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater. Enjoy fresh air, plentiful trails and an on-site butterfly house. 7152 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, 904-724-4646, www.treehill.org

Celebrate golf’s greatest players and contributors while traveling through a museum dedicated to the sport. Plan 2 hours or more for your visit. Admission includes a round on 18-hole putting course. Documentary and Hollywood films shown in the IMAX Theater next door. 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 904-940-4123, www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Yes You Canvas Yes You Canvas! is the fun new art experience where you paint along with an artist to create your own masterpiece - in about 2 hours! 6012 San Jose Boulevard , Lakewood Shopping Center, Jacksonville, 904-993-9047, www.yesyoucanvas.com

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Listen to world renowned Jazz performers at the

Jacksonville Jazz Fest.

Jacksonville is a very affordable destination, from low hotel rates to free parking at the beaches; our destination offers visitors the experience of a lifetime without having to pay for it for life. Here are 10 things to do FREE of charge.

Enjoy a day by the river with music, food and local crafts at the Riverside Arts Market.

Do Yoga, bike, browse through local vendors at the Community First Saturdays in downtown Jacksonville.

Go for a hike and explore Jacksonville’s green areas at the Jacksonville Arboretum. Visit dozens of local galleries during ArtWalk every first Wednesday

of the month.

Spend the day at Jacksonville Beach, basking in the sun. Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest Plantation house in Florida. Take a tour of the Budweiser Brewery and enjoy a free beer tasting. Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens.

One of the most visited museums in the Southeast.

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Ride the Jacksonville Skyway. It connects the Southbank with the Northbank in downtown Jacksonville giving visitors great views and a chance to explore downtown Jacksonville.

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For nearly 15 years, Avonlea Antique Mall has proudly offered the best selection of antique furniture, glassware, china, linens, artwork, collectibles, and decorating accessories in Northern Florida. 8101 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256, 904-636-8785, www.avonleamall.com

Edible Arrangements - Avondale

Edible Arrangements® creates delicious fruit designs filled with fresh fruit. Arrangements are made to order, guaranteed fresh with no preservatives or sweeteners and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Perfect for any occasion. The Shoppes of Avondale, 3651 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205, 904-384-5217, www.ediblearrangements.com

Edible Arrangements - Bartram Park Edible Arrangements® creates delicious fruit designs filled with fresh fruit. Arrangements are made to order, guaranteed fresh with no preservatives or sweeteners and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Perfect for any occasion. 13760 Old Saint Augustine Rd, #117, Jacksonville, FL 32258, 904-2626632, www.ediblearrangements.com

Flippin’ Good Cookies

tic farmers market. Open EVERY day of the year including holidays, dawn to dusk. Retail & wholesale. Drive-up parking. 1810 West Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209, 904-354-2821, www.Jaxfarmersmarket.com

Nicole Made This Artisanal vegan natural bath goodies for men, women and kids crafted with passion right here in the heart of Jacksonville. Good clean fun for everyone! 813-787-5609, www.nicolemadethis.com

Riverside Arts Market (RAM) The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is a unique arts and entertainment venue under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. RAM features artists, food artists, farmer/growers and food vendors, as well as a variety of live entertainment options. 715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204, 904-389-2449, www.riversideartsmarket.com

Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop Matching wine with people for more than 40 years. Where wine does not need to be expensive to be good. 1035 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204, 904-356-4517, www.riversideliquors.biz

public, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and more. 2700 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32092, 904825-1555, www.premiumoutlets.com/staugustine

St. Johns Town Center The open-air St. Johns Town Center has more than 175 of the hottest retailers and restaurants including Apple, Sephora, The Capital Grille, Tiffany & Co., Banana Republic, PF Changs, Louis Vuitton and more. 4663 River City Drive, Ste. 119, Jacksonville, FL 32246, 904-9987156, www.StJohnsTownCenter.com

Sweet Pete’s Enjoy sweets that are all natural with no artificial flavorings, colorings or high-fructose corn syrup, and include a line of organic, vegan and gluten-free items. Try some sea salt carmels, homemade cotton candy in a range of 18 flavors that include homemade lollipops, homemade taffy, an array of candies and ice cream. Candy making classes are offered in their 100-year-old whimsically decorated Victorian style home in historic Springfield. 1922 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206, 904376-7161, www.sweetpete.net

The Jacksonville Landing

3611 St. John’s Bluff Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32224, 904-333-9753, www.flippingoodcookies.com

Prime Outlets St. Augustine is Northeast Florida’s premier outlet destination offering more than 75 top designer brands including Saks Fifth Ave Off 5th, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, LOFT Outlet, Kate Spade and more! Conveniently located off I-95 at exit 318.

