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Jacksonville is the capital of the district of Duval and the most densely populated city of Florida with approximately 800,000 inhabitants. It is disposed just a few kilometers far from the Atlantic Ocean, to which is adjacent the suburb of Jacksonville Beach, surrounded by a richly landscaped area, providing the city with the possibility of fresh air of lush vegetation, which makes it an ideal place for tourism, both in terms of historical attractions, and for Recreational vacation.
Just a few kilometers from the city you can visit the zoo and historical monuments, enjoy the nearby beaches and feel the atmosphere of a special combination of Spanish, French and American style of buildings.
The city is crossed by the St. John’s River, on both sides of which you can find places to visit, like the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens right on Riverside Avenue, along the waterfront.
Starting a city tour, you should pay attention to the Kingsley Plantation in Fort George, where the buildings dating back to the end of 1600 are preserved. There are farms located on plantations, considered to be the oldest in the country, and many of the huts used by slaves are in excellent condition. Meanwhile, the historical park of Pablo is dedicated to the history of the railway, the use of which was important in the colonization of the region. Here you can see the original structures, such as the railway men’s houses and post office of the Wild West era, and the Railroad Memorabilia Museum even retains the locomotive engine of 1911.
In Jacksonville you can visit various natural areas and zoos, where more than 1000 rare and exotic animals are represented. For example, the Zoo Park Pkvi offers a unique opportunity for interactive excursions in close proximity to animals and thematic sections devoted to primates, also to animals typical of the region. Catty Shack is a reserve in Starratt Road, which is completely dedicated to large cats, where it is possible to follow the life of these amazing animals at various stages of their life, up to the infant feeding of the young.
Beer lovers will not miss the chance to visit in Jacksonville the Brewery Tour, where you can observe the various processes of producing the famous Budweiser beer, ranging from raw materials to fermentation and to bottling. After you trace the production process, you can also taste delicious beer.
Sports fans will be happy to visit the huge city stadium and enjoy the Jacksonville Jaguars game. The huge structure of the stadium was reconstructed in 1993 and today it accommodates more than seventy thousand spectators.