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Jacksonville Living Guide
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida–almost 1 million strong, with nearly 1.5 million in the metro. When it comes to apartments, entertainment, and general city living, it’s good to have a Jacksonville living guide to steer you in the best directions.
Jacksonville Living Guide: Parks and Recreation
Jacksonville has over 80,000 acres of parks, which gives it the biggest urban park system in the U.S. Hemming Plaza is the city’s oldest park, while the Tree Hill Nature Center features butterfly center and an environmental education center. It also has nature trails on over 50 acres of land.
As you might guess, there is plenty of good swimming to be had in town. The beaches are great, but you can also find numerous water parks to enjoy.
Golf is one activity many a Jacksonville living guide seems to leave out. A large portion of the city’s tourism dollars are golf-related. If you’re a big golfer, or if you’ve always wanted to try, then you’re in the right place no matter where you live in town, or what kind of apartment you rent.
Jacksonville is home to many theaters dating back to the early 1900s, among them the Ritz Theatre and the Five Points Theatre. You can also attend the Alhambra Dinner Theatre for a full night of feasting and fun. The venue has hosted major actors in its productions ever since the 1960s.
Jacksonville Annual Events Living Guide
There are many major yearly events in Jacksonville. So many, in fact, that everyone can find something to suit them, no matter what they’re into.
There’s the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, for example; it is the second-largest in the nation. Springing the Blues is also held every year, and is one of the biggest and oldest blues festivals in the U.S.
If you’re more into film, you will love the Jacksonville Film Festival. The festival’s organizers are committed to offering, in their own words, “Something for Everyone.” They must be doing it right, because film buffs and industry insiders come to the festival every year from around the globe.
Love sports? No Jacksonville living guide would be complete unless it mentioned the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field every New Year’s Day. And if you’re a sport fishing fan, the Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament brings 1,000 boats–and 30,000 spectators–to the city every year. The six day even offers nearly half a million dollars in prizes to competitors.