Jacksonville Farmers Market

500 Prime Outlets Blvd. #500, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-826-1311, www.StAugOutlets.com

Nestled along the gorgeous St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Landing is home to year-round entertainment, a nine waterfront restaurants, an indoor food court and a cozy inside shopping mall all of which are sure to complete an afternoon or evening of fun. Don’t miss the free, live entertainment on the Riverfront Courtyard Stage every Friday and Saturday night! You’ll be sure to find exactly what you’re looking for at The Jacksonville Landing! 2 Independent Dr., Ste.

St. Augustine Premium Outlets

250, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-353-1188, www.jacksonvillelanding.com

Flippin’ Good Cookies offer customized cookies for special functions, meetings, parties and when you want FUN in your event. We can put your logo or picture on a custom shortbread cookie, and also made from scratch comfort cookies in several classic flavors with a twist.

Save 50 to 70% on the widest & freshest selection of local, ethnic, specialty, & exotic produce, agricultural & other food items. JFM is Florida’s oldest & NE Florida’s only authen-

St. Augustine Outlets

Featuring an exciting collection of 85 designer and name brand outlets including Banana Re-

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Jacksonville International Airport

At the Crossroads Getting to Jacksonville by car couldn’t be easier. In fact, the city is situated at the intersection of I-10, one of the nation’s most popular east-west thoroughfares, and I-95, the primary interstate highway along America’s east coast. When visitors arrive, they can use a sophisticated highway system to easily drive throughout the area. Jacksonville is the largest city by land mass in the United States, but it’s easy to navigate via four major U.S. highways: U.S. 1, U.S. 17, U.S. 90 and U.S. 301. Plus, Highway 295 circles the city and makes travel quick and convenient, especially to and from the beaches. Just Wing It Just 15 minutes from downtown, Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) supports air travel to and from Northeast Florida with non-stop flights to more than 30 cities. Many regional air carriers have added service out of Jacksonville, expanding flight service to popular cities in the United States. Carriers servicing Jacksonville International Airport include Air Tran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, US Airways and United Airlines. Various charter flights also operate into JIA. For arriving and departing visitors, there are plenty of rental car services, taxi cabs, shuttles and other transportation options.

Unique and Fun Downtown Jacksonville offers many unique, fun and affordable transportation options. The Skyway is a 2.5-mile, automated transit system operating on an elevated track with 10 two-car trains. This convenient service provides transportation to the North and Southbanks of Downtown throughout the week and during special events. The S.S. Marine Taxi takes passengers across the St. Johns River from the heart of Downtown—with breathtaking views of the Jacksonville skyline at no additional cost. For more information about the S.S. Marine Taxi, call 904-733-7782 or visit www.jaxwatertaxi.com. Dating back to 1948, the St. Johns River Ferry offers a scenic break from highway travel aboard one of the last remaining public ferries in the state. It transports vehicle and pedestrian traffic across the St. Johns River from Mayport to Ft. George Island and back. No Car? No Problem. In addition to its unique downtown transportation options, Jacksonville has an outstanding public transportation system that is easy to use and surprisingly affordable. For more information and the JTA bus schedule, call 904-630-3100 or go to www.jtaonthemove.com.

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The Jacksonville dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic Southern comfort, infused with the unmistakable flavor of the coast and a dash of international flair. With Jacksonville’s prime location along the Atlantic Ocean, it is understandable that seafood reigns supreme and can be found at a number of establishments throughout the First Coast. The city is home to an array of locally owned and operated restaurants from rustic fish camps serving up southern comfort food to four and five-diamond upscale restaurants featuring world-renowned chefs. Recently, a new “Food and Beer District” developed in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. On King Street, next to local famous hot spots Kickbacks Gastropub and Carmine’s Pizza are now four new locally-owned restaurants, Lola’s Burrito Joint, Pele’s Wood

Fire, Soup’s On and the Salty Fig. All these restaurants use locally-grown organic produce and serve locally- brewed beers. On the same street, five local bars attract a young and hip crowd on any given night. The Riverside Brewing District is led by two popular craft breweries—Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works—and new breweries are opening all the time. For those staying downtown, the possibilities are endless. When it comes to nightlife and dining options in downtown Jacksonville alone there are 23 bars and lounges, 11 of which serve food. Some are laid-back bars with live music; others are elegant lounges with unique cocktail menus. All are within walking distance of riverfront hotels like the Hyatt Regency Riverfront and the Omni Jacksonville and just a skyway ride away from the Prime Osborn

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Diners have a unique collection of culinary choices. From elegant European creations to the very best in down home comfort food.

