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Publishers’ Note A

s a new resident or visitor to Jacksonville, we hope you will enjoy this copy of Historic Life, our annual Neighbors & Newcomers Guide to the historic districts, and find it helpful as you settle in. As we have done for the past two years, our goal is to continue to provide a resource for both individuals and families to explore the time-honored, historic neighborhoods of Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill, San Marco, St. Nicholas and San Jose. With this third edition, we have looked to expand on some of the listings within the sections as well as give readers insight into a variety of unique architecture within our historic neighborhoods. If you have recently moved to one of our riverfront communities, you should receive our monthly publication, The Resident, in your mailbox. Two separate editions, each tailored specifically for the neighborhoods on each side of the river, are niche-focused, hyperlocal, and mailed directly to 25,000 residences, with over 5,000 copies distributed to local businesses and other points of interest throughout our areas. If you have not yet settled here, live at a distance, or just seek a local connection, we invite you to visit www.residentnews.net and read both editions of our virtual issue every month. In addition to our newspapers and Historic Life, we also publish North Florida’s premier charity magazine titled, Circles-Social Datebook and Charity Register, published annually in November. Within the pages of Circles, you will find stories about many of the generous residents that live within our neighborhoods, as well as important information about nonprofit groups, volunteer opportunities, social events and galas that benefit those in need throughout our region. This year, The Resident Community News Group is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It is our hope that you will look to all our publications as invaluable resources as you make the transition into our historic communities. We also hope you will assist us in celebrating our decade of service to community news and information by supporting those who advertise within the pages of our publications.


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What you need to know about utilities, licenses, registrations and other necessary things.

12. Celebrating the St. Johns

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Our American Heritage River


17. History of the Neighborhoods


Rich in architectural history, there’s no place like home in the Historic Districts 18. Riverside 20. Avondale 22. Ortega 24. Murray Hill

26. San Marco 28. St. Nicholas 30. San Jose 32. Springfield

34. Healthcare More than medical tourism, Jacksonville’s state-of-the-art healthcare is serious business

46. Schools

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CONTRIBUTORS Jimmy Orth and Wayne Wood

Educationally diverse opportunities abound

58. Worship Jacksonville’s religious community opens its doors and its arms to serve others

64. Parks

Jacksonville boasts more parks than any other city in America

70. Civic Groups Jump in to community service with both feet

75. Sports

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(904) 388-8839 The Historic Districts of Jacksonville have so much to offer in education, arts, recreation and services of all types that it can be hard to keep track of them all. We tried our best to list everything, but we acknowledge that some organizations and places may have slipped through the cracks. Please forgive us and do let us know what’s missing so we can add them to this annual Neighbors and Newcomers Guide.

Root for the home teams or find a neighborhood team to join

86. Entertainment You will never wonder what to do on the weekends in Jacksonville.

97. Day Trips Places to go on a whim or for a while

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POLICE SERVICES The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) main headquarters is downtown in the Police Memorial Building at 501 E Bay Street. The Zone 3 substation serving San Marco, St. Nicholas, and Lakewood is located at 7100 Powers Ave; the Zone 4 substation serving Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill and Ortega is located at 3726 Blanding Blvd. Call 9-1-1 for EMERGENCY situations only. A neighbor’s loud party or your car being broken into the night before is not an emergency. For non-emergency police services visit www.coj.net/departments/sheriffs-office.aspx or call (904) 630-0500. UTILITIES AND PUBLIC WORKS The majority of electric, water and sewer service in Jacksonville is provided by Jacksonville Electric Authority, commonly referred to as JEA. For more information or to sign up for service, visit www.jea.com or call (904) 655-6000. CITY SERVICES Contact 630-CITY (2489) or visit www.630city.coj.net with any of your requests or issues with the City of Jacksonville. MyJax, available through the App Store or Google Play, allows you report concerns, view points of interest, look up city service schedules, and more. GARBAGE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION Residential curbside collection of garbage, yard waste and recyclables is provided on a weekly basis. Visit www.coj.net and select “Garbage/Recycling Schedule” under the “Living” tab for guidelines and collection schedule. For more information or to request a recycling bin, call 630-CITY (2489).

PHONE, CABLE AND INTERNET SERVICE Phone, cable and Internet service is offered in our area by a variety of companies. A few commonly used services can be reached at: • AT&T (1-888-757-6500) • Comcast-XFINITY (1-800-934-6489) • Dish Network (1-888-975-0964) • DIRECTV (1-800-490-4388) DRIVER LICENSE AND MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE CENTERS

PET LICENSES To obtain a license for dogs, cats and ferrets, which must be renewed annually, pet owners must show written proof of their pet’s current rabies vaccination and pay $15. Many veterinarian offices will submit the paperwork on your behalf. The fine for violating the city ordinance is $50. Visit www.coj.net and select “Animal Care and Control” from the services drop-down menu or call (904) 387-8924. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

To get a Florida driver license or identification card for the first time or to transfer an out-of-state license, residents must appear in person at a driver license office. Check the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website (www.flhsmv. gov/offices/duval) for a list of office locations. Florida Law requires that residents notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 10 days of a change of address. You may change your address, renew, or request a duplicate license online at www.flhsmv.gov. For more information call (850) 617-2000. VEHICLE REGISTRATION A license plate and registration are required on all motor vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles and mopeds. To register a vehicle for the first time, the owner must take the original title and proof of Florida insurance to any Duval County Tax Collector office (in the case of newly purchased cars, this process is typically handled at the dealership). Tags and registration can be renewed at the Tax Collector’s Office or online at www. gorenew.com. Visit www.flhsmv.gov or call (850) 617-2000.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates more than 40 bus routes and community shuttles throughout Jacksonville, the Beaches, and Orange Park. JTA also oversees the Skyway, a 2.5 mile elevated transit system serving San Marco and Downtown. For JTA schedules, fees, special services or other information, visit www.jtafla.com or call (904) 630-3100. Download NextBus (www.nextbus.com) to find stops and next scheduled departure. For information about the St. Johns River Ferry, which runs every half hour between Mayport and Fort George Island, visit http://ferry.jtafla.com. VOTER REGISTRATION First-time voters in the state of Florida must complete and sign an application and deliver it (in person or by mail) to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 105 E. Monroe St. or any Jacksonville public library. Resi-dents who already have a Florida voter information card can change their address by phone or email. For more information visit www.duvalelections.com or call (904) 630-1414.


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ne of the things that makes our historic neighborhoods so special is their proximity to the St. Johns River and the many tributaries that wind their way through our communities. Despite being such a prominent feature and constant presence in our lives, the river is not as well-known or understood as one might think. In fact, the river is often misunderstood. I grew up in Jacksonville believing the urban myth that only a handful of rivers in the world flow north, including the St. Johns. It was not until I was hired by St. Johns Riverkeeper that I realized that this is not true. There are actually hundreds that also flow north. While this is still an uncommon feature, what really sets the St. Johns apart from others is how slow it flows. The St. Johns only falls about 27 feet, or an inch a mile, over its 310-mile journey to

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"The St. Johns is the only river in Florida and one of only 14 rivers in the entire United States federally-designated as an American Heritage River." the sea. As a result, it has been referred to as one of the “laziest” rivers in the world. In addition, we live in the estuary portion of the St. Johns, so the river can actually reverse flow at times due to the



tidal influences of the ocean. The downside is that our river doesn’t flush efficiently, so pollutants that are dumped into its waters remain for quite some time. The upside is that we have the benefit of both freshwater and saltwater species of fish and wildlife. You may be just as likely in many parts of the river to see a manatee as a bottlenose dolphin! Many people, even longtime residents, may also not be aware of the tremendous accolades bestowed upon our river. For instance, the St. Johns is the only river in Florida and one of only 14 rivers in the entire United States federally-designated as an American Heritage River. The St. Johns was awarded such an esteemed designation because of the tremendous historical, cultural, recreational, ecological, and economic benefits that it has provided to Florida and its citizens for generations. More recently, the America’s Great Waters

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Riverfront properties in the four counties studied increased in value $944 million due solely to river frontage, while tributary frontage properties increased $117 million. Even homes in close proximity to the river benefit, with an increased value of $837 million. I haven’t even touched on the numerous recreational, tourism, aesthetic or intangible benefits provided by the river, but hopefully the picture is clear – this is one great body of water and we are better off because of it. So, take the time to learn more about the St. Johns, including the pollution problems that threaten its future, and make an effort to get out there to experience and explore the river. We can’t afford to take it for granted, and we must do everything we can to ensure it continues to sustain our community for generations to come.


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n an alternate version of the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy clicked her red heels together, shut her eyes and chanted, “There’s no place like home!” little did she know she would leave Oz and Kansas behind for Jacksonville’s eclectic historic neighborhoods. Dorothy and her Oz entourage would feel right at home in 5 Points, known for its unusual and quirky shops, while Aunt Em and Uncle Henry might give up the farm to make their residence across the river in San Marco, where Italian Renaissance reigns. One of the most pleasantly surprising aspects about the Historic Districts is their architectural diversity. Many of the grand old homes are history-rich, while some of the new homes built in the past year or two are painstakingly true to the heritage of the community. Whether you land on the Northbank or the Southbank, you’re sure to find a home style and a neighborhood that fits you – just like Dorothy’s red shoes – perfectly!

Cheek Castle at 2263 River Boulevard


After Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901, Riverside quickly became popular as a showcase for a variety of architectural styles, among them revivals of many European designs, including the popular Greek, Gothic, Mediterranean, Tudor and Victorian. However, other lesser-known forms lend their unique features to Riverside’s eclectic architectural landscape.

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Built almost immediately after the Great Fire, a Shingle and Queen Anne blended-style home at 1521 Riverside Avenue was one of more than 50 large-scale homes on what was called “The Row” between Edison Avenue and Margaret Street. Now known as the Riverdale Inn, the mansion is just one of two left from The Row. The other “Row” house is home to North Florida Dermatology Associates. Another popular residential design in early Riverside came from the Prairie School of Architecture, and none exemplifies the style better than 2821 Riverside Avenue. Built in 1913 by an architect unknown, yet rumored to have been Henry Klutho, this classic Prairie-style domicile once served as an osteopathic hospital. It is now home,

Did you know? • Riverside Avenue was once named Commercial Street and was changed in 1893. • Riverside was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 as Jacksonville’s first Historic District.

appropriately, to local historian and retired optometrist Wayne Wood, author of “Jacksonville’s Historical Heritage.” A decade after World War I ended, the head of the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company commissioned architect Roy Benjamin and builder Charles Davis, Jr. to construct a

four-story, eight-bedroom home of more than 8,500 square feet in the Jacobethan Revival style. Still referred to as the Cheek Castle, the waterfront mansion on River Boulevard draws locals and visitors to gaze beyond the ornamental iron fence at its crenelated tower.

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LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park Cherry Street Park (N) 1865 Cherry Street John Gorrie Dog Park (S) at Riverside Park (N) 753 Park Street Memorial Park (C) 1620 Riverside Avenue Peace Memorial Rose Garden (N) 1515 Mallory Street Willowbranch Park (N) 2870 Sydney Street Riverside Avondale Community Garden (S) 2840 Park Street

Windsor Place Park (N) Windsor Place and Sydney Street Yacht Basin Park (N) 2941 St. Johns Avenue

LOCAL SPORTS Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Swimming Pool 1100 Stockton Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 387-4298 www.gsjax.church/pool.aspx »» The large heated indoor pool at a historic Riverside church offers swimming lessons, lifeguard training and physical therapy classes. Summer day camps use the pool, and many pool members swim laps and exercise there daily.

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Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League 849 Park Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 382-6639 www.rpcbasketball.org »» Since 2000, this church-sponsored basketball league offers basketball teams for boys and girls in the Jacksonville area. Winston Family YMCA 221 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 265-1775 www.firstcoastymca.org/locations/ winston-family-ymca »» This YMCA is home to the Barracudas in-training swim team for ages 6 to 17, the Flyers year-round competitive swim team for ages 7 to 17, triathlon training program for ages 5 to 14, karate classes for ages 7 to 12, and an adult badminton club for ages 18 and up.

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including six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The Lane-Towers House was featured on the very first Riverside-Avondale Preservation tour in 1976 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Now on its fourth owner in nearly 90 years, the home is being restored to the grandeur intended by architects Mulford Marsh and Harold Saxelbye.

RIVERSIDE AVONDALE PRESERVATION INC. Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc. (RAP) is a private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1974 whose mission is to enhance and preserve the architecture, history, cultural heritage and economic viability of the historic neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. RAP encourages community participation, promotes preservation education, and sponsors events highlighting the history, architecture and cultural vibrancy of the district. The group advocates for the neighborhoods’ historical assets and works with preservation groups across the state to ensure Riverside and Avondale’s history and cultural heritage remain intact. RAP is located at 2623 Herschel Street and can be reached at (904) 389–2449 or info@ riversideavondale.org. For more information on membership and events visit www.riversideavondale.org.

Did you know? • “Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage,” a book authored by Wayne Wood, gives a comprehensive look at Jacksonville landmarks, and was a result of 15 years of survey work done by and for the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission. • Avondale was developed on what used to be the Magnolia Plantation, which raised 550 acres of cotton, corn, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, cattle and sheep from 1850 to 1871, at which time it was sold and subdivided into truck farms.


