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    Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights August 19-23




     The 2018 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season presented by Community First Credit Union continues with a homestand Sunday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 23. The Jumbo Shrimp host the Birmingham Barons, Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, for a five-game series with a promotional lineup including the following highlights:

     

    Sunday, August 19, 6:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

    Southpaw’s Birthday presented by Jax Refrigeration: Local mascots will join the celebration of the Baseball Grounds’ top dog with an entertaining kickball game.

    Pregame Candy Drop: Following family catch on the field, a helicopter will drop candy in the outfield.

    Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday: Kids can feel like the pros before each Sunday home game, as families can play catch on the field, beginning at 5 p.m. Free face painting and balloon animals will be available in the Wolfson Children's Hospital Kids Zone. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases.

     

    Monday, August 20, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

    VyStar Credit Union Charity Begins at Home: The Jumbo Shrimp feature up to two local nonprofits at each Monday home game....   [Read More]




    Party In The Pines Returns To North Florida




    Party in the Pines has returned this year for a second year in North Florida. Presented by Bienville Entertainment the country mystic and camping festival returns to White Springs on October 19-20. You will enjoy a two day festival full of non stop country music, including two stages, camping and RV accommodations and a variety of food and beverage options. 

    This country festival highlights a great line up of artists such as Zac Brown Band & Little Big Town. Other following acts will include Luke Combs, Kip Moore, Mark O’Connor Band, Lindsey Ell, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, The Cadillac Three, Cascade Pope, Drew Baldridge, Clare Dunn, and Raleigh Keegan.

    Attendees will have access to a new lounge Cruzan Beach that features a tiki bar, volleyball, corn hole, tie-dye stations and shade. Additional offerings include a free Thursday night pre-party and concert for all camper and RV ticket holders, exclusive lounges and a Saturday night firework show presented by Busy Bee to close out the festival. All guests can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options as well as from sponsors Budweiser, Jim Beam, Monster Energy, Sonny’s BBQ, Coca-Cola and more. 

    VIP Patrons receive special parking, entry p...   [Read More]




    August Downtown Wine Down




    Join us at Jacksonville’s new rooftop bar for the Downtown Wine Down, a monthly happy hour and cocktail mixer held at Cowford Chophouse. August's Downtown Wine Down will be a ticketed event to ensure there are no long lines and that we can contain capacity. 

    Live entertainment will include a performance by Aaron Thomas & Soulo Lyon of The Band Be Easy. Additionally, guest can enjoy food and drink specials, a giveaway for a $100 Cowford Chophouse Gift Card, and a complimentary glass of bubbles!

    Entertainment Lineup:

    The Band Be Easy: 6:00pm-9:30pm

    The roof will be open to ticket holders at 3:30pm and be closed to anyone without tickets the remainder of the night.

     

    Ticket prices: $15 per person

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    TICKETS FOR BOB DYLAN AND HIS BAND GO ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 10th




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is proud to announce that musical legend Bob Dylan and His Band will return to the Amphitheatre on Friday, October 19, 2018. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Bob Dylan previously performed to a sold-out crowd at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in April 2015.

    Bob Dylan has been an influential singer-songwriter and popular culture figure for over 50 years. Dylan has released over 40 albums, which combined have sold over 110 million records worldwide. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards including multiple GRAMMY Awards (most notably Album of the Year in 1998), a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Dylan has also been inducted into many prestigious societies including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor by President Clinton in 1997, and in 1998, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." Dylan has also received the Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which is the high...   [Read More]




    Jumbo Shrimp Homestand Highlights August 8-12




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 2018 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season presented by Community First Credit Union continues with a homestand Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 12. The Jumbo Shrimp host the Mississippi Braves, Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, for a five-game series with a promotional lineup including the following highlights:

    Wednesday, August 8, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

    Publix Corks & Forks Wednesday: Fans can purchase a $15 package including a reserved seat and the opportunity to sample food, beer, and wine from Publix in the Safe Harbor Seafood Palm Tree Pavilion at tinyurl.com/jaxshrimpportal(password “PUBLIX”). Regular tickets may be upgraded for $6 each at the Pavilion or the box office. One lucky couple will win a dinner on the concourse that night, specially prepared by Chef Tony from Publix. That night’s wine sample at the ballpark will be available at your neighborhood Publix. Anyone who donates a canned food item at the box office can save $1 off a gameday ticket price (limit $1 off per ticket).