Convention Center. The Tapestry Park and St. Johns Town Center areas, in the Southside District, are packed with dining options, from big national chains like California Pizza and Maggianos to unique options like Black Finn, III Forks and the Corner Bistro. Right now, Jacksonville food trucks are experiencing tremendous popularity. These unique, gleaming trucks are all over the city and offer many tasty options from tacos to BBQ to gourmet meals.

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Azurea Restaurant True to its coastal surroundings, Azura provides an elegant, artfully inspired atmosphere. Located on the beach, the restaurant showcases Florida’s First Coast cuisine with an eclectic tribute to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Azura also offers an award winning wine list. One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904-2497402, www.azurearestaurant.com

Bistro Aix Restaurant and Lounge A city-hip restaurant located in San Marco. Bistro Aix features a regional Mediterranean and French-inspired menu. Award-winning wine list, two full bars and professional, unpretentious service. Outdoor patio dining and on and off-site catering available. 1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-398-1949, www. BistroX.com

Bold City Grill

The atmosphere at the Bold City Grill is casual and full of energy – complete with dark wood, granite topped tables, high impact bar and flat panel TVs. Enjoy delectable cuisine featuring everything from gourmet salads and burgers to fresh specialty fish. 10605 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jackson-

ville, 904-642-0063

Buca di Beppo The place for great Italian food and fun! Buca offers modern Italian cuisine in a groupfriendly, eclectic, vintage setting. Our familystyle dishes are available in two portion sizes: Buca Small feeds up to three, Buca Large

Friendship Fountain on the St. Johns River

feeds an average-sized country. Well, actually it feeds up to six. 10334 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-363-9090, www.bucadibeppo.com

Chart House Beautiful waterfront restaurant with gracious service. The ala carte menu features a variety of fresh seafood, along with slow roasted prime rib and steaks. 1501 Riverplace Boulevard, Jacksonville, 904-398-3353, www.chart-house.com

Clara’s at the Cathedral Located in the historic St. Johns Cathedral, Clara’s offers exceptional food and professional service. Open for lunch only on Fridays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 256 E. Church St., Jack-

from steak and seafood to burgers and pasta. Come and enjoy three full-service bars with world-class billiard and our million-dollar midway. 7025 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, 904-296-1525, www.daveandbusters.com

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Downtown There is nothing quite like a genuine Irish pub experience in Jacksonville with a warm welcome, friendly staff, great food and the perfect pint of Guinness. Our food is made from scratch with fresh ingredients using local vendors whenever possible. Fionn MacCool’s is locally owned and operated. 2 Independent

sonville, 904-354-4162, www.clarawhitemission.org

Drive, Ste. 176, Jacksonville, 904-374-1547, www.fionnmacs.com

Dave & Buster’s

Gourmet Dine

A grand dining room that serves everything

Gourmet Dine is an internet/print-based dining guide catering to the advertising and marketing needs of local restaurants and businesses along the First Coast. 9838 Old

III Forks III Forks offers Jacksonville a contemporary evolution of the classic steakhouse in the hot spot of Tapestry Park. This modern steakhouse is sizzling with style, an energized bar and a savvy menu featuring USDA Prime beef, ocean fresh seafood along with lighter local favorites. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Ste. 111, Jacksonville, 904-928-9277, www.iiiforks.com

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Enjoy the craft brewery scene

Features private labeled meats and cheeses sliced fresh for each sub sandwich and piled high on in-store baked bread. Everything is quickly made to order, just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s more than fifty years ago. Includes trademark

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dining neighborly banter served up by a high-energy Jersey Mike’s team. 1615 Hendricks Avenue, Suite 101, Jacksonville, 904-399-5006, www.jerseymikes.com