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Marketed as a place where “well-to-do” people would reside, Avondale quickly became popular after construction began in 1920. Nearly 200 homes were built in the first two years of development, mostly in the Mediterranean Revival style, such as two built for members of the Stockton family on Avondale Circle. Both Stockton homes are characteristic of the Spanish/Italian flavor of many homes in post-World War I Avondale. The homes were designed by architects Greeley & Benjamin and built in 1922, one for Avondale developer Telfair Stockton and the other for his son, James, who ran the various Stockton real estate and development companies after Telfair’s death in 1932. In contrast to the proliferation of Mediterranean Revival-style homes in Avondale, the Edward W. Lane residence (then later known as the Lane-Tower Mansion) was built in the Tudor Revival style in 1928, just prior to the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The riverfront mansion has over 11,000 square feet of finished space,

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founder of the Venetia neighborhood and named his home after the row of cedar trees which lined the entrance to his front door. Although not built directly on the riverfront to avoid wind, the C.C. Bettes mansion on Ortega Boulevard has a direct view of the St. Johns River from its 2.5-acre lawn. Almost on the eve of its centennial birthday, the plantation home caught fire while undergoing renovations to restore it to its original 1909 Colonial Revival grandeur. The two-story home first built for Bettes, a pharmacist and partner in the John N.C. Stockton Development Company, has since been completely restored. Nearby Bettes Park was named for the original owner of the home, whose 24-hour Bay Street pharmacy in downtown Jacksonville included a 24-foot soda fountain.

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Did you know? • Daniel McGirtt, for whom McGirts Boulevard is named, was a colonel in the Revolutionary War on the side of the American troops before moving to Ortega, which in 1780 was called Maxton’s Creek Island. • After Daniel McGirtt was jailed for the third and final time in 1796, John “Don Juan” McQueen moved onto McGirtt’s property, where he harvested timber for cypress shingles before selling the property to John McIntosh who renamed it Ortega, after the judge who helped facilitate the purchase.

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• The Florida Country Club, established in 1910, was designed by Henry Bacon, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The club folded during the depression. Bacon was an Ortega resident.


Considered one of Jacksonville’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Ortega has a quaint, small-town feel with magnificent views of the St. John’s River and downtown Jacksonville. Its architecture is varied, drawing from the Mediterranean and Tudor Revival styles, but includes Queen Anne and Colonial Revival homes, as well as bungalows and more modern residential forms. Among the riverfront mansions you’ll find Los Cedros (The Cedars), built in 19241925 by Palm Beach architect Marion Sims Wyeth, famous for designing during the same period Mar-a-Lago, the mansion currently owned by President Donald Trump. The Ortega mansion built for Colonel Raymond C. Turck has details copied from the Toledo, Spain, residence of the renowned painter El Greco. Turck was the

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Navy Ortega Lakeshore Little League P.O. Box 7331 Jacksonville FL 32238 www.noljax.org »» Open to military families and civilians, NOL Little League offers an opportunity for children of all levels and experience to play baseball and softball.

Baker Point Park (N) 4045 San Juan Avenue Bettes Park (N) 3800 Bettes Circle

Timuquana Yacht Club River Rats 4028 Timuquana Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 388-2664 www.rcsl.org/teams/tyc.html »» The River Rats are the combined swim team of the Timuquana Country Club and The Florida Yacht Club. There is also a Junior River Rats team for younger swimmers.

Columbus Park (N) 2850 Iroquois Avenue Cortez Park (N) 4260 Baltic Street DeSoto Park (N) 3970 Baltic Street John Stockton Park (C) 4827 Carlisle Road

Venetia Athletic Club 580 College Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 382-6639 www.vacjax.com »» This nonprofit youth football organization for ages of 6 and 13 is open to all Jacksonville and neighboring residents.

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COUNTRY CLUBS The Florida Yacht Club 5210 Yacht Club Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 387-1653 www.thefloridayachtclub.org »» From sailing to scuba-diving to kayaking, The Florida Yacht Club is the epicenter of many aquatic sports. The club also has a croquet program, tennis programs and adult teams. Timuquana Country Club 4028 Timuquana Road Jacksonville, FL 32210 (904) 388-2664 www.timuquana.net »» Located on the western edge of the St. Johns River, Timuquana offers an 18-hole course and tennis programs for adults and children. This private club open only to members and their guests.

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Although early growth in Murray Hill was attributed to the 1920s “Great Florida Land Boom,” some of the area’s several dozen sites deemed to be potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places were built before and after the Roaring Twenties. According to an intensive architectural survey taken in 2006, 1,111 residential and commercial structures were documented with dates of construction between 1895 and 1958. These include simple brick oneand two-part commercial block buildings and early-20th century service stations within the commercial district as well as modest English Tudor cottages, basic bungalows, ornate Craftsman homes, and Minimal Traditional homes within the residential areas. Among the potential historic sites are a 1918 Sears catalog kit house – one of only three known in Jacksonville, and a 1900 Craftsman home. The others are homes built between 1911 and 1949 and include bungalows, Craftsman, Art Deco or masonry vernacular structures. In 1925 the majority of construction was done by speculative builders, so there were few architects involved. Two listed

The oldest home in Murray Hill, built in 1900, on Talbot Avenue.

on building permits include C.B. Jones and Henrietta Cuttino Dozier, the first female architect in Atlanta and then in Jacksonville. She was the third woman to become a member of the American Institute of Architects in the early 1900s. Six of the homes along French Street were designed by Dozier.

Did you know? • Murray Hill was created as a working-class suburb to accommodate a growing railroad and port labor pool in 1906 when the Murray Hill Land Company platted the area with a vision of paved avenues and streetcar access. • The average cost to build a home in 1925 in Murray Hill was $4,466.

One of only three known Sears kit homes in Jacksonville was built in 1918 on Kerle Street.

The second oldest home in Murray Hill, on Wolfe Street, was built in 1901.

• Even in 1925, Murray Hill was still largely rural in nature, and an ordinance was approved to levy fines against cattle owners whose stock was left to roam at large within the city.

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LOCAL PARKS C – Community Park N – Neighborhood Park S – Specialty Park Murray Hill Arts Center at Herbert Bayer (S) 4327 Kerle Street Driveway on Hamilton St. Murray Hill Four Corners Park (N) 4602 Lawnview Street Murray Hill Playground (N) 4208 Kingsbury Street

Murray Hill Athletic Association 4208 Kingsbury Street (904) 338-7419 www.murrayhillathletics.org »» Murray Hill Athletic Association (MHAA) is a Babe Ruth League affiliate offering youth baseball, softball and T-ball since 1975. MHAA provides athletic programing to the families of children ages 4 through 17.

Unlike many of Jacksonville’s other historic districts, there aren’t many structures in San Marco built prior to the early 1920s. San Marco, originally incorporated as South Jacksonville, was created from the start by developer Telfair Stockton with an upscale Italian Renaissance Revival theme in mind. This historic district’s most popular feature is San Marco Square, which set the theme for the neighborhood’s Italian Renaissance history in the late 1920s. Even neighborhoods south of San Marco proper picked up on the Mediterranean theme, with street

This River Road Mediterranean Revival house was home to a family of doctors.

Cigar company magnate Carl Swisher built this elegant home on River Road in Villa Alexandria.

names in Granada and Miramar sporting Spanish names. Part of the building boom in San Marco included a housing subdivision called Villa Alexandria, plotted in 1929. There you’ll find the two Swisher family estates, designed by architects Marsh & Saxelbye. The cigar magnates, father John and son Carl, had their Mediterranean Revival style homes erected on what was once the site of Villa Alexandria, an estate which belonged to railroad tycoon Alexander and Martha Reed Mitchell from 1872 to 1902.

Both of the elaborate homes on River Road were host to large and extravagant parties during the Depression. Nestled between Marco Lake and the St. Johns River is another Mediterranean Revival style residence built in 1928 for Dr. Lee E. Bransford, Sr. and designed by St. Nicholas architect George O. Holmes. Bransford’s son, Lee Jr., was an eye doctor and lived in the home until his death in 2012. Father and son were both members of the Duval County Medical Society when it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1953.


Did you know?

The San Marco Preservation Society was formed in 1975 as a nonprofit to protect the integrity of the San Marco residential neighborhood and to enhance the revitalization of the business district. The group is charged with keeping the charm and character of San Marco intact. The group oversees San Marco Preservation Hall, a local landmark originally built in 1888 as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 652 Atlantic Boulevard. The space is leased for weddings, parties and meetings. Other society activities include representing San Marco’s interests to city government, participating in zoning and government action issues, maintaining and enhancing area parks and recreation facilities, and coordinating family and community events. The organization’s business office is located in the former South Jacksonville City Hall at 1468 Hendricks Ave. and can be reached at (904) 396-0081 or visit www.smpsjax.com.

• Funds to commission the Lions Fountain in San Marco Square were donated by the families of Ron Nemeyer, James and Benita Boyd, Tine Wayne Davis and Letha Wilton Davis, for whom the fountain was dedicated. The sculpture was designed by Angela Schifanella and Alan Wilson, and created by Hugh Nicholson.

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Granada Park (N) 3960 Alcazar Avenue

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Greenscape Celebration Park (N) 801 LaSalle Street

Alexandria Oaks Park (N) Also known as FEC Park 1620 Marco Place

Historic Kings Road Park (N) 1972 Kings Avenue

Angelina Danese Park (N) 3310 St. Augustine Road

Jessie Ball duPont Park (N) (Known as Treaty Oak Park) 1207 Prudential Drive

Balis Park (N) 1999 San Marco Blvd.

Jim Rink Park (N) 801 Cedar Street Joe Davis Memorial Park (N) 2545 Larsen Road Landon Park (N) 1800 San Marco Blvd. Largo Well Park (N) 1964 Largo Road

Belmonte Park (N) 1440 Belmonte Avenue

Lillian S. Davin Park (N) 2311 River Road

Brown L. Whatley Memorial Park (N) Alexandria Place South

River Oaks Park (C) 1000 River Oaks Road

Colonial Manor Park (N) (Known as the Duck Pond) 3625 San Jose Blvd.

Riverfront Park (N) 1800 River Road Southbank Riverwalk (S) 1001 Museum Circle

Fletcher Park (S) 1652 Atlantic Blvd. Friendship Fountain Park (S) 1015 Museum Circle

Southside Park & Tennis Complex (C) 1539-1541 Hendricks Avenue

LOCAL SPORTS Hendricks Avenue Baseball League 4001 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 396-7745 www.hendricksbaseball.org »» Provides baseball programs for children in the Southbank, St. Nicholas, San Marco, Lakewood, and San Jose neighborhoods. There is a T-ball league for ages 4 to 6, a minor league team for age 9 and up and a major league team for ages 12 and up. Southside Tennis Complex 1539 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 399-1761 »» Six lighted asphalt and six lighted clay courts are open to the general public seven days a week for league play, by reservation or walk-up. Competitive opportunities include Working Women’s League, First Coast Tennis Foundation Women’s Day League, seven USTA adult leagues, and both adult and junior teams. Jaxparks Junior Tennis Camp 1539 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.coj.net/departments/parks,recreation-and-community-services/ recreation-and-community-programming/ youth-camps#tennis »» Campers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at this camp. Children 10 and under learn to use tennis equipment and play on a smaller sized court. More advanced children ages 11 through 15 learn serving techniques and game play situations.

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Among the mansions which once dotted the south bank of the St. Johns River from St. Nicholas to Oak Haven, several can be found in the Palmer Terrace neighborhood, including a riverfront residence built in 1886 in a blend of the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles of architecture. The two-story home at 1117 Palmer Terrace features eight fireplaces and a music room. In nearby Empire Point, a late Victorianera Queen Anne mansion named Marabanong was built by Thomas Basnett in 1876. Basnett, a noted astronomer from England, married Eliza Wilbur, an internationally known scientist from New York, and they settled in Empire Point in 1880. The 21-room mansion once served as a “health spa” in the early 1900s, and at one point the George W. Trout family (relatives who inherited the property) maintained a zoo on the estate. Bought by a lawyer and his wife, a fine artist, in the early 1990s, the mansion has undergone two decades of restoration and renovation, and was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Did you know? • Fort San Nicholas, which also protected the river crossing called Cow Ford, stood on what is now the Bishop Kenny High School athletic field area. • Empire Point was part of the original land grant to Reuben Hogans in 1808 and is named for a sawmill which operated prior to the Civil War.

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St. Nicholas Area Preservation and St. Nicholas Business Association St. Nicholas Area Preservation, Inc., known as SNAP by the locals, was incorporated in 1979 and serves approximately 300 homes from Mayfair Road to Holmesdale Road, extending from the St. Johns River to Atlantic Boulevard. SNAP joined forces with the St. Nicholas Business Association in 2002 to revitalize the area with an improved town center, which was completed in 2009. Together the organizations took home the Award of Distinction during JaxPride Week 2007. Both groups are currently in hiatus as each seeks leadership and active members. Harbor Oaks at St. Nicholas Neighborhood Association


The Harbor Oaks community, east of Millers Creek and west of U.S. 1, formed a neighborhood association in 2013 with 105 homes and nine businesses in the boundaries of Harbor Oaks Road, Atlantic Boulevard, Highlands Avenue and Harbor Drive. Neighborhood meetings are held at Power of Faith Church, 3910 Atlantic Blvd., on the second Thursday of the month. For more information contact Brendon Cumiskey, president, at brendon@ daltonagency.com or (904) 237-2897, or Lyn Corley, vice president, at lynprayjax@aol.com or (904) 398-5517.

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Palmer Terrace Park (N) Palmer Terrace

Bee Street Park (N) 720 South Shores Road

St. Nicholas Playground (N) 2260 Spring Park Road

Lillian Saunders Center (C) 2750 Bartley Circle

St. Nicholas Train Station Park (N) 2564 Atlantic Blvd.



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The San Jose Country Club, upper left, and these three private homes share the same Mediterranean Revival style of architecture prevalent in the 1920s.

