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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!

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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.

    New Sailor! Family fun! Beautiful Setting
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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 HumblyServingChrist 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 HumblyServingChrist 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 HumblyServingChrist 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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    The Hall of Fame: center of the golf world

    by HumblyServingChrist Written Jul 28, 2004

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    The World Golf Hall of Fame in World Golf Village is a living history museum that provides visitors with a behind-the scenes look at the sport of golf through artifacts, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Here you can putt on a nineteenth-century style green using an old fashioned putter and ball or utilize state of the art technology to play a virtual hole at legendary courses like Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. Overall, the Hall of Fame is organized into 18 exhibition areas following the chronology of golf from its roots to the present day. For a 365 degree aerial perspective of the World Golf Village complex, ride the elevator to the top of the hall's observation tower. If you're feeling inspired, you'll find an 18-hole putting course and a 132-yard challenge hole right outside the hall, or you can play one of World Golf Village's two world class courses: The King & The Bear and the Slammer & Squire.

    World Golf Village is located along I-95 just a 25 minute drive south of Downtown. It is a booming self-contained community built as a celebration of golf. At its center stands the World Golf Hall of Fame, surrounded by an IMAX theater, a lakeside complex of shops and restaurants, two luxurious resorts, two world-class golf courses, the PGA Tour Golf Academy, the headquarters of PGA Tour Productions, a convention center, condos and a growing number of meticulously planned upscale housing developments.

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    Cruising aboard the Annabelle Lee & First Lady

    by HumblyServingChrist Written Jun 29, 2004

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    The Annabelle Lee and the First Lady of Jacksonville are two old fashioned riverboats that offer daytime and dinner cruises down the St. Johns River. Both boats are also available for private parties. They dock along the Southbank Riverwalk near the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel and the Charthouse Restaurant.

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    Anheuser Busch Brewery

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written May 28, 2004

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    North of Jacksonville off I-95 sits the Anheuser Busch Brewery of Jacksonville. This massive facility offers free tours and tastings.

    It's a great place to see how the King of Beer's is made from start to finish. The bottling line is mesmerizing to watch. Interspersed throughout the tour are bits and pieces of history and displays.

    A large gift shop full of Bud memorabilia awaits at the end. Stop by the tasting room for some of the freshest beer you'll ever get. They also have a widescreen in the tasting area showing Bud commercials which are usually pretty funny.

    The tour is very informative and the facility is spotless. The beer is also fresh and cold.

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