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  • Alistair answered:
    I haven't spent any time in Jacksonville itself, but would highly recommend a trip up to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. The beaches up here are gorgeous and really very quiet, particularly around Little Talbot Island State Park and as you hit the southern end of Amelia Island. It's about an hour's drive from downtown Jacksonville. I have heard good things about the zoo at Jacksonville, plus the kayak tours that take you out into some of the nearby waterways and marshes. For culture vultures, there's a few museums like the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Museum of Science & History (with small aquarium and animal exhibits, which younger travelers might enjoy). The city puts on a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival (Memorial Day weekend) and the annual Springing the Blues Festival. And of course, no self-respecting pirate lover should miss Fernandina Beach's Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Fest, with shrimp-boat races, mock pirate invasions, and lots of yummy seafood!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    I hope you have a place to stay-Nov 1st Jax is host to the largest outdoor cocktail party-the Fl/Ga football game. Hotels within 60 mile radius are usually booked. Come and enjoy the beaches, riverfront, museums, and a great zoo. The fair is also here that weekend. Check out Fernandina, St. Augustine, and Marineland. Have fun!
  • Alistair answered:
    I checked with a colleague who's from Florida, who knows Jacksonville relatively well plus has friends in the area. He says the areas around the Univ. of North Florida are among the safest in Jax, plus you should look around Tinseltown/Town Center. Also, Riverside, San Marco, and the beaches (Jax, Neptune and Atlantic Beaches) are generally quite safe, with some exceptions from block to block. Ponte Vedra, St. Johns, Clay County are good areas, too, he says. As for places to avoid, steer clear of the northwest quadrant, plus Northside inner city or Westside inner city. Downtown (around the Jacksonville Landings, for example) is considered quite safe in the daytime, but my friend recommends you not go walking around alone at night here. Hope this helps!

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