Did you know? • The San Jose Hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 125-room, 1925-era Spanish-style structure which became part of The Bolles School campus in 1933. • San Jose Estates’ original Administration Building is now part of the San Jose Episcopal Church and Day School, and at one time hosted San Jose Estate’s executive offices, a casino, and a gas station.

the club was purchased in 1946 by the Stockton, Whatley and Davin Company to serve the families of the expanding area once known as South Jacksonville.

Built in 1927 on a site originally intended for a Vanderbilt Hotel, Epping Forest was home to multi-millionaire philanthropist Alfred I. duPont and his wife, Jessie Ball duPont.


The San Jose community developed in fits and starts, first brainstormed in 1914, then put on the back burner until after World War I. San Jose Estates was reborn in 1925 as a planned community to include hotels, a country club, yacht club, parks, schools and residences. However, the 1929 stock market crash, the Depression and then World War II slowed development again with completion of only about 30 of the anticipated thousands of homes to be built in the area. During the initial period of stops and starts, Epping Forest, the elaborate mansion designed by architects Mulford Marsh and Harold Saxelbye, was built in 1927 for Alfred I. duPont and his wife, Jessie Ball duPont. Named for an English forest that was home to an ancestor of Mrs. duPont, Epping Forest covered more than 60 acres with one mile of waterfront. Designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, its three-story tower at the main entrance was a focal point for visitors who enjoyed accommodations in the guest house or the main house. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Epping Forest made the switch from residential to commercial in 1984 when it was purchased by the president of Gate Petroleum Company and converted into a yacht club. Not too far down the road, the San Jose Country Club was also built in the Mediterranean Revival style in 1925 and was operated by the duPont Estate for nearly 20 years as a semi-private club for guests of the San Jose Hotel. Retaining the name,

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Jewish Community Alliance 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 730-2100 www.jcajax.org »» The JCA Sports & Recreation Department provides quality programs for all ages. Youth sports programs include basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, flag football, gymnastics, lacrosse, run club, volleyball, fencing, swim team, martial arts and tennis. Adult sports programs include basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, fencing, martial arts and tennis.

Epping Forest Yacht & Country Club 1830 Epping Forest Drive Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 739-7200 www.efyc.com »» Epping Forest offers aquatic and tennis programs in addition to sailing and boating programs.

Alejandro Garces (C) Camp Tomahawk Park 8419 San Ardo Road Baker Skinner Park (C) 7641 Powers Avenue Crabtree Park (N) 1704 University Blvd. West Goodbys Creek Preserve (U) 9145 San Jose Blvd. Nathan Krestul Park (C) 2001 LaVaca Road San Jose Acre Park (N) 2965 Caballero Drive Verona Park (N) 7155 San Jose Blvd.

Jewish Community Alliance Mako Sharks 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 730-2100 http://rcsl.org/teams/efst.html »» Part of the River City Swim League, the Mako Sharks swim team competes against other local country clubs. San Jose Athletic Association 7641 Powers Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 737-1177 www.sanjosejaxbaseball.com »» This athletic association offers recreational, advanced and all-star baseball programs for children in addition to camps and clinics. SJAA is a Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Chartered organization.

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Part of Jacksonville’s urban core, the historic district of Springfield has a significant number of historic structures, many erected in the late 1800s. The architectural style then was primarily Queen Anne and Colonial Revival, but after the Great Fire of 1901, Henry John Klutho introduced the avant garde Prairie style, experimenting with the design on his own home. Klutho’s home, first located at 2018 Main Street, is thought to be the first Prairie-style house in Florida. Built in 1909, it was host to political, financial and motion picture moguls and stars before the movie industry declined in Jacksonville. The house was moved to 30 West 9th Street in 1925, then

converted into a duplex rental unit after alterations were made, including a Spanishstyle arch. The home has since been restored to Klutho’s original design. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Less than a mile south of Klutho’s home is another historic building dating back to 1901, after the Great Fire. The architect of the Barnett Bank Building standing at that time, Leon Beaver of Knoxville, Tennessee, was commissioned to build a two-story Colonial Revival home by William B. Barnett, the bank’s founder. With few exceptions, the house has remained unchanged and was sold by the Barnett family in 1941 to Henry Klutho residence, 1909

Barnett Mansion

the Solomon Lodge, the city’s oldest Masonic organization. Another Masonic lodge, No. 187, was named after William B. Barnett in 1909; its members meet at a building built in 1961 on Atlantic Boulevard

Did you know?

• Springfield is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has nearly 1,800 historic structures, primarily homes. • Following a 50-year decline that began in the late 1920s, the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization association successfully led a campaign in 1979 to “down-zone” the neighborhood from commercial zoning back to residential. Henry Klutho residence, 2016

Henry Klutho’s sketch of his proposed residence


• An 1871 real estate guide offered by Springfield developer John Norton noted “No other suburban addition to the city is so centrally located or so contiguous to the business portion of the city.”

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SPRINGFIELD PRESERVATION AND REVITALIZATION Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR) was established in 1974 to facilitate positive change in the historic district, around five themes: Preservation — The Design and Review Committee provides expert opinions to residents, developers and city officials alike on aesthetic design issues in the historic district, which help preserve the neighborhood’s unique character. The annual Home Tour showcases the neighborhood’s eclectic nature and encourages new restorations in the community. Quality-of-Life — The Block Captain program coordinates with residents and volunteers to tackle Neighborhood Clean-up projects, Neighborhood Watch, and works closely with local law enforcement. Improving the “Emerald Necklace” park system, and making


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streets pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly add value to the fabric of the neighborhood. Commercial Revitalization — SPAR, in partnership with the Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA), supports existing businesses and encourages new business. Now a Spar affiliate, SAMBA helps coordinate the Main Street Cruise, and guides those interested in setting up shop in Springfield. Civic Advocacy — Communication with elected representatives, state and federal agencies, and the City of Jacksonville is essential to ensure effective representation in issues impacting the neighborhood. Connecting — Through an e-newsletter, email updates, website, and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, SPAR informs and connects residents with local happenings and each other. Visit www.sparcouncil.org or call (904) 353-7727 for information. The SPAR office is located at 1321 N. Main Street.

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»» As the central hub of the Baptist Health system, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville offers 525 beds and provides the highest level of medical and surgical care using the latest technologies. Baptist Jacksonville is home to the area’s only dedicated heart hospital and the Baptist Neurological Institute and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, which provides the most advanced treatment options for stroke, aneurysm and other brain and spine conditions. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center www.baptistjax.com | 1235 San Marco Blvd. | (844) 632-2278

»» Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is a regional destination for outpatient cancer care, which is clinically integrated with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. Designed to serve as a single destination for cancer patients and their families, Baptist MD Anderson brings together multiple disciplines under one roof, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, infusion and other support clinical services. Natural light, soothing colors and artwork also ensure comfort by merging the “high-tech” world of medicine with the “high-touch” needs of cancer patients.

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»» Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute offers pain management, physical therapy, non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures and complex surgical procedures. The Institute offers 35 specialty-trained physicians dedicated to delivering comprehensive care for the muscles, bones and joints for more than 400 sports team members. In addition, JOI maintains a rehab division with more than 75 therapists. In February 2011, JOI affiliated with Baptist Health. In addition to providing athletic trainers for Jacksonville Armada FC, JOI provides team physicians for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville. JOI is also a community partner to and provides athletic trainers and/or physicians to The Bolles School, Fernandina Beach High School, Paxon High School, The Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Bishop Kenny High School, Bishop John J. Snyder High School, and Atlantic Coast High School. Nemours Children’s Specialty Care www.nemours.org | 807 Children’s Way | (904) 697-3600

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»» Nationally recognized for its quality pediatric care, Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the region’s only children’s hospital. Under its roof, the 216-bed facility offers skilled pediatric specialists, advanced technology and evidence-based practices help children overcome illnesses like serious heart conditions, brain disorders, behavioral health issues, gastrointestinal conditions and diabetes. Wolfson’s was recognized as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals in 2013-2014 by U.S. News & World Report in five categories. Wolfson’s is also a leader in charitable care for children in Jacksonville.

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»» With more than 40 years of providing medical rehabilitation services, Brooks Rehabilitation empowers people to achieve their highest level of recovery and participation in life through excellence in recovery techniques. In addition to its inpatient therapy, the organization has 26 clinics, which provide outpatient therapy. It also offers skilled nursing, home care, assisted living and memory care. Hope Haven Clinic www.hope-haven.org | 4600 Beach Blvd. | (904) 346-5100

»» Each year Hope Haven provides 5,000 families with special needs children with educational and therapeutic services to assist the children in realizing their full potential. Services at the facility include evaluations for autism, ADHD, ADD, gifted, occupational therapy, physical therapy, mental health therapy, psychological therapy, educational therapy, speech-language therapy and Down syndrome as well as individualized tutoring, after-school programs, summer camps, and job placement services for young adults with special needs. Hope Haven’s Discovery School provides an inclusive teaching environment for children age 3 to 6 with and without special needs. Memorial Hospital www.memorialhospitaljax.com | 3625 University Blvd. S. | (904) 702-6111

»» Memorial Hospital has been providing care for patients in Northeast Florida for over 40 years. Memorial Health includes in its main 418-bed hospital campus The Heart Center; a Bariatric surgery center; bone and joint center; women’s center; spine clinic and Neuroscience Center, Among Memorial’s many distinctions is the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Primary Stroke Centers. Specialty Hospital—Memorial Health specialtyhospitaljax.com | 4901 Richard St. | (904) 737-3120

»» Specialty Hospital is a fully licensed and accredited, long-term acute care hospital. It’s the only one of its kind in Jacksonville, and one of approximately 300 in the nation. It serves patients with complex medical conditions in need of extended hospital stays. The focus of the hospital is on the patient’s total recovery, and that is one of the factors that sets Specialty Hospital apart. Patients at the 107-bed facility often have multiple system failure and are debilitated by conditions such as pulmonary complications, respiratory failure, infectious diseases, severe wounds, and brain and spinal cord injuries. Community physicians from nearly every medical discipline are affiliated with the hospital there are approximately 250 physicians on its staff. St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside www.jaxhealth.com | 4201 Belfort Road | (904) 296-3700

»» Founded in 1873, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside (once known as St. Luke’s) was the first private hospital in Jacksonville and is the oldest private hospital in Florida. Currently a 311-bed facility, St. Vincent’s Southside joined the St. Vincent’s HealthCare family in 2008. It is the only community hospital to receive the “baby-friendly” designation from the World Health Organization and UNICEF. It is also home to the area’s only all-private neonatal intensive care (NICU) rooms. The Family Birth Place at St. Vincent’s Southside was also one of only nine organizations in the country to receive a PRC Platinum Achievement Award in 2015.

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WESTSIDE St. Vincent’s HealthCare www.jaxhealth.com | 1 Shircliff Way | (904) 308-7300

»» St. Vincent’s Medical System is part of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Ascension Health. It is the largest Catholic and nonprofit health system in the United States. St. Vincent’s, widely recognized for its quality and compassionate care, is a 528-bed acute care hospital in Riverside and has been named as one of the top 50 heart centers by U.S. News & World Report. As of October 2016, patients can also utilize the new Mayo Clinic Cancer Center on the St. Vincent’s campus. A facility created through a partnership between St. Vincent’s HealthCare and the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic, the center is staffed by Mayo’s department of hematology and oncology and offers patient services in advanced cancer care in the areas of medical oncology, chemotherapy, and multidisciplinary disease specialized care for different types of cancer. Park West ER orangeparkmedicalcenter.com | 6477 103rd Street | (904) 772-3300

»» Park West ER, a full-service emergency center, aims to meet the needs of West Jacksonville. It offers around-the-clock physicians, separate treatment areas for adults and children and on-site 24/7 imaging and radiology services.

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BEACHES / EAST Baptist Medical Center Beaches www.baptistjax.com |1350 13th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach | (904) 627-2900

»» Baptist Medical Center Beaches, a 146-bed facility, provides beaches residents with close-to-home access to comprehensive, high-tech medical and surgical care. Providing the only hospital-based, 24-hour emergency service at the beach, Baptist Beaches is known for the quality and compassion of its staff, who treat patients like family. Baptist Medical Center Nassau www.baptistjax.com | 1250 South 18th Street; Fernandina Beach | (904) 321-3500

»» Baptist Medical Center Nassau is a highly advanced, extremely well-equipped 62-bed community hospital on Amelia Island that provides a full spectrum of in- and outpatient services and 24-hour emergency care to coastal communities in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. The medical staff includes highly trained physicians in 24 different specialties who practice locally. As part of the Baptist Health system, Baptist Nassau has access to many additional specialized physicians, services, and resources. Baptist Emergency at Town Center www.baptistjax.com | 4085 Town Center Parkway | (904) 202-6800

»» The 16-bed Baptist Emergency at the St. Johns Town Center houses two emergency centers under one roof – one for adults and one for children. Conveniently located near the intersection of Interstate 295 and Town Center Parkway, the Baptist/Wolfson Children’s emergency center is a true hospital ER, staffed 24/7 by experienced emergency and pediatric physicians. On-site technology includes ultrasound, CT scanner, X-ray, a full-service laboratory, and telemedicine consultation services. Mayo Clinic, Florida www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/florida 4500 San Pablo Road S. | (904) 953-2000

»» Mayo Clinic first began its world-renown health care in Jacksonville in 1986. The Jacksonville location includes a 304-bed hospital, 22 operating rooms and offers care in more than 35 adult medical and surgical specialties. The hospital includes a full-service emergency department, open to everyone. Patients at Mayo Clinic receive coordinated care in a matter of days at one location including doctor visits, testing, surgery, and hospital care. Mayo Offers Jacksonville residents access to a healthcare facility where patients from all over the United States and the world come for a wide range of treatments.

