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  • Visit Jacksonville Receives Two Major Recognitions During Marketing Awards Season

    February 09, 2015 2:37 pm EST

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville is proud to announce two big recognitions for our Marketing team and our destination.

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  • Jacksonville Awarded State Grant to Promote Local Medical Industry

    February 05, 2015 3:27 pm EST

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville, the City’s Official Tourism Marketing Office, and its local medical partners, including Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Ackerman Cancer Center and Market Staging Inc., were awarded a $99,200.00 matching grant by Visit Florida to promote Jacksonville’s award winning medical industry to new patients and medical convention planners.

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Spring 2015

    February 03, 2015 9:29 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- From new dining options, new festivals, new hotels, new meeting venues, and a major revitalizing of the Downtown district, 2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for Jacksonville!

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  • Jacksonville Welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers to the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 09, 2014 10:17 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Tennessee College Football Fans and Alumni are cordially invited to ring in the New Year in Jacksonville for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field, where the Tennessee Volunteers will square off against the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 2, in the Southeastern Conference vs. Big Ten showdown.

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  • Jacksonville Welcomes the Iowa Hawkeyes to the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 09, 2014 10:11 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Iowa College Football Fans and Alumni are cordially invited to ring in the New Year in Jacksonville for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field, where the Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against the Tennessee Volunteers on January 2, in the Southeastern Conference vs. Big Ten showdown.

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  • UT Fans: Six Reasons to Come to Jax for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 08, 2014 10:00 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The TaxSlayer Bowl schedule has been set and the teams have been announced, now it is time to plan your getaway to support the Vols and experience all that Jacksonville has to offer. Here are six reasons why you should book your visit now:

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  • Iowa Fans: Six Reasons to Come to Jax for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 08, 2014 9:44 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The TaxSlayer Bowl schedule has been set and the teams have been announced, now it is time to plan your getaway to support the Hawkeyes and experience all that Jacksonville has to offer. Here are six reasons why you should book your visit now:

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  • It’s Time to Hop On the Jax Ale Trail!

    December 04, 2014 9:36 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When your city has tons of award winning craft brews you want to make sure everyone, especially those visiting from out of town, gets a chance to enjoy all of them, that’s why on this December 4, Visit Jacksonville and Jacksonville’s craft breweries are unveiling the new Jax Ale Trail and the Jax Ale Trail Brewery Passport!

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  • Record Breaking Tourism Year in Jacksonville

    December 01, 2014 10:19 am EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Thanksgiving holiday has left the Jacksonville Tourism Industry extra thankful, as we celebrate 12 months of consecutive gains in both visitation and hotel revenue in Duval County.

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  • Jacksonville Recognized as Top City For Culture and Music

    September 25, 2014 3:22 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The votes are in and they bring great news for Jacksonville! This summer, ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for those who plan events and meetings held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places to hold a meeting based on their culture and music scene, the results are now in and Jacksonville was chosen #4 in the “South’s Top 10 Music Spots for Meetings & Events,” and our city, along with the rest of the Northeast Florida area, was also voted “Best City for Culture” for meetings and conventions.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Celebrates Local Tourism Industry

    September 18, 2014 9:22 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Sept. 17, 2014 -- Visit Jacksonville celebrated a successful year for the local tourism industry during the ‘Destination Celebration: Wave of Impact” event at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Close to 400 tourism, city, and community leaders join the city’s official tourism organization to celebrate the achievements and the positive impact of the industry in Jacksonville.

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  • Spring-Summer Vacation Season Sets Records in Jacksonville

    September 04, 2014 2:00 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What a summer! Jacksonville’s spring and summer vacation season has come to an end, but it leaves behind great successes for our destination. Duval County’s hotel occupancy tracking system, Smith Travel Research, released numbers showing hotel occupancy was up across the city, and earnings were up to levels not previously seen in the 10 years the company has been tracking tourism in the county. Jacksonville is on trend with the rest of the state in reporting record-breaking visitation numbers for the spring and summer seasons in 2014.

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  • “#OnlyInJax” Instagram Campaign is a Big Hit!

    August 14, 2014 4:27 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blown away, that’s how Visit Jacksonville feels about the support, reaction, and engagement behind its summer social media campaign #OnlyInJax.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Welcomes New Board Members

    August 01, 2014 12:14 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. July 29, 2014-- Visit Jacksonville, the city’s Destination Marketing Office, has appointed three distinguished industry professionals to its board of directors for 2014.

