Weekend Breaks to Jacksonville
Planning a short break to Jacksonville? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Jacksonville. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Jacksonville. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Jacksonville on a Short Break
At 2 Independent Dr, located between Main and Pearl Sts., this massive glass and steel complex is the centre of activity in Jacksonville, and features more that 65 shops, a number of fine restaurants, and is the scene of special events. From art festivals to jazz concerts, the Landing hosts them all.
For more information call 904/353-1188, or go to www.jacksonvillelanding.com for information on what is happening and when.
Located at 829 Riverside Ave, and built on the grounds of a private Tudor mansion, this excellent little museum has a permanent collection of works dating from 2000 B.C., to modern times. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits, and sponsors numerous activities throughout the year.
For more information phone 904/356-6857, or go to www.cummer.org
Located at 8605 Zoo Pkwy. this environmentally aware zoo provides at least three hours exploring. Housing local fauna such as black bears and red wolves, it also has an impressive collection of lion, elephant, rhino and other African wildlife. In 1995, 24 Zulu craftsmen built the authentic thatched roof through which you enter the zoo, which adds more than a feel of Africa.
For more information phone 904/757-4462, or 904/757-4463, or go to www.jaxzoo.org
On the south bank of the St. Johns River, between San Marco Blvd. and Ferry St., the 1¼ mile long boardwalk sees people strolling, jogging, or sitting on nearby benches to watch the boats go by, or gaze at the city skyline reflecting in the water. The Friendship Fountain at the west end of the boardwalk is 200 feet in diameter, and is a magnificent spectacle of lights at night. Also near the boardwalk is the Museum of Science and History of Jacksonville.
The scene of parties, parades, and festivals, phone 904/396-4900 for more information or go to www.downtownjacksonville.org
Located at 829 N. Davis St., between State and Union Sts., this was the centre of cultural life in the African-American neighbourhood of LaVille from 1921 to 1971. In anticipation of urban renewal, most of the houses were torn down, and although the Ritz is standing again, only the northwest corner of the building is original, but the LaVilla Museum off the lobby of the 426-seat theatre, pays tribute to local African-American history, and the works of black artists.
Phone 904/632-5555, or go to www.coj.net/Departments/Ritz+Theatre+and+La+Villa+Museum/LaVilla+Museum.htm
These 46,000 acres of America with stretches of untouched wilderness, interspersed with historical buildings, stately homes, ramshackle fishing camps, and the odd condominium, are all linked by rural roads and create a fascinating patchwork of sites to see. Named after the American Indians who lived in Central and North Florida a 1,000 years European settlers came to the area.
For information on this preserve go to the official website www.nps.gov/timu where contact numbers and frequently asked questions can be addressed. Admission to the park is free, although donations are always gladly accepted.
12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225. This fort is a reconstruction of the 1564 French settlement that was wiped out by the Spanish in 1565, when they massacred the residents. Established as a national memorial in 1950, Fort Caroline is located 14 miles from Jacksonville, and admission is free.
For more information Phone (904) 641-7155, fax (904) 641-3798, or go to www.nps.gov/foca/.
The Nation's Oldest City Located half an hour from Jacksonville is the oldest European city in the United States. The heart of St. Augustine remains as a typical 16th century Spanish Colonial walled town, with the great number of colonial buildings carefully preserved or restored.
For more information go to www.oldcity.com/
Located off US 41 North, White Springs, FL 32096, this 247 acre centre is situated on the historic Suwannee River, and is dedicated to the memory of the man who wrote Old Folks at Home, Stephen Foster. With the Stephen Foster Museum and Carillion Tower, and the interesting exhibits displayed, the lovely riverbanks to explore, and the chance to watch the crafters at work, make for a full day out. For more information, write to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Post Office Drawer G, White Springs, Florida 32096.
Phone 386-397-2733, or go to www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/default.asp
Located at in historic Old St Augustine, at 75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084, this magnificent museum is 20 minutes from I-95, an hour from Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and two hours from Disney World, Epcot Center and Cape Canaveral.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style; it served as the Alcazar Hotel, before being bought by Otto C. Lightner, to house his extensive collection of Victoriana in 1946.
For more information write to P.O. Box 334, St. Augustine, Florida 32085, or phone 904-824-2874
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