Not only is it a great place to live, Arlington offers diverse natural attractions for out-of-town visitors.

Arlington is also one of the first areas settled by Europeans in the 1500's, and history buffs will enjoy a visit to Fort Caroline National Memorial. Arlington also offers a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

Don't be fooled. At first glance, Arlington may seem like little more than typical suburbia. Yet Arlington is one of the first areas in the United States visited by Europeans. It was the site of the French Fort Caroline in 1564, nowadays the Fort Caroline National Memorial is there for visitors to enjoy. On the outskirts of Arlington, the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve continues to be heralded by as one of the most beautiful and magical natural settings. Make sure to stop at Tree Hill Nature Center or the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens and bring your gear for the biking and hiking trails in the area.

Getting Here from Downtown: Take the Mathews Bridge east; it will become the Arlington Expressway. Then, exit north at University to enter Arlington.

Top 4 Attractions To See

While you're here, don't miss these four Arlington attractions.

1. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offers 46,000 acres of history and adventure. You can boat, Jet Ski, swim, fish and hike in this unspoiled coastal wetland. See the beautiful salt marshes, coastal dunes and the hardwood hammocks that populate the Preserve and discover what Florida looked like 6,000 years ago! The Preserve is also home to the Fort Caroline National Memorial, a replica of the Fort built by French settlers more than 500 years ago, and also Kingsley Plantation, the last remaining Plantation house in the state of Florida. Both historic locations are open to the public, private tours are available with reservations. The Preserve and all of its attractions can be reached by boat or car.

2. Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

Located in the heart of Arlington, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens gives visitors a chance to explore Jacksonville’s native fauna and flora. This 120-acre urban woodland has close to 3 miles of hiking trails through a series of distinct ecological habitats. It is a great place for a morning workout routine. The Arboretum is open all week and it is free to all visitors. Parking, bathroom and camping facilities are available on site.

3. The Alhambra Theatre and Dining

This is the nation’s oldest continually operating professional dinner theater; it is also one of the few remaining ones. Enjoy Broadway-style live theater with a fine dining experience all in one place. Many of the Alhambra’s performers have worked on Broadway participating in national and international tours. The Alhambra is perfect for a date night.

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Best Bites

  • Rice and Noodles - One of Yelp's Top 50 Place to Eat in Jacksonville, Rice and Noodles is a Korean Fusion restaurant featuring Deopbap. Deopbap is a rice bowl covered by Korean-style meat, homemade sauce and veggies. The Kimchi Jeyuk Deopbab is a great way to experience all of the great flavors of this popular Korean dish.
  • The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro II - For soul food done right, the Soul Food Bistro is the place to go. It was a tough call between the fried chicken and the smothered pork chops, but the pork chops come out as king of the comfort foods.
  • Tabouleh Mediterranean Café - If you’re craving Mediterranean or Greek cuisine at reasonable prices, check out Tabouleh. Their Tabuloeh Rider sandwich is served in a toasted pita pocket is popular among their dedicated, local fanbase.
  • Catullo's Italian - Debatably one of the best places for Italian food in Jax, this food-truck-turned-restaurant has some of the most authentic dishes in town. Their Creamy Chicken Pesto features handmade pasta and a flavor-filled sauce that keeps people coming back again and again.
  • The Juicy Crab - The Juicy Crab offers low country boil meals to the Arlington community. Their variety of fresh seafood and seasonal crab makes this a mandatory stop in town for seafood lovers.

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