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welcome Welcome to Florida’s First Coast! Whether you’re here on business, vacation, or to enjoy one of the many premier sporting events our city hosts, I encourage you to take the time to visit many of the attractions our city offers. As the gateway to Florida, our weather and hospitality provide a warm and welcoming experience. One of my family’s favorite outings is to watch for dolphins in the St. Johns River as we stroll along the southbank Riverwalk in downtown Jacksonville. We also enjoy the many trails and river access points throughout our urban parks system, which is the largest in the nation. In addition, Jacksonville has been named among the top 25 U.S. cities for arts. So, I invite you to enjoy our beautiful museums, theatres, galleries, art events, open air markets and annual festivals. With over 800 square miles covering beaches, riverfront and our urban center, Jacksonville is as diverse as it is vibrant. As mayor, I thank you for considering Jacksonville in your travel plans. Enjoy your stay and please visit us again soon!

On behalf of the Tourist Development Council, I would like to welcome you to Jacksonville, Florida. Whether you are in town for a special event, sporting activity, vacation, or visiting family or friends, I hope you enjoy your time with us. Jacksonville is a city on the move and there is much to see and do here. Home to the largest urban park system in the country, historic Kingsley Plantation, enjoy our pristine beaches at Hanna Park, ride the Jean Ribault, our river ferry in Mayport, or stroll along our river walks through downtown. The Jacksonville Zoo has something for everyone. Visit our outstanding museums like the Cummer in Riverside or MOCA in downtown or take your children to MOSH for an unforgettable science trip. Try the very popular Riverside Arts Market or if you are downtown on the first Wednesday of the month, drop by Hemming Park and experience Art Walk. Jacksonville is home to many sports teams and events. If you are attending one of these, I hope you have a great time at our world class venues. Whatever the reason you are here, we are glad you are here.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,

Lenny Curry

Greg Anderson

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President, Jacksonville City Council

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

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It’s difficult to find Jacksonville visitors who don’t happily use the word “surprised” or the phrase, “I didn’t know” to describe their experience here. Who could blame them? Jacksonville is a natural water wonderland filled with exciting sites and new experiences to discover and enjoy—so many that it could take a lifetime to see them all. The downtown, with miles of walking paths along both shores of the majestic St. Johns River, is a place where the past and present mingle between unique shopping and dining hot spots. Musical entertainment for every taste and big-time sports for every fanatic are easy to find. The warm climate

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HERE’S A SHORT LIST OF “SURPRISES” JACKSONVILLE VISITORS OFTEN MENTION.

It is the largest city in the United States (848 square miles) and has the youngest population in Florida (median age: 35). Huffington Post named Jacksonville the Top Secretly Cool City Where You Can Still Get in on the Ground Floor. It has the largest urban park system in the U.S. (more than 80,000 acres). Jacksonville’s Alhambra Theatre is the longest running dinner theatre in the nation. Once known as “The Harlem of the South,” the

African-American anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and

Sing” was composed here.

Jacksonville is one of the nation’s Top 25 Art

Destinations.

Jacksonville is the birthplace of Southern Rock—Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and JJ Grey & Mofro are native sons; The Allman Brothers Band was formed here.

This was the first “Hollywood”—more than 30 silent movie companies made films here. TripAdvisor has named the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) as one of the Top 25 Zoos in the

United States.

Kona Skatepark is the nation’s oldest. Tony

Hawk competed here long before he became famous.

Jacksonville is rated one of the 99 Best Cities for Beer by Livability.com and is home to The Jax Ale

Trail—visit it on the Brew Bus Jacksonville.

The 26.2 with Donna is the only marathon in the nation with 100 percent of its proceeds going to fight breast cancer. Jacksonville is now one of Cvent’s Top 50 meeting

destinations in the U.S.

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FLIP-FLOPS AND SUNSCREEN ARE ESSENTIAL for a visit to the 22 miles of wide, relaxing beaches known as Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. From the majestic sunrise to the inspiring sunset, these beaches are perfect for surfing, kite surfing, fishing, paddleboarding and long, lazy hours of soaking up the sun. You’ve undoubtedly seen window decals and T-shirts that proclaim, simply, “Salt Life,” and it all started in Jacksonville. Four buddies on a fishing trip turned this phrase into a lifestyle brand indicating a love for all things ocean: surfing, beach bumming, fishing and sailing. Today, there are shops and restaurants in the Jacksonville area bearing the Salt Life name and selling plenty of merchandise for you to show your love, too. For a little exercise, walk the 1,300-foot

Neptune Beach Access

length of the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and watch fishermen reel in their catch or see surfers catch the perfect wave (admission $1, children 6 and under free). When day fades to a star-lit night, popular restaurants, nightlife hot spots, beach-themed shops and cool oceanfront hotels add to the fun, seaside atmosphere. The Sea Walk Pavilion, just a few feet from the ocean, frequently hosts free music festivals and movie nights. There is plenty of free parking at the beaches and at two city-owned lots, which charge a small fee during the summer. At the north end of the beaches is the quaint and historic village of Mayport. Home to unique shopping and restaurants serving fresh-caught local seafood, Mayport is the perfect place to experience Old Florida and the sea.

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

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

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

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Beaches Town Center This trendy and relaxed shopping, dining and nightlife hub is situated where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet. This is the place to be seen for the young and

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

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Victory Casino Cruises Boats sail five days a week, twice daily from historic Mayport. Play slots, blackjack, poker and other games. Live entertainment on the weekends at Club V Nightclub features DJs and guest musicians who create a party atmosphere. Food is made-to-order at the Atlantic Cafe and beer, wine and cocktails are available at the Dolphin Bar for the duration of the trip. 4378 Ocean Street Jacksonville, FL 32233 (Historic Mayport), www.victoryjax.com

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

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AREAS NOT-TO-BE-MISSED attractions River, downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank and Southbank blend an urban vibe with a cool, waterfront atmosphere. Fortune 500 companies call the city’s core home, and during the week thousands of professionals and visitors fill the streets enjoying unique dining destinations, world-class museums and a variety of nightlife options such as hip local bars and upscale lounges. The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play here at their newly refurbished stadium, EverBank Field. The city’s minor league baseball team the Jacksonville Suns, Arena football’s Jacksonville Sharks, NASL’s Jacksonville Armada and ABA’s Jacksonville Giants also call this area home. Culture stops include the Ritz Theatre and Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville and the Museum of Science and History (MOSH). Downtown Jacksonville boasts 5.6 miles of beautiful riverfront, including almost 3 miles of the Riverwalk, which is perfect for a stroll or a jog or to just enjoy a view of the city’s distinctive skyline. The Southbank Riverwalk has been completely remodeled and offers several new art installations! Right in the middle of Downtown, Hemming Park offers a vibrant and fun escape for a lunch outing, a place to read a book, take a yoga class, enjoy a concert or get together with your friends for food, music and fun. There are several ways to get around downtown—drive and park at one of the more than 43,000 public parking spaces or use the Skyway. The Skyway connects downtown’s Southbank to its Northbank in less than five minutes for free. Out on the water, the Jacksonville River Taxi takes passengers on a fun trip across the St. Johns River while providing great views of the city. Downtown Ambassadors wearing distinctive orange shirts are always nearby; ready to give directions and suggestions to visitors.

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AdLib Tours “Top to Bottom Tour” Walk to the top and the bottom of the city in this interactive and intriguing history tour of Jacksonville’s core. The tour includes the Wells Fargo building, the top of the Bank of America tower for spectacular views of the city, a trip below the city to an old bank tunnel, a look at Jacksonville’s silent movie era and much more. Tues. and Thurs. from 10-11:45 am. Meet at the Jacksonville Landing escalators 2 W. Independent Drive, Jacksonville, www. adlibtours.com

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Jacksonville Sports Complex If you are looking for our large-scale entertainment venues, you will most likely find the events in the Sports Complex! Home to EverBank Field, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Metropolitan Park and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, this area of Downtown plays host to major sporting events, concerts and festivals! www.jaxevents.com

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Foxy Lady Cruises Cruise and dine in climate controlled comfort aboard a luxury yacht departing from Downtown Jacksonville’s riverfront. Public cruises include dinner, lunch, brunch or hors d’ouevres. Groups and bus tours are welcome and private charters can be booked for weddings, corporate events and private parties for up to 137 guests. www.foxyladycruises.com, 904.398.9553

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The Museum of Science and History Fun for children and parents, MOSH specializes in

interactive science exhibits and Northeast Florida history. Open daily, admission on Friday is only $5. Friendship Fountain located behind MOSH offers relaxation and great views of the city. 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, www.themosh.org

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Ritz Theatre & Museum Jacksonville’s AfricanAmerican heritage takes center stage here. Take a walk along the simulated Main Street to absorb the history of an area once known as “The Harlem of the South.” Nationally acclaimed African-American performers thrill sold-out crowds at the Ritz. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 6 pm. 829 N. Davis, Jacksonville, www.ritzjacksonville.com

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) With more than 1,000 pieces in its permanent collection, MOCA Jacksonville encompasses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast. View paintings, installations, prints, sculpture and photography by some of the biggest names in the visual arts. 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, www.mocajacksonville.unf.edu

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Brooklyn Station & Unity Plaza The newest stop for Downtown is a burgeoning and vibrant new restaurant, shopping and entertainment scene along Riverside Ave. Close by is Unity Plaza a life-enhancing park hosting weekly entertainment and wellness events. 108 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville

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coolest neighborhoods. Recently selected by the American Planning Association as one of the nation’s 10 Great Neighborhoods, the Riverside/Avondale area boasts a unique mix of history, culture, charm and modern design. In this hip part of town with a young population, million-dollar waterfront homes and upscale apartment buildings are the norm, but there is nothing pretentious about the neighborhood. Instead, the vibe here is that of community, urban living and keeping it local. Riverside’s “Five Points” area is a bohemian neighborhood with funky coffee shops, outdoor cafés, one-of-akind shopping, nightclubs, antique stores and more. King

Street has recently emerged as the “Food & Beer District” with an eclectic mix of locally owned restaurants, bars and breweries that call the street home. The trendy area attracts hundreds of visitors of all ages each weekend to sample its many flavors.

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens The largest fine art museum in Northeast Florida includes nearly 5,000 works of art in its permanent collection with art dating from 2100 B.C. to the 21st century, including Old Master and American paintings and a world-renowned collection of Meissen porcelain. Equally impressive are the Cummer’s spectacular gardens. There are three flower gardens on the museum grounds, the oldest dating back to 1903. The Cummer Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am-4 pm; Sunday noon-4 pm and late on Tuesday, 10 am-9 pm with free admission from 4-9 p.m. 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, www.cummer.org ©RYAN KETTERMAN

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Memorial Park in Riverside This is the perfect spot for a quiet picnic under the shade of an old oak or perhaps a fun game of flag football. Designed by the famous Olmsted brothers who also created New York City’s Central Park, Memorial Park sits next to the St. Johns River

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and gives visitors gorgeous views. Plus, it offers an oasis of peace and calm just feet away from the shopping bustle of Margaret Street. The park is open from dawn till dusk seven days a week. 1620 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, www.riversideavondale.org

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The Riverside Arts Market Held each Saturday under the Fuller Warren Bridge, the market is a great place to find one-of-a-kind, local art pieces, enjoy live music, taste fresh foods and buy organic produce. Drive and park for free at nearby parking lots. Open from 10 am-4 pm every Sat., March through Dec. 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, www.riversideartsmarket.com

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The Shoppes of Avondale High-end boutiques, antique stores and upscale dining await along St. Johns Avenue in the heart of Historic Avondale. Everything is here for those who enjoy the boutique shopping experience; you’ll find gardening supplies, bicycles, shoes, jewelry, children’s clothes and house décor, plus

gourmet chocolate and specialty spices. After hitting the shops, have lunch at The Brick, and for dessert, head over to Biscotti’s for a slice (or two) of cake. 3567 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, www.shoppesofavondale.com

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The King Street Food & Beer District It would take days to experience all of the many dining and drinking options on this street including Riverside Liquors, The Blind Rabbit, Carmine’s Pie House, Lola’s Burrito Joint, Il Desco, Silver Cow, The Annex and Kickbacks Gastropub/Goozlepipe and Guttyworks, with its extensive beer list. And speaking of beers, King Street is home to two of Jacksonville’s breweries, Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery. Local beers are featured at several bars and clubs including The Garage, The Loft and Dahlia’s Pour House, which features at least 14 different Florida brews and 85 taps. Cheers! District begins at 1522 King St. and ends on 720 King St., Jacksonville.

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

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

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San Marco Square Found in the heart of San Marco and decorated with wonderful sculptures like the children frolicking through Balis Park or the majestic lions overlooking the square’s central fountain. Stroll through the beautiful, historic square for boutique shopping or some of the city’s best dining and enjoy monthly events throughout the area like Acoustic Night in the park or the Feast of Carnevale.

