Jacksonville offers shops and restaurants that rival those found in any other part of Florida, has twenty miles of Atlantic coast, several championship golf courses, and a handful of state parks to explore. Having an abundance of both city and outdoor attractions means that Jacksonville is a fantastic vacation destination. For those who enjoy shopping (as well as historic districts), check out the Avondale/Riverside district on the north bank of the St. Johns River. There is also a quaint shopping district in San Marco Square, south of the river. If you seek more cultural/educational destinations, Jacksonville has those in spades as well – check out the Jacksonville Historical Center and the Jacksonville Maritime Museum. If you enjoy music, you’re in luck, because Jacksonville hosts the second largest jazz festival in the nation....read more about Jacksonville
Jacksonville is the biggest city, by population and by area in Florida, with over 800,000 people in over 800 square miles. Jacksonville is located on the banks of the St. Johns River, which reaches the Ocean about 20 miles east of downtown. The port of Jacksonville is the largest port on the South-east coast of the United States, and is run by the Jacksonville Port Authority, Jaxport. It is a leading port for unloading imports of automobiles, and employs 7,000 workers. The port handles 8 million tons of cargo a year, including 500,000 automobiles that are shipped. An additional 38,000 jobs are generated by port activity. U.S. automobiles are shipped to Puerto Rico and other locations. There is also a cruise passenger service at the port to the Bahamas, Mexico and other Caribbean destinations.
There are a considerable number of colleges and universities in Jacksonville. Jacksonville University is a private school located on the St. John's River. There is also the much larger North Florida University, a public school that has 16,000 students.
Jacksonville is home to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival that is held every April and other events such as the Jacksonville Film Festival, held every May. This festival features a variety of independent films, documentaries, and shorts screenings. The Art Walk is a monthly outdoor art festival. The Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art features permanent and traveling exhibitions. In November 2006, JMOMA was renamed Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville...read more about Jacksonville Florida »
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