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Jacksonville, situated on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida is a perfect destination for senior travelers.
Jacksonville, situated on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida is the largest city in area in the continental United States with 840 square miles. The metropolitan area has a population of more than 1.25 million people and, as senior visitors learn, is home to the country’s largest urban park system with 111,669 acres of parks.
Jacksonville is known for its beautiful beaches, including Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach. This is home to the Jacksonville Jaguar NFL football team as well as the PGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame.
The arts and cultural community stand tall with their museums, boutique galleries, and performing arts. Jacksonville is a traditionally hard-working, blue-collar city. Jacksonville offers a great blend of outdoor appeal. It has an attractive downtown area spanning the St. Johns River and two river walks.
I discovered that back in 1916, over 30 movie companies called Jacksonville home with stars such as Oliver Hardy and Fatty Arbuckle making movies in town. Citizens became fed up with the noise and the industry moved to California.
Most senior visitors don’t know where to start enjoying all the activitiesthat Jacksonville offers. They may start with the number one attraction, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. Then maybe take in the Jacksonville Symphony or a stroll through Little Talbot Island State Park.
A throng of colleges and universities add to the demeanor of the city. There is a pretty cool bridge in town, the Dames Point Bridge, the second longest concrete cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
VisitFlorida.comnotes that “Jacksonville, perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida, is a natural paradise for visitors looking for an affordable yet luxurious destination.”
The “River City by the Sea” boasts more than 20 miles of wide and uncrowded beaches, close to 40 miles of the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway canal, and the longest stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River.
Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the nation, with 10 state and national parks. Senior travelers enjoy Jacksonville’s authentic cuisine, their thriving craft-beer scene and the fun and cosmopolitan nightlife.
Seniors are more than likely to see dolphins rolling just outside the surf line.
Jacksonville overflows with history, both ancient and colonial. Archeological evidence indicates 6,000 years of human habitation in the area. Pottery pieces have been excavated dating to 2500 BC, nearly the oldest in the United States.
And for the books, Jacksonville was named for General Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of Florida who, incidentally, never visited Jacksonville.
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