    TIAA Bank Teacher Pep Rally: To gear up for the 2018-2019 school year, Duval County Public School teachers may show their DCPS ID at the box o...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    3 Story Lines Going into Jaguars Training Camp




    It’s about that time again where coolers and tailgate gear gets busted out of the garage, jerseys and hats get washed, and folks prepare to say goodbye to their significant others because the glory of the NFL is almost back! We’re headed into training camp and the Jacksonville Jaguars, by all accounts, have had a fantastic off-season. A lot of change has happened with this team and there is a buzz about this team that hasn’t been felt in a long time. The city is ready to fall in love with the Jaguars again, from all of the stadium upgrades to the positive things the team is doing in the community and the only thing that’s missing a competitive product on the field.

    To help you get amped up for training camp and for those who haven’t paid attention to any of the off-season stuff, here’s the 3 storylines to follow during camp:

    Photo Courtesy: Phil Sears - USA TODAY   1. Blake Bortles Development

    When a player is drafted in the top 10 of the NFL Draft, it’s expected that the rookie is going to produce for a team and right away. Even more so when that player is a quarterback. But GM David Caldwell is taking a different approach when it comes to rookie QB Blake Bortles. It has been said that Bortles has...   [Read More]




    MMA Main Event on September 6th @ Veterans Memorial Arena




    House Of Fame Mixed Martial Arts event will take place on September 6, 2014 in Jacksonville Florida at the Veterans Memorial Center. Doors open up at 6:30pm, event starts at 7:30pm. HOF is Honored to offer The Jacksonville Community, its' Businesses, MMA Enthusiasts, and Florida-Based Fighters High-Profile, Exciting and World-Class MMA Entertainment at the prolific Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena.

    In a press confrence, Frank Morejon, a talent coordinator with the franchise said “We chose a market that was really untouched and we want to show people what real pro MMA is about. This partnership is helping us to build the sport and really put Jacksonville on the map.”  Morejon also said that House of Fame MMA is sanctioned by the Florida Boxing Commission and that it would work to recruit fighters of all levels. The game card for the Sept. 6 bout will be announced sometime in August.

    You can now purchase tickets on-line, view the fight card and get door to door directions to the venue. We look forward to your fighters support as well as the community support. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter in order to get the latest news on this event.

    ...   [Read More]




    Duck Race Coming To Jacksonville In Near Future




    Organizers of the Jacksonville Duck Race told us today that ducks will go on sale August 1st on their website. At a location to be announced, the ducks will race one another and the first duck to cross the finish line will win a big cash prize. Organizers are planing on having between 7,500-10,000 ducks participate in the first annual fundraiser.

    Precedes from the event are said to benefit multiple local charities which organizers are currently securing. Ducks start off at just $5. Organizers have also noted that their will be food trucks and many other family friendly activities at the race. For more info, visit: Jaxduckrace.com

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    Jaguars sign first-round draft pick Blake Bortles




    The Jacksonville Jaguars signed 2014 first-round draft pick Blake Bortles to a contract, the club announced this morning.  Bortles was the third overall pick in the draft and is the seventh of the club’s nine draft picks to sign a contract.

    Bortles was the third quarterback the Jaguars have drafted in the first round, and the sixth overall and highest drafted in franchise history.  The former Central Florida quarterback was the highest drafted player in school history.

    “We are excited to get Blake under contract as we finish up minicamp,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said.  “Blake has progressed really well this offseason and has brought a great attitude to work each day.  He is highly competitive and very passionate about football.  He knows where he needs to get better and is willing to do the work.  He’s a down to earth guy, a blue collar guy and he just wants to be the best he can be.”

    “It’s nice to get the contract done as we head into the final part of minicamp and prepare for training camp,” Bortles said.  “I can’t thank Shad Khan, David Caldwell and Gus Bradley enough for the opportunity they have presented me...   [Read More]




    Jaguars Will Hold Football Practice at Bartram Trail High School




    JACKSONVILLE – (via jaguars.com) The Jaguars are taking training camp back to school – and into the community.

    And they’re doing it this summer in about as significant a fashion as an NFL team can do it, moving a training camp practice to a local high school.

