Trevor’s Travels: Jacksonville, FL

by TrevorFebruary 26, 2016

You’re welcome to call it “Jax” for short because Jacksonville, Florida is just that laid back. Despite being the fourth most populous city in the state, Jacksonville has a little bit of mystery to it.

As one of the earliest inhabited locations in the U.S., Jacksonville has an interesting history. It had earlier claims on the film industry than Hollywood, and it was the first place to officially label the Blues. It’s also considered Florida’s first coast.

I find this kind of trivia fascinating, so I made sure to pay a visit to The Ritz Theatre and Museum where I learned even more about the city’s cultural and musical history. I’m equally interested in various periods of European and American art and painting, so for me, a visit to Jax wasn’t complete without another walk through the Cummer Museum of Art and its gardens.

This won’t come as a shock, but the kids aren’t nearly as excited about famous works of art and local history as I am, so we balanced things during our visit by stopping by the Jacksonville must-see Museum of Science and History (MOSH). The exhibits are hands-on, which means the kids learn while they play.

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Another interactive family crowd-pleaser is Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The most exciting exhibit I saw was the new Land of the Tiger exhibit where exotic tigers roam all over (including above your head; though, thankfully, they were contained).

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In case you didn’t know, Florida is hot for most of the year. So when I visited Jacksonville, cooling off was mandatory. The beautiful Atlantic Coast beaches are one way to do this, but with the kids in tow, it had to be Adventure Landing, which is fine by me because I love waterparks as much as any tot does.

Of course, Jacksonville is more than just family-friendly fun. The nightlife, music, and adult-only activities (like the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour) are draws for year-round residents, as well. Jacksonville is such a large city with so many influences and so much to do; I know I probably didn’t mention some of your favorite things to do. So, tell me, how do you like to enjoy your time in Jax?

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