The historic neighborhood of San Marco is located just minutes away from Jacksonville’s Southbank. The area offers incredible dining of every kind, upscale trendy clothing boutiques and sensational art galleries that surround San Marco Square. Theatre Jacksonville, the oldest community theatre in the country, dating back to 1938, is also located within the square. At Hendricks Avenue and San Marco Boulevard, you can’t miss the impressive Fountain of Lions that reflects the neighborhood’s association with Venice, Italy. The San Marco dining district features some of Jacksonville’s best restaurants including bb’s, Bistro AIX, The Grotto, Matthews, Kitchen on San Marco and Taverna. A local Jacksonville brewery, Aardwolf Brewing Company, is located off Hendricks Avenue.

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Watch the Sunset at Riverfront Park This acre-long park along a quiet San Marco block gives visitors a perfect location to watch the majestic Jacksonville sunsets and spot dolphins and even manatees in the St. Johns River. 901 Landon Ave., Jacksonville.

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Aardwolf Brewing Company Tap into the local craft beer scene in Jacksonville. The Aardwolf Taproom & Brewery is located in a renovated 1930s ice house in the heart of San Marco. Stop in and taste their craft brews every Wednesday through Sunday. 1461 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, www.aardwolfbrewing.com.

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the Jacksonville International Airport, the Amtrak station and the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal—are located in this area. As a result, it is home to dozens of hotels. The Port of Jacksonville, America’s first port, is the number-one port in the nation for auto exports handling more than 600,000 vehicles annually. Despite the high number of businesses in the area, the Northside has many noteworthy stops to see, including Kingsley Plantation and The Ribault Club, both within the National Park’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, offering visitors a glance back in time to the antebellum South.

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To reach the airport and the River City Marketplace, take I-95 north and exit on 363B/Duval Road. For the zoo, take I-95 and exit on Zoo Parkway; this same road becomes Heckscher Drive and leads you into the Talbot islands.

The National Park’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve Boat, jet ski, swim, fish and hike in this 46,000-acre, unspoiled coastal wetland. Beautiful salt marshes, coastal dunes and hardwood hammocks show what Florida looked like 6,000 years ago. The preserve is also home to the Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation; Florida’s last remaining plantation house. Both historic locations are open to the public. The preserve can be reached by boat or car. Rent or take a guided kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard or segway tour with Kayak Amelia through the preserve. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, www.nps.gov/foca

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The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Recently named as one of the top 25 Zoos in the Country by TripAdvisor, it’s worth the visit! Home to more than 2,400 rare and exotic animals, this zoo is one of Northeast Florida’s most visited attractions. See gorillas, lions and giraffes, pet stingrays and pygmy goats and enjoy majestic gardens inside this modern zoo with Southern charm. 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, www.jacksonvillezoo.org

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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary A forever home for lions, tigers, pumas and dozens of other big cats that once belonged to circuses, closed zoos and private owners. Visitors can witness nightly feedings and see once -struggling animals now living in a

comfortable and beautiful environment. 1860 Starratt Road, Jacksonville, www.cattyshack.org

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

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

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

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St. Johns Town Center This top-30 shopping mecca in the country features more than more than 1.4 million square feet of retail and dining options, from high-end retailers like Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton to discount giants Target and Ross. There are more than 150 brand-name specialty stores here and dining options include P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. Also nearby is the Tinseltown area with a movie theater and local shops and the Avenues Mall, another great local shopping center. 4663 River City Drive, Jacksonville, www.stjohnstowncenter.com

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Autobahn Speedway Get a fix for speed at this premier indoor karting facility, offering close to 80,000 square feet of racing fun. Autobahn’s “prokarts” reach speeds of up to 50 mph. Open daily. 6601 Executive Park Court N., Jacksonville, www.autobahnspeed.com

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

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The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens A 120-acre urban woodland full of trails to explore and enjoy, this former mining site has been reclaimed and preserved as a perfect spot to enjoy local nature. 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, jacksonvillearboretum.org

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Tree Hill Nature Center This amazing 50-acre preserve features trails, gardens, native and exhibit animals and a hands-on natural history museum. A must-see for nature lovers. 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville,

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

Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park This 10-acre riverfront park is home to an 1876 farm complex with picnic areas and a citrus grove. Guided tours of the farm are available. Mandarin Museum is open every Saturday and special tours of all buildings may be arranged. Call call 904 268-0784 for group tour reservations. 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, www.mandarinmuseum.net Walter Jones Homestead

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Mandarin Park This 37-acre park offers two miles of nature trails, a fishing pier and a boat ramp off Julington Creek. It also has 12 picnic areas and six playgrounds. Free parking on site. 14780 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville.

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Clark’s Fish Camp This is waterfront dining taken to the next level. Serving diners for more than 30 years, Clark’s has a great local reputation for being the place to go to enjoy fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. Its menu includes favorites like oysters, shrimp and crab legs as well as call-of-the-wild options such as crocodile, ‘gator, ostrich and snake. 12903 Hood Landing Road, Jacksonville, www.clarksfishcamp.com

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The Comedy Zone Nationally known comedians are frequent performers at Jacksonville’s favorite place for laughs. Enjoy food and drinks with rib tickles at every show. Located inside the Ramada Inn off San Jose Blvd., 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, www.comedyzone.com

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St. Johns River links Mandarin with the Westside. With its beginnings going back to 1763, the Westside features waterfront mansions, Tudor-style homes and modest wooden-frame houses dating back to the early 1900s. The Ortega community is one of the wealthiest in the nation. The Westside is also well-known for its full-service marinas, nautical outfitters and boating facilities. It’s home to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, birthplace of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team. 10 A

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Jacksonville Baldwin Rail-Trail This abandoned railroad corridor was converted into a trail as part of a nationwide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program. The trail is 14.5 miles long and the 12-foot-wide paved trail is for hikers, bikers and roller-bladers to enjoy. The trail cuts through wetlands and pine forest that provides habitats for many birds such as eagles, wood storks, heron and belted kingfishers. You may also see wild turkeys, alligators and gopher tortoises. An equestrian trail runs alongside the paved trail. www.jaxparks.com

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bestbet Orange Park Gaming action is what you will find at bestbet. Poker, simulcast and Greyhound racing are the betting options. Vegas-style wagering is complemented by Jacksonville hospitality. Weekend buffets, sushi and a grill offer bites and beverages served in the poker rooms. 455 Park Ave., Orange Park, www.bestbetjax.com

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Marineland Reserve your own program to swim with dolphins, create a work of art with a dolphin artist, participate in a one-of-a-kind summer camp, host a Dream Dolphin Wedding and more. Make memories of a lifetime at Marineland. 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080, 904.471.1111, www. marineland.net

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Just south of the Jacksonville beaches on A1A is Ponte Vedra, a luxurious community with incredible golf courses and pristine beaches. It is the headquarters of the PGA Tour and the home of The PLAYERS Championship. A1A leads to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, it’s filled with historical landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. But it is not all about history, the city is known for its outstanding dining, art galleries, festivals and nightly ghost tours. The city’s oceanfront Anastasia State Park is one of Florida’s most popular beach destinations. St. Augustine Beach is a fun and eclectic coastal community where cars are permitted on more than 5 miles of wide, sandy beaches south of the town.

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St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum Open daily, the museum houses more than 800 authentic pirate artifacts as well as treasures collected from shipwrecks across the world. Its emphasis on engaging, interactive exhibits makes it

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

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

popular with both kids and adults. Highlights include artifacts collected from Jamaica some 300 years ago, journals and belongings from real pirates. It’s also home to one of only two authentic pirate flags in existence and memorabilia from Hollywood blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean and Treasure Island. 12 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, www.piratesoul.com

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

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

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

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

is allowed. 7500 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, www.kellyranchinc.net

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Fort Clinch State Park A military post during the Civil War, the SpanishAmerican War and World War II, Fort Clinch is one of the most well preserved 19th century forts in the nation. Daily tours are offered to the public. Camping facilities and a 6-mile hiking and biking trail are enticing ways to extend your stay. 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach.

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American Beach Established in 1935, this historic beach town was Florida’s first vacation haven for African-American visitors before desegregation. The weekend getaway and resort community is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Access from Julia Street off of A1A.

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FOR A BEAUTIFUL DIVERSION, take the A1A Scenic Highway and drive along the Atlantic Ocean from Amelia Island through Jacksonville and down to St. Augustine. See the gulls flying overhead; watch people fishing off every available bridge and see amazing views of the ocean just steps away from the road. Some great stops for photographers include Boneyard Beach and Black Rock Beach on Big Talbot Island. Stop at Huguenot Memorial Park and drive your car right onto the beach. For a look at history, stop at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island and swing by the Ribault Club. Get a great view of Naval Station Mayport with impressive warships waiting to deploy.

The St. Johns River Ferry (the only public car ferry in Florida), sails past fishing and shrimping boats as it carries cars and their owners across the St. Johns River to the beaches. Disembark at Mayport and enjoy fresh seafood at Safe Harbor Seafood or surf “The Poles” at Hanna Park. Continue on A1A to see the Jacksonville beaches and lots of restaurants and distinct watering holes. Stop at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier and walk its 1,300-foot length for just $1 per person or try your hand at fishing for $4. Continue farther south along the ocean through Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach and land in historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation. Explore the forts and historic landmarks in downtown St. Augustine or browse the many boutiques and shops also in the historic district. w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m 25

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AUGUST- DECEMBER 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Kicks Off

Jacksonville’s home team is always in the thick of the NFL action. EverBank Field is a party zone. Visit the pools and cabanas in the North End Zone, The Bud Light Party Zone in the South End Zone or experience the newly renovated club seats. With the biggest scoreboards in the world, any seat is the best seat in the house inside EverBank Field. Watch the Jaguars take on teams such as the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and Green Bay Packers. www.jaguars.com

THE PLAYERS Championship THE PLAYERS Stadium course was built with the complete fan experience in its DNA, and year after year it only gets better. This highly anticipated golf tournament boast not only the best players in the field, but also the biggest purse on the tour. www.theplayerstravel.com

MAY 26-29, 2016

Jacksonville Jazz Festival For more than 30 years this event has featured world-class jazz performances, art vendors, music competitions and more. Each year it grows bigger with more events and stages throughout the festival weekend. www.jaxjazzfest.com

JUNE 4-5, 2016

P1 SuperStock and AquaX USA P1 SuperStock is the next generation of motorsport. Racing that is affordable, equitable and exciting for racers and fans. AquaX, the endurance jetski championship, is an exciting coastal challenge that offers a completely new experience for watercraft enthusiasts in the heart of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. www.p1superstock.com

JULY 18-23, 2016

The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival Now in its 36th year, this fishing extravaganza is the largest kingfish tournament in the Southeast. In addition to the general tournament, the event also includes a Junior Angler Tournament, a food festival and live entertainment. Held at Jim King Park and Boat Ramp on Jacksonville’s Northside. www.kingfishtournament.com

SEPTEMBER 11-25, 2016

Sip & Savor Jax

Are you hungry for a new delicious experience? Bite into Jax this September during Jacksonville’s citywide restaurant week: Sip & Savor Jax, happening September 11 to 25. Prepare your taste buds for a 14-day culinary experience discovering the best local fare in Jacksonville, from new restaurants, to trendy gastropubs in hip neighborhoods and local staples. www.sipandsavorjax.com

SEPTEMBER 17-24, 2016

Jacksonville Beer Week Come celebrate our homegrown Jacksonville beer during this week long celebration which will include local events at breweries and bottle

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shops and will conclude with Mash-In, the annual festival which brings all of our local breweries together on Saturday, September 24. www.jaxbeersociety.com/jax-beer-week

OCTOBER 26-29, 2016

Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic

One of college football’s biggest rivalries features events all weekend long beyond the big game. The University of Georgia Bulldogs take on the University of Florida Gators at Jacksonville’s Everbank Field. Game kicks off at 3:30p.m. Festivities and pep rallies happen throughout the weekend. www.flga.com

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NOVEMBER 1-30, 2016

Kids Free November

FEBRUARY 12, 2017

Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city’s top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long (up to 5 kids with each paying adult)! Bring the whole family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville! www.kidsfreenovember.com

The only marathon in the world that donates 100 percent of its profits to Breast Cancer Research. The 26.2 With Donna marathon takes runners through Jacksonville Beach. www.breastcancermarathon.com

NOVEMBER 5, 2016

Navy vs. Notre Dame Don’t miss the action in Jacksonville as two rivals go head-to-head at Everbank Field in downtown Jacksonville. www.jaxsportscouncil.com

NOVEMBER 5-7, 2016

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MAR. 11, 2017

Gate River Run This is the largest 15K in the United States. The route takes runners through Downtown Jacksonville and across many of our famous bridges. www.gate-riverrun.com

APRIL 7-9, 2017

Springing the Blues

Jacksonville’s own, The Blue Angels, come home every October to thrill audiences with an air show soaring across Jacksonville Beach. Witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations. www.nasjaxairshow.com

The Belk’s Springing the Blues festival is one of the most highly anticipated music events in Florida, now in its 27th year. Held at the Seawalk Pavilion, today’s festival features three days of performances by national, regional and local blues artists and attracts more than 150,00 fans to the shores of Jacksonville Beach. www.springingtheblues.com

DECEMBER 30, 2016

APRIL 2017

Sea & Sky Spectacular

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade Dozens of boats decorated with festive holiday lights parade down the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville the Saturday after Thanksgiving making for a great family holiday affair!

