Jacksonville is in the middle of a major renaissance fueled by local ‘Makers’ that are helping the city find its true identity. Jax’s new wave of ‘Makers’ are young, passionate and hungry for all things local and real. They are embracing the city’s unique culture and history, and carving a progressive path that fuses our coastal and southern influences to create a unique experience and a new sense of place. Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the nation with 1,100 miles of navigable water and 22 miles of relaxing beaches. Each beach has its own unique personality and flavor, each one with a different vibe but all beautiful and unique to Jacksonville. Bring the kids and enjoy an affordable and fun getaway in Jacksonville. A trip to Adventure Landing will have the entire family engaged as they mini-golf, drive go-karts or play in the water at their ShipWreck Island waterpark. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Northeast Florida and one of the top 25 Zoos in the nation. Jacksonville is the ideal destination to discover Florida’s and America’s history. Visitors can experience unique places with French, Spanish, Native American and African American history and learn while they have a great time. Highlights include the site of the first European settlement in the New World dating back to 1564 and the arrival of the first French explorers at Fort Caroline, now a national monument. Significant African American historic sites populate Jacksonville, including the LaVilla neighborhood, once known as the “Harlem of the South,” American Beach, the first resort community in the nation for African Americans, and Kingsley Plantation, the last remaining plantation house in Florida. Jacksonville is also the first Hollywood. In the early years of the 20th century, the warm climate, striking natural surroundings, diversity of architecture, inexpensive labor, and easy rail access attracted more than 30 movie studios to Jacksonville; this earned the city the title of “Winter Film Capital of the World.” All historic sites are included in several tours available to the public.
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