NORTHSIDE Baptist Emergency at North www.baptistjax.com | 11250 Baptist Health Drive | (904) 202-6905

»» The 16-bed Baptist Emergency at North houses two emergency centers under one roof - the Baptist Emergency Center and the Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center. This child-friendly emergency center is staffed with nurses who specialize in pediatric medicine and experienced emergency and pediatric physicians; board-certified pediatric radiologists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, who review every pediatric X-ray, CT scan and other imaging tests; and pediatric pharmacists at Wolfson Children’s who consult on and manage every prescribed medication.

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UF Health Jacksonville www.ufhealthjax.org | 655 W. 8th Street | (904) 244-0411

»» University of Florida Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville) is a private, notfor-profit hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center campuses in Jacksonville and Gainesville. Combining its strength with the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, it offers residents in Northeast Florida and Southeast George all the benefits of an academic health center. A state-of-the-art medical complex, it includes an emergency room, outpatient surgery, imaging services, a birthing center and physician offices. The hospital has 695 licensed beds and 3,645 employees and includes 37 clinical sites throughout Northeast Florida. UF Health Jacksonville’s distinctions include top health care awards for its cancer center, neuroscience, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, and pathology. It also has the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma program in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. UF Health North www.ufhealthjax.org | 15255 Max Leggett Parkway | (904) 383-1000

»» UF Health North is the only state-of-the-art outpatient medical complex in North Jacksonville. It features a full-service emergency room, which is open 24/7, advanced imaging and more than 20 specialty services offered by top University of Florida and community physicians. Its new campus is located near Jacksonville International Airport, and the River City Marketplace. A new 92-bed hospital wing was recently built in June 2017 on the North Campus to provide more health care services for the growing population in North Jacksonville.

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University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute www.floridaproton.org | 2015 N. Jefferson Street | (904) 588-1800

»» The University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute offers Jacksonville residents access to the most advanced, non-invasive cancer treatment available. The Institute, which opened in 2006, uses proton radiation to offer cancer patients an innovative, targeted treatment for bone, brain, breast, eye, head and neck, prostate, lung, pancreatic, pediatric and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It is the first treatment center in the southeastern U.S. to offer proton therapy.

CLAY COUNTY Baptist Emergency at Clay www.baptistjax.com | 1771 Baptist Clay Drive, Fleming Island | (904) 516-1000

»» Baptist Emergency at Clay has a dedicated children’s ER inside the Baptist and Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center. This child-friendly emergency center is staffed with nurses who specialize in pediatric medicine and experienced emergency and pediatric physicians; board-certified pediatric radiologists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, who review every pediatric X-ray, CT scan and other imaging tests; and pediatric pharmacists at Wolfson Children’s who consult on and manage every prescribed medication.

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Orange Park Medical Center orangeparkmedical.com | 2001 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park | (904) 639-8500

»» Orange Park Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital with 317 inpatient beds and 170 private rooms. It includes nine labor, delivery and recovery room suites for new mothers and a seven-bed, Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature babies and those born with special needs. There is also a 24-bed psychiatric unit, a 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and 20 intensive care unit (ICU) beds. St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County www.jaxhealth.com | 1670 St. Vincent’s Way, Middleburg | (904) 602-1000

»» A 106-bed hospital which opened its doors to the community in 2013, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County nearly doubled in size through an expansion that was completed in 2016. The expansion added maternity and women’s services, more inpatient beds, more treatment rooms in the emergency department and a shell to add 30 additional beds in the future.

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HOSPICE CARE FOCUSES ON COMFORT, QUALITY OF LIFE Community Hospice & Palliative Care www.communityhospice.com | 4266 Sunbeam Road | (904) 268-5200

»» Community Hospice & Palliative Care offers specialized care that provides support to you and your loved ones during the final phase of a terminal illness. Focusing on comfort and quality of life, rather than the cure, hospice care enables you to have an alert, pain-free life and to live each day as fully as possible. There are seven locations offering a variety of services, including caregiver support, veterans’ services, advance care planning and more. The nonprofit organization has received Hospice Elite Status, and been recognized by the American Hospital Association, LifeNet Health of Florida, Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida, Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and HandsOn Jacksonville. Community Hospice is also certified as a Jewish hospice by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

PROVIDING A HOME AWAY FROM HOME Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville www.rmhcjacksonville.org | 824 Children’s Way | (904) 807-4663

»» Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Jacksonville serves as a “home away from home,” providing lodging, meals, transportation and a community of compassionate care to families who need to be near a hospital for their child’s treatment. Supporting five local hospitals, RMHC of Jacksonville serves over 1,100 families a year. In addition to the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides a place of respite for over 25,000 visitors a year from the Jacksonville community. Gabriel House of Care www.gabrielhouseofcare.org | 4599 Worrall Way | (904) 821-8995

»» Thanks to the well-known Bacardi family, which made a gift to Mayo Clinic in 2009 for the construction of a new hospitality house, families of cancer and organ transplant patients at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic can be part of a “community of healing.” Since 2010, Gabriel House of Care has striven to provide affordable, temporary lodging for patients and their caregivers who come to Jacksonville for medical treatment. Gabriel House offers 29 bedrooms on a smoke-free campus, with amenities such as fitness and laundry rooms, kitchen and dining room, library, and game rooms.

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Though Jacob suffered traumatic brain and other serious injuries from a car accident, he stays strong with help from Wolfson Children’s Hospital. He’s a champion, and you can be one, too, through your generous support. Want to help? wolfsonchildrens.org/waystogive

Jacksonville schools’ rich histories celebrate learning From public magnet schools, which focus on the arts, science, technology, engineering, math, or medical studies, to private, boarding and faith-based schools, Jacksonville offers a plethora of academic choice within its metropolitan area for families interested in giving their children a great education from preschool to college.


John NC Stockton Elementary (Math, Science, Technology Programs) 4827 Carlisle Road (904) 381-3955 dcps.duvalschools.org/stockton

Bayview Elementary 3257 Lake Shore Blvd. (904) 381-3920 dcps.duvalschools.org/bayview Central Riverside Elementary (Academically Talented Programs) 2555 Gilmore Street (904) 381-7495 dcps.duvalschools.org/centralriverside

Ortega Elementary Museum Magnet 4010 Baltic Street (904) 381-7460 dcps.duvalschools.org/ortega Englewood Elementary 4359 Spring Park Road (904) 739-5280 dcps.duvalschools.org/Englewood Fishweir Elementary (Performing Arts Programs) 3977 Herschel Street (904) 381-3910 dcps.duvalschools.org/fishweir Hendricks Avenue Elementary 3400 Hendricks Avenue (904) 346-5610 dcps.duvalschools.org/hendricks

Pine Forest School of the Arts Magnet 3929 Grant Road (904) 346-5600 dcps.duvalschools.org/pineforest

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San Jose Elementary 5805 St. Augustine Road (904) 739-5260 dcps.duvalschools.org/sanjose Spring Park Elementary 2250 Spring Park Road (904) 346-5640 dcps.duvalschools.org/springpark

Ruth N. Upson Elementary 1090 Dancy Street (904) 381-7485 dcps.duvalschools.org/upson Seaside Charter San Jose (K-8 Waldorf education) 8727 San Jose Blvd. (904) 853-6287 www.seasidecharter.org

Venetia Elementary 4300 Timuquana Road (904) 381-3990 dcps.duvalschools.org/venetia West Riverside Elementary 2801 Herschel Street (904) 381-3900 dcps.duvalschools.org/wres

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Julia Landon College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 1819 Thacker Avenue (904) 346-5650 dcps.duvalschools.org/landon


Lake Shore Middle (International Baccalaureate) 2915 Bayview Road (904) 381-7440 dcps.duvalschools.org/lakeshore

Alfred I duPont Middle 2710 duPont Avenue (904) 739-5200 dcps.duvalschools.org/dupont

LaVilla School of the Arts (Performing Arts) 501 Davis Street N. (904) 633-6069 dcps.duvalschools.org/lavilla

James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 3276 Norman E. Thagard Blvd. (904) 693-7600 dcps.duvalschools.org/jwjohnson

Seaside Charter San Jose (K-8 Waldorf education) 8727 San Jose Blvd. (904) 853-6287 www.seasidecharter.org

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PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Performing Arts) 2445 San Diego Road (904) 346-5620 dcps.duvalschools.org/anderson Duval Virtual Instruction Academy 1701 Prudential Drive (904) 390-2037 dcps.duvalschools.org/dvia Englewood High School 4412 Barnes Road (904) 739-5212 dcps.duvalschools.org/ehs Murray Hill High School 929 S. McDuff Avenue (904) 866-4516 yourdiplomayourway.com

Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Academically Talented) 3239 Norman Thagard Blvd. (904) 693-7683 dcps.duvalschools.org/psas

Samuel W. Wolfson High School (International Baccalaureate) 7000 Powers Avenue (904) 739-5265 dcps.duvalschools.org/wolfson

Robert E. Lee High School 1200 S. McDuff Avenue (904) 381-3930 dcps.duvalschools.org/lee

Stanton College Preparatory School (Academically Talented) 1149 W. 13th Street (904) 630-6760 dcps.duvalschools.org/stanton

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Crossroads Christian School (K-12) 2950 Halcyon Lane 6429 Atlantic Blvd. 1542 Kingsley Avenue #136 (904) 652-1282 www.crossroadsschools.com DePaul School of NE Florida 3044 San Pablo Road S. (904) 223-3391 www.depaulschool.com

SCHOOLS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Center Academy Mandarin 10679 Old St. Augustine Road (904) 448-1956 www.centeracademy.com

Great Strides Rehabilitation 12276 San Jose Blvd. (904) 886-3228 www.greatstridesrehab.com

Clarke School for Hearing and Speech 9803 Old St. Augustine Road (904) 880-9001 www.clarkeschools.org

Greenwood School (6-12) 9920 Regency Square Blvd. (904) 726-5000 www.greenwoodjax.org

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Jacksonville School for Autism 9000 Cypress Green Drive (904) 732-4343 www.jsakids.org Little Star Center, Inc. 8011 Phillips Highway, Ste. 10 (904) 928-0112 www.littlestarjax.com Mainspring Academy 6867 Southpoint Drive N., Ste. 103 (904) 503-0344 www.mainspringacademy.org


Morning Star School 725 Mickler Road (904) 721-2144 morningstar-jax.org

Academie De Montessori (PK-5) 1216 Lasalle Street (904) 398-3830 www.academie-de-montessori.org

Avondale United Methodist Child’s Day Out (PK) 1651 Talbot Avenue (904) 398-4363 www.aumcjax.org

North Florida School of Special Education 223 Mill Creek Road (904) 724-8323 www.northfloridaschool.org

Assumption Catholic School (PK-8) 2431 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 398-1774 www.assumptionjax.org

Bishop John J. Snyder High School (9-12) 5001 Samaritan Way (904) 771-1029 www.bishopsnyder.org

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Uncommon to our core At San Jose Episcopal Day School, educating the whole child—mind, body and spirit—is at the core of our mission. Rather than teach to a test, we assess student learning at the beginning of the year, then use that information to create individualized instruction for our students. With the flexibility of our hybrid curriculum, small class sizes, and greater classroom autonomy, our teachers are able to meet each student’s unique needs and help them discover their passion for learning. Come see for yourself why an education at San Jose Episcopal Day School is an investment in a brighter future.

Call for a personal tour: (904) 733-0352 Pre-K3 through 6th Grade 7423 San Jose Blvd. • www.sjeds.org

Inspiring a passion for learning, a life of integrity, and a heart for Christian service

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Bishop Kenny High School (9-12) 1055 Kingman Avenue (904) 398-7545 www.bishopkenny.org

Melrose Avenue Preschool 4305 Melrose Avenue (904) 388-0606 www.melroseavenuepreschool.com

First Coast Academy (9-12) 2725 College Street (904) 381-1935 www.fcahighschool.org

New Beginnings Christian Academy (K-12) 7020 Ramona Blvd. (904) 786-3118 www.nbccjax.org

Jacksonville Country Day School (PK-6) 10063 Baymeadows Road (904) 641-6644 www.jcds.com Learning Tree Preschool Center 6140 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-8842 www.learningtreepreschoolcenter.com



(904) 398-1963 2403 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.AssumptionCatholicChurch.org

MASSES Daily – 6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:10 PM Saturday – 4:00 PM Sunday – 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 6:00 PM Mass in Burmese language at 2:00 PM Sundays.

CONFESSIONS Saturday – 2:30 – 3:45 PM Sunday – 9:30 – 10:00 AM

Assumption Catholic School is centrally located near downtown and adjoining to Bishop Kenny Catholic High School’s campus. Founded in 1923, Assumption is a thriving school with over 600 students in preschool through 8th grade. Assumption’s curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where children feel loved and respected by their peers as well as their teachers. United with each other in meaningful liturgy and prayer, the students can further come to an understanding of the Christian life.