DECEMBER 31, 2016

The TaxSlayer Bowl Two of college football’s best SEC vs. Big 10 teams go head-to-head for the battle of the TaxSlayer Bowl trophy, on the last weekend in December at EverBank Field. www.taxslayerbowl.com

Welcome to Rockville Rock fans won’t want to miss this two-day festival played out on four different stages. Last year’s line-up included Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch. Event grounds are at Metropolitan Park in Downtown Jacksonville. Exact days are TBA. www.welcometorockvillefestival.com

APRIL 2017

Oyster Jam Music Festival Sway the afternoon away at Metropolitan Park & Marina in Downtown Jacksonville. Oyster Jam is a huge down-home oyster

roast and music festival with over 15 bands rocking on the river. www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Art Walk Downtown

A must-do-and-see for arts enthusiasts. On the first Wednesday of each month, take a free, self-guided tour through downtown Jacksonville’s galleries, where local artists display their works. Enjoy local food trucks, music, and an outdoor arts marketplace for finding the perfect Jacksonville souvenir. www.jacksonvilleartwalk.com

THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

North Beach Artwalk

North Beaches Artwalk is a free event held the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 pm. Featuring many local visual artist and live performers. Artwalk is held at the Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach Town Centers. www.nbaw.com

EVERY SATURDAY, MARCH THROUGH DECEMBER 17

Riverside Arts Market

Every Saturday thru December 17, from 10 am to 4 pm, more than 100 juried artists showcase the city’s creative side, from handmade pottery to silk-screened shirts and unique accessories. RAM’s expansive Farmer’s Market features local produce, as well as artisan breads and other tasty treats. The Market’s three stages present exceptional live entertainment, from great regional bands to barbershop quartets. www.riversideartsmarket.com w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m 27

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Meet in Jax Out with the old! Jacksonville’s Downtown Convention Collection Hotels have been revamped to new standards with multi-million dollar renovations that include all new room décor at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and the Omni Jacksonville, as well as new meeting space and rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront and a complete overhaul of the new Lexington Hotel and Conference Center. More than 2,000 rooms are available within walking distance to Jacksonville’s historic Prime Osborn Convention Center. The restored Flagler-era train depot has been transformed into a state-of-the-arts meeting venue with more than 275,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space. Meet by the Water With the largest shoreline in Florida and an average of 300 days of sunshine, Jacksonville provides the opportunity to meet by the water in Downtown by the St. Johns River or at the Beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful, historic,

flexible and state-of-the art venues that cannot be found in any other city in the state. The urban core offers newly renovated convention hotels, the historic Prime Osborn Convention Center and the convenience of walking or taking city transportation – the Skyway, trolley or bus – from your meeting location to museums, restaurants and nightlife. At the Beaches, cutting edge meeting facilities and resorts blend into the laid back vibe of the unique coastal communities. The oceanfront location offers opportunities for unique team building activities and post-meeting events, from guided boat or kayak tours on the ocean to golf and fresh seafood at special occasion dinners. Transportation can be easily arranged to take groups from the Beaches into the city core, St. Johns Town Center area and other popular sites in Jacksonville. Military Reunions Jacksonville is home to the fourth largest concentration of military personnel in the nation, and we are very proud of that! Military groups

The Visit Jacksonville Sales, Services and Marketing team has more than 350 years of combined hospitality experience. Give us a call to help you plan your next meeting! 800.733.2668.

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Jacksonville welcomes a new era for coastal Meetings and Conventions as millions of dollars have been poured into modernizing and reimagining all major Convention Hotels in the city’s urban core, and that’s not all. New exciting meeting venues, team building experiences, attractions and foodie hot-spots are now calling the city home, transforming Jacksonville into Florida’s newest coastal meetings hot spot!

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visiting Jacksonville for their convention and reunions have access to a large network of military installations including Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Kings Bay Naval Base, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville and Marine Corps Blount Island Command.

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Medical Meetings Jax is the Southeast’s destination for health and wellness with more than 20 top medical facilities providing expertise and cutting edge treatment to patients from around the globe. The Mayo Clinic, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Wolfson’s Children Hospital are all located in Jacksonville and are a great resource for medical groups and organizations holding their events in Jax. Innovation Hub This city is the youngest in the state with a large population of millennials bringing change and cutting-edge ideas and technology to life every day. Bring your tech group to experience a destination that is taking risks in sectors like manufacturing, education, logistics, energy and health. Multicultural Heritage Northeast Florida is alive with cultural experiences, attractions and festi-

vals. Jacksonville’s African-American roots are deep, with dozens of stops on the Florida Black Heritage Trail located throughout the city including Kingsley Plantation, Norman Studios and The Ritz Theater and Museum, an African-American Museum located in an area once known as the “Harlem of the South.” Jacksonville is also home to one of the largest middle-eastern populations in the nation and a large Hispanic community. Exciting New Venues The mild Florida weather is ideal for adding unique events to your meeting or conference, from VIP receptions on the water to magnificent celebrations at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field, home to the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars and the largest video scoreboards in the world. After your meeting or event, end the day at one of our top restaurants or stop into one of the areas many craft breweries. Jacksonville’s southern hospitality and Florida Flair will make your group feel like they “own the town.” From mega conference hotels on the urban Downtown riverfront to the convenience of modernized airport hotels with well-appointed conference rooms, there is an ideal location in Jacksonville for your next meeting!

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Why You Should Meet in Jacksonville:

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Meet by the ocean or the river, no one does waterfront like us! More bang for your buck.

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Unique meeting and event spaces.

More than 100 daily flights, a cruise port and easy highway access in and out of Jacksonville.

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Home to more than 70 golf courses.

15 Chefs on America’s Best Chefs List. Bring your appetite!

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Visit Jacksonville’s staff has more than 350 years of combined hospitality experience.

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All Purpose Printing & Graphics, Inc.

3521 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, 904.346.0999, www.appagi.com, pam@appagi.com

Hartley Press

4250 St. Augustine Road, 904.398.5141, www.thehartleypress.com

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The Improv Effect

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Fast Signs

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Kelly Staffing

4168 Southpoint Parkway, 904.245.7550, www.kellyservices.com

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

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3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 904.366.6600, www.myjaxchamber.com

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550 Water St., Suite 1230, Jacksonville, 904.356.0000, www.spherion.com

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904.282.8500, www.tourtimeinc.com

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11034 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.265.4399, www.enterprise.com

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Academy Bus, LLC

904.501.4556, www.wheretraveler.com

Community Organizations

Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

3501 W. Beaver St., 904.355.9999, www.academybus.com

102 Centre St., Amelia Island, 904.277.0717, www.ameliaisland.com

Annett Bus Lines

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7451 Wilson Blvd., Jacksonville, 800.282.3655, www.annettbuslines.com

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Dana’s Limousine & Transportation

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Clay County Chamber of Commerce

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904.207.7714, www.prccnf.com

Florida Blue Line Group

Blesstar Transportation

3 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 904.366.6652, www.jaxusa.org

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4000 Faye Road, Jacksonville, 904.509.4616

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JAXUSA Partnership

904.630.2489, www.coj.net

11 N. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, 904.247.6100, www.jacksonvillebeach.org

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300 West Water St., Suite 201, Jacksonville, 904.358.3600, www.culturalcouncil.org

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First Coast Asian American Chamber of Commerce

2771 Monument Road, Suite 29, Jacksonville, 904.638.4378, www.asianchamberjax.org

904.620.2478, www.sbdc.unf.edu

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St. Marys Convention & Visitors Bureau

406 Osborne St., St. Marys, Ga., 912.882.4000, www.stmaryswelcome.com

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VISIT FLORIDA

2540 W. Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, 850.488.5607, www.visitflorida.org

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Jax, Your Destination for Health and Wellness

medical research projects and much more.

Jacksonville is the ideal destination for health with a strong network of medical professionals bringing their expertise to our city and providing cutting-edge lifesaving treatments to patients from around the globe. Few American cities of any size are home to so many top medical facilities, among them Ackerman Cancer Center, Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Memorial Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic, St. Vincent’s HealthCare, UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. These world-class facilities specialize in a wide variety of top programs including cancer treatment, cardiac health and advanced rehabilitation therapies, dialysis, pediatrics, bariatric surgery, family medicine, key

Jacksonville also has a thriving biotechnology industry and is home to one of the top teaching and research hospitals in the nation, UF Health. For those seeking long-term medical treatment in Jacksonville, our Patient Concierge Program provides assistance to patients and their families by offering special lodging rates and exclusive deals to city attractions for patients and their families. Learn more about Jacksonville’s medical industry, visit www. jaxhealthcenter.com.

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Luxurious five-star resorts, full-service riverfront hotels, charming beachside inns or friendly family suites, Jacksonville has them all. In fact, with more than 200 choices for lodgings within 18,000 rooms, visitors can find the ideal home-awayfrom-home for leisure or business. Best of all, these quality accommodations are owned and operated by some of the best hoteliers and innkeepers in the business. Location, excellence and good value are three attributes visitors can expect to find at Jacksonville’s many lodging options.

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2700 Jane St, 904-744-1244, www.ihg.com/candlewood/hotels

Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville I-295/East Beltway

9815 Lantern St., 904-247-6782, www.marriott.com/jaxne by hilton jacksonville airport

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Hampton Inn & Suites-Beach Blvd.

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

Hampton Inn East Regency Square

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

Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville East

53 Jefferson Road, Atlantic Blvd. & I295, 904-997-9190, www.hixjacksonvilleeast.com

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Beaches Best Western Oceanfront

305 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach, 904-249-4949, www.bestwesternjacksonvillebeach.com

Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront

1617 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach, 904-249-9071, www.marriott.com/jaxjv

Days Inn Neptune Beach

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

Econolodge Atlantic Beach Mayport Naval Station

2401 Mayport Road A1A., Atlantic Beach, 904-249-0313, www.choicehotels.com/florida/atlantic-beach/econo-lodge-hotels/

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

Four Points by Sheraton Oceanfront

11 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach, 904-435-3535, www.fourpointsjacksonvillebeach.com

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

Hampton Inn Oceanfront Jacksonville Beach

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

Holiday Inn ExpressJacksonville Beach

1101 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 904-435-3000, www.hiejacksonvillebeach.com

One Ocean Resort & Spa

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

Sea Horse Oceanfront Inn

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

The Palms Retro

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

Downtown Doubletree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront

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

Extended Stay America Downtown

1413 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, 904-396-1777, www.extendedstayamerica.com

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

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ADDITIonAL ACCoMMoDATIonS Airport Motor Inn America’s Best Inn America’s Best Value Inn - Dunn Ave. Amore’ Bed and Breakfast Baymeadows Inn & Suites Baymont Inn & Suites Jacksonville Best Western Inn Baldwin Best Western Jacksonville Airport Best Western Mayport Inn & Suites Budget Inn of Jacksonville Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant Comfort Lodge Country Hearth Inn Country Inn & Suites Westside Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Airport Days Inn Airport Diamond Inn Motel Jacksonville West Dickert House Downing Street Bed & Breakfast Eagle Inn Econo Lodge South Emerson Inn Etta’s Motel Executive Inn at Busch Drive Executive Inn Westside Extended Stay Deluxe Deerwood Park Extended Stay Deluxe Studios Butler Blvd. Extended Stay America JTB/Lenoir Extended Stay America, Jacksonville Baymeadows Extended Stay America, Southside St. Johns Town Center Extended Stay America Suites, Jacksonville Southpoint Fig Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast Gator Lodge Hampton Inn & Suites Airport Hampton Inn I-10 West Hawthorn Suites Jacksonville Baymeadows Hawkins Motel

• Moments from Jacksonville International Airport with Complimentary Airport Shuttle • Complimentary Wireless Internet in Guest Rooms & Meeting Space • Over 10,000 square feet of Event Space • Comfortable Guest Rooms • Savannah Bistro • Rainforest Lounge • Biscotti’s Internet Café • IHG Rewards • Executive Level & Quiet Floor • Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool • Fitness Center • Pet-Friendly • River City Marketplace with over 100 Shops & Restaurants Nearby

Hilton Garden Inn Airport Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Jacksonville East Atlantic Beach Howard Johnson Inn & Suites InTown Suites St. Johns Bluff InTown Suites Atlantic

14670 Duval Road. Jacksonville, Florida 32218

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

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

225 E. Coastline Drive, 904-588-1234, www.jacksonville.hyatt.com

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

1515 Prudential Drive, 904-396-5100, www.riverwalkjacksonville.com

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

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

Northside / airport Aloft Jacksonville Airport

Comfort Suites Airport

Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport

Fairfield Inn & Suites Airport

Flamingo Lake RV Resort

Holiday Inn Express Blount Island

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

Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Airport 1310 Airport Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218, 904-741-1122, www.marriott.com/jaxca

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Airport

2101 Dixie Clipper Road, 904-741-1997, www.jacksonvilleflairporthotel.com

EconoLodge Airport

1181 Airport Rd., Jacksonville, 904-741-4000, www.choicehotels.com/florida/jacksonville/econo-lodge-hotels/fld06

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

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

10148 New Berlin Road, 904-696-3333, www.hiexpress.com

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

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

Value Place Jacksonville North

10520 Balmoral Circle W., 904-696-0619, www.valueplace.com

Southside / mandarin Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park

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

Best Western Hotel JTB/Southpoint 4460 Salisbury Road, 904-281-0900, www.jacksonvillebestwestern.com

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SOUTHSIDE / MANDARIN Candlewood Suites Southpoint

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

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

Country Inn & Suites I-95 South

Courtyard by Marriott Butler Blvd.

