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    See top Broadway performances in Jacksonville

    by noidiotsplease Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The nationally and internationally touring counterparts to New York's most popular Broadway shows take the stage in Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Shows that have come to Jacksonville in recent years include Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Chicago, Fosse, Riverdance, Stomp, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and many others. The peak theatre season runs from October through May. At the time of this writing, the next three productions scheduled to take the stage are 42nd Street, Cats and Mamma Mia!. For information on what shows are playing when during the current season, visit the FCCJ Artist Series web site (listed below).

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    Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football

    by noidiotsplease Updated Mar 27, 2011

    While Jacksonville is well-known for its NFL franchise, the Jaguars, it also boasts a team in the AFL (Arena Football League). The Jacksonville Sharks play at the Veterans Memorial Arena downtown during the spring and summer months. Arena football is a faster-paced, higher-scoring alternative to its NFL cousin, played indoors on a 50-yard field. It is a great form of action-packed family entertainment! The Sharks are in a division with rival teams in Orlando, Tampa, New Orleans, and Georgia.

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    beaches history museum

    by doug48 Written May 29, 2010

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    for those interested in architecture and history the beaches history museum is a good first stop when visiting jacksonville beach. the museum has a collection of relics and photographs of the early history of jacksonville's beaches. see the attached web site for more information.

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    five points

    by doug48 Written May 29, 2010

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    five points is small buiness district located in the riverside area west of downtown. five points has a number of shops, restaurants, and bars. five points is known for it's lively nightlife and numerous good restaurants. five points is a fun and safe area to visit in downtown jacksonville.

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  • Things to do in Jax!

    by jaxblast Written Feb 22, 2010

    Visiting Jacksonville? Avoid the headache of finding things to do on your trip. Make the most of your time & save money!

    Visit the best restaurants that you might not have ordinarily heard about. Spend an evening enjoying the talents of our great local musicians. Find out where the best drink specials & happy hours are located. See the REAL beauty of Jax!

    We provide personalized recommendations of excellent local restaurants, bars, & things to do around Jacksonville & St. Augustine. You tell us what you enjoy, when you’ll be in town, and we’ll fill you in on Jacksonville’s best kept entertainment secrets! In some cases, we can find discounted entertainment, depending on what you like.

    To receive your personalized recommendations, please email jaxblast@gmail.com and include the dates that you’ll be visiting Jacksonville, the area of town where you’re staying, and what you enjoy doing (dining, bar hopping, live music, gambling, history, water sports, etc.). We’ll provide you with specific places to go & things to do!

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  • Manatee

    by leftwich Written Jul 6, 2008

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    There is no need to drive to Sea World in Orlando, if you would like to see a Manatee. Manatee's are in Jacksonville and Orange Park daily. The amazing sea cow likes to travel along side the docks in the St. John's River and eat the algae that collects on the docks and ropes in the water. They are particularly abundant in the Doctor's Inlet area of Orange Park. I see them there daily. Yesterday, I saw 3 of them. They were so close I could have reached out and touched them. The kids really enjoy the experience. There is no need to have a boat. Just go to any location on the river, preferrably a dock and you will see them. Another good place to see them is a little further south down US 17 at Black Creek. There is a public dock and pier there and I have seen Manatee's there many times. In fact, they like to drink from the fresh water hose that is constantly running into the river at the boat house by the little marina. Check it out and bring the kids. It is guaranteed to be a good time.

    Check out the brand new ghost story book based on a true story "If One Only Looks: 85 Years of Ghost Stories" by a local Jacksonville author. http://Book.BigRedRabbit.com

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  • Ups and downs of Jacksonville

    by leftwich Written Jul 5, 2008

    Well, the main downside is that Jacksonville often stands alone. It is a good thing and a bad thing. It is good because when bad times hit Florida, they don't necessarily hit Jacksonville. The bad part is that sometimes new things pass by Jacksonville altogether. Things such as new products, concerts, plays, etc. Overall, however, it is a great place to live.

