Aaaaah, the sunshine state!

There’s way more to discover in Florida then just the beaches and Mickey Mouse, in fact, there’s a lot more! Florida is home to some of the biggest cities in America with much culture and history. Tampa, Miami, Tallahassee, and yes….Jacksonville.

Jacksonville is located in the northeastern part of Florida and is home to both a metropolitan city and miles of beautiful beaches. You really get the best of both worlds in Jacksonville. If you’re heading to Jacksonville, be sure to check out the top places to eat, sleep and play!

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EAT

First, when it comes to food in Jacksonville, you can never go wrong with a good southern comfort meal. This is not the city you want to be on a diet in because the food just won’t allow it! When in town, be sure to check out some of the local favorites such as Metro Diner, a landmark in Jacksonville for over a decade serving up omelet’s, fried fish, and giant, juicy burgers. Next up, 4 Rivers Smokehouse. This is a place where they have mastered the art of smoked brisket. For some real comfort food, mosey on over to Maple Street Biscuit Company. This place is dedicated to southern comfort cooking, with heart and soul in every dish.

SLEEP

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Next, whether you’re looking for a beachside resort or something up in the heart of the city, Jacksonville doesn’t disappoint. Check out some of the best spots to rest your head in town. The Four Points Sheraton in Jacksonville Beach is in the heart of all the beach action. Enjoy the beach scene while you walk out on the shore. For the downtown Jacksonville scene, you’ll really be in the heart of the city at the Omni Hotel. You’re within walking distance from some of the best food and entertainment in town.

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PLAY

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Finally, you’re bound to have a great time in Jacksonville! Whether you’re looking at a beach getaway or to enjoy the city, there’s plenty to do for both singles, couples and families. First and foremost, you can’t miss a trip to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. This zoo is rated one of the top 25 zoos in the country. Do you love to golf? You’re not far from TPC Sawgrass, known as the player’s championship course. Maybe you’re hoping to catch a show, check out what’s playing at the Florida Theatre. There have been some top acts such as Elvis, Diana Ross, and Bon Jovi.

Have you been to Jacksonville?

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