Travel & Tourism

Black History Matters: Mural Project Brings Awareness to Jacksonville’s Historic Eastside


This article was originally published April 5, 2018 THE HOPE & HISTORY MURAL PROJECT DEBUTS AT PUBLIC ART WEEK Public Art Week, an annual event hosted by the , is an opportunity for the city to celebrate local art and to reassert the ‘public’ aspect of public art. Not only a moment to celebrate Jacksonville’s arts scene, it also invites locals to be a part of it–and not just by passive appreciation. ‘The Hope and History Mural Project,’ an initiative by the University of North Florida’s Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP), embodies this spirit, as a fusion of …

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5 Reasons Why Brits Love Florida

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Around 700,000 British expats live in the U.S., and a huge chunk of that population has chosen to reside in Florida. By the estimates of the British consulate in Orlando, approximately 400,000 British expats are in the state. But what makes Florida so attractive to the Brits? Brit-Friendly Culture A Florida retirement has become somewhat of a tradition in the UK. Much of this is because local Floridian culture offers a lot to retiring Brits. Home to the La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, Miami’s version of soccer replaces the traditional green field with sand. For soccer fans, the new …

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Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Jacksonville Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Bakers throughout the community will come together this month to celebrate a Jacksonville holiday tradition. The 17th Annual will showcase edible holiday creations in support of the educational programs and archives of the . Visitors will enjoy nearly 50 handmade gingerbread creations beginning December 4th at the Old St. Andrews event venue in the .  The Gingerbread Extravaganza is funded in part by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. The Gingerbread Extravaganza was founded and hosted by the South Jacksonville Rotary from 2003 to 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in …

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Meet You Under The Clock: Jacobs Jewelers, a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville for 129 Years

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow For over a century (129 years), Jacobs Jewelers has served as the keeper of the past. The iconic clock has measured many moments in the city’s history from its post at the corner of Laura and Adams streets in Downtown Jacksonville. Since 1890, the timeless beacon has kept watch over families dressed in their holiday best as they strolled the downtown streets, gazing at the windows dressed for the season. Children pressed their noses against the glass in wonder, small girls in patent leather shoes picked out their Christmas toys from store windows while their folks …

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Get Your Fair On: The Greater Jacksonville Fair Returns Nov 7-17

Get Your Fair On: The Greater Jacksonville Fair Returns Nov 7-17

With family fun, thrilling rides, live music and champion livestock, it’s fair to say the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair rocks. A colorful new contest added this year could spell a free day at the fair for lucky winners. The opens Nov 7, and continues through Nov 17 at the located in the Sports Complex adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. VIP tickets are available for performance by Uncle Kracker, Eli Young Band, Blanco Brown and Blue Oyster Cult. Free seating is available for all shows with the price of an admission ticket. JaxFairRocks features painted rocks hidden in plain sight across …

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Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery

Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery, Mayport Mural Painting Party

Artists, merchants and property owners in can add a little color to the city and give it a new sense of place. A public art grant is available to encourage businesses along the commercial strip leading to to incorporate their own vision and help redefine the sagging Mayport corridor. Word Revolt Art Gallery located on Mayport Road is the first recipient of the city’s public art grant program adopted last year. Owners Theresa and Todd Rykaczewski will lead installation of a new outdoor mural on the south facing wall of The Shoppes of A1A North with a painting party Nov. …

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A Century-Old Rivalry: Top Plays This Millennium for the Florida-Georgia Football Game

A Century-Old Rivalry: Top Plays This Millennium for the Florida-Georgia Football Game, Brandon Spikes tackle on Moreno

The rivalry between the and the has a long, storied past. Since 1915, the has been one that not only fans of the two schools look forward to, but, in most years, it’s a marquee matchup that often decides the fate of the Southeastern Conference Championship game, held later in the season. This year the game will take place on Saturday, November 2. See below for game day details. As a Millennial, I have a unique experience when it comes to how I view this series. I’ve been told the stories of the “Fourth and Dumb” and “Run, Lindsay, run!” …

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Geico Skytypers: 2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular Returns to Jacksonville Beach This Weekend!

2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular Returns to Jacksonville Beach This Weekend!, GEICO Skytypers Delta

A Look at the Geico Skytypers Team It’s a skyward display of epic proportions as the 2019 Sea & Sky Spectacular returns to . The free, three-day event offers breathtaking demonstrations from many of the premiere flying teams including the . With the bringing the sleek, fast-flying maneuvers that make them a crowd favorite, the Geico Skytypers Team demonstration features WWII-era aircraft and combat tactics and maneuvers taught to the pilots that flew in WWII and the Korean War.  The Geico Skytypers will perform their 18-minute low-level precision flying demonstration utilizing six WWII-era SNJs on October 26-27 with a unique …

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Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events for Kids & Adults around Jacksonville

Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events In & Around Jacksonville, Spooktacular

Fun and frights on the First Coast The weather is cooling, store shelves are filled with candy and plastic skeletons, and horror movies make up about half of what’s on TV at any given moment. Yes, my fellow Jacksonvillians, Halloween is officially upon us! Next to Christmas, this is the biggest holiday of the year, and Jacksonville knows how to celebrate it. If you find yourself bored at any point this month, well, that’s on you, because in addition to the hundreds of events and happenings that usually take place in our fair city, this month is loaded with fall …

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Terror awaits you at Halloween Horror Nights 29

Terror awaits you at Halloween Horror Nights 29, HHN29

Now in its 29th year, ’s has long been chock-full of terrors that will have the most hardened soul quaking in their combat boots. This year is no exception. With a whopping 10 terrifying haunted houses, HHN29 is a horror-lover’s nightmare come true.  The 80s have made a massive comeback over the last couple years and they’re alive and well at Halloween Horror Nights. Most of the houses fit solidly into the theme while a few require you to sort of squint to see the connection. In any case, it’s always a blast to step into the “decade that just …

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