    The Jaguars will hold one 2014 training camp practice – Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. – at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County, Jaguars President Mark Lamping and General Manager David Caldwell announced Wednesday morning.

    The practice will be free and open to the public.

    “It’s just another sign that the Jaguars want to be fully integrated into the community,” Lamping said Wednesday after the announcement, which took place at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields shortly before the Jaguars’ second practice of 2014 organized team activities.

    “Sometimes, you need to take the show on the road.”

    St. Johns County Superintendent of Schools Joseph Joyner said the practice will be a huge event for the county. The NFL rebuilt Bartram Trail’s field as part of preparations for the Super Bowl at EverBank Field in February 2005.

    “There will be a big crowd,” he sa...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    Engine 15 Brewing Company Is Expanding




    We am so pleased and honored to announce that Engine 15 Brewing Company will be opening a second and much bigger location!

    Engine 15 Brewing Company of Jacksonville Beach is expanding its brewing facilities with a new production brewery in the downtown Jacksonville neighborhood of LaVilla.

    “This new facility will allow us to grow our distribution while keeping our Jacksonville Beach location to serve our customers new and interesting beers and food.” Says Luciano Scremin, Co-owner and Brewmaster.

    The new production facility will increase beer production from the current capacity of approximately 1,000 barrels per year at the Jacksonville Beach location a total capacity of 10,000 barrels per year. The company will install a 20 barrel brewhouse and 60 barrel fermentation tanks, along with a large format bottling line. All of which are scheduled to come online in February of 2014."

    The brewery will also add a canning line in late 2014. The new location encompasses 1.3 acres and two buildings totaling 38,000 square feet under roof, which will allow ample space for a tap room and outdoor beer garden.

    “The Jacksonville Beach location will remain and be tasked with creating fun and interest...   [Read More]




    Learn How You Can Fight a Cold with Food




    Here we go again…Cold and flu season is right around the corner, and prevention is the best medicine. But when you already have a bug, getting rid of it and feeling normal again is the goal, right? Well, did you know that you can fight back by eating to boost your immune system? Cold medicines generally only manage symptoms and do not actually cure the illness, but with nutritional support you can supply your immune system with what it needs to help you beat that cold or flu bug.

    If taken immediately at the first signs and symptoms of a cold, supplements derived from the Echinacea herb are known to reduce severity and duration. The same is said to be true for a 1,000 mg dose of Vitamin C taken daily. The benefit of taking either supplement may lead to shortening the amount of time you have a cold and/or making it milder.

    Boosting certain white blood cells called monocytes and lymphocytes may help rid a cold sooner. White blood cell production is supported by certain vitamins and minerals. The following are good food sources of these nutrients:

    Citrus fruit (including orange juice) – folate, Vitamin C

    Cocoa – copper

    Dark green leafy vegetables – folate, copper, be...   [Read More]




    Veg Fest This Saturday




    This Saturday is Veg Fest at Riverside Park. The day-long event will feature live music, dynamic speakers, cooking demonstrations, beer garden, kids' zone, pie-eating contest, exceptional freebies, raffles, scavenger hunt and much more!

    Music Stage:

    10:00 AM - Sonic Thieves

    11:00 AM - The Lifeforms

    12:00 PM - Pie-Eating Contest

    12:30 PM - Jahmen

    1:30 PM - Cougar Barrel

    2:30 PM - Danka

    3:30 PM - Poor Richards Picture The Lifeforms Picture Jahmen Picture Cougar Barrel Picture Danka Picture Poor Richards 

     

    Cooking Demos:

    11:00 AM - Community Loaves, Meredith Corey-Disch: Hows and Whys of Sourdough Bread

    12:00 PM - Food For Life, Heather Borders and Mimi McGee: Easy Black Bean Chili and Pumpkin Smoothie

    1:00 PM - Whole Foods, Heather Olsen: Vegan Mushroom “Caviar” & Cashew Sour Cream on Garlic Pepper Multigrain Toast Points, as well as Romesco Sauce with Brown Rice & Flax Crackers

    2:00 PM - Shakti, Carrie Zarka Dooley and Jill Mullins: Organic Raw Vegan Apple Cobbler Cups

    3:00 PM - Fresh, Jason McDonald: Healthy with Protein

    4:00 PM - Jacksonville Health and Wellness, Heather ...   [Read More]




    New Tap House Opening Later This Month On The Southside




    Copper Tap House located on the corner of Beach Blvd and Hodges plans on having their grand opening on October 28th. The tap house will feature over 24 beers on tap as well as a craft food menu. Chef inspired favorites like the snapper sliders will be one of the tasty entree's you can get at the new spot. 

