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  • Bet You Can’t Stop Saying “WOW” This Holiday Season in Jax

    November 13, 2015 3:00 pm EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Experience a city that sparkles extra bright during the holiday season as Jacksonville lights up and invites visitors from across the nation to spend their Winter on our Waters.

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  • Kids Free November Is Back in Jax

    October 19, 2015 10:38 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fall is family time in Jacksonville! After a successful inaugural year in 2014, Visit Jacksonville and its tourism partners are bringing back “Kids Free November,” a month-long special promotion for families to discover and explore Jacksonville’s most entertaining attractions at a fraction of the regular cost

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  • Visit Jacksonville Wins Big at Flagler Awards

    September 01, 2015 2:06 pm EDT

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Visit Jacksonville is once again very proud to announce a big recognition for its marketing efforts of Jacksonville as a premier tourism destination. Monday night, during the 15th Annual Flagler Awards at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Visit Jacksonville won a Henry Award for Niche Marketing of the Jax Ale Trail.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Wins Marketing Award for Jax Ale Trail Campaign

    August 27, 2015 4:48 pm EDT

    PORTLAND, OR -- Visit Jacksonville, the city’s certified Destination Marketing Organization, has been recognized by the U.S. Travel Association with a Destination Council Destiny Award for niche targeting of the Jax Ale Trail. The award was presented during the annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) in Portland Tuesday night.

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  • Jacksonville Vacations Should Be Shared!

    July 22, 2015 10:11 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Let’s be honest, the best part of a vacation is making unforgettable memories, then sharing the photos of those memories with everyone on social media. Well now, doing just that could make one lucky person the winner of Visit Jacksonville’s interactive summer postcard contest “Vacations Should Be Shared.”

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  • Visit Jacksonville Awarded International Accreditation

    July 17, 2015 9:22 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 17, 2015) -- Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has approved Visit Jacksonville for accreditation as part of their Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). This prestigious honor recognizes Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVB) and Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) that meet the highest level of quality and performance standards within the industry.

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

    July 01, 2015 4:16 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From the beaches in the coast to the river in the urban core, Jacksonville is going all-out this Independence Day 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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  • July Conventions Mean Big Business for Jacksonville

    June 26, 2015 3:44 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 26-- Jacksonville will be the host city for more than 25 meetings and conventions this July, the visiting groups and their convention attendees will create an estimated economic impact of $30 million in new revenue for our city.

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Summer 2015

    June 21, 2015 5:12 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- The summer is shaping up to really sizzle with exciting new happenings in Jacksonville!

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  • Vicky Koele-Bryan Promoted to Visit Jacksonville Visitor Center Operations Manager

    June 11, 2015 2:12 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 11, 2015 -- After a nationwide search, Visit Jacksonville has filled its open Visitor Center Operations Manager position by promoting Visitor Center team member, Vicky Koele-Bryan. Koele-Bryan will be responsible for managing all of Visit Jacksonville’s Visitor Centers and the centers staff.

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  • The Jax Ale Trail is a Big Hit with Visitors

    June 04, 2015 10:19 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- June 4 marks six months since Visit Jacksonville kicked off the highly successful Jax Ale Trail and its Craft Beer Passport showcasing Jacksonville’s thriving craft beer industry to visitors from all over the nation and world.

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  • Get All The #FactsOnJax

    May 04, 2015 9:22 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville is kicking off National Tourism Week 2015 by celebrating our city’s extraordinary attributes in a series of new infographics with information on Jacksonville’s nature, water, attractions, dining, nightlife, sports and arts scene.

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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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  • 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

    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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    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 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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Fiddler’s Turkey Run at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center

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Fiddler’s Trailer Sales sponsors top barrel racers for the Thanksgiving weekend. This event is free and open to the public. Plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Spectator admission and parking is free. For more information: Sabra O’Quinn 352-622-8919 or

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
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    The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales

    FREE EVENT | ALL AGES We invite you and your family to come and see these global icons in person. We will have Budweiser Clydesdales merchandise, beer and food…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Christmas Made in the South

    As Christmas time approaches what better way to get ready for the holiday season than to stroll the aisles for treasures at this year's award winning 27th annual Christmas…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Cumberland Island Tour

    One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Family Friendly Sunset Cruise

    7 days per week This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area. Reservations are…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Jax Illuminations Drive Thru Holiday Light Show

    Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition! Enjoy the magic of driving through a mile of holiday lights that are…

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Downtown Dazzle: An Illumination Celebration

    Downtown offices of the JCC will be illuminated with a holiday light display synchronized to recorded songs of the season.