Juliette’s Bistro A cozy, upscale bistro in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Menu features fresh seafood, chicken, pasta dishes and more. Full bar and extensive wine list. Located in the fourstar Omni Hotel. 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, 904-791-4815, www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/ Jacksonville/Dining.aspx

Maggiano’s Little Italy Maggiano’s Little Italy specializes in serving lavish platters of authentic Southern Italian cuisine. We offer a vibrant dining room atmosphere as well as private banquet rooms. Perfect for social gatherings and corporate events.10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, 904-380-4360, www.maggianos.com

Matthew’s Restaurant Jacksonville’s Only AAA Four Diamond and Mobile Four Star Chef, Matthew Medure is passionate about creating an unsurpassed dining experience. Enjoy refined personal service and inviting ambience in our intimate dining room. Or, if you prefer, dine near the first-class culinary talent in our open view kitchen. We also offer private dining rooms for intimate gatherings or small groups. 2107 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, 904-396-9922, www.matthewsrestaurant.com

Nipper’s Beach Grille Features local fare and fresh seafood dishes served in an island atmosphere overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Live music, outside dining, and banquet services available. 2309 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 904-2473300, www.nippersbeachgrille.com

O’Brothers Irish Pub O’Brothers Irish Pub was founded by two brothers, Drew and Curt Cavins, in 2008. The pub is known for a friendly atmosphere with great food and 18 beers on tap. The outside patio is a great place to meet your friends and the back patio is a nice dining area. 1521 Margaret Street, Jacksonville, 904-854-9300, www.obrothersirishpub.com

Old Florida Fish Camp and Seafood Shack Island waterfront destination restaurant and water tour facility offering indoor and outdoor seating for lunch or dinner with local seafood. Enjoy the spectacular views or engage in the adventure of an airboat ride, river safari, kayak or fishing charters. 2510 2nd Ave. N, Jacksonville

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Best sandwich in America for our Duck Grilled Cheese. Seasonal Menu changes. We provide off-site lunch catering and use of our restaurant in the evening for your private event, seminar, or party. 301 E. Bay Street, Jacksonville, 904-3567100, www.oliomarket.com

Ovinte Locally-owned restaurant/ wine & cocktail bar committed to using quality regionally-sourced ingredients and exceeding guests’ expectations. Relax in our lounge area with velvet couches, dine al fresco under the cedar beam trellis or challenge your friends to a game of Bocce. The menu is influenced by the flavors of Spain and Italy. The wine list boasts 240 selections with up to 75 available by the glass. Ovinte is a dining experience like no other in Jacksonville! 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr., Jacksonville, 904-900-7730, www.ovinte.com

Pele’s Wood Fire

Famous for modern ItalianAmerican cuisine served in the heart of Riverside. Wood-fired cookery using oak, hickory and cherry wood to create cuisine from the shores of Kauai to New Jersey from an Italian perspective. Incredible Neopolitan pizzas! Breads, pastas, gelatos all created in-house. 2665 Park Street,

Restaurant Medure Chic and classy establishment that offers a sophisticated and enjoyable dining experience. Fresh seafood, steaks and chops creatively prepared with a Mediterranean and Asian flair. 818 North A1A, Ste. 206, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-543-3797, www.restaurantmedure.com

River City Brewing Company Jacksonville’s Riverfront Restaurant & Microbrewery over looks the St. Johns River and the Downtown skyline. The menu offers dishes created with global flavor and culinary expertise including fresh seafood, steaks, creative pastas and daily chef’s specials. Also features Lounge, Deck and Marina. 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 904-398-2299, www.rivercitybrew.com

Jacksonville, 904-232-8545 www.peleswoodfire.com

BEER SCHOOL AT THE ANHEUSER-BUSH BREWERY: This class can convert non-beer lovers into beer fanatics. The interactive class guides participants through the ins and outs of becoming a beer connoisseur. In 45 minutes, students learn how beer is made, how to properly store it, the best way to pour it and, more importantly, the best way to taste it. Students must be 21 or older to attend the class; it is $10 per person. When class is dismissed, take the Beer Master Tour of the brewery. The two-hour tour is $25. 111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218 www.budweisertours.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Downtown Specializing in the finest custom-aged midwestern beef. Menu also features live Maine lobster, specialty fresh fish selections, veal, lamb and an assortment of appetizers and vegetables served in generous portions. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner nightly. Located in the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront. 1201 Riverplace Blvd.,

