Quick, what do you think of when someone says: “Jacksonville, Florida?”
Probably: palm trees, sunny, days, balmy nights, a blue ocean, and images of heaven on earth, right?
Well, that may all be true when describing the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles, but there is a lot more to it than that.
Whether you want to visit or opt to move here, there is much to see, do, and enjoy from beautiful beaches to secluded neighborhoods.
As of 2007, the median age in Northeast Florida was 36, younger than all major cities in Florida.
Jacksonville was named for Gen. Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of Florida who, incidentally, never visited Jacksonville.
There are a number of key attractions in Jacksonville that make it a wonderful place to seek an adventure whether you are a resident or a visitor.
Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the nation with 1,100 miles of waterways and 22 miles of beaches. Each with its own vibe and personality.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida and one of the top 9 animal attractions in the nation. Kona Skate Park, the oldest operating skate park in the nation, offers lessons for all skill levels.
Hip, Cool Florida
Jacksonville has Florida’s youngest population and they know how to party. Jacksonville’s nightlife is filled with unique bars, pubs and live music venues.
Visitors can experience areas with French, Spanish, Native-American and African-American history and learn while they have a great time in the "River City by the Sea.” Highlights include the site of the first European settlement in the New World dating to 1564 and the arrival of the first French explorers at Fort Caroline, now a national monument. Significant African-American historic sites populate Jacksonville, including the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the “Harlem of the South.”
Jacksonville is also considered the first Hollywood. In the early years of the 20th century, the warm climate, natural surroundings, diverse architecture, inexpensive labor, and easy rail access attracted more than 30 movie studios to Jacksonville; this earned the city the title of “Winter Film Capital of the World.”
With more than 1,220 holes of golf, Northeast Florida is the perfect getaway for golfers thanks to its comfortable weather all year. There are 72 public and private courses, making up 488,000 yards of greens.
Jacksonville offers more than 80,000 acres of green spaces including 10 state and national parks, and more than 400 city parks and gardens. Highlights include the Timucuan Preserve, the Jacksonville Arboretum, the Baldwin Jacksonville Trail, and Intra-Coastal Waterway.
Needless to say, with its rich history and perfect Southern hospitality, Jacksonville, Fla., makes it a great place to live or visit.