Outdoors

A Holiday Tradition Close to Home: Behind the Scenes at ZooLights

Plus, a Sneak-Peak into the Jingle Bell Jukebox Revue “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air,” W. T. Ellis once famously said. We may not have snow, but Christmas is absolutely in the air in Jacksonville, Florida.  There’s no shortage of holiday activities to enjoy, but with 30,000 guests in 2017, ZooLights is the largest and perhaps most spectacular. With new areas to explore and a theme-park style musical production designed by Jacksonville theater-maker Lee Hamby, the 7th annual ZooLights event at the is sure to put you in the mood to celebrate. Holiday Spirit, …

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Hop Aboard the St. Mary’s Halloween Express for a Fun Family Adventure

If you’re looking for a unique and kid-friendly Halloween excursion just an hour or so from Jacksonville, venture north to coastal Georgia for a memorable adventure on the St. Mary’s Railroad. There’s just one more weekend of Halloween Express excursions left, so don’t wait too long to book your seats. Guests load into three open-air cars for a journey through woodlands and over marshlands. Midway through the ride, the train stops so guests can vote for their favorite Halloween monster. Who will be the king or queen of the Monster Ball: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, or the Wicked Witch of …

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World War II Jets Send Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut at NAS Jacksonville Air Show

World War II Jets Send a Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut New Flight Demonstration at 2018 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

The World-Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will roar into Jacksonville later this month to wow crowds with an entirely new flight demonstration at the 2018 Air Show (October 27-28). The squadron of aircraft will participate in a full weekend of jaw-dropping exhibitions showcasing both civilian and military aviators. The ’s famous provide the grand finale, but the entire weekend is jam-packed with talented teams and champion pilots from across the country.     For Flight Lead Larry Arken, skytyping is the family business and something he’s been doing his entire life. His father, retired Naval Aviator Mort Arken, established …

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Moon Over the Market: Three Jacksonville Food Trucks Going Places

Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax

Food trucks have changed the landscape of culinary culture here in Jacksonville in the past decade or so, and today we have a wide selection of tastes. We’ve chosen three food trucks for you to follow on social media (the best way to know where a truck will be). These three will also be at GastroJax’s annual Fall event, , on October 11th at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, and tastes will be included in the ticket price. Tickets are only $40 at this tasting event on 904tix.com. The new truck Jammas Jax brings Asian street food flavor wherever they might …

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10 Facts About Fishing in Florida

Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise

Florida is a killer place to cast a line. In addition to 4 million resident anglers, approximately 2 million people visit Florida to fish annually. Fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. From major tournaments to laid-back fishing along the , there’s a bit of something for every taste and talent. Here are 10 facts you should know before you catch fish in Florida. If you’re 16-65, you need a freshwater fishing license. For those under 16 or developmentally disabled, a license is not required. Florida residents 65+ qualify for a free Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. For those ages …

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Fetch! Sit Up! Pour Me a Brew! BrewHound Comes to Neptune Beach

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach

It’s no secret that people love dogs. Many of those same people also love hanging with friends over a cold beer or a good cup of coffee. Sadly, most venues won’t let you enjoy both. Jason Underwood and Lauren Wyckoff developed the concept for BrewHound, an off-leash dog park with an open-air bar, to create a common ground for people to enjoy all of what they love in a natural setting. “That’s really what we want to generate is this core community of animal lovers and a place for everybody to hang out and share ideas,” says Wyckoff. “It’s a …

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106 Years & Thousands Saved! The American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps in Jacksonville Beach

American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps in Jacksonville Beach, Photos by James Brown

If you’ve ever given or received directions anywhere in Jacksonville Beach, the historic lifeguard station located at the foot of Beach Boulevard is used as a unit of distance at some point. For over a century, members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps have kept watch over the coast from the iconic peg tower. It’s a way of life that represents a vital part of the community’s culture as much as the sun and the surf itself. On July 19, Capt. Rob Emahiser shared a detailed narrative of the history of the Life Saving Corps, from its …

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St. Johns County’s Beachwalk Lagoon Filled, Chic Homes and Shopping Opportunities Coming Soon

St. Johns County’s Beachwalk, Photo by James Brown Jr.

  If you’ve ever dreamed of beachfront living with a swim-up bar, 40-foot waterslides, and unique restaurants and entertainment all in your backyard, you just might be in luck. Crews completed the process of filling in the crystal-clear in northern St. Johns County on Monday, July 23, 2018. The 14-acre lagoon contains 37 million gallons of water and will serve as the anchor for the Beachwalk development off CR-210. Developer John Kinsey tossed a ceremonial final bucket of water into the lagoon where residents will soon enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding or relaxing along the 100-foot wide white quartz beach. Kinsey …

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Saving Julington-Durbin Preserve!

THE THREAT The last remaining wild Florida paradise that has not been paved over inside the Bartram Park community was under threat. Julington-Durbin Preserve is a 2,031-acre peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin creeks. The property was purchased in 2001 for $16.5 million as part of Jacksonville’s Preservation Project, a land acquisition program conceived by Mayor John Delaney to manage growth, protect environmentally sensitive lands, improve water quality, and provide access to the City’s natural areas. The developers who originally sold the Julington-Durbin Preserve property to the City of Jacksonville and State of Florida for conservation wanted …

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Snakes Are Welcome at Tree Hill

Tree Hill Nature Center uses its limited budget, dedicated volunteers, and committed staff to oversee the care of 50 acres in the middle of Arlington. Youth educational programs are critical to the mission of , but the hallmark work being done is protecting those acres to serve as contiguous and robust habitat for native plants and animals. This means hours of removing non-native species, working through extreme summer heat and being prepared throughout hurricane season; this hidden gem is worth the sweat and muscle ache. The staff at Tree Hill appreciates kind words, positive reviews, and satisfied feedback from teachers …

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