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  • Jacksonville Is the New Home of the International Pageants

    July 25, 2014 4:20 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- International Pageants has found a new home, as Visit Jacksonville brings International Pageant’s Mrs. International, Miss International, and Miss Teen International pageants to Jacksonville for the next three years. This year’s edition of the International Pageants will be held July 24 through August 2 at the Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

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  • It’s Time to Show Us Your “#OnlyInJax” Moments

    July 09, 2014 9:52 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a successful phase one, Visit Jacksonville is ready to kick off part two of its summer “#OnlyInJax” social media campaign. Starting on July 9, Jacksonville’s Destination Marketing Office is asking visitors and locals to tag images of their Jacksonville vacations and unique Jacksonville experiences with the hashtag #OnlyInJax.

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  • Visitors Leave Big Economic Impact After Florida Country Superfest

    July 02, 2014 12:48 pm EDT

    -Inaugural Event Attracts More than 27,000 Out-Of-Town Visitors to Jacksonville-

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  • Sesquiquadricentennial Commemoration Events Begin at Visit Jacksonville

    June 30, 2014 9:47 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 30-- Jacksonville’s 450 years of French heritage is coming alive this month with Sesquiquadricentennial Commemoration events. Visit Jacksonville is honoring this historical year by unveiling the “French-Florida Cultural Center” as part of its Downtown location.

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  • It’s an All-American Party in Jacksonville!

    June 26, 2014 5:09 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From the beaches in the coast to the river in the urban core, Jacksonville is going all-out this Fourth of July and we want you to celebrate with us! The “River City by the Sea” is offering multiple ways to enjoy America’s birthday and you still have plenty of time to book a getaway to our natural water wonderland and enjoy the biggest patriotic party our city has even thrown.

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  • Research Shows Jacksonville Jazz Festival Is A Hit With Visitors and Locals

    June 19, 2014 2:28 pm EDT

    Jacksonville, Fla. June 17, 2014 -- Research funded by Visit Jacksonville and conducted by a research team from the University of North Florida (UNF) has concluded that visitors from outside the Jacksonville community accounted for 33 percent of all attendees to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and generated nearly $2.83 million in economic impact to our destination.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Launches “#OnlyInJax” Instagram Campaign

    June 18, 2014 10:07 am EDT

    Jacksonville, Fla. June 18, 2014 -- Visit Jacksonville launches its first major tourism campaign on Instagram, encouraging residents and visitors to highlight all the special attractions, places and sights that can be found only in Jacksonville by posting images to the social network with the hashtag #OnlyInJax.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Introduces New Look, Functionality at visitjacksonville.com

    June 16, 2014 11:36 am EDT

    Website redesign incorporates latest technology and enhancements to market destination

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  • Visit Jacksonville Enters Marketing Partnership with Axemen

    April 30, 2014 10:36 am EDT

    City’s Destination Marketing Organization will Promote 2014 USA Rugby Championship at UNF

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Fall-Winter 2013

    October 16, 2013 4:39 pm EDT

    The new season brings changes and new projects for Jacksonville, including renovations at local hotels, an expansion of our shopping mecca - the St. Johns Town Center-, a major milestone for the local cruising industry and the popular Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic. This is the time to visit Jacksonville and explore all there is to see and do in Florida’s most vibrant destination!

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  • Show Us How Much You Know About JAX!

    July 08, 2013 10:51 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We want you to show us how much you know about our unique and vibrant “River City by the Sea” and in response we will show you a great time in Jax!

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Summer-Fall 2013

    June 21, 2013 11:49 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- The upcoming seasons bring new and exciting changes to our city including an all new JAXtoberfest celebration, a new NFL season, the return of the dining series Eat Up Downtown and affordable options for big conventions and fun attractions to take your getaway from fun to fantastic!

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  • You are invited to celebrate FRENCH WEEK in Jacksonville!

    April 22, 2013 2:14 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bonjour! From April 25- May 4, join the City of Jacksonville, the National Parks Service, Visit Jacksonville and Downtown Vision as we come together for a special week-long soiree in honor of Jacksonville’s French roots. The entire community is invited to taste the flavors of Paris during French Dinning Week, relive the moment Jean Ribault first spotted Jacksonville with a Living History presentation at Fort Caroline and stroll though the French Quarter during May’s ArtWalk. So let’s celebrate our French heritage. Oh là là!