    The tap house will feature a custom bar built out of 48,000 pennies that took over 200+ man hours to complete. 

    There will be plenty of seating at peak house and the owners plan on having nightly entertainment. The tap house also boast a stage with high end lighting and sound. 

    If your are interested in applying, please visit https://www.facebook.com/copperjax

    ...   [Read More]




    Foodie Event - Feed The Need Fest




    Jacksonville Fl - Saturday from 4-8pm - Join Camping World of Jacksonville and FoodiesUSA at the Flamingo Lake Camp Resort on Saturday September 14th to help kick-off the "U Can Change Hunger" campaign! The night will feature a food truck challenge, live music, raffles, prizes, and RV & motorcycle show and much more! Bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to support Second Harvest and check out the silent auction to benefit Foodies Care. Bring the entire family for a day of fun, food trucks and helping to feed those in need in North Florida.The first 100 guests to arrive with a food donation will be entered into a special drawing for a $100 Camping World gift card. For more information, or to donate online please visit www.FoodiesUSA.com/hunger....   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    Things To Do This Week Downtown




    Things To Do This Week Downtown

     

    Arts + Culture Oct. 14: Gracias Choir Christmas Cantana Oct. 15: Jaxsons Night Market Oct. 16 - 18: Jacksonville Beach Oktoberfest Oct. 16: Andrew Smith & Alfredo Oyaguez Oct. 16: Jacksonville Symphony: The Music of Nat King Cole       Family Fun

    Oct. 16: Pictures in the Park: The Goonies Oct. 17: FSCJ Series Artist Series: Alvin and the Chipmunks

     

     

     

    Live Music + Nightlife

    Oct. 13: Volstead Bar Tender Challenge Oct. 15: The Elbow Social Oct. 16: Bo Burnham Oct. 16: Jazz Discovery: New Century Jazz Quartet  Oct. 16: Chris Tomlin: Love Ran Red Tour Oct. 17: Def Leppard with Foreigner and Night Ranger

     

    Sports + Fitness

    Oct. 16: Monster Mash Dash 5K Oct. 17: Jacksonville Armada FC Vs. FC Edmonton Oct. 17: Race for the Cure Oct. 18: Jacksonville Jaguars Vs. Houston Texans

    Oct. 18:  Jacksonville Zombie Walk

        Business and Networking   Oct. 15: Jaguars Women’s Association Meet me at the 50 Oct. 16:&nb...   [Read More]




    Things To Do This Week Downtown




    Things To Do This Week Downtown

     

    Arts + Culture Oct. 7: Oktoberfest @ Art Walk Oct. 8: Surrealist Cinema: Illusion in Film Oct. 9: Jacksonville Symphony: Holst’s The Planets Oct. 10: Vagabond Flea Market Oct. 11: MOSH: Silent Sundays        

    Family Fun

    Oct. 9: Pictures in the Park: LEGO Movie Oct. 9-11: The Artist Series: Beauty and the Beast Oct. 11: Yappy Hour Howl-o-Ween Bash

     

     

    Live Music + Nightlife

    Oct. 7: Art Walk After Dark Oct. 8: The Elbow Social Oct. 9: Lavell Crawford Oct. 10: Monica & Shawty – Shawty Oct. 11: Music @ Main

     

    Sports + Fitness

    Oct. 9: Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans Oct. 10: The Great Candy Run 5K and Family Fun Run Oct. 10: Out of the Darkness Walk

     

     

     

    Business and Networking Oct. 10: Cars and Coffee Oct. 10: MOB Fest: Marketing Our Businesses Festival Oct. 11: Jacksonville National College Fair

     

     

     

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    Things To Do This Week Downtown




    Things To Do This Week Downtown

    Family Fun Oct. 2: Pictures in the Park: Big Hero 6 Oct. 3: Riverside Arts Market: Filipino Pride Day Oct. 3: Censored! Voices of the Banned – A Readers Theater Production Oct. 3: 4th Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship

