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    The Hall of Fame: center of the golf world

    by noidiotsplease 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 noidiotsplease 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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    Ride Florida's only public auto ferry

    by noidiotsplease Written Dec 31, 2003

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    The St. Johns River Ferry (also called the Mayport Ferry) is the only remaining public auto ferry in Florida. Part of scenic route A1A, the ferry transports cars and pedestrians across the St. Johns River between the coastal Jacksonville neighborhoods of Mayport Village and Ft. George Island.

    Once you've parked and the ferry is in motion, you can get out of your car and enjoy a wonderful boat cruise across the entrance to Jacksonville's busy shipping channel. (Don't be surprised to see a towering luxury cruise ship or a cargo ship stacked with truck trailers heading to or from port during your ride). When approaching the opposite ferry landing you'll likely be welcomed by a flock of goofy looking pelicans perched along the docks.

    If you would like to watch the ferry while you dine, the Sanddollar, on Ft. George Island is a wonderful restaurant with big picture windows overlooking the river, while Singleton's is a legendary "shrimp shack" on the Mayport side that has long been a favorite of locals, visitors and travel critics alike.

    The ferry departs daily on the hour and half-hour from Mayport Village and every quarter-past and quarter-til from Ft. George Island. The cost for the average 2-axle car is $2.75 (one way).

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    San Marco Square: Where the trendy people go

    by noidiotsplease Written Nov 4, 2003

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    San Marco Square, an artsy shopping, dining and entertainment district just south of downtown, is one of Jacksonville's trendiest destinations. Its historic Italian influenced architecture stretches along the Y-shaped intersection of Atlantic and San Marco Boulevards just west of Hendricks. At the center of the Square, a giant statue of three lions watches over Bails Park and its classic white bandstand.

    In the Square you can stroll through art galleries, boutiques, independent bookstores and upscale gift shops while trying to decide if you want to dine in class (e.g.: at a two-story Thai bistro and live music club, a sushi bar, an eclectic sidewalk cafe with absolutely fabulous desserts or at an elegant wine grotto) or if you would rather enjoy cheaper treats (e.g.: at a casual, pet-friendly sidewalk pizza parlor, a Chicago-style bar & grill or at a popular local hot subs chain). There's even a chocolate boutique to drool over. Don?t forget to enjoy the latest art film or first run release showing at the old-fashioned art deco San Marco Theatre as well. If live performances are more to your liking, catch the latest production of Florida?s longest running community theatre at the playhouse.

    Further exploration of San Marco will uncover numerous other fine dining and trendy casual restaurants, along with nightclubs and day spas. The streets south of the Square are lined with stately old estates and riverfront mansions certainly worth a look. Peterbrooke Chocolates also offers tours of their chocolate factory located on San Marco Ave.

    San Marco Square gets very busy during the lunch hour, when executives and yuppies hop over from downtown to grab a bite, and again when they return for a happy hour or dinner. Behind the shops and restaurants lining Atlantic Blvd. is a large parking lot -- good to know in case all of the on-street parking spaces are taken. A free trolley also shuttles people back and forth between downtown and San Marco Square during the day.

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    Going To A Football Game Is...

    by terible22 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Going To A Football Game Is Alot Of FUN!!!! I Go OFTEN!!I Went To A Few JAGUARES Games, But My TEAM Is The Philly EAGLE'S!!!! Being From N.J., We Don't Have A Football Team!!!! So When They Come To Florida, I GO!!!!

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  • The only way to tell somebody...

    by Sexybear Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The only way to tell somebody of an activity is to tell them if they enjoy something they
    will find it here. The city, ocean, and country offer it all. If you enjoy city lights the bridges at night are gorgous. Hunting, fishing, camping, you will find it !!

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    The sailing was very good -...

    by runnelspl Written Aug 25, 2002

    The sailing was very good - both the captain and the boat - charters are available in the harbor and you almost cannot go wrong.
    Moving under natural, fairly quiet wind power is a treat. The day we went was beautiful.

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  • deep sea fishing at mayport,...

    by RNO-JAX Written Feb 25, 2003

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    deep sea fishing at mayport, see a jacksonville jaguars game
    i like fishing when there is fish to catch, exotic fish that you wouldnt see in any lake or river, jacksonville jaguars game if you like football or the jaguars.

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    Adventure Landing

    by SeaBreezeUSA Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Located just east of the Intracoastal Waterway, this family entertainment center features go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages, video arcade and multiple snack bars. Waterpark features a new 18,000 sq. ft. wavepool, eleven waterslides, 65-foot pirates play village and lazy river.

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    Jacksonville maps

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 11, 2011

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    Maps are helpful to me before I plan to see things in the area in order to get a perspective of the layout. These are some that may be helpful to you

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    Professional Baseball -- Jacksonville Suns

    by noidiotsplease Written Jun 27, 2009

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    AA affiliate of the Florida Marlins
    Home: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

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