Courtyard by Marriott Flagler Center

4690 Salisbury Road, 904-281-0443, www.countryinns.com

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

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

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Days Inn South

Embassy Suites Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites Butler Boulevard

5649 Cagle Road, 904-733-3890, www.daysinn.com

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

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4888 Lenoir Ave., 904-854-6200, www.marriott.com/JaxBB

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Southside / mandarin Fleetwood Mobile Home & RV Park

5001 Philips Highway, 904-737-4733, www.fleetwoodrvpark.com

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

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

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

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

Hampton Inn Jacksonville South/I-95 at JTB 4681 Lenoir Ave. S., 904-281-2600

Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville JTB/Deerwood Pk

9745 N. Gate Parkway, 904-997-6600, http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-g arden-inn-jacksonville-jtb-deerwood-park-JAXDPGI/index.html

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Jacksonville South

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

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

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

Holiday Inn & Suites Jacksonville SE Medical Center Area 4791 Windsor Commons Court, 904-421-7000, www.hiexpress.com/jaxmedctr

Hometown Inn & Suites

4940 Mustang Road, Jacksonville, 904-281-2244

Homewood Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Deerwood Park 8511 Touchton Road, 904-253-7120

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Johns Town Center

10434 Midtown Parkway, 904-641-7988, www.jacksonvillesouth.homewoodsuites.com

Hotel Indigo-Jacksonville/Deerwood Park 9840 Tapestry Park Circle, 904-996-7199, www.hoteldeerwoodpark.com

Jacksonville Marriott

4670 Salisbury Road, I-95 & J.Turner Butler Blvd., 904-2962222, www.marriott.com/Jaxfl

Radisson Jacksonville Butler Blvd. 4700 Salisbury Road, 904-281-9700, www.jacksonvilleradisson.com

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ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS InTown Suites Jacksonville Atlantic Jacksonville Plaza Inn & Suites Jax American Motel Kings Inn Knights Inn La Quinta Inn & Suites Mandarin La Quinta Inn & Suites Southpoint La Quinta Inn Baymeadows La Quinta Inn North La Quinta Inn Orange Park Little Talbot Island State Park Campsite Marble Waters Hotel & Suites Monterey Motel Motel 6 Airport Motel 6 Jacksonville Southeast Motel 6 Orange Park Mt. Vernon Motor Lodge Pecan Park RV Resort Pelican Path Bed & Breakfast by the Sea Plantation Manor Inn

Recharged and ready to inspire

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the largest convention hotel from Atlanta to Orlando has completed a multi-million dollar renovation of all 951 guestrooms. In addition to the guestrooms the new transformation includes the Regency Club Lounge, fitness center and rooftop pool. • 116,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space • Outdoor reception space overlooking the St. Johns River • Close proximity to Jacksonville International Airport • Central location in Downtown Jacksonville overlooking St. Johns River Experience this riverfront recharge. Visit jacksonville.hyatt.com for more information.

Quality Inn & Suites Baymeadows Quality Inn Commonwealth Quality Inn Jacksonville Airport

HYATT name, design and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. ©2012 Hyatt Hotels Corporation. All rights reserved.

Quality Inn of Orange Park Quality Inn Mayport Rayl Bed & Breakfast Regency Inn - DSPP, Inc. Relax Inn Residence Inn by Marriott Butler Blvd. Residence Inn by Marriott Jacksonville Airport River City Inn Salt Air Motel Scottish Inn Sea Walk Hotel Shakir Economy Motel Sleep Inn & Suites Westside SpringHill Suites Deerwood Park SpringHill Suites by Marriott Jacksonville Airport St. Johns House Bed & Breakfast Stars Best Inn Studio 6 Suburban Extended Stay Baymeadows Sun Suites Super 8 Motel University Blvd. Super 8 Orange Park The Jenks House Travel Inn USA Inn Jacksonville Value Place Dames Point and Merrill Rd. Wingate by Wyndham Airport

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Residence Inn by Marriott Baymeadows

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

Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel

10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., 904-564-4772, www.sheratonjacksonville.com 2228 Philips Highway, 904-396-4090, www.jacksonvillesuper8.com 4420 Mary Brigh Drive, 904-992-9992, www.mayoclinicinn.com

Towne Place Suites by Marriott Jacksonville Butler Blvd.

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

Value Place Beach Blvd.

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

westside Best Western Cecil Field Inn and Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chaffee Road

Holiday Inn Express Chaffee Jacksonville West

Hospitality Inn

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

Best Western Southside Hotel and Suites 4580 Collins Road, OrangePark, 904-264-4466, www.bestwestern.com/southsidehotelandsuites

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

Country Inn & Suites Jacksonville/Orange Park 5945 E. Youngerman Circle, 904-772-7771, www.countryinns.com/jaxfl 561 Chaffee Point Blvd., 904-693-4400

537 Chaffee Point Blvd., 904-652-2782, www.hiexpress.com 7071 W. 103rd St., 904-777-5700, www.hospitalityinns.com

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

3090 S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, 904-241-4141, www.allsouthrealty.com

Corporate Suite Shoppe

8933 Western Way, Suite 6, 904-363-2346, www.corporatesuiteshoppe.com

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

Ultris Oakleaf Plantation

250 Cherry Ridge Drive, Jacksonville, 904-779-7300, www.ultris-oakleafplantation.com

Ultris Wynnfield Lakes

12337 Wynnfield Lakes, Jacksonville, 904-646-4868, www.ultris-wynnfieldlakes.com

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BED & BREAKFAST INNS / VACATION RENTALS TP Corporate Lodging

4446-1A Hendricks Ave., Suite 336, 904-327-6224, www.tpcorpjax.com

AMELIA ISLAND / FERNANDINA BEACH Days Inn & Suites Amelia Island

2707 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, 904-277-2300, www.ameliadaysinn.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, 904-277-2440, www.residenceinnameliaisland.com

PONTE VEDRA / ST. AUGUSTINE Marywood Retreat and Conference Center 235 Marywood Drive, St. Johns, 904-287-2525

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

The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach

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

ORANGE PARK Country Inn & Suites Jacksonville/ Orange Park

5945 E. Youngerman Circle, www.countryinns.com/jaxfl

Courtyard by Marriott Orange Park

COURTESY OMNI JACKSONVILLE

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

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

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Jacksonville proudly boasts the largest urban park system in the nation with more than 80,000 acres of parks including two national parks, seven state and 400+ city parks and gardens and an arboretum. All that acreage in parkland alone is more than four times the size of Manhattan. With 1,100 miles of navigable water, we have more shoreline than any other city in the nation. We are home to 22 miles of beaches, 40 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway and the longest stretch of the St. Johns River in the state of Florida. Want to access the water? It’s easy and inexpensive. Jacksonville has more than 50 public boat ramps and launch sites. Jacksonville is the place where eco-adventures happen. Explore the Parks The city’s wild side really flourishes at the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. This 46,000-acre preserve of coastal wetland was home to Native peoples approximately 6,000 years ago. Today, the land in its natural state is the perfect destination for those seeking a natural thrill. Swim, boat, hike, fish and enjoy historical sites such as the Fort Caroline National Memorial, often called Florida’s “Atlantis” due to its mysterious history, and Kingsley Plantation, one of Florida’s last remaining Plantation-era houses.

Beaches After exploring our green areas, don’t miss an opportunity to relax at the beach. With 22 miles of white sand, visitors can work on their tan or get active. Take a surfing or kiteboarding lesson, rent kayaks and paddleboards, fish at the pier or hire a fishing charter boat at Jacksonville Beach. Visit gorgeous sites like the Talbot islands with its incredible Boneyard Beach and Hanna Park with its lagoon and biking trails.

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Observe wildlife of the world at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, home to over 2,400 rare animal and plant species. The zoo was recently named one of the Top 25 Zoos in the Country by TripAdvisor. If you have a passion for big cats like we do (just ask our Jacksonville Jaguars) then you must visit Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and hand-feed lions and tigers and other big cats. It is a forever home for former circus animals and privately owned exotic cats.

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Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are home to some awesome attractions. Explore the atrium at MOCA Jacksonville or another of our fine museums, hike nature trails, go kayaking, see how great beer is made, or be inspired at one of many art galleries. Jacksonville offers history, fun, shopping, tours, perfect days at the beach ... and much more. So, get started! Explore the many cool places to see and things to do only in Jacksonville.

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AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation, Inc. Jacksonville Walking Tours every Tue. and Thurs. 10am see secret tunnels downtown. Driving tours of Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island. Featured on PBS and History Channel. Trip Advisor rates “Excellent.” Custom group packages. Call to reserve. 904.827.1845, www.adlibtours.com

Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Waterpark, Jacksonville Beach

Adventure Landing Evening performances Tues.-Sun. Matinee performances Sat. and Sun. 12000 Beach Blvd,

A year-round destination for go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video arcade and party facilities perfect for birthdays and corporate groups. Open spring and summer, the waterpark features extreme slides, wave pool, lazy river and play village. Holiday attractions include Halloween Haunt Nights and WinterFEST with seasonal ice skating, ice slide, and nightly snowfalls. 1944 Beach Blvd., Jack-

N. Front St., Fernandina Beach, 904.261.9972, www.ameliarivercruises.com

sonville Beach, 904.246.4386, www.adventurelanding.com

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Adventure Landing, Blanding Blvd.

Go-Karts, miniature golf, laser tag, video arcade and party facilities perfect for birthdays and corporate groups are part of the fun. 4825 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.771.2803, www.adventurelanding.com

Adventure Landing, St. Augustine The family fun includes go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, video arcade, Max Flight Coaster Simulator, and party facilities perfect for birthday and corporate groups. 2780 State Road 16, St. Augustine, 904.827.9400, www.adventurelanding.com

Alhambra Theatre & Dining The Alhambra is the region’s only professional, Actor’s-Equity theater featuring dinner served tableside by renowned chef, DeJuan Roy, who creates a new menu for each show.

Jacksonville, 904.641.1212, www.alhambrajax.com

Amelia River Cruises & Charters Enjoy one or two-hour narrated sightseeing tours along the Amelia and Cumberland Islands in the St. Mary’s River basin, featuring Cumberland Island National Seashore. The personalized tours are rich with wildlife sightings, plus narration on the history and folklore of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. 1

381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 904.241.5657, www.beachesmuseum.org

bestbet Poker, Simulcast & Gaming Wager on greyhounds, thoroughbreds, harness racing and jai alai from points around the country. Poker seven days a week: Sun.-Thurs., 10 am-4 am; Fri. and Sat., open 24 hours. Game at one of two locations. 201 Monument Road, Jacksonville, 904.646.0001; 455 Park Ave., Orange Park, 904.646.0001, www.bestbetjax.com

Boat Florida Rentals

Backwater Fishing Adventures

Boat Florida Rentals has a complete line of boats to fit your needs. If you’re looking for water sports, like tubing or wake boarding around the waterways, you want to check out the Hurricane Deck Boats. Our pontoon boats provide a more leisurely cruise allowing you to soak up rays and enjoy nature. Boat Florida Rentals makes every effort to ensure your boating adventure provides you with the perfect experience. Call to reserve a boat today. Boat rentals start at just $199 for 1/2 a day.

Specializing in inshore fishing with light tackle and fly fishing for red fish, sea trout, flounder and tarpon. Bird watching and photo safaris can also be booked.

