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Check out the Northside and Airport areas where you can visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. The beautiful Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offers numerous outdoors activities and historic sites like Kingsley Plantation for a glimpse into the past.
Three of Jacksonville’s main travel hubs –the Jacksonville International Airport, the Amtrak station and the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, are located in this area. The River City Marketplace offers outdoor shopping from major retailers, as well as over 20 restaurants.
If you're looking for a way to quickly put the stress of travel behind you, head to the Talbot Island State Parks, the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve and Kingsley Plantation. Located just 20 miles northeast of the city, these parks provide a not-to be-missed nature adventure.
Just off I-95, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with their newest exhibit African Forest. Jacksonville is not short on history options for you to choose from. Speaking of history, there's another noteworthy stop to see on Jacksonville's Northside. Kingsley Plantation and The Ribault Club are within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offering visitors a glance back in time to the antebellum South.
Getting Here from Downtown: To reach the airport and the River City Marketplace, take I-95 north and exit on 363B/Duval Road. For the Zoo, take I-95 and exit on Zoo Parkway, this same road becomes Hecksher Drive and leads you into the Talbot Islands.