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Riverside Presbyterian Day School (PK-6) 830 Oak Street (904) 353-5511 www.rpds.com San Jose Academy and Preparatory High School 4072 Sunbeam Road (904) 425-1725 www.sanjoseprep.org San Jose Catholic Grade School (PK-8) 3619 Toledo Road (904) 733-2313 www.sanjosecatholicschool.com San Jose Episcopal Day School (PK-6) 7423 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-0352 www.sjeds.org

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Preschool 2137 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-0567

St. Johns Country Day School (PK-12) 3100 Doctors Lake Drive (904) 264-9572 www.sjcds.net

Southside United Methodist Church Preschool 3120 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-2676 www.southsidemethodist.org

St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School PK-6) 4114 Oxford Avenue (904) 388-2632 www.stmarksdayschool.org

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The Bolles School 7400 San Jose Blvd. (904) 256-5030 Four campuses/PreK-12/ Day & Boarding www.bolles.org The Episcopal School of Jacksonville (6-12) 4455 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-5751 www.esj.org

St. Matthew’s Catholic School (PK-8) 1773-0010 Blanding Blvd. (904) 387-4401 www.stmatthewscs.com St. Paul’s Catholic School (PK-8) 2609 Park Street (904) 387-2841 www.spsjax.org

The Potter’s House Christian Academy (K-8) 5732 Normandy Blvd. (904) 786-0028 www.phcalions.org The Potter’s House Christian Academy (9-12) 1150 S. Lane Avenue (904) 695-2837 www.phcalions.org


All Things Possible. Start Here. At Bolles, student potential is nourished by a superior curriculum and the most extensive program offerings in Northeast Florida for grades PreK to 12. Our holistic approach to education includes installing new Kompan playground equipment to develop students’ key physical strengths, motor skills and overall fitness. For more information and to schedule your private tour, visit www.Bolles.org or call (904) 256-5030. Four Unique Campuses

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COLLEGES University of North Florida 1 UNF Drive (904) 620-1000 www.unf.edu

Jacksonville University 2800 University Blvd. N. (800) 225-2027 www.ju.edu

Jones College 1195 Edgewood Ave. (904) 743-1122 www.jones.edu

Edward Waters College 1658 Kings Road (904) 470-8000 www.ewc.edu

UF Health Science Center University of Florida School of Medicine 653 W. 8th Street (904) 244-3486 www.hscj.ufl.edu

Florida Coastal School of Law 8787 Baypine Road (904) 680-7700 www.fcsl.edu BJS Resident Newcomer ad 2017.qxp_Layout 1 4/26/17 2:37 PM Page 1

The Values of a Catholic Education Learn how a Catholic education can benefit your son or daughter by visiting Bishop John J. Snyder High School. Our college-preparatory curriculum provides students of all faiths with the academic opportunities needed to gain admission to the college of their choice. Athletics, fine arts, and Campus Ministry service opportunities provide extra-curricular experiences that make high school rewarding, fun and memorable.

The Art Institute of Jacksonville 8775 Baypine Road (904) 486-3000 www.artinstitutes.edu/jacksonville





We welcome you for a personal tour of our campus so you may see first-hand the benefits of a Catholic education.

Our connected learning expands the possibilities of elementary education to lay a foundation for future development and success. JACKSONVILLE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

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Houses of Worship: Jacksonville’s architectural gems More than one of Jacksonville’s distinguished houses of worship still reside in edifices that date back to the 1800s, having survived great challenges, such as the Civil War and the Great Fire of 1901. However, whether a congregation calls a historic or ornate architectural gem home, or worships in a more modest and modern religious structure, its traditions and community outreach cause it to remain a special part of Jacksonville.

All Saints Episcopal Church 4171 Hendricks Avenue (904) 737-8488 www.allsaintsjax.org Armenian Church 3900 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 399-2944 www.armenianchurchjacksonville.com Assumption Catholic Church 2403 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 398-1963 www.assumptioncatholicchurch.org Avondale United Methodist Church 1651 Talbot Avenue (904) 389-1175 www.avondaleumcjax.org Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 121 E. Duval Street (904) 359-0331 www.icjax.org Baymeadows Islamic Center 8225 Dix Ellis Trail (904) 438-4510 www.bicjax.org Cherry Street Church of Christ 1140 McDuff Avenue S. (904) 389-8200 www.cherrystchurch.org

Christ Church of Peace 1240 McDuff Avenue S. (904) 387-2020 Christ the Messiah Lutheran Church 7576 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-3644 Church of the Latter-Day Saints 4087 Hendricks Avenue (904) 399-8875 www.lds.org Congregation Ahavath Chesed – The Temple 8727 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-7078 www.thetemplejacksonville.org Edgewood Avenue Christian Church 1041 Edgewood Avenue S. (904) 389-4876 edgewoodavenuecc.org Ephphatha Deaf Assembly of God 2516 LaMee Avenue (904) 858-9946 (fax or videophone) www.deafnetwork.com/florida/jacksonville Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 1100 Stockton Street (904) 387-5691 www.gsjax.church

Etz Chaim Synagogue 10167 San Jose Blvd. (904) 262-3565 etzchaim.org Faith United Methodist Church 4000 Spring Park Road (904) 737-3555 fumcjax.com First Baptist Church of Jacksonville 124 W. Ashley Street (904) 356-6077 www.fbcjax.com First Baptist Church of Jacksonville - Ortega 4865 Roosevelt Blvd. (904) 356-6077 www.fbcjax.com


First Presbyterian Church 118 E. Monroe Street (904) 354-8439 www.fpcjacksonville.org First United Methodist Church 225 E. Duval Street (904) 356-5618 www.fumc-jax.org Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist 8327 Beach Blvd. (904) 724-4076 www.csjax.com Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church 4001 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-7745 www.habchurch.com Historic Mt. Zion AME Church 201 E. Beaver Street (904) 355-9475 Holy Trinity Anglican Church 3889 Eloise Street (904) 701-4825 www.htaj.org Islamic Center of Northeast Florida 2333 St. Johns Bluff Road S. (904) 646-3462 www.icnef.com Jacksonville Korean Seventh Day Adventists Church 6035 E. Morrow Street (904) 424-0623

Jehovah’s Witnesses 5135 College St. (904) 781-0233 Jehovah’s Witnesses 7040 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-9618 King of Kings Christian Church 3949 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-3949 kingofkingschurch.us Korean First Baptist Church 3202 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6411 Lake Shore Baptist Church 2365 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-6578 www.lsbcjax.org Lake Shore Presbyterian Church 2270 Blanding Blvd. (904) 389-2341 www.lspcjax.org

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Lake Shore United Methodist 2246 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-1780 www.lsumcjax.org Lakewood Presbyterian Church 2001 University Blvd. W. (904) 733-8055 www.lpcjax.org Lakewood United Methodist Church 6133 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-8477 www.lakewoodumc.com Liberty Community Church 3405 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-2323 Melchizedek Baptist Church of the Deaf 1824 Dean Road (904) 725-8797 Morning Glory Christian Fellowship 3405 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 696-9171

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Murray Hill Baptist Church 4300 Post Street (904) 388-8531 www.mhbc.net

Riverside Baptist Church 2650 Park Street (904) 388-7692 www.rbcjax.com

Murray Hill Christ Community Church 3548 Gilmore Street (904) 389-0631

Riverside Park United Methodist Church 819 Park Street (904) 355-5491 www.riversideparkumc.com

Murray Hill Presbyterian Church 940 Talbot Avenue (904) 389-2939 www.mhpcjax.com Murray Hill United Methodist Church 4101 College Street (904) 387-4406 www.murrayhillumc.org Ortega Presbyterian Church 4406 Longfellow Street (904) 389-4043 www.ortegapres.com

Ortega United Methodist Church 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. (904) 389-5556 www.ortegaumc.org

Riverside Presbyterian Church 849 Park Street (904) 355-4585 www.rpcjax.org

Park Lane Baptist Church 1480 Lakeshore Blvd. (904) 387-5331 www.parklanebaptist.org

Riverside Primitive Baptist 702 Dellwood Avenue (904) 355-5320 www.riversideprimitivebaptistchurch.org

Riverside Avenue Christian Church 2841 Riverside Avenue (904) 389-1751 www.jaxdisciples.com

Riverside United Church of Christ 2858 Post Street (904) 353-1001 www.riverside-ucc.org

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San Jose Baptist Church 6140 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-2141 www.sanjosebaptist.com

Southside Baptist Church 1435 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6633 www.ssbc.org

San Jose Catholic Church 3619 Toledo Road #A (904) 733-1630 www.sjcatholic.org

Southside Church of God in Christ 2179 Emerson Street (904) 398-1625 www.southsidecogic.com

San Jose Church of Christ 6233 San Jose Blvd. (904) 737-2333 www.sjcc.us

Second Missionary Baptist Church 954 Kings Road (904) 354-8268 www.2ndmissionarybaptchurch.com

Southside Karen Baptist Church 1435 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-6633 ssbc.church/home/

San Jose Episcopal Church 7423 San Jose Blvd. (904) 733-1811 www.sanjoseepiscopal.com

South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church 2137 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-0567 www.sjaxpc.org

Southside United Methodist Church 3120 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-2676 www.southsidemethodist.org

Second Church of Christ, Scientist 3255 Riverside Avenue (904) 388-1969 www.christianscience.com

Southside Assembly of God 2118 Kings Avenue (904) 396-1663 www.ssagjax.org

St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church 3850 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 396-5383 stjohnthedivinejax.org

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St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral 256 E. Church Street (904) 356-5507 www.jaxcathedral.org

St. Nicholas Park Christian Church 3226 Beach Blvd. (904) 398-1501 www.snpccfellowship.org

St. John’s Presbyterian Church 4275 Herschel Street (904) 384-4501 www.sjpcjax.org

St. Paul’s Catholic Church 2609 Park Street (904) 387-2554 www.spsjax.org

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 4129 Oxford Avenue (904) 388-2681 www.stmarksjacksonville.org

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 5616 Atlantic Blvd. (904) 725-1150 stpaulsjax.diocesewebsite.org

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 3976 Hendricks Avenue (904) 396-9608 stmarksjax.org

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 321 W. Union Street (904) 354-1053 www.stphilipsjax.org

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 1773 Blanding Blvd. (904) 388-8698 www.stmatthewsjax.com

Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church 1620 Naldo Avenue (904) 398-3204 www.swaimmethodist.com

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The City.Church 1501 Hendricks Avenue (meeting site only) www.thecity.church The District Church 1200 McDuff Avenue S (meeting site only) (904) 351-8036 www.thedistrictchurch.com The Point 4300 St. Johns Avenue (904) 388-7601 www.thepointjax.com Trinity Lutheran Church 1415 McDuff Avenue S. (904) 389-5341 www.trinity4jax.org Unity Church of Jacksonville 634 Lomax Sreet (904) 355-5100 www.unityjax.com

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Hemming Park, was originally a village green. Located across from City Hall, it no longer harbors grass, but still offers a shaded tree canopy, central fountain and other water features that make it a great lunchtime meeting place in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Meanwhile, a 250-year-old Live Oak Tree resides in Jessie Ball duPont Park on the Southbank. More than 70 feet tall with a 25-foot wide trunk, the tree is often a centerpiece for family photos, proposals, and other events. Another sacred Jacksonville greenspace is Memorial Park in Riverside. A six-acre community park, which was designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers who also

planned Central Park in New York City, Memorial Park commemorates the 1,220 Floridians who died in World War I. Its centerpiece is the iconic sculpture, “Life,” which was created by nationally renowned sculptor Adrian Pillars. For folks who enjoy playing with their dogs off-leash, free dog-parks within the greater Jacksonville area include the John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park and Confederate Park in the heart of Springfield. Members-only Dog Wood Park off Salisbury Road allows for more than 40 acres of grassy fields, woods, and a small lake for puppy children to play.

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Palm and Cycad Arboretum at Florida State College 11901 Beach Blvd.

Washington Oaks State Park (SPS) 6400 N. Ocean Shore Blvd. Palm Coast

Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park (SPS) 13802 Pumpkin Hill Rd.

Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park (SPS) New Berlin Rd. a mile south of State Road 105

The Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline National Memorial (NPS) 12713 Fort Caroline Rd.

DOG PARKS Confederate Playground Dog Park 949 Hubbard St. Free to the public John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park 753 Park St. Free to the public Paws Dog Park 210 Davis Park Rd. Ponte Vedra Free to the public Dog Wood Park of Jacksonville 7407 Salisbury Road Membership only

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Leashed dogs are permitted on the following beaches in Duval County

Poochies Swim and Play Park 21 Fountain Dr. Membership only

Atlantic Beach Dogs allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Tails for Trails Inside Nocatee Community Park Free to the public

Huguenot Memorial Park Dogs are allowed in the campsite area only and must not be left unattended at any time. Dogs are not allowed on the beaches at any time.

Timacuan Ecological & Historic Preserve Free to the public Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine Free to the public Paws Park at Veterans Park 1332 Veterans Pkwy, St. Johns County Free to the public Many membership-only parks offer day rates for non-members; check each site for more information.

Jacksonville Beach Dogs allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park There is a two-dog limit. The park is open from dusk till dawn, year-round. Neptune Beach Dogs are allowed year-round, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

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Civic groups provide ways to serve community Civic and charitable organizations play a major role in the fabric of our neighborhoods. The unpaid hours donated by residents working with civic, community and professional organizations provide the kind of service our city relies on. The following is a sampling of some of the organizations that support and perform essential services to our communities.


