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  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Get ready to tour the white rhinos, crocodiles, lions and more on a Plains of Africa in your trip to this Jacksonville Zoo. Experience the wild life from an overlook area allows tourists to watch elephants, giraffes, jaguars, endangered Florida panther and American alligator. This zoo has so many interesting things to see that you need a full day to catch the entire attractions in the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Food and drinks are available at various places in the park.

  • Huguenot Memorial Park: This Park is a tribute to the Huguenot French settlers who inhabited the area for a short period in the 16th century. This Huguenot Memorial Park shines like a jewel in Jacksonville's crown. Admirers of birds will have a great time at the avian observatory tower, and nature trails, perfect for bird watching. If you want to add adventure to your trip rent out canoes to access the waterways. And sports lovers have the offer of rented volleyball equipment, horseshoes and bicycles for an afternoon of fun.

  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (The): Inaugurated in 1961 this museum has lovely gardens with blooming flowers that aromatize the walkways. This museum is also an art education center whose permanent collection focuses on history of arts from ancient times to 20th century art works. The museum also organizes temporary exhibits throughout the year. This lovely tourist spot is located very close to downtown and you can avail free admission on Tuesdays from 4pm-9pm

  • Diamond D Ranch: This tourist attraction takes you close to nature letting you breathe the fresh country air. A group upto 14 people are welcome to this place and if you want to top up your tour to Diamond D Ranch catch one of their overnight pack trips, inclusive of meals and ranch hands to assist you with campsite details. You can rent horses at very reasonable prices according to your need. You will be provided packed lunch on renting horse for half day. Visiting this place requires reservations so that all arrangements are done beforehand to avoid any inconvenience during your visit.

  • Kingsley Plantation National Historic Site: Built by Zephaniah Kingsley in 1817 and it now stands as Florida's oldest standing plantation house. Kingsley earned a fortune from slave trading in those days and today this National Historic site organizes a variety of remarkable exhibits and best conserved slave quarters in the country. The slave quarters make a very interesting part of this place, made of "tabby" rock, a mix of oyster shell, sand and cement, the 23 buildings include one that has been fully re-established. You can experience this site for free, there are no admission charges but donations are happily accepted.

  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park: Immerse yourself in the fresh air at this oceanfront park, which comprises a 1.5-mile beach, nature trails, camping grounds, picnic areas, stashed fishing lakes and tranquil beaches. Lifeguards are available all the time so swimming is safe and enjoyable. There are concession stands that offer food and refreshments at affordable rates. There is a lakeside swimming area which has fountains and spurt guns. You can go boating, hiking, biking or canoeing in this tourist place. The lake side tables and grills are a just perfect place to relax whole day. The place, people and fun all are amazing at this oceanfront park.

  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: Jacksonville has a lot of great orchestra talent hidden in it and Symphony Orchestra has been charming the society with its musical sounds since 1949. This orchestra is locally known as JSO and it executes a number of concert series throughout the season varying from Mahler and Bach to blues and Broadway. Under the leadership of director Fabio Mechetti, the symphony enjoys international acclamation. And many of its shows are held at the Times-Union Center. Enjoy the music which will for sure capture your heart and soul.

  • Metropolitan Park: It is difficult to think of Jacksonville without thinking of this Metropolitan Park. A much–loved river front park that is much more than a park. This park is home to so many festivals like the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Independence Day fireworks and various other musical events all through the year. This exquisite park has an exclusive playground for kids, plentiful picnic areas, lush green gardens and a walkway along the river for a picturesque stroll. There are water taxis to take you across the river. Do not miss all this fun while you tour Jacksonville.

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  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery: For those who are fond of beer can now see it being processed and bottled for sale in the market at Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Jacksonville. Located close to I-95 on the north side of the city this brewery is quite popular tourist attraction and it allows you to watch the process from a 20-foot open-air observation area. This observation deck only allows visitors above age 21 years, don’t worry if you have bought along kids they can tour the small museum chronicling the history of Busch beer and the Busch family. Brewery tour is free and you can also opt for guided tours which are carried out every hour, but if you are on a self-guided tour, you are welcome at any time of the day.

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