      Live Music + Nightlife Oct. 1: The Elbow Social Oct. 1: That Bold City Party @ EverBank Fields Pool Decks Oct. 1: Blues, Brews, and BBQ Oct. 2: Friday Night Live Finale Oct. 3: Booker T. Jones Oct. 3: Riverside Fine Arts Presents: Red Baraat

     

    Arts + Culture Oct. 1-4: Home and Patio Show Oct. 1: That Bold City Party @ EverBank Fields Pool Decks Oct. 2: Jacksonville Symphony: Beethoven and More Oct. 2-3: Free Community Concerts Oct. 3: Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Paint Party

     

    Sports + Fitness

    Oct. 3: Marine Corps Half Marathon & Freedom 5K Oct. 3: Jacksonville Armada vs. Indy Eleven

     

     

     

    Business and Networking Oct. 4: JAX READS! Book Signing with Jacqueline Woodson Oct. 5: Florida Forum Speaker...   [Read More]




    Things To Do This Week Downtown




    Things To Do This Week Downtown

    Family Fun Oct. 2: Pictures in the Park: Big Hero 6 Oct. 3: Riverside Arts Market: Filipino Pride Day Oct. 3: Censored! Voices of the Banned – A Readers Theater Production Oct. 3: 4th Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship

      Live Music + Nightlife Oct. 1: The Elbow Social Oct. 1: That Bold City Party @ EverBank Fields Pool Decks Oct. 1: Blues, Brews, and BBQ Oct. 2: Friday Night Live Finale Oct. 3: Booker T. Jones Oct. 3: Riverside Fine Arts Presents: Red Baraat

     

    Arts + Culture Oct. 1-4: Home and Patio Show Oct. 1: That Bold City Party @ EverBank Fields Pool Decks Oct. 2: Jacksonville Symphony: Beethoven and More Oct. 2-3: Free Community Concerts Oct. 3: Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Paint Party

     

    Sports + Fitness

    Oct. 3: Marine Corps Half Marathon & Freedom 5K Oct. 3: Jacksonville Armada vs. Indy Eleven

     

     

     

    Business and Networking Oct. 4: JAX READS! Book Signing with Jacqueline Woodson Oct. 5: Florida Forum Speaker Series – Ehud Barak

     ...   [Read More]




    Oktoberfest Coming to Anheuser- Busch Brewery on September 12,2015




    Anheuser- Busch is bringing an authentic German Oktoberfest to the Jacksonville Brewery on Saturday, September 12th. The event will begin at noon and go until 6pm at the brewery located at 111 Busch Drive on the northside of Jacksonville off I-95.     The Oktoberfest will begin with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg by a brewmaster and local Jacksonville dignitaries. Once the keg is tapped, guest 21 and over will have the opportunity to participate in a ceremonial toast. In Germany, the mayor of Munich taps the ceremonial first keg of Spaten each year and announces "O'zapft is!" or "It is tapped!"   Following the toast, visitors are invited to enjoy a variety of German-style beers, such as Spaten, Franziskaner and other seasonal favorites. There will also be traditional German fare such as Bratwurst, Bravarian pretzels and Gingerbread cookies. There will also be traditional German games along with entertainment and music.     Adult Tickets are $30* for guests 21+. Besides admission to the event and a chance to enjoy all the entertainment and festivities, each ticket includes: Commemorative Oktoberfest Stein 2 Beers 1 Food Item Additional food, beer and sof...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    Historic Tours of Flagler College




    Historic Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, listed as a National Historic Landmark. Built by railroad magnate, Henry M. Flagler in 1888, the Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day.

    You will begin your tour by exploring the courtyard while learning of the hotel's Spanish Renaissance architecture and of the techniques and innovations used to construct Henry Flagler's vision. Next is the grand lobby where they will stare up into an 68-foot domed ceiling supported by eight ornate oak caryatids hand carved with robed women, each slightly different from the next. The guest will move on to the dining room where 79 Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass windows stream light onto the beautifully hand painted murals on the walls and ceiling.

    Finally, they will visit the Flagler Room, formerly the Women's Grand Parlor, where they will gaze upon hand crafted Austrian crystal chandeliers, a clock containing the largest piece of intact white onyx in the western hemisphere, original hotel furniture and art, as well as personal photos and mementos from Henry Fl...   [Read More]




    Explore 904: The Jacksonville Ale Trail




    We all love a nice cold beer on a hot summer day, how about keeping it local and spending your weekend supporting a local brewery or two! The Jacksonville Ale Trail not only gives you an opportunity for a great time with family and friends, but also to discover your new favorite spot. The trail consists of eight different breweries with something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Here are the eight different breweries and their locations, all just waiting for you to stop by!

