Located in the northeastern corner of Florida, Jacksonville is a beautiful, modern city with some of the oldest historical sites in North America. If you are looking for Jacksonville, Florida hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, each offering comfortable accommodations and exceptional rates. Click below for Extended Stay Hotels in exciting Jacksonville, Florida.
Located along the banks of the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville has a long history as an important center for commerce and, more recently, tourism. The largest city in Florida, Jacksonville also has the largest deep-water port in the South. Major companies like CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial and Landstar Systems call it home.
Just an hour south of downtown Jacksonville is St Augustine, where, in 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon came ashore to search for the Fountain of Youth. Today, tourists who frequent this location often start their visit at Castillo de San Marcos. Originally built to defend Spanish interests in the New World, the Castillo is actually made of compressed seashells and was never defeated in battle. While here, visitors are encouraged to take a few hours to tour other St. Augustine attractions.
In Jacksonville’s northeast corner is the Timucuan Preserve, a national treasure that includes Fort Caroline and the Kingsley Plantation. Here visitors can experience both history and nature as they wander among one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands along the Atlantic. Within the park, Fort Caroline is one of the few remnants of the brief French presence in Florida. Timucuan Preserve is also home to Kingsley Plantation, where visitors can see firsthand what life was like in 18th Century Florida.
Covering many fascinating topics, the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History should be on your vacation itinerary. Whether you visit the museum’s Prehistoric Park or learn about Florida’s modern-day environment, the MOSH, as it is locally known, is well worth the visit. As a seaport city, Jacksonville has a strong connection to its maritime past. The Jacksonville Maritime Museum features model ships from the early square-rigged sailing ships to modern naval vessels.
The arts are also well represented in this modern Florida city. With more than 5,500 works of art covering eight centuries, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is a treasure trove for art lovers. Fans of formal gardens will want to devote time to explore the two acres of gardens. Those whose tastes are more modern should head to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Museum’s permanent collection consists of works created between 1960 and the present.
Jacksonville offers several ways to enjoy its rich oceanfront environment. Beaches perfect for a quick swim or just relaxing with a good book are available from St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach. Beach goers can rent a bicycle, visit an amusement park, and so much more. Check out this list of fun beach activities in the area.
At the mouth of the St. Johns River is Fort George Island and Cultural State Park. Featuring just about any recreational opportunity one can imagine, Fort George Island is a must for any nature lover. Be sure to check out the audio or text self-guided tour through this amazing natural wonder. This area is also horse country. For a slightly different view of the Jacksonville countryside, take a trail ride at the Diamond D. Ranch.
For a more urban view of the St. Johns River, consider a visit to Northbank Riverwalk in downtown. Here you can stroll among great restaurants, fun nightlife and wonderful venues like the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. From opera to comedy, the Union Center always showcases top talent.
Sports fans love coming to Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been thrilling local fans since 1995, achieving two division championships in their first five years. Baseball fans also have plenty to cheer about. The Jacksonville Suns, AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins, were the 2009 Southern League champions and always deliver an enjoyable game.
If you would rather play sports than watch, you might be a golfer. Jacksonville offers a tremendous number of quality golf courses, like the Arnold Palmer designed Mill Cove Golf Club. This 18-hole championship course is a breathtaking setting for golfers of any ability. Visit golflink.com for more Jacksonville golf courses.
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