Jacksonville Urban League (904) 723-4007 www.jaxul.org

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (904) 721-1155 www.elks.org Fraternal Order of Eagles (904) 413-7542 www.foe.com Fraternal Order of Police (904) 398-7010 www.fop530.com

Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville (904) 398-5566 www.kiwanisjax.com Garden Club of Jacksonville (904) 355-4224 gardenclubofjacksonville.org

Knights of Columbus (904) 723-3810 www.kofc.org/en

Gator Club of Jacksonville (904) 387-6808 www.jaxgatorclub.com

Leadership Jacksonville, Inc. (904) 396-6263 www.leadershipjax.org

Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons 1-800-375-2339 www.glflamason.org Jacksonville Civic Council (904) 391-4911 jaxciviccouncil.com

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Lions Club International (904) 249-8558 www.lionsclubs.org

Riverside Rotary Club of Jacksonville www.riversiderotaryjax.org

Meninak Club of Jacksonville (904) 745-3393 www.meninak.org

Rotary Club of South Jacksonville (904) 994-7355 sjaxrotary.blogspot.com

Moose International (904) 264-5355 www.mooseintl.org Optimist International www.optimist.org/ClubDetail. cfm?club=60005 Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (904) 854-6555 www.jaxpal.com

Rotary Club of Jacksonville (904) 353-6789 www.jaxrotary.org

Rotary Club of West Jacksonville (904) 994-7355 www.westjaxrotary.org Southside Businessmen’s Club (904) 419-3205 www.southsidebusinessmensclub.com/ Southside Woman’s Club (904) 396-2905 www.southsidewomansclub.net

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CLUBS CAPtivators Supports the Cathedral Arts Project (904) 281-5599, Ext. 15 www.facebook.com/JaxCAPtivators/ First A.C.T. Supports the Florida Theatre (904) 355-5661, ext. 247 floridatheatre.com/ florida-theatre-first-a-c-t/ ImpactJAX Supports JAX Chamber (904) 273-5366 www.facebook.com/IMPACTjax Jacksonville Young Voters Coalition (904) 322-9233 www.facebook.com/ jaxyoungvoterscoalition Jacksonville Jaycees Supports community projects www.jaxjaycees.org

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Rotaract Clubs Supports Rotary Clubs Downtown: rotaractjax.org First Coast: firstcoastrotaract.com Shircliff Society Supports St. Vincent’s Health Care (904) 308-7306 www.facebook.com/TheShircliffSociety Pioneers Supports American Cancer Society (904) 391-3607 www.cowfordball.org Red Shoe Crew Supports Ronald McDonald House (904) 807-4669 rmhcjacksonville.org/how-you-can-help/ red-shoe-crew/

The Contemporaries Supports the Museum of Contemporary Art (904) 620-4207 www.facebook.com/ MOCAJaxContemporaries

Rising Tides Supports the St. Johns Riverkeeper (904) 256-7613 www.facebook.com/SJRK.Rising.Tides

The Elements of MOSH Supports the Museum of Science & History (904) 396-6674 www.facebook.com/MOSHElements UpTempo Supports the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (904) 354-4092 www.jaxsymphony.org/UpTempo Urban League Young Professionals Supports the Urban League (904) 366-3461 www.facebook.com/jaxurbanleague/

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Jacksonville’s Sports Are Just the Ticket Rooting for the Jaguars, the Armada, the Giants, or the Jumbo Shrimp is a Jacksonville super fan’s favorite pastime. From tailgating in the shadow of EverBank field to racing sailboats down the St. Johns River, Jacksonville offers a sports menu for every fan or athlete’s taste. Each year, the City plays host to several national sporting events such as the TaxSlayer Bowl, The Players Championship, and FloridaGeorgia Football Classic. Sunny skies and year-round warm temperatures provide a great atmosphere for a variety of spectator sports, its primo weather also calls out to residents to participate in their favorite sports. For those interested in joining a league or signing kids up for a sports team, there are countless national and local organizations for adults and children to get involved in.

JAXSPORTS Council JAXSPORTS is a membership-based organization that was established to showcase Northeast Florida as a sports destination for professional, amateur and youth sports. JAXSPORTS is a member of the National Association of Sports Commissions and the Florida Sports Foundation. For up-to-date information on and access to local sporting events, the public is encouraged to become a member of JAXSPORTS. More information is available at www.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com.

BASEBALL Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 358-2846 www.jaxshrimp.com »» Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team is a member of the Southern League and is the class Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team.

Jacksonville Basketball Academy • 14129 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 • 6852 Phillips Parkway Drive S. Jacksonville, FL 32234 • 105 Greenleaf Drive Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081 www.jacksonvillebasketballacademy.com »» The largest basketball program in Northeast Florida offers summer camps, elite training for high school basketball players and AAU basketball in the spring.



Jacksonville Giants 1010 E. Adams Street, Suite 112 Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 355-6531 www.jacksonvillegiants.com »» Jacksonville’s professional minor league basketball team is the 2012 and 2013 National Champions of the new American Basketball Association (ABA), which they joined as an expansion team for the 2010–2011 season.

North Florida Bicycle Club P.O. Box 40995 Jacksonville, FL 32203 (904) 273-4538 www.nfbc.us »» The club began in the 1970s as a racing club and evolved into a social club, known for its rides, cycling advocacy and education, and charity ride and travel teams.

VeloBrew Bicycle Club www.velobrew.com »» The competitive cycling club appeals to racers and non-racers.

BOATING The Rudder Club 8533 Malaga Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32244 (904) 264-4094 »» This sailing club offers adult sailing classes for members and non-members, a junior sailing program for members and a sailing camp. The club also hosts the River City Regatta every spring and co-hosts the annual Mug Race. Jacksonville Dragon Boat Club 2305 Beach Blvd., Suites 110 & 111 Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 536-3475 www.jacksonvilledragonboatclub.com »» This boat club offers residents the opportunity to learn how to paddle in a dragon boats, which are 40 feet long and powered by 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steerperson.

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North Florida Cruising Club 3877 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville, FL 32217 nfccsail.genevaservice.com »» This all volunteer social club is open to anyone interested in the boating and cruising life. Monthly meetings are held every third Thursday of the month. Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine 12807 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 770-4632 www.freedomboatclub.com/ locations/43-Jacksonville-fl »» The world’s largest members-only boating club, members have unlimited access to the home club’s fleet and can reserve a boat using a member-friendly online reservation system.


Jacksonville Fencing Club 3955 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32205 (904) 579-6858 www.jaxfencingclub.org »» Open to ages 8 to 98, the Jacksonville Fencing Club offers a variety of opportunities for beginners up to competitive fencers.

FISHING First Coast Fly Fishers P.O. Box 16260 Jacksonville, FL 32245 fcff.org »» The family-oriented fly fishing club is dedicated to promoting the sport of fly fishing, education and resource awareness. The club holds monthly meetings and outings. Florida Lure Anglers P.O. Box 8642 Jacksonville, FL 32239 flafishingclub.com »» The nonprofit, family-oriented fishing club was founded by professional anglers with the desire to promote an artificial-only salt water fishing format. The club invites all anglers, especially beginners and offers a series of tournaments each year. Jacksonville Bass Club (904) 771-4886 jaxbassclub.com »» The club promotes the enjoyment, mastery and skill of bass fishing through cooperative effort, trust and good fellowship, and promote and encourages youth fishing and a love for the sport. The club holds more than a dozen tournaments each year.

Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club P.O. Box 331185 Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 Located at the Mayport Boat Ram jaxfish.com »» The sporting association began in 1959 committed to making offshore fishing in the Jacksonville area more exciting, reliable, safe and beneficial. From its inception, the club pioneered Artificial Reef Building and Maintenance, now a collaborative program with the City of Jacksonville. St. Johns Bass Anglers Meetings held monthly at the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) office, located at 7801 Deercreek Club Road. stjohnsbassanglers.com »» A member of the Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society (B.A.S.S.), the St. Johns Bass Anglers was founded in 1970 and is the oldest federated bass club in Florida, as well as the fifth oldest in the country.

FOOTBALL Jacksonville Jaguars 1 EverBank Field Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 633-2000 www.jaguars.com »» This National Football League team is a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division and has called Jacksonville home since 1995. Home games are played at EverBank Field.


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Jacksonville Sharks 1000 W. Bay Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 (904) 621-0700 www.jaxsharks.com »» Division championships for all four of its seasons, Jacksonville’s arena football team plays home games at the Veterans Memorial Arena, also known as Sea Best Field. TaxSlayer Bowl 1 Gator Bowl Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 798-1700 www.taxslayerbowl.com »» Every January, two teams go head to head for this college bowl game at EverBank Field. The first bowl game ever televised nationally, the game has been held continuously since 1946, making it the sixth oldest college bowl. Florida-Georgia Football Classic 1 EverBank Field Jacksonville, FL 32202 (800) 985-3542 www.jaxhappenings.com/Events/ Florida-vs-Georgia-Weekend.aspx »» Jacksonville plays host to one of the most legendary college football rivalry games. The entire weekend will be packed with events and activities for fans of both teams. Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner (904) 483-6432 www.popwarnerjacksonville.com »» Serving more than 5,000 football and cheerleaders all across Jacksonville, Pop Warner is a not-for-profit organization consisting of 19 associations throughout the Jacksonville area.

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GOLF The Players Championship 110 Championship Way Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 (904) 273-3235 www.tpc.com/sawgrass-theplayers-championship »» This highly anticipated golf tournament on the PGA Tour offers the highest prize of any tournament in golf ($10 million in 2015) and features some of golf’s best players. World Golf Hall of Fame 1 World Golf Place St. Augustine, FL 32092 (904) 940-4000 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org »» This museum includes engaging and interactive exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography about the history of golf and its players.

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HOCKEY/ICE SKATING Jacksonville IceMen www.jacksonvilleicemen.com »» Formerly based in Evansville, Indiana, the Jacksonville IceMen will begin play in October 2017 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The IceMen are members of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League), a mid-level professional ice hockey league with 27 teams.

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Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex 3605 Philips Hwy. Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 399-3223 www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com »» Equipped with an NHL-sized ice rink, the sportsplex offers adult and youth hockey leagues in addition to figure skating lessons through the First Coast Skating Academy.

Diamond D Training & Boarding 5901 Solomon Road Jacksonville, FL 32234 (904) 289-9518 www.diamonddboardingstables.com »» A family owned and operated equine boarding facility for over 50 years, with 86 stalls, two tack houses, three riding arenas, round pen, pastures, covered was and clip racks, trailer parking and more.


Geddaway Farm 5815 Manning Cemetery Road Jacksonville, FL 32234 (904) 289-7070 www.geddawayfarm.com »» The facility includes a 32-stall barn, HorseGym treadmill, three rings, and offers training and breeding.

Coriander Farm 4798 Joda Lane S. Jacksonville, FL 32258 (904) 292-0294 www.corianderfarm.com »» Family owned and operated, the facility offers riding and jumping lessons on safe and gentle horses and ponies, boarding, grooming and training, and horse show competition preparation.

Hidden Fields Private Stable 2259 Forest Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246 (904) 254-5058 hiddenfieldsjax.com »» Horse boarding includes 12x12 stalls and large paddocks; training and riding lessons conducted in a lighted 150x50 riding arena, a regulation size small dressage arena and a 60-foot round pen. The facility also offers pony parties, with rides and miniature horses to pet and feed. Jacksonville Equestrian Center 13611 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221 (904) 255-4254 www.jaxequestriancenter.com »» Complete with an indoor arena, outdoor show rings and more than 400 stalls, the equestrian center hosts a variety of equine events in addition to other sporting and recreational events.

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Seamark Ranch 3631 Seamark Ranch Road Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 529-1951 www.seamarkranch.com »» The ranch’s equestrian program offers therapeutic and recreational benefits of horses for children. Windermere Equestrian Center 6900 Morse Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32244 (904) 777-5650 www.windemereequestriancenter.com »» Located in Northeast Florida, Windemere Equestrian Center is a full service facility that resides on roughly 18 acres. Windemere offers a 24-stall indoor barn, two large arenas with outdoor lighting, and a full course of fences.


Evans Rowing Club 3120 Julington Creek Road Jacksonville, FL 32223 (904) 614-9366 www.evansrowingclub.com »» Open to anyone interested in rowing, this club offers private lessons, a master’s program for adults, and a competitive youth program for middle and high school ages.

Stanton Riverbank Rowing Club 645 Cesery Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32211 (904) 701-4353 www.stantonriverbankcrew.org »» This competitive youth rowing program in Jacksonville is open to any middle or high school student. Since 1994, SRB has won five national titles and more than 100 State Championships.


Jacksonville Rowing Club 5920 Arlington Expressway Jacksonville, FL 32211 www.jaxrow.org »» The Jacksonville Rowing Club features sculling and sweep rowing programs for beginners and experienced, recreational and competitive, and youth and adults.

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The Sinners Jacksonville Women’s Rugby Football Club 8000 Baymeadows Road E. Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.jaxwomensrugby.com »» The Sinners are a competitive women’s rugby football club established in 2006. The Sinners are an active part of the Jacksonville community, partnering with organizations such as Girls on the Run and the Jacksonville Axemen.


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Jacksonville Axemen (904) 514-8503 www.jaxaxe.com »» Founded in 2006, Jacksonville’s semi-professional rugby league team plays in the USA Rugby League. They play their home games at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida Jacksonville Juggernauts (Touch Rugby) jacksonvilletouchrugby.teamapp.com »» An informal club of men and women, the Juggernauts practice on Saturdays at 10 a.m. (April-November) or Sundays at 3 p.m. (December-March) at Alexandria Oaks Park and play on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Florida Blue Soccer field, 4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway. Visit the Facebook page for more information. Jacksonville Rugby Football Club 8000 Baymeadows Road E. Jacksonville, FL 32256 www.jaxrugby.org »» A USA Rugby Men’s Division II Rugby team and member of the Florida Rugby Union, the club competes in the South region of USA Rugby.



1st Place Sports Running Club 3931 Baymeadows Road Jacksonville, FL 32217 www.1stplacesports.com (904) 731-3676 »» Formed in 1996, the club has over 300 members and a competitive racing team.

Jacksonville Armada Football Club 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (844) 227-6232 www.armadafc.com »» Jacksonville’s professional soccer team plays in the North American Soccer League, Division II in the American soccer pyramid, which they joined for the 2015 season.

Girls on the Run 3986 Boulevard Center Drive, #102 Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 619-6763 www.gotrnefl.org »» A twice-a-week running club for girls, the nonprofit also teaches life skills. JTC Running Club 1511 McDuff Avenue S. Jacksonville, FL 32205 (904) 384-0725 jtcrunning.com »» Founded in 1975 as the Jacksonville Track Club, JTC Running is the creator of the Gate River Run and also conducts half a dozen other race events throughout the year.