    "If One Only Looks: 85 Years of Ghost Stories" written by a Jacksonville author.
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    jacksonville municipal stadium

    by doug48 Updated Mar 22, 2008

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    the jacksonville municipal stadium better known as alltel stadium is home to the NFL jacksonville jaguars professional football team. the stadium also hosts the annual florida/georgia college football game which over the years is known as the south's largest outdoor cocktail party. later in the college football season the stadium hosts the ACC championship football game and the post season gator bowl. this historic stadium was originally built in 1949 and was expanded in 1995.

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    St. Johns River Sailing

    by kevinrconway Written Feb 10, 2008

    What better way to relax than cruising the St. Johns River on a beautiful sailboat. We spent an afternoon of perfect wind and weather with a skilled captain who not only taught us a few sailing fundamentals but knew the area and had a great sense of humor. Next year we will take our first lesson.

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  • Excellent Community Theater - Try it!

    by CeEmBe Written Nov 18, 2006

    The Little Theater with the Big Voice: Theater Jacksonville has been a Jacksonville fixture since 1919. It is one of the longest continuously running community theaters in the country.

    Shows are held in the historic yet modern Art Deco building, which hosts an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary plays every season. The theater usually showcases six plays each year; the most popular is the Shakespeare production, which draws huge crowds.

    The season ending musicals also attract huge numbers of people to the 300 seat theater. 2006's Seussical was held over for three additional performances.

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    Exploring the corridors and trails of Fort Clinch

    by noidiotsplease Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Fort Clinch is a very well preserved Civil War fort perched at the northern tip of Florida. While it is not nearly as old as the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, I think it actually makes for a more enjoyable experience and ranks as my favorite of the four historic forts located within the Greater Jacksonville metropolitan area.

    At Fort Clinch you can wander through a myriad of corridors lined with part brick and part earthen walls. Climb up to the cannon decks atop the perimeter walls for expansive views of the the Sunshine State's northernmost strands of beach and of the wide harbor that divides Florida from Georgia. In fact, the fort itself is surrounded by a naturally preserved state park that boasts hiking trails, campgrounds and beaches.

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    My golf obsessive husband loved this place

    by kristy29 Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    It is very cool. You get to see all things golf. All about the players and the history. They also have some games inside, one where you putt, and you're on tv, and a golf simulator. They have all kinds of old golf clubs, and you can use the putters. They also have a replica of the bridge at St. Andrews. Outside, there is a hole in the middle of a pond, made to resemble the famous hole at the nearby TPC at Saw Grass, and if you get it on the green, you win a prize. Also included in the price of admission is a miniature golf course. It's not goofy golf, but just a putting course. It was fun. There are also shops and restaurants, including a Caddy Shack restaurant. We went in and looked at the store, but didn't eat there. it looked cute, but the prices were a little steep. Overall, a great place for golf lovers of all ages, and their families won't be bored either!

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    Alligator Farm

    by kristy29 Written Jul 13, 2005

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    This is actually in St. Augustine, but close enough to drive there from Jacksonville. I wen tthere with my mother, and it was very fun. We went on the day of a hurricane, so a lot of the animals were put away for safety, but we still had fun. it's fun to watch them feed the alligators, and also to feed the baby alligators. I recommend this for children as well, I'm sure they would get a kick out of it.

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    Gateway to the Caribbean!

    by noidiotsplease Written Nov 8, 2004

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    In 2003, Jacksonville joined the select group of U.S. cities offering regularly scheduled cruises to the Caribbean on major cruiselines. Both Carnival and Celebrity offer a variety of cruise packages from Jacksonville ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks. Check their web sites to learn how you can turn your Jacksonville vacation into a Jacksonville and the Caribbean vacation!

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    See the latest IMAX film on a 6-story screen

    by noidiotsplease Written Jul 28, 2004

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    The IMAX Theater combines an 80-foot wide and six-story high screen with a powerful sound system to provide visitors with a movie experience they'll never forget. Don't be fooled by the theater's location next to the World Golf Hall of Fame as the movies shown here are not golf-themed. Rather they are specially-filmed IMAX productions that range from dramatic geographic adventures to major-name animated features to footage of lively rock concerts. Call ahead to see what is playing at what dates and times.

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