    1. Bold City Brewery, 2670 Gilmore Street #7 in Jacksonville

    Bold City not only gives you great options for a local brew, but also a cool atmosphere to sip in. Is it your first time? You get the chance to grab a flights of beers to pick your favorite!

    photo courtesy: @boldcitybrewery

    2. Aardwolf Brewing Company, 1461 Hendricks Avenue in Jacksonville

    We all know how cool of an area San Marco is, making it an even better place is Aardwolf Brewing. Wednesdays are the best place to stop by as they bring out a batch of something new for you to give it a go. Aardwolf also offers table rentals and room rentals if you are looking to host a special event. Saturdays also include Brewery Yoga!

    3. Intuition Ale Works, 720 King Street in ...   [Read More]




    4th of July Fireworks around North Florida




    Downtown Jacksonville

    Join the City of Jacksonville and PRI Productions in celebrating our nation’s independence with the annual 4th of July Celebration. The event will feature a free concert at the Shipyards with performances by Jacksonville’s own Be Easy opening for pop/rock band Orleans. Orleans is best known for iconic hits “Still the One,” “Dance with Me,” and “Love Takes Time.” Activities kick off at 5 p.m. with family fun games and entertainment on the Northbank at the Shipyards and on the Southbank at Friendship Fountain.

    Capping off the day’s events will be a spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to music, over the Downtown riverfront. The show will begin at 9:45 p.m.

    The fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. Fireworks will be launched near The Jacksonville Landing and the Shipyards.

    Several Downtown city parking garages and lots will be open for paid parking. Boaters can dock on the Northbank, Southbank and the Metropolitan Park Marina in areas not marked as closed for a maximum of 72 hours, to view the fireworks. Docking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Jax River Taxi will also provide transportation serv...   [Read More]




    Blue Springs Park - North Florida Spring




    A must visit spot located just over an hour from Jacksonville is Blue Springs Park. The privately managed park is located in between Lake City & Gainesville. Swimming is always fun at Blue Springs! The 72-degree water is the same temperature year-round and provides a refreshing break in the hot weather. You can bring a tube and float down the spring run to the Santa Fe River. Snorkeling is permitted, but not scuba diving.

    Photo Courtesy: @dmf5471

    Photo Courtesy: @b_kidwell

    RV and primitive camping are available at Blue Springs. RV sites offer 30 or 50 amp electricity and water and are located near the main spring. Primitive camping is permitted throughout the property and has no electricity or water. Checkout time is 12:00 noon.  No reservations are accepted, camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Photo Courtesy: @lindsvz_

    Photo Courtesy: @durtygrrl

    The Main spring, Blue Springs is a second-magnitude spring with a large swimming area. It has a diving dock and is 24 feet deep near the dock. There are 50 yards of white-sand beach, great for small children and sunbathers. The Boardwalk is a quarter-mile long and meanders along the spring run out t...   [Read More]




    Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail




    Just west of bustling downtown Jacksonville, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail, one of north Florida's oldest, most unique trails. Once a part of the CSX railway line, the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a thoroughfare for hikers, bikers, and equestrians. This unique park provides a 14.5-mile greenway between Imeson Road and County Road 121, just past the town of Baldwin. A dense tree canopy shelters much of the nearly 15-mile paved path, providing habitat for hawks, wood storks, stilts and belted kingfishers. You're also likely to encounter turkeys, alligators, rabbits, gopher tortoises and coral snakes. Beware the latter, a venomous species with wide black and red bands broken by narrow yellow rings.

    Photo Courtesy: @guyhasnoface  

    The Imeson Road trailhead, closest to Jacksonville, is a good place to start an out-and-back journey. Here you'll find the first of several restroom facilities and benches along the trail. This also marks the start of a separate equestrian trail that runs in the adjacent tree line, except where creek crossings bring trail users together.

     

    Photo Courtesy: @katie_mcw  

    Midway along the trail is the Camp Milton Historic Preserve rest area. Once home to t...   [Read More]



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