Budweiser Brewery Tour

Jacksonville’s premier indoor karting facility offers close to 80,000 square feet of speedy excitement. Groups small and large can be accommodated as well as corporate events of any size. 6601 Executive Park Court North, 904.425.5005, www.autobahnspeed.com

11911 Harmony Drive, Jacksonville, 904.708.8915, www.backwaterfishingadventures.com

Beaches Museum & History Park Explore the history of Jacksonville’s beach communities. See a 28-ton steam locomotive, stroll down the boardwalk as you explore photos and stories of life at the beach and walk back in time through the History Park. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 am-4 pm, Sun., noon- 4 pm

3108 US Highway 17 , Fleming Island, 904.215.5363, www.boatfloridarentals.com

Guests discover first-hand how Budweiser’s line of beers are crafted using the highest quality ingredients during complimentary tours. Guests 21 years of age can sample their favorite brews in the hospitality room or visit the gift shop for a wide selection of merchandise. 111 Busch Drive, Jacksonville, 904.751.8116, www.budweisertours.com

Capt. Dave Sipler Sportfishing Charter fishing trips on the St. John’s River Inlet for catching redfish, speckled trout, tarpon, shark and more. Full-time fishing guides available year round. Depart from: 4870 Ocean

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

Jacksonville, 904.757.3603, www.cattyshack.org

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City of Jacksonville Special Events Department Provides free or low-cost entertainment, educational and community events that help make Jacksonville the thriving, fun city that it is. 117 W. Duval St., Suite 280, Jacksonville, 904.630.3690, www.coj.net/Departments/Recrea tion+and+Community+Services/Special+Events/ default.htm

Clara White Mission/ Eartha M. M. White Museum Step back in history and experience a part of historic LaVilla African American culture located at the Globe Theater. The museum highlights the remarkable charity works of Clara White, a former slave, and her daughter Dr. Eartha White. 613 W. Ashley St., Jacksonville, 904.354.4162, www.clarawhitemission.org

Coastal Fossil Adventures Florida spoils the fossil collector with its rich abundance of the remains of really old animals; in particular, fossil shark teeth. Enlist a guide to show you the best spots to find them while walking on the beach or in a kayak through limited access areas. The guide also shows you techniques for finding fossils and helps to identify them. 287 Captiva Drive, Ponte Vedra, 904.635.6747, www.coastalfossiladventures.com

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Confederate Park Dog Park Located near downtown in historic Spring- MLF 209 Bucket List Visit Jacksonville Ad.indd field, this nearly 3 acre, fenced park has picnic pavilions and lush green space for canine friends to enjoy.

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Cuba Hunter Skateboard Park A 10,000- square-foot skateboard facility, Cuba Hunter includes a 6- foot half pipe, 7-foot quarter pipe, jump boxes, multi rails and a bank ramp with pyramid. Also on the grounds are a nature trail, community center and gymnasium. Park hours: 7 am-9 pm, daily. 4380 Emerson St., Jacksonville, 904.858.1366

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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The Cummer is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida with nearly 5,000 objects in its permanent collection, spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century. Explore more than 2.5 acres of historic gardens along the St. Johns River. Art Connections is the museum’s nationally recognized education center. 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 904.356.6857, www.cummer.org

Florida Theatre Jacksonville’s historic Florida Theatre is home to over 200 shows of all varieties each year. Performances range from ballet and opera to rock, pop and jazz. 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, 904.355.5661, www.floridatheatre.com

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Fort Caroline National Memorial Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French colonial presence in sixteenth century Florida. Here you will find stories of exploration, survival, religious disputes, territorial battles, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans. A short walk from the park’s visitor center is a fort exhibit situated on the scenic St. Johns River. Enjoy the serenity of hiking nature trails through preserved, native habitats. History tours, nature walks and a Junior Ranger Program are available. Admission is free, open 9:00am to 4:45pm seven days a week. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 904.641.7155, www.nps.gov/timu

Foxy Lady Cruises Cruise the St. Johns River and see the sights of Jacksonville aboard the award-winning “Foxy Lady II”, a 137 passenger luxury yacht. Public and private cruises are available.

Boat departs from River City Brewing Company, Jacksonville, 904.398.9553, www.foxyladycruises.com

Freedom Boat Club Connecting with friends and making memories with family is the club’s philosophy. Membership includes unlimited access to your home club’s fleet and easy boat reservations are made online. The Freedom Boat Club is the world’s largest club alternative to boat

ownership. 12807 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek Marina, Jacksonville, 904.588.2417, www.freedomboatclub.com

FSCJ Artist Series, Sponsored by Chase Join the excitement with Jacksonville’s major presenter of national and international attractions. FSCJ Artist Series brings blockbuster Broadway shows, concerts, opera and dance programs from around the world to the First Coast.

IMAX Theater at World Golf Village Home to North Florida’s largest screen (70 feet wide and five stories high), the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater is the most unique movie-going experience. Crystal-clear images combined with IMAX’s powerful digital sound create an unforgettable IMAX Experience. Immerse yourself in the most entertaining and educational documentaries as well as Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Memberships, field trips, birthday parties and discounts are available. 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine,

501 W. State St., Suite 109, Jacksonville, 904.442.2929, www.fscjartistseries.org

904.940.4133, www.worldgolfimax.com

House of Fame, MMA

The Jacksonville Armada FC is Jacksonville’s newest professional sports team and a member of the North American Soccer League. The NASL member teams are: Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Miami FC, Puerto Rico FC and Rayo OKC begin play in 2016. 1 Independent Drive,

House of Fame (HOF) is America’s newest groundbreaking mixed martial arts (MMA) franchise that introduces an innovative concept which is projected to revolutionize the industry. Based out of Jacksonville, FL, HOF is an organization dedicated to providing a paramount presentation of world-class MMA competition while still keeping patronage to its professional fighters. Along with providing a quality spectacle on a grand stage, HOF acts as an ambassador for mixed martial artists by backing fighters in their objectives and allowing them to have a public “voice.” HOF brings mixed martial artists from all over the world to showcase their talents in front of select local communities while keeping the best interests of the fighters in mind. www.hofmma.com

Huguenot Memorial Park This oceanfront park offers visitors more than surf and sand. It also displays an array of natural wonders such as great birding opportunities and amazing views of some of North Florida’s most pristine natural areas. Winter hours: 8 am-6 pm, daily. Summer hours: 8 am-8 pm, daily. 10980 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904.251.3335.

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Jacksonville Brew Bus The Jax Brew Bus tours all of the local craft breweries in Jacksonville. On the fun and informative tour you will be introduced to the many different sides of craft beer. Call or check online for tickets and tour days. 904.930.4449, www.brewbususa.com

Jacksonville Farmers Market Choose from the widest and freshest selection of local, ethnic, specialty produce and other food items at Florida’s oldest and most active farmers market. Open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. 1810 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville, 904.354.2821, www.jaxfarmersmarket.com

Jacksonville Historical Society Tour the recently renovated Merrill House located in downtown, adjacent to Old St. Andrews. Learn about the storied history of Jacksonville’s shipbuilding culture. 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.665.0064, www.jaxhistory.com

Come root for the Jags. The NFL preseason begins each August and the regular season is September through December. All home games are played at EverBank Field. Come see the best game day experience in sports! One Everbank Field Drive, Jacksonville, 904.633.6000, www.jaguars.com

Jacksonville Sharks The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League. The Arena Bowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. 904.900.2060, www.jaxsharks.com

Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club Sweet Pete’s

Jacksonville Suns professional baseball team are members of the “AA” Southern League

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attractions and affiliated with the Florida Marlins. They play 70 home games from April-September at Bragan Field, The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.358.2846, www.jaxsuns.com

Jacksonville Symphony Recognized for artistic excellence, the Jacksonville Symphony ranks among the nation’s top regional orchestras, performing a variety of concerts nearly every week from September through May. Performances are in Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and venues throughout the First Coast. Ask about Symphony dinner cruises. 300 Water St., Suite 200, Jacksonville, 904.354.5547, www.jaxsymphony.org

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Home to more than 2,400 rare and exotic animals, this zoo is Northeast Florida’s most visited attraction. See gorillas, lions and tigers, feed giraffes, pet stingrays and pygmy goats all while enjoying majestic gardens inside this modern zoo with Southern charm. A major highlight of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is the awardwinning Land of the Tiger exhibit featuring a trail system that allows the big cats to roam above, behind and beside you among the lush Asian gardens. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket and membership sold goes toward the over 45 field conservation projects the Zoo supports worldwide. 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, 904.757.4463, www.jacksonvillezoo.org

JaxParks - City of Jacksonville The Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment develops, maintains and provides programming for more than 287 parks, playgrounds and community centers, 32 swimming pools, 16 boat ramps, two oceanfront parks and many acres of nature trails in Jacksonville.

the barn, kitchen house, the remains of 25 tabby slave cabins, and the planter’s house, which is the oldest standing plantation era house in Florida. Ranger led tours of the Planters House are available on the weekends by reservation. Admission is free, open 9 am to 4:45 pm, seven days a week. 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville, 904.251.3537, www.nps.gov/timu

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society at Walter Jones Historical Park Stroll through the beautiful 10-acre park in historic Mandarin and visit Mandarin Museum. The park walk includes historic buildings and a boardwalk along the river. Exhibits include artifacts from Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War’s Union steamship, Maple Leaf. 11964

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Marineland Dolphin Adventure

This beachfront city park features a picnic area, beach access, a freshwater lake for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats, canoes, and biking/ hiking trails. Camp sites are also available. 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, 904.249.4700, www.coj.net courtesy 904 happy hour; courtesy visit jacksonville

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Kayak Amelia at Long Island Outfitters Let the experts show you how to develop paddleboard skills and feel comfortable on the water. After the lesson is over, explore the beautiful islands of the First Coast. Kayak and canoe rentals make it possible to paddle the quiet creeks of Talbot Islands State Park. 13030 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904.251.0016, www.kayakamelia.com

Kingsley Plantation At this National Park site, the history of freedom and enslavement takes on a different perspective. The lives of Zephaniah Kingsley and his wife Anna, herself a former slave illustrate this unique and little known part of Florida’s history. Historic structures include

Dolphins, salt water and pristine beaches are a part of this marine life choose-your-own-adventure. Reserve a program to swim with dolphins, create a work of art with a dolphin, participate in a one-of-a-kind summer camp, or host a “Dream Dolphin Wedding.” 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, 904.471.1111, www.marineland.net

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville Located in the heart of downtown, MOCA Jacksonville offers innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national and regional artists of our time. Additional attractions include the delicious Café Nola, the MOCA Shop and an interactive children’s Art Explorium. 333 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 904.366.6911, www.mocajacksonville.org

Museum of Science & History MOSH inspires lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. MOSH features interactive exhibits and the BryanGooding Planetarium. 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 904.396.6674, www.themosh.org

NAIWBE, Natural As I Wanna Be® Organic Skincare Products & Day Spa NAIWBE, Natural As I Wanna Be® Organic Skincare Products & Day Spa is an oasis of health, relaxation, and tranquility providing organic based spa treatments in Jacksonville. Spa treatments include massage, reflexology, facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures using 100% organic products. NAIWBE® is listed in USA Today’s 10 Best. Find a Peaceful Escape and Rejuvenate at one of Jacksonville’s Best Spa’s. Call for your wellness experience at 904.634.7607. 2 independent Drive, Suite 108, Jacksonville, www.naiwbellc.com

PGA Tour Experiences/TOUR Academy This is a one-stop resource for group golf instruction, golf-themed programming and entertainment. Tailored for large corporate outings, trade shows, social gatherings and team-building functions, the staff offers a variety of interactive experiences that let guests learn the game of golf in a fun and social environment. 5000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Suite 32, 904.567.2038, www.pgatourexperiences.com

Ribault Monument Situated on St. Johns Bluff, some 80 feet above sea level, a stone column memorializes French explorer Jean Ribault. He came to this river on May 1, 1562 and erected a stone pillar claiming the land for France. He also named the river the “River of May” from which the present day Mayport gets its name. One of the most beautiful vistas in Jacksonville, visitors can see the ocean from this historic promontory. 13101 Ft. Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 904.641.7155, www.nps.gov/timu

Ritz Theatre and Museum Explore exhibits celebrating Jacksonville’s African-American culture and heritage. The museum is located in the historic neighborhood once known as the “Harlem of the South” and features traveling exhibits from notable institutions and collections. Regular concerts and performances are held at the Ritz Theatre. 829 N. Davis St., Jacksonville, 904.807.2010, www.ritzJacksonville.com w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m   47

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The arts and entertainment venue known as RAM is held under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. The market features artists, food purveyors, farmers, growers and other vendors. Various live entertainment happens during the market every Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 904.389.2449, www. riversideartsmarket.com

Riverside Avondale Preservation RAP is a historic preservation organization providing an avenue to enrich and promote their neighborhoods while protecting their cultural and architectural heritage. RAP hosts events such as the Home Tour, Luminaria, Riverside Arts Market, and Bootleggers’ Ball. 2623 Herschel St., Jacksonville, 904.389.2449, www.riversideavondale.org

San Sebastian Winery

San Sebastian is among the very best of Florida’s premium wineries and is a pioneer in the development of table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Free tours and tastings daily. 157 King St., St. Augustine, 904.826.1594, www.sansebastianwinery.com

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park What began in the late 19th century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles has become a modern zoo with educational shows and exhibits and worldwide conservation efforts. It’s the only facility it the world where you can view all 23 species of crocodilian. Zip across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling zip-line attraction. 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 904.824.3337, www.alligatorfarm.com

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St. Augustine Aquarium

The Jacksonville Fire Museum

The St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure and Zipline will be opening soon. Northeast Florida’s ONLY snorkeling adventure with hundreds of Florida reef fish and rays! Check out the hands on exhibit with lots of invertebrates like starfish, interact with sharks at the shark and ray lagoon, or see the wonder of the seahorses and eels!