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  • OnlyInJax.com

    March 14, 2013 10:01 am EDT

    If you have ever wondered “What makes Jacksonville special? What sets us apart?” then you need to visit www.OnlyInJax.com and find out all the unique, exciting and special things, places and sights that can only be experienced here in the best destination in Florida.

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UNF ArtSapce Dark Matters Exhibit

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Come to Southlight Gallery to see the UNF Photo Club student;s interpretation of Dark Matters!

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Edward Waters Baseball vs Albany State University

    Game 1 - 1:00 pm Game 2 - 4:00 pm For more information, please visit: www.ewc.edu/index.php/athletics

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    Trinity Baptist College Baseball vs Georgia Southwestern State University

    For more information, please visit: www.tbceagles.com

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    UF vs FSU Baseball

    Tickets for the annual Florida-Florida State baseball game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville are now on sale at ticketmaster.com The hottest in-state baseball…

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    Music of Florida & the St. Johns River with Al Poindexter – March 31

    It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter,…

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Music of Florida & the St. Johns River with Al Poindexter – March 31

    It’s Florida folklore set to music! Learn about some interesting sunshine state legends, the St. Johns River, colorful characters and backwater places as Al Poindexter,…

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  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
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    WHITE at MOCA

    Often seen as neutral, as background, or even as the absence of color, white emerges time and time again as a coconspirator in some of the most revolutionary works of art…

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
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    Rothko to Richter

    Rivaled only by the early years of the 1910s, when abstraction was pioneered in Europe and America, the 40 year period between 1950 and 1990 witnessed dramatic…

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    TRIVIA 8pm

    You may be smarter than a 5th grader but how are you at trivia? Join us at Fionn's every Tuesday at 8pm for TRIVIA and a pint!

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  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    First Wednesday Art Walk - eARTh Day

    Celebrate Mother's Nature's best work of art - planet Earth! - this month with eco-friendly art and vendors. Naturally, you'll love the info and activities from The St.…

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  • Growing Jax – A Guide to Our Regional Farmers Markets

    September 12, 2014 3:08 pm EDT

    According to critics, the most problematic feature of our region is the geographic size of Jacksonville. It’s just a really big city. If you drove from Baldwin in West Jacksonville, all the way to where Atlantic Boulevard dumps you on the ocean, it would take you almost an hour – and you would have never left the city limits of Jacksonville.

  • The Fantasy Football Food Experience — Eat like a local on gameday

    September 12, 2014 2:49 pm EDT

    Over the past two years, Shad Khan and the leadership of the Jacksonville Jaguars have made extensive efforts to transform the team from relative obscurity (for those outside Duval) into one of the most visible franchises in the league.

  • Coffee Shop Review – Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

    July 10, 2014 4:55 pm EDT

    Out with the old, in with the bold! Bold Bean Coffee Roasters has just opened its second location in South Jacksonville Beach, ironically where the old Starbucks was located. Bold Bean specializes in handmade, single-origin coffee, espresso beverages, craft beer and a community-orientated atmosphere.

  • Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in Jacksonville

    June 10, 2014 5:31 pm EDT

    What makes a restaurant romantic? If you’re not sure, you probably ought to ask someone female. When I asked my husband for his suggestions for this article, he said, “Is Guzzle Pipes and Gutty Works open yet?” Having an excellent beer list is not usually high on the list of most women’s romance requirements.

  • Locally Brewed Beers Perfect for The Summer

    June 02, 2014 12:02 pm EDT

    We all love a nice summer night with friends and a cool beer in our hand. This list will be your locally-brewed beer guide for the summer, no matter the occasion.

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  • Holiday Festivals surrounded by History

    December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST

    The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for the lovers of history.

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    History That’s Free in Jacksonville

    November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST

    We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history.

  • Pioneers of Aviation – Still Flying High

    October 10, 2014 2:56 pm EDT

    The most spectacular annual air show is right here in Jacksonville.

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    Jacksonville in the Movies

    August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT

    “On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.

  • Lifesaving Landmark at the Beach

    July 16, 2014 5:24 pm EDT

    Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.

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  • Think pink!

    July 30, 2014 5:02 pm EDT

    When you think of a pink bird, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it would be a flamingo. The flamingo is a very beautiful (and very pink) bird, but it is not a local species to say the least. Lucky for us, we have our own species of pink bird wading in our North Florida waters!

  • Fort Clinch Offers ‘Step into the Past,’ Great Eco-Adventure

    May 29, 2014 4:56 pm EDT

    “What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.

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