Jacksonville FC 2850 Hodges Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 223-3606 www.firstcoastsoccer.com »» Formerly First Coast Soccer Association, Jacksonville FC consists of three main programs, recreational, academy and travel teams for players aged U5 through U19. JFC travel programs have 35 teams, including JFC Storm, who participate in regional, state and premiere leagues.

PRS Running Club 1431 Riverplace Blvd., # 1710 Jacksonville, FL 32207 prsrunningclub.com Board@prsrunningclub.com »» The club hosts races, monthly social events, annual running retreats, and provides scholarships for deserving local high school athletes.

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Florida Elite Soccer Academy P.O. Box 57065 Jacksonville, Florida 32241 info@FloridaEliteSA.com www.floridaelitesa.com »» Formerly Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club, this academy offers a wide variety of programs for children of all ages and skill levels. Westside Soccer 5198 118th Street Jacksonville, FL 32244 www.westsidesoccer.org »» This soccer club offers three distinct programs for children ages 5 to 18: a select premier program for U11 through U18 players, an academy program for ages U8 through U12 and a recreation program for U5 through U18 players. Beaches Adult Soccer League 3605 Philips Highway Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 395-5525 www.basl.com »» Offers men’s, women’s and co-ed indoor and outdoor leagues for adults in Northeast Florida.

SWIMMING AmberJax Swimming 4455 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.amberjax.org »» The Episcopal AmberJax offers year-round USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming programs in the Jacksonville area. The Episcopal AmberJax swim club is open to all residents of the greater Jacksonville area and swimmers may join at any time during the year.

JaxParks Aquatics (904) 255-7927 www.coj.net/departments/parks-recreationand-community-services/recreation-andcommunity-programming/jaxparksaquatics.aspx »» JaxParks offers swimming lessons for ages 6 months and up and adult classes for ages 21 and up. JaxParks also offers a recreational swim team for ages 17 and under. Piranhas Swim Team 13611 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32221 (904) 349-0972 www.piranhasswimming.com »» The Piranhas are a year-round non-competitive training and practice program. Programs range from the introduction of stroke technique to the training of experienced swimmers with USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming programs. River City Swim League www.rcsl.org »» Developed to provide children with a social and competitive summer swimming program, the league has offers swim teams throughout Northeast Florida. Splash Jax Swim School 1856 Davidson Street Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 608-4775 www.teamunify.com »» The emphasis of Splash Jax Swim School is to teach proper swim techniques while learning basic water safety in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Classes available from age six months and up. The Splash Jax Swim Team competes twice a year and is a great way to prepare for the First Coast Kids Triathlon.

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TENNIS Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour 201 ATP Tour Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (904) 285-8000 www.atpworldtour.com »» With its U.S. headquarters here in Northeast Florida, ATP is the governing body of men’s professional tennis circuits: the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour, with 62 tournaments in 31 countries.

Jaxparks Junior Tennis Camp www.coj.net/departments/parks,-recreationand-community-services/recreation-andcommunity-programming/youth-camps#tennis »» Campers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at this camp. Children 10 and under learn to use tennis equipment and play on a smaller sized court. More advanced children ages 11 through 15 learn serving techniques and game play situations.

TRACK AND FIELD Jacksonville Athletic Club (423) 943-5507 www.jaxtrack.com »» The Jacksonville Athletic Club is a year-round club for track and field athletes. Coaching is available for beginners up to post collegiate athletes in a wide range of training opportunities including private lessons, a competitive summer club, fall training, youth training, as well as camps and clinics.

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VOLLEYBALL Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association 6773 Phillips Industrial Lane Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 854-2323 www.jjva.com »» This volleyball association offers year-round programs for girls and boys ages 5 through 18.


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ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS Amateur Athletic Union Florida District www.floridaaau.org »» The AAU Florida District offers a wide range of girls and boys sports for members, including basketball, baseball, cheerleading, football, soccer, marital arts, volleyball and more. Notable teams include the North Florida Lady Predators Elite AAU Girls Basketball team and Jacksonville Trailblazers. First Coast YMCA www.firstcoastymca.org »» YMCA locations in Northeast Florida offer a wide range of athletic programs for adults and children. Adult sports leagues include basketball, badminton, tennis, swimming, pickleball and volleyball. Youth sports include basketball, cheerleading, flag football, gymnastics, martial arts, soccer, T-ball, tennis, triathlon training, swimming and volleyball.

Police Athletic League of Jacksonville 3450 Monument Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 (904) 854-6555 www.jaxpal.com »» The Police Athletic League offers year-round sports programs for boys and girls, including basketball, boxing, karate, cheerleading, flag and tackle football, and track and field.

Jewish Community Alliance 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32217 (904) 730-2100 www.jcajax.org »» The JCA Sports & Recreation Department provides quality programs for all ages. Youth sports programs include basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, flag football, gymnastics, lacrosse, run club, volleyball, fencing, swim team, martial arts and tennis. Adult sports programs include basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, fencing, martial arts and tennis.

Upward Sports www.upward.org »» The world’s largest Christian youth sports provider, Upward Sports offers programs in basketball, soccer, cheerleading, flag football, volleyball, baseball and softball. i9 Sports www.i9sports.com For children ages 3 to 17, i9 Sports offers flag football, soccer, T-ball, basketball and cheerleading. Programs are available throughout the year in various locations throughout Northeast Florida.

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Jacksonville University Dolphins 2800 University Blvd. N. Jacksonville, FL 32211 (904) 256-7400 www.judolphins.com »» JU sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing and soccer; men’s baseball and football; women’s softball, track and field, and volleyball.

Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-3900 www.jaxevents.com »» Sitting on more than 9 acres, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville includes a 112,000-square-foot field and an 18,400-square foot sky box.

University of North Florida Ospreys 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL (904) 620-1000 www.unfospreys.com »» UNF has men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field. There’s also men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball.

Daily’s Place Amphitheater 1 Daily’s Place Jacksonville, FL 32202 www.dailysplace.com »» A new state-of-the-art, multi-use complex adjacent to EverBank Field housing a 5,500-person capacity amphitheater and 94,000-square-foot covered flex field.

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EverBank Field 1 EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 633-6100 www.jaxevents.com »» Home to the Jaguars, this stadium seats 76,000 and is located in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the St. Johns River. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 630-3900 www.jaxevents.com »» Built in 2003, this 15,000-seat arena is used for a multitude of sporting and entertainment events. University of North Florida Arena 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (904) 620-5341 www.unf.edu/recreation/arena »» The 5,800-seat arena serves as site for basketball and volleyball games in addition to other campus events.

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Northeast Florida: A treasure trove of cultural experiences Music, dance, theaters, and museums reside within the Jacksonville metropolitan area provide a rich cultural experience for any palate. The River City is home to one of the nation’s top regional symphony orchestras as well as live Christian music and a nationally renowned jazz festival. With Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and some of the nation’s finest private college preparatory schools and universities, pre-professional dance, theater, comedy, and improv is easy to find.

Traditional cinemas to Art Deco movie houses and independent theaters abound. For the visual arts connoisseur, there are museums and independent art galleries, including The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Science and History. The following is a sampling of the fine selection of cultural attractions, museums and theaters Jacksonville offer residents and visitors.

MOVIE THEATERS Sunray Cinema www.sunraycinema.com | 1028 Park Street (5 Points) | (904) 359-0049

»» If you’re looking for a hip, artsy atmosphere, with independent and major release movies, all while enjoying a “Wildly Inauthentic Cuban” sandwich, Sunray Cinema is the place for you. Situated in the 5 Points section of Riverside, the theater features delicious sandwiches, locally made candy, beer – including local brews, wine and pizza, delivered to your table in the theater once it’s ready. You’ll enjoy the service and atmosphere as much as the shows. San Marco Theatre www.sanmarcotheatre.com | 1996 San Marco Blvd. | (904) 396-4845

»» Listed as one of USA Today’s Ten Great Places to see classic cinema, the single screen San Marco Theatre delivers a unique experience to movie-goers with its majestic Art Deco facade, fine food, and friendly staff. Situated in the heart of San Marco, the theatre was built in 1938 by noteworthy architect Roy Benjamin, who also built the Florida Theatre. Tempting snacks include gourmet sandwiches, candy, popcorn, beer and wine, along with tables between the seats to place your food and drinks.

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MUSEUMS Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens www.cummermuseum.org | 829 Riverside Avenue | (904) 356-6857

»» Riverside plays host to 2.5 acres of historic gardens which encompass the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Nestled along the St. Johns River and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the gardens feature brick paths and landscaping that show off Ninah Cummer’s collection of fine Italian marble garden ornaments. Inside the museum is a permanent collection, which spans time from 2100 B.C. through the 21st Century. Guided, interactive, docent-led, school and special needs tours are available to visitors. Thanks to the generous support of a local philanthropist, on the first Saturday of each month admission is free. Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville www.mocajacksonville.org | 333 N. Laura Street | (904) 366-6911

»» Founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville has made its home in the former Western Union Telegraph Building since 1999. Visitors are greeted by an Art Deco facade and once inside are treated to over 1,000 works of photography, sculpture, painting, and more, all created from 1960 through the present. A welcoming array of family friendly and school programs are available including Rainbow Artists: Art and Autism across the Spectrum Program, which provides those with ASD a creative means of increasing communication and social interaction skills through hands-on art projects. Thursday evening tours are free! Museum of Science and History www.themosh.org | 1025 Museum Circle | (904) 396-6674

»» Planets! Dinosaurs! A Giant Walk-in Mouth! These are just a few of the bigger than life exhibits going on at the Museum of Science and History. The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium features the largest digital single-lens planetarium in the U.S. The museum also offers First Friday Cosmic Concerts, which combine 35,000 watts of laser power with fantastic images for a stunning show. Other family and child-friendly exhibits include Atlantic Tails – a touch tank that highlights various marine animals, which call the First Coast home and Kidspace, a special area for kids five and under with a tree house and activities for personal exploration.


Museum of Southern History www.museumsouthernhistory.com | 4304 Herschel Street | (904) 388-3574

»» This museum is dedicated to the lifestyles, culture, and history of the Antebellum South. Through its educational programs, children of all ages learn of Florida’s history in what was known as The War Between the States. Exhibits include “Stonewall” Jackson’s original shoulder epaulettes and one of three flags that draped Abraham Lincoln’s casket during the Lincoln burial-train tour. Museum volunteers also help attendees load and fire an authentic musket.

MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATER GROUPS The 5 & Dime www.the5anddime.org | 112 E. Adams St. | (904) 881-7503

»» The 5 & Dime tells stories that engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences, nurturing a rich artistic culture in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. The 5 & Dime is a nonprofit consisting of an all-volunteer cast and staff. Three years and 13 productions in the once-nomadic group found a permanent venue in downtown Jacksonville. The Alhambra Theatre and Dining www.alhambrajax.com | 12000 Beach Blvd. | (904) 641-1212

»» Built in 1967, the Alhambra Theatre and Dining is one of the few remaining dinner theaters in America. Well-known actors such as Sally Struthers, Michael Learned, Loretta Swit, Cindy Williams, Barry Williams, Jamie Farr and Mike Farrell have performed at the Alhambra. The facility also boasts a new kitchen and the culinary talents of Executive Chef DeJuan Roy making for a terrific evening out on the town. The Library Lounge, complete with cozy seating and working fireplace, is the perfect place to unwind with a drink before or after a show. Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre www.abettheatre.com | 716 Ocean Blvd. | (904) 249-7177

»» ABET has a reputation for high-quality productions, including many new plays, some by local playwrights; Broadway productions in their local premieres; revivals, and classics. The nonprofit emphasizes new and original plays and neglected classics, and on developing new talent. FSCJ Artist Series www.artistseriesjax.org | (904) 442-2929

»» Enjoying its 50th season, the FSCJ Artist Series invites you to experience national and international Broadway and cultural performing arts programs in Jacksonville. Operated by the Florida State College Foundation, Inc., FSCJ’s goal of bringing performing arts to everyone in northeast Florida and southern Georgia also extends to its Camp Broadway program for youth. That program, which is taught by Broadway professionals, includes scene study, music, movement, dance, makeup and more as part of the camp’s weekly curriculum.


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The Florida Ballet www.floridaballet.org | 300 E. State Street #E | (904 353-7518

»» Founded in 1978, the Florida Ballet holds to its motto, “Striving for Excellence with Joy and Love for Dance.” Enhancing its dance training is a facility with three large sprung-floor studios, dressing rooms, and a professional sound system. Dancers, ages three and older, can study amateur through professional dancing with correct technical training and guidance toward a proper work ethic. However, the ballet is not just for girls! The Florida Ballet also has a male-specific dance program for all levels of instruction and technique specific to male dancers. Florida Theatre www.floridatheatre.com | 128 E. Forsyth Street | (904) 355-5661

»» Music. Movies. Concerts. Comedy. Ballet. Opera. The Florida Theatre has 200 events such as these, all presented under its ornate, near six-story proscenium in its grand auditorium. The fabulous acoustics are punctuated by equally fabulous marble, iron, tiling, and detail work throughout the theatre. First opened in 1927, the almost-2,000 seat theatre lives on, providing not just great entertainment but also a full bar along with sodas, water, and light snacks. Have an event and need a space? The Florida Theatre is waiting for you.

