Jacksonville Travel Guide

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  • Sports & Outdoors
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Jacksonville Things to Do

  • Tour a Base....New River

    If you're traveling to Jacksonville you more than likely have family in the military. My brother showed us around the base he works at, Camp New River. It was really nice to see how our country has organized our defenses. I'm not quite sure what I am allowed to show on here and what I'm not. I'll put what I think is best... If there are problems...

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  • Camp Legeune

    Camp Legeune is what makes Jacksonville, Jacksonville. Most of the economy is brought in by the 150,000 people living on and around the base. If you can get in the gate (with a military ID or someone who has one) it is amazing to see if you've never been on a base. With over 156,000 acres it's amazing to see how self-sufficient it is. From golf...

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  • Visit Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base

    Camp Lejeune is known as "The Home of Expeditionary Forces In Readiness." It has nearly 7,000 buildings and facilities, 475 miles of roads, 49 miles of railroad tracks, 54 live fire ranges and 10 fire stations. It occupies 246 square miles (153,439 acres) including 14 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean which is used for amphibious training.

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Jacksonville Hotels

Jacksonville Restaurants

  • Waterfront dining overlooking the White...

    European cuisine with an Italian flair You start off with bread and olive oil for dipping. Then comes the salad which is pretty good (try the peppercorn dressing (simply marvelous). For dinner, I had the Scallops Gorgonzola (large sea scallops sauteed in alfredo sauce with gorgonzola cheese, spinach, pine nuts and linguine alfredo on the side.

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  • A Lil of Everything

    Before coming to Jacksonville, I had never heard of this place. While out with my parents we were looking for something new that had a mixture for our different tastes (my dad is VERY picky!). We ran across O'Charley's out on Western Rd. as we were Christmas shopping so it's very convenient.The ambience is laid-back. We sat in the bar so my dad...

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  • Meat, Texas-Style

    Texas Steakhouse has what, ladies and gentlemen? Uh huh, right! Steaks...As well as other meat products and soups and salads, sandwiches, and brewskis. There really is many different options if steak isn't your favorite thing in the world to eat. The ambience is very country as cowboy pictures adorn the walls and signs from Texas. There is even a...

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  • Easy Going...Good Food

    Chili's is considered by some as "fast food." It is a sit-down restaurant with a very laid back atmosphere. There is food and a full service bar. Children are usually present as well as good times. This is one of those places where you can find anything for anyone so it ends up being somewhere I go A LOT, especially with family and big groups. If...

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  • Cute Country Place for Reception

    My brother had his wedding, reception, and rehearsal dinner here so I got to see a bunch of different aspects of this place...It's mostly visited for its home cookin' restaurant but I'll show you some pictures of the reception area and back gazebo we used for the wedding.On a side note, they did have a HUGE parking lot in case you're traveling in a...

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  • Good Mexican Food

    The restaurant was kind of truck stop casual. You get chips and hot hot sauce when you sit down. There is beer available. A huge menu awaits you. Definitely come hungry! You can pick from lunch specials or different variety platters.Just an ordinary mexican food restaurant but the food was good. I have never like beef enchiladas in my life but...

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  • Great Steaks

    A chain of steakhouses that runs across America with an Aussie style. The food is excellent. Comes with salads before your meal, and wonderful bread. They are well-known for their baked potato that they roll in salt. Makes the skin delicious!! The drinks are especially good. It's very laidback. You can come in shorts or nice slacks and fit in just...

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  • Behind the ruckus

    Modeled after roadhouses of the 1930's and 1940's, this chain offers generous portions of moderately priced, quality food in a fun and exciting atmosphere (e.g., they place a bucket of peanuts on your table and you can shuck them and throw the shells on the floor). All entrees include dinner or caesar salad, Logan's famous homemade yeast rolls and...

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  • Fresh seafood caught locally

    Fresh fish caught off the North Carolina coast and served many different ways. Recommend the 3 Choice Combo - Blackened Shrimp, Scallops and Clams, with twiced baked potato, cole slaw, garlic bread and beer.

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Jacksonville Transportation

  • Where to fly into

    The most easily accessible and popular (cheaper) airport to fly into to visit Jacksonville is Raleigh/Durham but then you have a 2 hour drive ahead of you. After taking this route once or twice my family discovered the Ellis Airport (code: OAJ) in Jacksonville, North Carolina! It's quite more expensive to fly into this, rather than Raleigh/Durham...

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  • Best Rental Car Place We've Found

    We flew into Raleigh/Durham and rented a car to get to Jacksonville. My dad and I looked online for the best deal. It was really difficult to rent a car without a usename and password for each company so we went through expedia. The cheapest was Alamo. We got in pretty late and there was only one man at the desk but he was very friendly. While...

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  • Jacksonville Hotels

    18 Hotels in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Shopping

  • Department Bores

    I had never seen a store named Belk until I came here. It's merely a boring department store like Sears or JC Penneys. We couldn't find anything we liked here but if desperate times come upon you it has a few options. However, since there are fine shops down the road and more stylish options in the mall I would highly suggest skipping this store....

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  • Satisfactory Mall

    Jacksonville Mall is a place I've been a few times which is very rare as I don't really visit malls much even in my home town. Alas, my brother and sister-in-law have dragged me there and we looked for Christmas presents there (which I didn't find any). The cool part is that they just built a Barnes and Noble and a Starbucks across the...

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  • What a surprise! Great shopping!

    I was really surprised how many shops have popped up in Jacksonville. Mostly chains, but good chains for that matter. The other advantage is they are all around the same area. There is the mall and then down the street are more of the bigger chains (Best Buy, Michaels, Hobby, Lobby, Target, etc). I really like Cato's Fashions for women's clothing....

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Jacksonville Sports & Outdoors

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    by msbrandysue Written Jan 18, 2010

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    Wilson Bay Park is a bit tricky to get to, as it's in the middle of a neighborhood, but it's a great fishing spot. My brother and I took my nephews there to fo a bit. I kept getting bites on my line but I'm not any good at fishing and couldn't catch anything.

    There's a nice pier with a gazebo at the end for covered fishing but when we went on a Sunday it was already taken up by noon by quite a few people.

    The park also has a nice playground area for kids with a picnic area and restrooms.

    There's also boating here, if you have your own water toys.

    Equipment: You must bring all of your own equipment.

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    • Fishing
    • Family Travel

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