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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.
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. This national park has historical sites like the Fort Caroline National Memorial and the Kingsley Plantation, offering guided group tours and nature outings.
Tour Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville's oldest residential home and Florida's last still-standing plantation home. Wander the grounds where remarkably preserved slave quarters, barn, the plantation house, kitchen house and interpretive garden all located on the waterfront. The plantation was once the southernmost point of the Gullah Geechee Nation.
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.
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.