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ponte Vedra

The Florida Theatre features 200 shows and events annually, plus free tours daily

Specializing in the finest custom-aged midwestern beef. The menu also features live Maine lobster, specialty fresh fish selections, veal, lamb and an assortment of appetizers and vegetables served in generous portions. Dinner served nightly. Reservations recommended. 814 A1A North, Suite 103, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-285-0014, www.ruthschris.com

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dining The Mossfire Grill Spicy, Fresh, Fun - and then there’s the food. Mossfire Grill is not your typical restaurant and it’s not your typical bar. Relax and indulge in Southwestern cuisine with a sophisticated, eclectic flair. Everything here is made from scratch with an amped-up blend of New American and Southwestern traditions. So whether it’s a cozy corner in the downstairs dining area or the lively upstairs Bar, Mossfire has just the food to match your mood. 1537 Margaret Street, Jacksonville, 904-355-4434, www.mossfire.com

The Tasting Room, Contemporary Spanish Restaurant Pele’s Wood Fire

Seasons 52

Suite

Enjoy a fresh dining experience that celebrates living well at Seasons 52 fresh grill and wine bar. Experience seasonally-inspired dining choices, an adventurous wine list and a casually-sophisticated ambiance. 5096 Big

Step out of the ordinary and into sophistication at Suite, a premium lounge and restaurant that stimulates the senses. Suite serves an extensive list of unique cocktails, spirits and select wines that compliment chef-driven small plates, crafted for a mature palate. 4880

Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville, 904-252-6144, www.seasons52.com

Big Island Drive, Ste. 1, Jacksonville, 904-493.9305, www.suitejacksonville.com

Taverna Taverna offers seasonal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences, serving over 20 wines by the glass and hand crafted local beers set in a warm, rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. 1986 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904-398-3005, tavernasanmarco.com

The Capital Grille The Capital Grille invites you to enjoy dryaged steaks and fresh seafood acclaimed by the nation’s toughest food critics and an award-winning collection of over 350 wines. For your private functions, we will happily assist you in planning the ideal menu with wine pairings, provide any accoutrements.

With national accolades and celebrated chefs, enjoy this unique destination for its award winning wine list, live music, courtyard dining and exquisitely innovative Spanish cuisine. 25 Cuna Street, St. Augustine, 904-810-2400, www.tastetapas.com

Whisky River Jacksonville At Whisky River, our unique blend of unpretentious charm, feel-good music and enticing food has made us the South’s favorite spot to unwind. Owned by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Whisky River has cemented itself as nightlife royalty in a short period of time. From students to professionals, 4850 Big Island Drive, Suite 3, Jacksonville, 904-645-5571, www.whiskyriverjacksonville.com

M Shack Welcome to MShack, a collaboration by the Medure brothers - Matthew & David - fusing the old fashioned burger joint with style and fresh ingredients. MShack burgers are made with all natural, hormone-free beef ground fresh daily. Juicy, all beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, mouth-watering milk shakes and more help complete their unique menu - See more at: http://www.mshackburgers.com/#sthash. pxYj3bmX.dpuf 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904-241-2599, www.mshackburgers.com

5197 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, 904-997-9233, www.thecapitalgrille.com

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The Comedy Zone The Comedy Zone, Jacksonville’s #1 premiere comedy club, features the best comics touring today. Weekly changing line up with expert comics seen on HBO, Comedy Central, talk shows, and large venues. The Comedy Zone is a comedy club and is used exclusively to bring fun entertainment to groups, corporations and the comedy lover. 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn Mandarin Conference Center, Jacksonville, 904-292-4242, www.comedyzone.com

The Front Page Authentic front page newspapers from the past century provide an interesting decor for this exceptional bar with a menu featuring the best of American cuisine. 9150 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, 904-448-6900

Fun in The Elbow at Dos Gatos

helpful Restaurant Guides: Gourmet Dine—Jacksonville’s premier dining guide. www.gourmetdine.com Where to Eat Jacksonville— Think small. Dine local. Your prime dining guide on where to eat local. Step out and explore the delicious eats the great city of Jacksonville has to offer. www.wheretoeatjacksonville.com