Home to over 500 artifacts, this museum serves as an educational link between past and present. Through the years, thousands of visitors have learned about the rich history of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

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St. Johns River Ferry The St. Johns River Ferry service transports vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the St. Johns River from Mayport to Ft. George Island and back.

The PLAYERS Championship Broadcast annually since 1982, The PLAYERS ushered the First Coast onto the international golf scene. Played at TPC Sawgrass, also headquarters for the PGA Tour, top players vie for the win on one of the most renowned and challenging courses on the tour. May 5-10, 2015. 103 Championship Way, 904.273.7645,

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The club provides interactive, self-guided exhibits depicting 6,000 years of history on Ft. George Island and the surrounding area. Amenities and services include a bookstore, group event facilities and weekend guided tours. 11241 Fort George Road , Jacksonville,

Hop on the St. Johns River Taxi for a fun-filled cruise to the Jacksonville’s downtown. And, make sure you take the river taxi at night nothing like viewing the twinkling lights of downtown by boat! Departing from Northbank Riverwalk at The Jacksonville Landing, Southbank Riverwalk at Friendship Fountain, Doubletree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront and Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk, Jacksonville, 904.860. TAXI (8294), www.stjohnsrivertaxi.com

Talbot Island State Parks Comprised of seven state parks, including Little & Big Talbot Island, Amelia Island, Fort George Island, Pumpkin Hill Creek, Yellow Bluff Fort and the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier, it’s an extraordinary eco-destination. Exploring sandy beaches, hiking driftwood forests, birding and nature photography are all possibilities. 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, 904.251.2320, www.floridastateparks.org

Taxslayer Bowl The Taxslayer Gator Bowl Classic is a NCAA Division I post-season college football game pitting the Big Ten or the ACC with the SEC. The game happens December 31, 2016. Spa at One Ocean

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The Spa at One Ocean The full-service oceanfront spa at One Ocean touts beautiful views of the rolling surf from the comfort of its meditative lounge. Staying true to its coastal surroundings, the spa offers more than 40 marine-inspired rituals comprised of specialty treatments, unique massage styles, body wraps, peels, facials and more. One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904.249.7402, www.oneoceanresort.com/spa/

Theodore Roosevelt Area Visitors can experience miles of thickly wooded peaceful nature trails, vast saltmarsh grasslands that supports both water and land animals, ancient piles of discarded oyster shells which yield clues about an extinct culture, and the legacy of preservation bequeathed to all by this property’s last private owner, Willie Browne. The Theodore Roosevelt Area is open sunup to sundown daily. 13165 Mt. Pleasant Road, Jacksonville, 904.641.7155, www.nps.gov/timu

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attractions Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve A 46,000-acre national park with visitor-use areas located at Fort Caroline National Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt Area, Kingsley Plantation and Cedar Point. Activities include hiking, photography, fishing, birding and boating. 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, 904.641.7155, www.nps.gov/timu

TourTime Choose the tour transportation and destination that best suits your group. TourTime provides van tours, motorcoach tours, step-on guides and group packages from Jacksonville, Amelia Island and St. Augustine. 904.282.8500, www.tourtimeinc.com, or jim@tourtimeinc.com

Tree Hill Nature Center Enjoy fresh air, plentiful trails and an on-site butterfly house at this 50-acre nature park with three distinct ecosystems. The center is perfect for families, groups and tours. Plan a family reunion, birthday party or an evening reception in the beautiful Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater. 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, 904.724.4646, www.treehill.org

Victory Casino Cruises This full Vegas-style gambling ship sails twice daily, five days a week. Besides gaming, enjoy food and live entertainment. 4378 Ocean St., Mayport, 321.684.6705, www.victorycasinocruises.com

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World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum The World Golf Hall of Fame serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members. Explore genuine artifacts from its members though a variety of exhibits and the Member Locker room. Tickets include all-day admission, a round on the 18-hole natural grass putting course and a shot on our Challenge Hole – a 132 –yard island green reminiscent of the 17th TPC Sawgrass. 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 904.940.4123, www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

World Skydiving Center Jacksonville has its own Skydiving School in the city limits. Tandem Skydiving or learn to do it alone. Capture the most exciting moments of your life with a video of your skydiving experience to share with friends and family. Reserve your jump now! Herlong Recreational Airport, 9300 Normandy Blvd., Suite 514, Jacksonville, 904.250.5903, www.worldskydivingcenter.com

Yes You Canvas Bring out your inner artist. Guests paint along with an artist to create their own masterpiece in about two hours. 6012 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.993.9047, www.yesyoucanvas.com

Public cruises: dinner • Sunday brunch cocktails • hors’D oeuvres • lunch

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Get inspired by the legends of golf at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. View original trophies, test your accuracy on simulators of famous golf courses and practice at the 18-hole putting course.

With over 1,220 holes of golf, Northeast Florida is the perfect getaway for golfers looking to take advantage of pristine course conditions and year-round great weather. Bring your clubs and tee off at area courses designed by golf greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. The Jacksonville area is home to 72 public and private courses that make up 488,000 yards of greens–truly a golfer’s paradise. The world-class courses, amazing clinics and the World Golf Hall of Fame keep visitors returning to Northeast Florida for unforgettable golfing experiences. Need assistance in planning the ultimate golf vacation? Florida’s First Coast of Golf can help book hard-to-get tee times for courses across the region as well as accommodations packages. Find value dates, last minute deals and sample itineraries at www.florida-golf.org. w w w.v i s i t ja ckso n ville . co m   51

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There’s a temptation for every taste and every budget in Jacksonville. From vintage and antiques stores to chic and trendy boutiques to upscale malls, you will find what you are looking for, and then some, while shopping in Jacksonville. Forbes Magazine named Jacksonville the No. 9 Best City for Shopping in America, with extensive options for shoppers that include more than 5,000 retail locations and 25 shopping centers.

Jacksonville Farmers Market

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Save up to 70 percent on the widest and freshest selection of local, ethnic, specialty and exotic produce and other food items at Florida’s oldest farmers market. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Retail and wholesale. Drive-up parking. 1810 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville, 904.354.2821, www.jaxfarmersmarket.com

Jacksonville In A Box Give the gift of Jacksonville, in a box. Send a box of local Jacksonville items anywhere in the world. Jacksonville is a beautiful city with rich American history and Florida culture. If you, a friend, or a loved one have lived here and since moved, you can now experience Jacksonville from the convenience of your own home, anywhere in the world! Choose between the “Snack Box” or the “Jacksonville Experience Box” to send to friends, family, loved ones, or even yourself! We prepare your

Natural and organic grocery store locally owned and operated in Jacksonville, FL. Full service grocery, deli, juice bar, GF bakery, meat and seafood, hot bar and more. Known for unparalleled product and ingredient standards. 1585 3rd St. N., Jacksonville Beach; 10000 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville; 11030 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, www.nativesunjax.com

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

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Peterbrooke Chocolatier transforms the art of fine European chocolate making into a truly American experience by combining the very best ingredients and old world techniques with a variety of

all-American treats. Specialties such as chocolate covered pretzels, oreos and strawberries and our world famous chocolate covered popcorn which are hand-dipped daily with Peterbrooke’s own unique blend of milk chocolate, rich decadent dark and creamy sweet white chocolates. Peterbrooke has 14 Jacksonville Locations and a New Touring Factory opening soon! Stop by one of our many locations today! 249 Copeland St., Jacksonville, 904.398.2488, www.peterbrooke.com

River City Crate River City Crate offers a unique opportunity for you to gift something personal and memorable with the people they care about. Our Gift Crates are a specially curated collection of local brands that are crafted in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. www.rivercitycrate.com

Riverside Arts Market The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) is a unique arts and entertainment venue under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. RAM features artists, food vendors, locally grown produce and a variety of live entertainment options during market hours. Open every

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box and ship it anywhere in the US for FREE. You don’t have to do anything, and your recipient is sure to love it! The Perfect gift for soldiers, college students, new residents or home owners, conferences, conventions, wedding planners, or anyone missing Jacksonville. www.jacksonvilleinabox.co

For nearly 15 years, Avonlea Antique Mall has proudly offered an amazing selection of antique furniture, glassware, china, linens, artwork, collectibles and decorating accessories. 8101 Philips High-

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shopping Saturday March through Dec. from 10 am-4 pm. 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, 904.389.2449,

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Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop Riverside Liquors has matched wine with people for more than 40 years. Choose from an array of fine wines and liquors, but don’t be afraid of sticker shock: the purveyors here know good wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 1251 King St., Jacksonville, 904.356.4517, www.riversideliquors.biz

San Marco Merchants Association Bound by I-95 to the North, University Boulevard to the south, Philips Highway on the East, and the St. Johns River to the west, the larger San Marco trade area offers a diverse variety of businesses and residential neighborhoods. Stroll along San Marco Square and you’ll discover incredible dining, upscale trendy clothing boutiques, and sensational art galleries. The San Marco Merchants Association (SMMA), a not-for-profit 501(3)(c) organization, seeks to unify these business groups in the area with a collective voice to help promote the area as a destination to locals and visitors alike. #MySanMarco #Shop #Dine #Live www.mysanmarco.com

St. Augustine Outlets Get savings of up to 65% off at premier brand name stores like Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Talbots, kate spade new york, H&M, Old Navy Outlet, Christopher & Banks, St. John, Kenneth Cole, New York and Company, bebe, Guess and Lucky Brand Jeans. Our St. Augustine Outlet mall serves the Jacksonville region and calls historic St. Augustine home. 500 Prime Outlets Blvd., St. Augustine, 904.826.1311, www.staugoutlets.com

St. Augustine Premium Outlets

Sweet Pete’s

Features an exciting collection of 85 designer and namebrand outlets including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

Enjoy sweets that are all-natural with no artificial flavorings, colorings or high-fructose corn syrup. Pete’s also features a line of organic, vegan and gluten-free candies. Try sea salt caramels, homemade cotton candy in 18 flavors, homemade lollipops, homemade taffy, and an array of candies and ice cream. Candymaking classes are offered in their 100-yearold, whimsically decorated Victorian-style shop in downtown Jacksonville. 400 N. Hogan

2700 State Road 16, St. Augustine, 904.825.1555, www.premiumoutlets.com/staugustine

St. Johns Town Center The open-air St. Johns Town Center has more than 175 of the hottest retailers and restaurants including a brand-new Nordstrom, along with Apple, Sephora, The Capital Grille, Tiffany & Co., Banana Republic, PF Chang’s, Louis Vuitton and more. 4663 River City Drive, Jacksonville, 904.998.7156, www.stjohnstowncenter.com

St., Jacksonville, 904.376.7161, www. sweetpetescandy.com

The Jacksonville Landing Set upon the gorgeous St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Landing is home to year-round entertainment, nine waterfront restaurants and an indoor food court and shopping mall. Don’t miss the free, live entertainment on the Riverfront Courtyard Stage every Friday and Saturday night. 2 Independent Drive, Jacksonville, 904.353.1188, www.jacksonvillelanding.com

The Spice and Tea Exchange of St. Augustine Come In and Smell the Spices! The Spice & Tea Exchange® offers food lovers, chefs, and tea enthusiasts a unique shopping experience filled with culinary delights. Explore your inner chef and shop over 140 fine spices, 75+ hand-mixed seasoning blends, sugars, salts, loose-leaf teas, and accessories. Create your own gourmet gift, or choose from a variety of gift boxes and recipe samplers! 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine, 904.826.3770, www.spiceandtea.com/staugustine

White Harvest Farms & Farmers Market This urban farm and market provides fresh food products to the community. It generates large-scale crop production and direct distribution channels to growers, vendors and consumers. Soon, the public can shop here for fresh produce. 5348 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, Historic Five Points

(Market opening is TBA), 904.354.4162, www.whiteharvestfarms.org

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

Unique and Fun Downtown Jacksonville offers many unique, fun and affordable transportation options. The Skyway is a 2.5-mile, automated transit system operating on an elevated track with 10 two-car trains. This convenient service provides transportation to downtown’s Northbank and Southbank throughout the week and during special events. The River Taxi takes passengers across the St. Johns River from the heart of downtown—with breathtaking views of the Jacksonville skyline at no additional cost. For more information about The River Taxi, call 904.860.TAXI (8294) or visit www.jaxrivertaxi. com. Dating back to 1948, the St. Johns River Ferry offers a scenic break from highway travel aboard the last remaining public ferry in the state. It transports vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the St. Johns River from Mayport to Ft. George Island and back. No Car? No Problem. In addition to its downtown transportation options, Jacksonville has an outstanding public transportation system that is easy to use and surprisingly affordable. For more information and the JTA bus schedule, call 904.630.3100 or go to www.jtafla.com.

