Holiday window displays at Kuhn's
If you are visiting Jacksonville during the holiday season be sure to check out the windows of the large Kuhn Flowers store on Beach Blvd. Every year the store decorates its large, two-story tall windows with a variety of Christmas scenes including a nativity, carolers, tin soldiers, Christmas trees, and their central attraction -- Santa's Workshop featuring an animatronic Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph that sing holiday songs. The windows are also accented with numerous lights, toys and flowers. Admiring the displays has become a very popular holiday tradition for many local families. It's a holiday must see!
Intracoastal Waterway: Jacksonville's other river
When people think of Jacksonville's aquatic assets, the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Johns River are two of the first things that come to mind. However, Jacksonville's boaters, Jet Skiiers and kayakers also know that the Intracoastal Waterway provides recreational opportunities for locals and tourists alike.
The Intracoastal Waterway is a part natural/part man-made, continuous inland water passage that stretches from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami, Florida. The segments that traverse Jacksonville are named the San Pablo River south of the St. Johns River and Sisters Creek north of the river. Of course, the locals usually just refer to the whole thing as the Intracoastal, the ICW or "the ditch." A unique feature of the Intracoastal in Jacksonville is that it winds its way through a wide swath of pristine wetlands that are home to vibrant ecosystems. Sure, homes on canals, a few condos and some restaurants can be found dotted along the banks of the Intracoastal but the wetlands are what dominate the view from the bridges. In all, four causeway-style bridges cross the Intracoastal in Jacksonville, linking the mainland to the barrier island beach communities. A fifth bridge also crosses the Intracoastal a little south of the city.
Bonefish - Upscale Dining. Great Hangout
Bonefish is an upscale Seafood Restaurant Chain. The Jacksonville Beach location has an elegant dining area and a nice bar that is usually packed with people.
I would recommend a reservation unless you prefer to stand at the bar awhile before eating. If you like the crowds and people watching, this is a good place to go. For something a little more sedate, try Barbara Jean's or Lulu's in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Bacon Wrapped Scallops are an awesome appetizer although I didn't care for the Chutney that came with it.
The Grilled Lobster Tail was good although I would recommend the Grouper or Swordfish first.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The city's most beloved team
The Jaguars, Jacksonville's National Football League franchise, play 8 home regular season games and a couple of preseason games at Alltel Stadium from August - December. If you happen to be in town then, definitely see if you can get your hands on some tickets. I've been to several games including one playoff game over the past ten years and must say that it is a very exciting experience!
Jacksonville has developed a very efficient game day shuttle system using buses and water taxis to transport fans from key parking lots around the city to the stadium. It costs money, but you sure don't have to worry about any traffic.
So be sure to don your teal, black and gold, buy a foam finger and let the fun begin!
1SassyGirl's new Jacksonville Page
I will be in Jacksonville for my vacation and sight seeing I was born in Jacksonville and look forward to seeing what I've been missing out on. My family moved us away when I was 6 due to career change.. I have been missing the boiled peanuts and sitting by the St. Johns River fishing for red bass what a great time being young.. I also plan to visit Orlando and do a lot of shopping and visit the sights and take a lot of photo's to build my page soon...