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Downtown Jacksonville is a vibrant and eclectic nightlife hotspot filled with unique live music venues and exciting bars and dance clubs, something for everyone and all tastes. Centrally located in Downtown’s Main arteries -Bay, Forsyth and Adams Streets—The Elbow is where nightlife entrepreneurs are creating a new vibe in the epicenter of Jacksonville with special promotions and activities like the Downtown Throwdown, “The Great Pirate Party” and monthly happy hour events. Venues range from live music theatres, to dance clubs and ultra cool cocktail lounges. Check out The Dive Bar, Mark’s Downtown and TSI Discotheque. Just a few blocks away are Lit, Burro Bar, The Florida Theatre and Dos Gatos, offering live music and lounge atmospheres with full-service bars and unique cocktail menus. Also located Downtown, The Jacksonville Landing boasts evening options along the St. Johns River. Saddle-up at Maverick’s Rockin’ Honky Tonk, a country western/cross-over/southern rock-themed bar with a concert hall and dance venue.

The Beaches There is a long-standing tradition of cool beach dives mingling with fresh venues scattered along the Jacksonville coastline. At the Beaches Town Center visitors will find an eclectic mix of venues, from upscale martini lounges to Pete’s Bar, reportedly the holder of Duval County’s oldest liquor license. For a view of the ocean, grab an ice-cold can of beer at the Lemon Bar, a local favorite, or for a more sophisticated choice, try the patio of the renowned Azuréa Restaurant at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa. Jacksonville Beach offers many watering holes within walking distance to one another, from Irish pubs to pulsing dance clubs and the swanky Penthouse Lounge at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant with its sweeping views of the ocean. There are plenty of places to catch live music at the beaches, but one popular spot hosting local favorites and national recording artists is Freebird Live. The beachside hangout honors the legacy of Lynyrd Skynrd and is run by the widow of Ronnie Van Zant, the original leader of the locallygrown band.

The Riverside Brewery District With two popular craft breweries with open taprooms, the Riverside neighborhood, minutes from Downtown, is quickly becoming known as the “Riverside Brewing District.” Bold City Brewery is a local favorite served at several bars and restaurants around town. There is also a Tap Room connected to the brewery operation, and it is open three-days-a-week. First timers are offered a complimentary sampler of all the beers on tap that day. The brewery which produces ales, IPAs and English ales is open

for complimentary tours on the hour each Saturday from 2 - 5 p.m. Intuition Ale Works, another brewery, is just down the road from Bold City Brewery. This brewery specializes in West Coast-style pale ale and Belgianinspired beers with a “southern twist.” Other nightlife options in the neighborhood include venues connecting to the King Street Food and Beer District, like The Loft, with its elegant exposed brick and vast collection of beer and wine choices. Kickbacks Gastropub has a welcoming neighborhood vibe and offers hundreds of beers and late night munchies served until 4 a.m.

Live Entertainment Downtown Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts houses the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (www. jaxsymphony.org), one of the nation’s top ensembles which produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet and classical from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. The stages at the Times-Union Center are also home to traveling Broadway shows presented by the THE ARTIST SERIES (www.artistseries.fccj.org), popular comedy shows and national rock tours. History and music share the stage at the nearby historic Florida Theatre. Built in 1927, The Florida Theatre (www.floridatheatre.com) is one of the last remaining examples of America’s “Picture Palace” era and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during this period. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the site of vaudeville acts and concerts (Elvis performed one of his first indoor concert there). Today, performances range from country, rock and classical music favorites, dance ensembles, classic rock album re-creations and spoken word. Across town in the neighborhood of Mandarin, funny bones get a work out at The Comedy Zone. This 21-and-up club brings the best comedic performers to Jacksonville, including Larry the Cable Guy, John Heffron of Last Comic Standing fame and Sheryl Underwood of HBO’s “All-Star Def Comedy Jam”. Drink specials and an appetizer menu are available nightly.

Music Festivals Throughout the year, Jacksonville hosts numerous music festivals. Two of the largest and most popular are the Jacksonville Jazz Festival held each Memorial Day weekend and George’s Music Springing the Blues held at the beach in April. Both feature world-renowned and local musicians. Jacksonville is a favorable destination for nightlife entertainment. From every corner of the city’s borders, including the beaches and Downtown, there is always a place to grab a drink with friends or dance the night away. Create your lively escape today, by calling (904) 798-9111 or log on to www.VisitJacksonville.com.

©ryan ketterman

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Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean breezes or discover resurgence in Downtown Jacksonville nightlife. Local breweries and world-class entertainment offer additional options. Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape.

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