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The Jacksonville dining scene is an eclectic hybrid of inspired casual elegance and classic Southern comfort, infused with the unmistakable flavor of the coast and a dash of international flair. With Jacksonville’s prime location along the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a given that seafood reigns supreme and can be found at a number of establishments throughout the First Coast. The city is home to an array of locally owned and operated restaurants from rustic fish camps serving up Southern favorites to four and five-diamond upscale restaurants featuring world-renowned chefs. Recently, a new “Food and Beer District” has emerged in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. On King Street, next to local famous hot spots Kickbacks Gastropub, Goozlepipe & Guttyworks, and Carmine’s Pizza, are now new locally owned restaurants: Lola’s Burrito Joint, Il Desco, Pattaya Thai, Southern Roots Filling Station and the Blind Rabbit. All these restaurants use locally grown, organic produce and craft beers brewed right in the neighborhood. On the same street, seven local bars attract a young and hip crowd on any given night.

For those staying downtown, the possibilities are seemingly endless. When it comes to nightlife and dining options in downtown Jacksonville alone, there are two dozen bars and lounges, half of which serve food. Some are laid-back bars with live music; others are elegant lounges with creative cocktail menus. All are within walking distance of riverfront hotels like the Hyatt Regency Riverfront and the Omni Jacksonville and just a Skyway ride away from the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The Tapestry Park and St. Johns Town Center areas in the Southside District are also packed with inviting dining options such as Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Ovinte, M Shack, Maggiano’s, Black Finn and III Forks. Right now, Jacksonville food trucks are experiencing tremendous popularity. These one-of-a-kind, gleaming trucks are all over the city and offer many tasty options from tacos to barbecue to gourmet meals on wheels.

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dining Azurea Restaurant True to its coastal surroundings, Azurea provides an elegant, artfully inspired atmosphere. Located on the beach, the restaurant showcases Florida’s First Coast cuisine with an eclectic tribute to the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Azurea also offers an award-winning wine list. One Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904.249.7402, www.azurearestaurant.com

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar With 10 locations in the Jacksonville area, you’re never too far from an Applebee’s. Open until midnight or later every day of the week, enjoy half-price appetizers starting at 10 pm. Special events, catering, weekly specials and nightly events are always on tap at each restaurant. www.applebees.com

Big Pete’s Pizzeria Italian Restaurant Order Italian favorites such as pizza, pasta, wings, salads and deli subs all prepared fresh daily in Pete’s kitchen. Great service is also a hallmark here and the loyal clientele who have been coming for years, prove it. Orders can be made online for delivery or takeout. 118 N. Julia St., Jacksonville, 904.900.6052, www.bigpetes.net

Bistro Aix Restaurant and Lounge A restaurant with hip, city flair located in San Marco features a regional Mediterranean and French-inspired menu. Diners will find an awardwinning wine list, two full bars and professional, unpretentious service. Outdoor patio dining and on and off-site catering are also available. 1440 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.398.1949, www.bistrox.com

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Blackfinn Ameripub Blackfinn Ameripub was born to be a whole new generation of the classic American pub, a lively restaurant and bar that offers the affordable, craveable American food our guests want to eat. Guests are served by our great people in a high-energy atmosphere, alongside an extensive list of craft beers and signature cocktails. We’re the perfect place for friends, family and business patrons to meet for lunch, dinner, happy hour, game day, late night and community gatherings. Stop by today to see what we mean when we say Meet Me at the Finn. 4840 Big Island Drive, Suite 5, Jacksonville, 904.345.3466, www.blackfinnameripub.com/jacksonville

Black Sheep Restaurant 5 Points Treat your guests to an only-in-Jacksonville Olio

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails experience with Black Sheep Catering. With a varied menu and central location, Black Sheep specializes in unique boxed-lunch selections and slider sandwich trays. Our fresh box catering options include savory sandwiches or light salads with your choice of chips or potato salad, chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of water. In addition to our boxed options, we offer four types of slider sandwiches that are smaller in size but big on flavor! 1534 Oak St., Jacksonville, 904.380.3091, www.blacksheep5points.com

Blue Bamboo Blue Bamboo was founded in Jacksonville by Chef Dennis Chan in 2005. This award winning restaurant marries bold Hip Asian flavors with classical Southern comfort foods. Voted one of the best restaurants in the Southeast United States, Blue Bamboo delivers mouth-watering dishes using only the finest ingredients. 3820 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.646.1478, www.bluebamboojacksonville.com

Bold City Grill at Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel The atmosphere at the Bold City Grill is casual and full of energy. Relax into its inviting atmosphere complete with dark wood, granite topped tables, a high-impact bar and flat-panel televisions. Enjoy meals ranging from gourmet salads to burgers to fresh, specialty fish dishes. 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.642.0063

Bonefish Grill San Jose Fresh, wood-grilled fish is our specialty and we’re serving up something incredible every day. Taste the fresh flavors of the season and try something new for dinner tonight.

and open until 2am ….we’ve gotcha covered. 13070 City Station Drive, Jacksonville, 904.751.7499, www.bostons.com

Buca di Beppo The is the place for classic Italian food and fun. Buca offers modern Italian cuisine in a groupfriendly, eclectic, vintage setting. Family-style dishes are available in two portion sizes: Buca Small feeds up to three and Buca Large feeds up to six. 10334 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.363.9090, www.bucadibeppo.com

Chart House This beautiful waterfront restaurant is known for its gracious service. The á la carte menu features a variety of fresh seafood along with slow-roasted prime rib and steaks. 1501 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.398.3353, www.chart-house.com

Clara’s at the Cathedral A training café featuring an upscale menu, Clara’s is an outgrowth of Clara White’s Culinary Arts Program that provides students with extensive training in production, presentation and front-of-the-house restaurant service. Located in the historic St. John’s Cathedral. Allyou-can-eat is $10. Open for lunch only on Fri. from 11 am-1 pm. 256 E. Church St., Jacksonville, 904.354.4162, www.clarawhitemission.org

Clara’s Tidbits Restaurant & Catering Clara’s Tidbits has been serving Jacksonville businesses and visitors for over 30 years! Casual, affordable, high quality food made from the freshest ingredients served in a relaxed, friendly environment. Now with two locations in Jacksonville: Hendricks Avenue and Baymeadows Road. We’re famous for our chicken salad and potato salad. Stop in and find out why! 1076 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville,

10950 San Jose Blvd., Suite 52, Jacksonville, 904.370.1070, www.bonefishgrill.com

904.398.2390, www.clarastidbits.com

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

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Enjoy our casual family dining, patio or sports bar atmosphere where you have a wide selection of made from scratch items like pizza, wings, salad, Burgers, flatbreads, Pasta’s and more. Full menu served daily till 2AM! Great drink specials, TV’s, weekly live entertainment

ville, 904.296.1525, www.daveandbusters.com

A fun, energy-packed dining room that serves everything from steak and seafood to burgers and pasta. Enjoy three full-service bars with world-class billiards and a million-dollar Midway gaming center. 7025 Salisbury Road, Jackson-

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Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Downtown

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This locally owned, genuine Irish pub features a warm welcome to guests by friendly staff, great food and the perfect pint of Guinness. Meals are made from scratch with fresh ingredients and made with local vendors’ products whenever possible. 2 Independent Drive, Suite 176, Jacksonville, 904.374.1547, www.fionnmacs.com

III Forks offers Jacksonville a contemporary evolution of the classic steak house in the hot spot of Tapestry Park. This modern dining room is sizzling with style with an energized bar and a savvy menu featuring USDA Prime beef, ocean fresh seafood along with lighter, local favorites. 9822 Tapestry Park Circle, Suite 111, Jacksonville, 904.928.9277, www.iiiforks.com

IL DESCO, Modern Italian

A lively gathering spot in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside neighborhood, Il Desco offers a modern take on classic Italian cuisine. Featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients, the menu showcases wood-fired pizzas, pastas made in-house daily; Rabbit Lasagna with sage béchamel, wild mushrooms, Castelvetrano olives, rosemary and thyme; a raw bar packed with fresh oysters, clams and locally caught fish; and an instant cult favorite – spaghetti tacos made with braised short rib ragu, escarole and topped with pecorino romano. 2665 Park St.,

904-290-6711, www.ildescojax.com

Jacksonville Sports Tavern Located steps away from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, this is the perfect

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Intuition Ale Works place to grab a burger and beers before or after the game. The menu also includes wings, quesadillas, hot sandwiches and more. 234 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.361.3547, www.jaxsportstavern.com.

Juliette’s Bistro Escape to this cozy, upscale bistro in the heart of downtown. Menu features fresh seafood, steaks, pasta dishes and specialty salads along with fine wines and cocktails in the four-star Omni Hotel. 245 Water St., Jacksonville, 904.791.4815, www.omnihotels.com

Julington’s Fish Camp The menu with a Southern twist features fresh seafood from North Florida waters, pasta, steaks, poultry and pork chops along with a great wine list. Enjoy a classic cocktail in one of two bars or dine outside on our patio overlooking the St. Johns River. 12760 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.886.2267, www.julingtoncreekfishcamp.com

Kitchen on San Marco Kitchen on San Marco is a welcome addition to Jacksonville’s vibrant local restaurant scene and was recently voted “Best New Restaurant” by Folio Weekly readers and “Best Farm to Table Restaurant” by Jacksonville Times-Union readers. The lunch and dinner menus change seasonally to focus on fresh, locally sourced and regional cuisine. Our gastropub combines imaginative, upscale cooking techniques with the casual dining experience of a pub including a wide selection of craft beers, carefully curated specialty cocktails, and a friendly wine list. You’ll find a wide selection of small plates and larger main dishes are available. 1402 San Marco Blvd., Suite 3232, Jacksonville, 904.396.2344, www.kitchenonsanmarco.com

M Shack A collaboration by the Medure brothers, Matthew and David, who fused an old-fashioned burger joint with modern style and fresh ingredients. Burgers are made with all-natural, hormone-free beef ground fresh daily. All-beef hot dogs, hand-cut fries, thick milk shakes and more complete the menu. 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904.241.2599, www.mshackburgers.com

Maggiano’s Little Italy This casual dining restaurant specializes in Italian-American cuisine. The menu includes

both classic and contemporary recipes for pastas, salads, steak, seafood, chef specials and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner. Carry-out and delivery service are available, and banquet spaces can accommodate groups from 10 to 240 people. 10367 Midtown Parkway, Jacksonville, 904.380.4360, www.maggianos.com

Marker 32 An award-winning wine list complements an eclectic menu of locally sourced seafood, meats, pasta and poultry. Bread is baked in-house and delivered fresh to each table. Breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway are visible from every vantage point of the 22-year-old establishment. Private dining and catering options are available. 14549 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, 904. 223.1534, www. marker32.com

Matthew’s Restaurant Jacksonville’s only AAA Four Diamond and Mobile Four Star Chef, Matthew Medure is passionate about creating an unsurpassed dining experience. Enjoy refined personal service and inviting ambience in the intimate dining room. Or, dine near the first-class culinary talent in the open-view kitchen. Private dining rooms for intimate gatherings or small groups upon request. 2107 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 904.396.9922, www.matthewsrestaurant.com

Michael’s Tasting Room With national accolades and celebrated chefs, enjoy this unique destination for its awardwinning wine list, live music, courtyard dining and exquisitely innovative Spanish cuisine. 25 Cuna St., St. Augustine, 904.810.2400, www.tastetapas.com

Mocha Misk’I Brownie Shop Boutique style brownie shop located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. 209 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, 904-236-4770, www.mochamiski.com

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Serving “American flavors from coast-tocoast,” Moxie is a locally owned restaurant with carefully sourced local ingredients, bold design, professional service and a sustainable, full-circle approach to its food. 4972 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, 904.998.9744, www.moxiefl.com

North Beach Fish Camp Located in the heart of Neptune Beach, enjoy a local draft beer or classic cocktail with

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dining Room. When renting out this room you get to choose a menu style, receive a server just for your party and depending on your beverage options we also offer a bartender at your request. You can choose to decorate the room yourself, bring in your own decorations, or simply request we decorate for you. No matter what you decide your visit to The Fish Company will never disappoint. 725-12 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904.246.0123, www.thefishcojax.com

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Jax Food Truck dinner in the Wheel House with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy fresh local seafood, pasta, steaks and poultry dishes in the main dining room where you can enjoy the ocean breeze when the windows are open. 100 1st St., Neptune Beach, 904.249.3474, www.thenorthbeachfishcamp.com

Olio Soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees are crafted daily from fresh ingredients, using organic and locally sustainable products. The Duck Grilled Cheese was a finalist for Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. Menu changes seasonally. Open first Wednesday night of every month for Art Walk. Available for catering and private events. 301 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, 904.356.7100, www.oliomarket.com

Ovinte A locally owned restaurant plus wine and cocktail bar, Ovinte uses quality, regionally sourced ingredients. Relax in the lounge area with velvet couches or dine al fresco under the cedar-beam trellis and challenge your friends to a game of bocce. The menu is influenced by the flavors of Spain and Italy. The wine list boasts 240 selections.

