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Getting to Know Jacksonville, FL

When someone moves into an apartment in Jacksonville, they're settling down in a city that embraces modern innovation without losing its casual, coastal vibe. In the same day, residents can tour one of the many art museums in the city, relax on the beach and head out for a night on the town. This well-rounded atmosphere is why more than one million people choose to call Jacksonville their home.

 

Cultural Attractions in Jacksonville

Whether you love art, music or theater, Jacksonville offers it all in a thriving cultural scene. Major bands and world-famous musicians regularly schedule tour dates to play at Jacksonville Landing and Hemming Plaza, and there are frequent festivals in the city celebrating everything from jazz music to foreign films. Along with dozens of local art galleries, residents have access to the Cummer Museum of Art, the University of North Florida Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, all three of which are respected by art enthusiasts around the world.

 

Jacksonville Apartments and Neighborhoods

Using Apartment Guide, you can choose from Jacksonville apartments that offer views of the Atlantic, covered parking and even pet-friendly accommodations, and the listings are regularly updated to bring you the best places to live in Jacksonville. Anyone in search of an up-and-coming neighborhood with easy access to the airport and the Jacksonville Zoo should take a look at Northside apartments. Young professionals looking for a beautiful town setting close to downtown and St. Vincent's Medical Center will enjoy the trendy Riverside community.

 

Fun Things to Do in Jacksonville

Whether you're new to Jacksonville or a lifelong resident, you can find a wealth of things to do throughout the year--many of them budget-friendly. Get outdoors at one of the Jacksonville's numerous parks, the Tree Hill Nature Center or the pier at Jacksonville Beach, where you can fish and enjoy an amazing view. Check out these popular free things to do in Jacksonville:

  • Sally Corporation: A walking tour of this fascinating factory gives you the chance to go behind the scenes and see how your favorite amusement park attractions and animatronics are made.
  • Karpeles Manuscript Library: Nestled in downtown Jacksonville, this museum displays an impressive collection of historic documents, blueprints and transcripts, including an original copy of Webster's Dictionary.
  • Art Walk: Get a taste of the local art scene on the first Wednesday of each month. This open-air market is held at Hemming Plaza and features the work of local artists, as well as great food and live music.  
  • Jacksonville Skyway: After spending a few hours at the Museum of Science & History, take a free Skyway ride to Friendship Fountain or Jacksonville Landing.
  • Budweiser Brewery Tour: Learn about the history of Anheuser-Busch and their world-famous brewing process. Guests over 21 years-old can sample the beers at the end of the tour.

 

The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars are easily the top draw when it comes to spectator sports, but the city is also home to Minor League Baseball's Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Arena League Football's Jacksonville Sharks and the North American Soccer League's Jacksonville Armada FC.

 

For Jacksonville Families with Kids

Parents and children can find waterfront fun at Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve and Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, and for those who prefer to stay on dry land, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Museum of Science & History offer hours of educational entertainment.

 

Jacksonville is home to a diverse school system of 195 schools, with Bartram Springs Elementary, James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School and Julington Creek Elementary School consistently ranked among the top schools in Duval County.

 

Outdoor Recreation and Scenic Beauty in Jacksonville

If you're not watching a sporting event played by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sharks or Armada, you can get active yourself by visiting Neptune Beach or Jacksonville Beach for swimming, surfing and other watersports. Learn to carve the waves at Thompson Surf School in Jacksonville Beach, or embark on a kayak adventure or stand-up paddleboard excursion with Black Creek Guides. You might also enjoy a bike ride in Memorial Park or go for a jog along the boardwalk. The St. Johns River runs through downtown Jacksonville, providing a spectacular waterfront setting for the city's three-mile Riverwalk, home to The Jacksonville Landing entertainment venue and the Riverside Arts Market.

 

Getaways from Jacksonville

While Jacksonville is home to Neptune and Atlantic beaches, the city's best beaches, ocean-loving residents can a drive a few hours north to enjoy the rich history and pristine shores of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. For a truly magical day trip, adventure seekers can head two hours south to Orlando, home of Walt Disney Worldand Universal Studios™ theme parks.