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Jacksonville Introduction


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Set on the banks of the scenic St. Johns River and flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville, Florida, is a major port and metropolitan area. A major East Coast center of U.S. Navy operations, with two naval installations for air and sea power, Jacksonville also boasts a booming downtown ripe with nightlife, activities, art and music, and an increasing number of fine shopping outlets, world-class restaurants and museums. Jacksonville visitors also can enjoy watching the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars or real jaguars at the Jacksonville Zoo.  Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jacksonville Geography


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In terms of land area, Jacksonville is the largest city in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S., with 874 sq mi/2,264 sq km. The "River City" lines both banks of the St. John's River, Florida's longest river. The topography varies from wetland marshes beside the Intracoastal Waterway to dry sand dunes along the oceanfront to heavily forested and undeveloped areas.   Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jacksonville History


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In the early 1500s, Spanish explorers discovered Florida and claimed it for Spain. The first permanent settlement in the Jacksonville area was founded in 1791 and named Cow Ford for the narrow spot in the St. John's River where cattle crossing was possible. In 1822, the city was renamed Jacksonville for Gen. Andrew Jackson, who had been the first military governor of Florida Territory and was later the seventh U.S. president.   Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jacksonville Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Besides heading to the beach for surfing or swimming, you can explore downtown Jacksonville. A number of area museums—such as the Cummer Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science and History—offer a variety of art and cultural exhibits.   Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jacksonville Nightlife


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Nightlife in Jacksonville rocks. After all, the groups Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and Limp Bizkit have all called Jax their home. But don't worry: There's jazz and piano-bar action, too.   Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Jacksonville Restaurants & Dining


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Jacksonville has quickly become a fine-dining metropolis, and fresh local seafood is a fast-growing focus. There are plenty of restaurants for every budget and palate. The beaches, Southside and downtown provide a variety of fine eateries, many with boat access.  Click here to see the full Jacksonville travel guide on Travel42 »

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