Palm Valley Fish Camp Nestled on the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway, choose from fresh seafood displayed over ice or opt for the Southern favorites on the menu such as pan-fried chicken and creamy grits. Order a local beer or something from the wine list to accompany your meal. 299 Roscoe Blvd. N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904.285.3200, www.palmvalleyfishcamp.com

Restaurant Medure Chic and classy, this establishment offers a sophisticated dining experience. Fresh seafood, steaks and chops are creatively prepared with a Mediterranean and Asian flair. 818 N. A1A, Suite 206, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904.543.3797, www.restaurantmedure.com ©ryan ketterman

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10208 Buckhead Branch Drive, Jacksonville, 904.900.7730, www.ovinte.com

River City Brewing Company Jacksonville’s riverfront restaurant and micro brewery overlooks the St. Johns River and the downtown skyline. The menu offers dishes created with global flavors and their culinary expertise includes preparing fresh

seafood, steaks, creative pastas and daily chef’s specials. 835 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, 904.398.2299, www.rivercitybrew.com

Seasons 52 Enjoy a fresh dining experience at this grill and wine bar. Experience seasonally inspired dining choices, an adventurous wine list and a casually sophisticated ambiance. 5096 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville, 904.645.5252, www.seasons52.com

Sbraga & Company Celebrated Chef Kevin Sbraga is filling his table with the bounty of the South: grilled meats and seafood, vegetable ceviches, house-made breads, and craveable cocktails. 220 Riverside Ave., Suite 114, Jacksonville, 904.746.0909, www.sbragadining.com/sbragaandcompany

Taverna Taverna offers seasonal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Choose from over 20 wines by the glass and hand-crafted, local beers set inside a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. 1986 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, 904.398.3005, www.tavernasanmarco.com

Taverna Yamas Come for both food and entertainment. Choose from a wide array of Greek specialties, steaks, fresh fish, seafood, house-made desserts. A full bar menu includes wine, beer, cocktails and bottle service. Dine indoors or outdoors and watch belly dancers in the evenings. 9753 Deer Lake Court, Jacksonville, 904.854.0426, www.tavernayamas.com

The Capital Grille Enjoy critically acclaimed dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood and an award-winning collection of over 350 wines. For private functions, Capital Grille assists in planning an ideal menu with wine pairings. 5197 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, 904.997.9233, www.thecapitalgrille.com

The Fish Company Our mission statement has always been to create a five star dining experience with a laid back beach attitude. Come dressed up or dressed down, you’ll fit right in. We welcome large parties but always suggest you look into our private dining area, The Mayport

Relax and indulge in Southwestern cuisine with a sophisticated, eclectic flair. Everything here is made from scratch with an amped-up blend of New American and Southwestern traditions. Pick a cozy corner in the downstairs dining area or in the lively upstairs bar. 1537 Margaret St., Jacksonville, 904.355.4434, www.mossfire.com

The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro Opt for crispy fired chicken at the lunch buffet with traditional Southern sides or choose specially prepared evening meals such as bronzed red snapper. Don’t miss the peach cobbler for dessert. 310 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, 904.394.0860, www.thesoulfoodbistro.com

Village Bread Café Welcome to Village Bread Cafe. We have several locations in Jacksonville which means you’ll never be far from the best breakfast or lunch in town. Oh, and don’t forget pastries. We’re not part of the biggest bakery in town for nothing! Check out our lunch menu featuring grilled sandwiches, home-made soups, pizza on our own ciabatta and big, fresh salads for lunch. On the breakfast menu you’ll see something for everyone–how about a bagel and cream cheese or maybe a full country breakfast complete with fresh eggs cooked to order; hash browns, fresh fruit or grits; toast or bagel; and Applewood-smoked bacon or country sausage. There’s something for everyone at Village Bread Cafe. 5212 Phillips Highway, 904.732.2261; 10111-16 San Jose Blvd., 904.262.0740, Jacksonville www.villagebreadcafe.com

Comedy clubs Comedy Club of Jacksonville Specializing in company, corporate and group parties, the Comedy Club offers food, “Fbomb”-free comedy and a full bar at every show. Talent includes top national touring and corporate comics with credits on major networks. 1100 Beach Blvd., Suite 8, Jacksonville, 904.646.4277, www.jacksonvillecomedy.com

The Comedy Zone The weekly changing line-up showcases expert comics seen on HBO, Comedy Central and big talk shows. Enjoy an array of drinks and a full-service menu while you watch the show. 3130 Hartley Road, Ramada Inn Mandarin Conference Center, Jacksonville, 904.292.4242, www.comedyzone.com

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NIGHTLIFE SPEND A NIGHT OUT IN JAX Located in a renovated ice house from the 1930s, the brewery officially launched in the fall of 2013. Since then, Aardwolf has been making locals swoon over their beer in its cool atmosphere. 1461 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 904.301.0755, www.aardwolfbrewing.com

Engine 15 Brewing Company One of Jacksonville’s must-visit beer destinations, it’s home to celebrated brews such as Route 90 Rye, Old Battle Axe IPA, Nut Sack Double Brown Ale and Double Drop IPA. Dine on flatbreads and brats with your beer. 1500 Beach Blvd., Suite 217, Jacksonville Beach, 904.249.2337, www.engine15.com

Green Room Brewery The tap room features 16 drafts made in house and offers live music and games. Green Room’s delicious craft beers are distributed in establishments around Jacksonville and across Florida. 228 3rd St. N., Jacksonville Beach, 904.472.1985, www.greenroombrewing.com

Intuition Ale Works Locally produced craft beers are available in cans or at the tap at celebrated bars and restaurants throughout Florida. The brewery’s tap room hours are Tuesday-Friday from 3-11 pm and on Saturday from 1-11 pm. 720 King St., Jacksonville, 904.683.7720, www.intuitionale.com

Pinglehead Brewing Company Pinglehead crafts “big beers” full of flavor using the best ingredients available. Their beers are so bold they call them “Beer with Attitude.” Ask for their locally made brews available at premier bars and restaurants throughout the region. 14 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 904.276.5159, www.pinglehead.com

Veterans United Craft Brewery One of Jacksonville’s newest breweries was founded by a group of military veterans who share an enthusiasm for producing quality craft beers. Relax in the fun and casual taproom atmosphere while sampling delicious, premium handcrafted beers. Call for tour and tap times. 8999 Western Way, Suite 104, Jacksonville, 904.253.3326, www.vubrew.com

Zeta Brewing Company Located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach, Zeta Brewing Company brews several traditional ales and lagers. Signature beers include the American Garage IPA, Private Rye and Power to the Porter. Along with rotating seasonal beers and a patio, the brewery also hosts full liquor bar and kitchen. 131 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, 904.372.0727, www.zetabrewing.com

OTHER BREWERIES Bold City Brewery Ragtime Tavern River City Brewing Company Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery

With Florida’s youngest population, Jacksonville comes alive at night with unique bars, pubs and live music venues and a local crowd that really knows how to have a good time. Whether you are in the mood for a happy hour cocktail, a relaxing lounge or to dance the night away, Jacksonville has the spot for you to get the party started!

The Elbow Downtown’s Nightlife District is formed by a unique collection of bars, live music venues, galleries, shops, restaurants, clubs and lounges located near the intersection of N. Ocean and E. Bay Street, just one block from the St. Johns River. The Elbow invites visitors to explore the city’s urban nightlife scene at “Only In Jax” spots including 1904 Music Hall, Mark’s, The Florida Theatre, Downtown Cigar Lounge, Dos Gatos, Burro Bar and Chomp Chomp just to name a few. Also located in Downtown, the Jacksonville Landing is home to Mavericks Live, a concert venue and nightclub presenting live music and national acts almost every night of the week.

Brooklyn Jacksonville’s newest nightlife hot-spot is located in Downtown’s revitalized Brooklyn neighborhood, and offers a mix of old-time city favorites and some newcomers that are adding bold flavors to the local scene. While at Brooklyn, enjoy Burrito Gallery’s rooftop bar overlooking the St. Johns River (and their late-night menu) and enjoy dinner and a delicious craft cocktail at Top Chef Kevin Sbraga’s southern inspired restaurant Sbraga & Company.

Riverside: The King Street Food & Beer District and Five Points Jacksonville is one of Florida’s top beer destinations and nowhere else in the city is this more obvious than on King Street. The five-block stretch of this Riverside landmark offers more than 1,000 different beers on taps, seven different bars, two craft breweries with open tap rooms, close to a dozen restaurants, and both a wine and a beer shop. Highlights in this district include Bold City Brewing Co., Kickbacks Gastropub, The Loft, The Garage, Il Desco, and The Blind Rabbit. Close by, at the Five Points area of Riverside, visitors can enjoy a wide array of nightlife options, from the upscale rooftop bar at Black Sheep with its beautiful city views, to live music at Birdies and board games at Rain Dogs.

The Beaches Cool beach dives and vibrant dance clubs are scattered along the Jacksonville coastline to help visitors enjoy a festive evening by the sea. At the Beaches Town Center in Atlantic Beach, discover an eclectic mix of venues, from upscale martini lounges to Pete’s Bar, reportedly the holder of Duval County’s oldest liquor license. For a view of the ocean, grab an ice-cold can of beer at the Lemon Bar, a local favorite, or for a more sophisticated choice, the patio of renowned restaurant, Azuréa Restaurant at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa. Jacksonville Beach has many watering holes within walking distance to one another, from Irish pubs to pulsing dance clubs and the swanky Penthouse Lounge at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant with sweeping views of the ocean.

Live Entertainment Downtown Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts houses the Jacksonville Symphony, one of the nation’s top ensembles which produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet and classical. The stages at the Times-Union Center are also home to traveling Broadway shows presented by The Artist Series, popular comedy shows and rock tours. History and music share the stage at the nearby historic Florida Theatre, built in 1927, this is one of Florida’s last remaining high-style movie palaces hosting nightly shows that range from country, to rock, to dance and everything in between. 1904 Music Hall, located in The Elbow Entertainment District, highlights newcomers and underground local and national music acts. In San Marco, The Parlour brings some of the Southeast’s best jazz and blues acts to Jacksonville every weekend. Across town in the neighborhood of Mandarin, your funny bone gets a work out at The Comedy Zone. This 21-and-up club brings the best comedic performers to Jacksonville, including Larry the Cable Guy, John Heffron of Last Comic Standing fame and Sheryl Underwood of HBO’s All-Star Def Comedy Jam. Drink specials and appetizer menu available nightly.

The Jax Ale Trail Jacksonville is a one of Florida’s premier beer destinations with eight award-winning craft breweries producing and distributing unique and flavorful beers infused with local ingredients. Get your Jax Ale Trail Passport and embark on a selfguided tour of the city’s best taprooms, or climb on board the Brew Bus Jacksonville and have them show you the best breweries in town! Learn more about the trail on www.JaxAleTrail.com.

Best Craft Cocktails In Jax From locally grown ingredients, to handmade syrups, and unique flavor combinations, Jacksonville’s Craft Cocktail scene is an exciting mix of talent and risk-taking. The DB9 at Ovinte, the Tending Rabbit at Sidecar, the Salty Dog at Taverna, the Stormageddon at Aardwolf Brewing Co. and the Stolen Fish at Dos Gatos are some of the interesting (and delicious) cocktails you must experience during your Jacksonville visit. Check out our list of the Top 25 Best Cocktails in Jax on our website!

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Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape. Jacksonville boasts several nightlife hubs giving locals and visitors a choice of evening fun. Choose an urban bar hop, a laid-back evening at the beaches or a wild night Downtown with stops at local breweries and a concert.

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