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks Spectacular

    Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy this one-of-a-kind parade with hundreds of boats all decked out for the holiday season passing by The Landing on the St. Johns River!

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

    Proving that everything new can be old again, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has become a viral pop sensation with more than 150 million YouTube channel views.


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    Growing Jax – A Guide to Our Regional Farmers Markets

    September 12, 2014 3:08 pm EDT

    Jacksonville boasts plenty of delicious farmers markets. So get out there and support your local farms with this guide to regional markets.

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    Eat Like A Local on Gameday in Jacksonville

    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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  • Enjoy the holiday's on the water this year in Jacksonville, Florida.

    WOW: What’s New this Holiday Season in Jax!

    November 20, 2015 2:03 pm EST

    Spend your Winter on the Water in Jacksonville with a month of festive days and nights.

  • #OnlyInJax Fall Line-Up: Steins, Brats & Brews

    September 18, 2015 3:35 pm EDT

    Fall doesn’t just mark the return of pumpkin spice season, fall in Jacksonville is beer lovers season with a wide variety of fun events that feature national and local craft brews.

  • September Trip-Worthy Events

    September 04, 2015 9:14 am EDT

    September strikes the perfect balance between Summer and Fall in Jacksonville.

  • August Trip Worthy Events

    August 01, 2015 9:18 am EDT

    Need one last trip to finish out your summer? Not ready to send the kids back to school yet? Well Summer is going strong in Jacksonville, and August is the perfect time for one last hurrah!

  • Celebrate the Shark in Jax

    July 05, 2015 1:44 pm EDT

    Apex predators, misunderstood sea creatures, oversized fish – the shark gets called a lot of things these days, but one thing is for sure, people are fascinated by them.

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    No Sitter Required: Jacksonville’s Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants

    September 22, 2015 12:37 pm EDT

    Sometimes finding a place where the kids can eat can cause parents nightmares. You find a spot with a kids menu, but the adult choices are not so hot. Or you see a fabulous menu in a spot that’s just a bit too hoity-toity to accommodate your grilled cheese needs. Fortunately Jacksonville is full of great spots to make the whole family happy.

  • If you are an IPA lover or enjoy a good Stout don't miss Pinglehead Brewing Company inside of Brewer's Pizza.

    Drink Like a Grown Up: A craft beer + food pairing guide

    September 21, 2015 12:13 pm EDT

    In recent years, craft beer has exploded in popularity, and more and more great restaurants are adding craft beer to their drink selections.

  • Sip & Savor: A guide to wine bars, brewpubs and restaurants with great cocktails

    September 17, 2015 12:04 pm EDT

    Dinner and drinks, a combination that goes together like… well, red wine and red meat. Whether you like to cozy up to your favorite Cabernet, sip on a classic Manhattan or partake in a fine Belgian Tripel, Jacksonville is full of restaurants that pair delicious food menus with top-notch wine, beer or cocktail lists.

  • Sitting right on the St. Johns River, in full view of the Jacksonville skyline, is the River City Brewing Company.

    A Feast For Your Eyes: Restaurants with the best views in Jacksonville

    September 17, 2015 11:32 am EDT

    They say great dining experiences engage more than just your sense of taste. The way the scent of cookies baking will make your dessert that much more delightful, or how just the sizzling of bacon will make your mouth water.

  • Jacksonville is Bursting with Flavor

    August 14, 2015 12:49 pm EDT

    From down home fish camps by the sea to trendy gastropubs in hip neighborhoods, you’re sure to find a delightful meal in any corner of the city.

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  • City of Bridges

    October 09, 2015 9:36 am EDT

    One nickname you could attach to Jacksonville is the “City of Bridges”.

  • It All Began in Mayport

    September 21, 2015 12:30 pm EDT

    On Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 12:30pm, there is a special Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony in Mayport, Florida. Congratulations to St. Augustine on their 450th celebration, however, It All Began in Mayport!

  • Booming in Jacksonville

    June 25, 2015 2:57 pm EDT

    This year’s Downtown Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display is on the actual anniversary, Saturday July 4, 2015.

  • It’s 1903 at the Merrill House

    June 16, 2015 11:49 am EDT

    Walk into Downtown Jacksonville’s Merrill House and step back in time to the year 1903

  • Greetings from Riverside’s Historic B&B

    April 09, 2015 3:47 pm EDT

    If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover

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