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Friday Musicale www.fridaymusicale.com | 645 Oak Street | (904) 355-7584

»» Established in 1890 in the home of Claudia L’Engle, the Friday Musicale, a weekly meeting of music study, turned into a formal organization in 1895. Performances by legendary artists such as Nellie Melba, Walter Damrosch, Alma Gluck, Rosa Ponselle, Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Josef Hofmann, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski have graced its stages. From its early years, Friday Musicale began working with youth in Jacksonville, providing programs by and for children. Nearly 60 students have returned to Jacksonville as professional musicians, further enriching our musical community for decades. Jacksonville Children’s Chorus www.jaxchildrenschorus.org | 225 E. Duval Street | (904) 353-1636

»» The Jacksonville Children's Chorus serves as a cultural beacon for the children of the Northeast Florida region, providing a high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds. The organization also fosters teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances. In addition to scheduled performances, bookings are available. Jacksonville Symphony www.jaxsymphony.org | 300 Water Street | (904) 354-5547

»» If you’re looking to enjoy opera, theater, classical and contemporary works performed by one of the nation’s top regional orchestras, the Jacksonville Symphony is here for your aural pleasure. Founded in 1949 and currently led by Music Director Courtney Lewis, the symphony has hosted such greats as Isaac Stern, Luciano Pavarotti, and Itzhak Perlman, to name just a few. If you’d like to get your children involved, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, or JSYO, serves over 270 school-age musicians from elementary through early college in six ensemble levels. Contact the JSYO for audition information. Mad Cowford Improv www.madcowford.com | Northstar Substation 119 E. Bay Street | (904) 233-2359

»» Improve your improv with Mad Cowford’s 8-week workshops for all levels of performer from beginning to advanced. Mad Cowford’s improv is designed to improve your ability to think on your feet as a public speaker, performer, teacher, comic, or actor. Stretch the bounds of your imagination with Mad Cowford’s seasoned and supportive instructors and gain confidence on and off stage. The cast of Mad Cowford are available for your event, will provide workshops and even corporate training at your site. Murray Hill Theatre www.murrayhilltheatre.com | 932 Edgewood Avenue S. | (904) 388-3179

»» If you’re looking for wholesome Christian ministry and music, look no further than Murray Hill Theatre – an alcohol, drug, smoke-free, all ages Christian Rock nightclub that provides a positive place with a Christian atmosphere for everyone. Founder and President Tony Nasrallah started the theatre in 1995 as an outreach to both non-believers and believers seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. The theatre, operated by Murray Hill Ministries, hosts live bands on Fridays and Saturdays who sing messages of hope and redemption while accompanied by an amazing light show and professional sound system. The inviting cafe is a great place for refreshment and fellowship!

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»» For 50 years, Players by the Sea Theatre has been committed to serving the First Coast with outstanding art and entertainment. Local playwrights, solo performance artists and groups of young actors bring personal projects which provide excitement and enrichment in addition to the balance of traditional and contemporary works offered in the Main stage and Studio Seasons. Ritz Chamber Music Society ritzchamberplayers.org | 300 Water Street, Suite 200 | (904) 472-4270

»» The Ritz Chamber Music Society and Ritz Chamber Players endeavor to foster the appreciation of chamber music through performances and educational outreach featuring preeminent African-American musicians and composers. Riverside Fine Arts www.riversidefinearts.org | 1100 Stockton Street | (904) 389-6222

»» Riverside Fine Arts invites you to share cultural experiences through presentations at various welcoming locations including: The Church of the Good Shepherd; The Florida Theatre; Sunray Cinema; and Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Project Listen provides free educational outreach for the youth in Jacksonville by local and visiting musicians, including performances for children and seniors along with master-class music workshops. Upcoming performances feature fine artists such as folk singer Anais Mitchell, the Julien Labro & Spektral Quartet, and International Guitar Night. San Marco Chamber Music Society www.sanmarcochambermusic.org | 3976 Hendricks Avenue | (904) 731-1310

»» Founded in 2008, the San Marco Chamber Music Society originally began seven years earlier as a benefit concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The group continues to support JDRF, and offers many more concerts, free to the public, every year. All concerts are performed at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Marco.

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»» Since 1919, Theatre Jacksonville has been “the little theatre with the big voice” and continues its 95th season into 2015 with the classic and always hilarious show Hairspray. Keep your eye out for their Guerilla Show Series, TBA! An annual theatre camp engages children in four weeks of professionally led classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, and improvisation, culminates in a show by the campers. Training in theatre and voice for all ages, including adults, is provided at the training center. Theatre Jacksonville would love to host your next event! Theatreworks www.theatreworksjax.com | 630 May Street | (904) 353-3500

»» For over 35 years, the nonprofit Theatreworks, Inc. has provided the best national and international touring theatre available to school-age children in a seven-county area. All shows include curriculum-oriented study guides and are meant to inspire and educate. Monthly shows throughout the school year are held at the Florida Theatre. A Sunday Family Series is held at Theatre Jacksonville in San Marco. In school shows and free summer theater are also held at various venues. The Ritz Theatre and Museum www.ritzjacksonville.com | 829 N. Davis Street | (904) 807-2013

»» The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity in the 1920s-1960s, it was known as the “Harlem of the South.” Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has an energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or a dramatic performance inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.

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»» The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre property originally used by a strip mining company. After use as a passive recreation area and open space buffer around the East Arlington EPA treatment facility, a group of citizens worked out a lease with the City of Jacksonville and officially opened the venue to the public in November 2008. The seven trails, benches, board walks, and picnic tables in the Arboretum were all built by volunteers from the community. Jax Ale Trail www.jaxaletrail.com | 208 N. Laura Street | (904) 798-9111

»» Not only does Jacksonville have one of only five Budweiser Breweries in the country that’s opened for tours, we also have a thriving craft brewery scene. There are eight local craft breweries on the Jax Ale Trail and Jax Beer Week is celebrated each fall.

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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens www.jacksonvillezoo.org | 370 Zoo Parkway | (904) 757-4463

»» More than one million visitors visit this 117-acre zoo and garden each year, marveling at over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in its collection. The Range of the Jaguar and the Land of the Tiger are two marquee attractions you don’t want to miss, and the Great Apes of the World provide an amusing exhibition for kids and adults alike. For the conservation-minded, the zoo participates in more than 50 national and international conservation initiatives and more than 95 Species Survival Plans. Marineland www.marineland.net | 9600 Oceanshore Blvd. | (904) 471-1111

»» Founded as Marine Studios in 1938 as an underwater filming studio, today Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers guests interactive and in-water programs to make physical and emotional connections with mammals. The 1.3-million-gallon facility has comfortable chairs and plenty of viewing opportunities to watch the dolphins above and below the water. Or take advantage of programs such as Immersion, Discover Dolphins, Touch and Feed or, for the more artistically inclined, Dolphin Designs.

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»» Since opening in 2009, the Riverside Arts Market has served as a popular community gathering-place with unique arts, entertainment, food and produce, all under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. The family destination has something for everyone on the banks of the St. Johns River. Operating every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the venue includes a robust farmers’ market with locally-grown seasonal produce, artists who sell only handmade arts and crafts, and food artisans and vendors. St. Augustine Aquarium www.saaquarium.com | 2045 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32084 | (904) 429-9777

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AMELIA ISLAND & FERNANDINA BEACH 45-50 minutes northeast; I-95 North to Exit 373 East at FL 200 For seafood, outdoor activities, and a slice of history, head to Florida’s northernmost barrier island, less than an hour from downtown Jacksonville. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach boast beautiful seashores that offer more breathing room than the beaches closer to Jacksonville. Kayak tours, golf and horseback rides on the beach are available. Enthusiasts delight seeing classic automobiles during the annual Concours D’Elegance car show in March. Hikers, campers, mountain bikers and Civil War buffs will enjoy exploring 18th-century Fort Clinch and its maritime state park. If your daytrip becomes a long weekend, stay in one of the area’s historic Bed & Breakfasts, or pamper yourself at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton or Omni Amelia Island Plantation resorts.

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beaches. Kayak eco-tours, standup-paddle-board yoga on the Intracoastal Waterway, boat rentals, fine dining and raucous holiday-weekend celebrations can be found in the seaside communities of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. The fishing village of Mayport at the mouth of the St. Johns River offers the freshest seafood around. Be sure to visit


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JULIOCESAR MENDEZ single track and local surfers enjoy consistent waves at the Mayport Poles. Those looking for a more tranquil nature experience should try the often-overlooked Dutton Island Preserve nearby. Atlantic Boulevard is the dividing line between Atlantic and Neptune Beach. Be sure to visit the poolside Lemon Bar at the Seahorse Inn for libations or enjoy a seafood dinner at Ragtime. Mainly residential, Neptune Beach is the home of The Bookmark, a wonderful independent bookstore, which often holds readings by local authors. Another Neptune Beach landmark is the 80-year-old institution known as Pete’s Bar, where the annual Thanksgiving party is an experience to remember. Both Atlantic and Neptune Beach celebrate the Dancin’ in the Street festival in May. Jacksonville Beach commands the longest share of the shoreline and has restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. The Seawalk Pavilion regularly hosts live outdoor

concerts and free movie nights. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Jax Beach’s annual Springing the Blues Festival in April. Ponte Vedra is home to the world-famous TPC Sawgrass golf course, with the 17th Hole’s iconic island green. It’s a can’t-miss for anyone with a yen for the game. If you’re a bigger fan of the tennis courts, be sure to check out the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Racquet Club, and the official ATP Tennis Club, which features 15 clay courts and is consistently ranked among the top facilities in Florida. For a cultural experience, visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to enjoy performances by Robert Earl Keen, Ani DiFranco, and David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash. If it’s waves you crave, head to Mickler’s Landing near the intersection of A1A and Mickler Road on Ponte Vedra Boulevard for the only public stretch of shoreline in Ponte Vedra with restrooms and showers. Horseback riding and pets are allowed on the beach.


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ST. AUGUSTINE 45 minutes south; I-95 South to Exit 318 East at FL 16 Just 45 minutes south of downtown Jacksonville, historic St. Augustine draws history buffs from around the world. Architectural enthusiasts enjoy touring both Flagler College’s Spanish Renaissance campus and the Lightner Museum’s Gilded Age collection of fine art and historical relics. Both buildings were originally hotels built by railroad baron Henry Flagler in the 1800s. Nearby St. George Street is packed with small museums, historical attractions, city tours, gift shops and some of the area’s best restaurants.

On the waterfront sits the 350-year-old Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. The fort is open for daily tours, military re-enactments and cannon demonstrations. Also on the waterfront, aspiring pirates can sail the Black Raven Cruise or the Schooner Freedom for a dose of authentic and outlandish maritime history. For those who love kitsch, St. Augustine boasts a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum of oddities, an array of ghost tours, Potter’s Wax Museum, and pirate gear galore. The Fountain of Youth Archeological Park—the site of the earliest-settled area of St. Augustine—offers the opportunity

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for likes of William Rockefeller, Marshall Field, Henry Hyde, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, Vincent Astor and William K. Vanderbilt. Today their once private retreat is now part of the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, one of the largest preservation projects in the Southeast. Visitors can tour the area surrounding the Robber Baron’s former hunting club and have lunch or dinner in the Victorian

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CUMBERLAND ISLAND, GEORGIA 45 minutes north; I-95 North to St. Marys Road, Exit 1, to GA-40 E to St. Marys Street W

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A place to completely get away from it all, Cumberland Island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, is a nature lover’s dream. It teems with wildlife, and boasts multiple distinct ecosystems such as maritime forests, salt marshes, freshwater wetlands, tidal creeks, and undeveloped beaches. A herd of feral horses runs free, and visitors can enjoy hiking around the historical ruins of Dungeness, a mansion built in the late 19th century by Thomas M. Carnegie and destroyed by fire in the 1950s. No bridge exists between the mainland and the Island, a designated National Seashore. To visit, leave your car and catch a ride on the passengers-only ferry in St. Mary’s. Georgia. On Cumberland Island, walking or bicycling are the only ways to get around. The island is famous as the secluded location where John F. Kennedy Jr. married his wife, Carolyn Bessette. It’s solo commercial establishment is the all-inclusive, and expensive Grayfield Inn, built by the Carnegies in 1890, so it is better to pack all the food and drinks you are going to need for the day, and prepare to carry all trash home as there are no waste receptacles on the island.

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PARKS WORTH A DAY TRIP EDWARD BALL WAKULLA SPRINGS STATE PARK Three hours west on I-10; 465 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327 Located south of Tallahassee, Wakulla Springs State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Natural Landmark. Three nature trail systems welcome hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. Named for the duPont family financial manager who sold the park lands to the state of Florida, the park contains one of the world’s largest and deepest first-order

BLUE SPRING STATE PARK Two hours south on I-95; 2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763 Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River and a crucial winter refuge for manatees, especially West Indian Manatees. From mid-November through early March, several hundred manatees

ICHETUCKNEE SPRINGS STATE PARK Less than two hours west on I-10/US-90; 12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, FL 32038 Designated a National Natural Landmark, the crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and

freshwater springs. Glass-bottom boat tours of the spring reveal amounts of mastodon, giant sloth, giant armadillo and camel bones. Since bad weather and poor water quality can stop the tour schedule, it’s best to call head (850-561-7286) to avoid disappointing friends and family. The Wakulla Springs Lodge, completed in 1937, has only one television – in the lobby – among its 27 guest rooms. The Mediterranean Revival architecture is carried throughout the lodge, furnished with period furniture, including a grand piano, marble checker tables and a massive fireplace.

can be viewed from the overlooks. The park itself covers more than 2,600 acres, including the historic Thursby House, built in 1872 during the steamboat era. The spring’s crystal-clear, 73-degree water offers swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, while fishing, canoeing and boating can be enjoyed on the St. Johns River.

floodplain forests before it joins the Santa Fe River. A very popular tubing destination, the upper 3.5-mile stretch of the river is protected in the state park and contains eight major springs, each with its own charm. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are also very popular activities in the 72-degree water temperature year round.

For history buffs, a 17th century Spanish mission site was found in the park about one mile downstream of the head of the river. Known as San Martin de Timucua, the site was considered for reconstruction of the mission to be open to the public, but those plans were dropped.

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