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Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the most populous city in the state of Florida. The city's first name was Cowford, named for its cattle grazing areas. The city was later renamed in 1822 after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the territory.

Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the U.S. The system includes more than 390 parks on more than 80,000 acres. Many of the parks are located along the St. John's River. The Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve and the Fort Caroline National Memorial is located where the St. John's River and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast.

St. John's River flows north into the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles away, which provided many growth opportunities during the city's beginnings. The mouth of the river has become the site for the Jacksonville Port.

The city is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The museum displays some of the finest contemporary art in the nation, and holds one of the largest collections in the Southeast.

 

Attractions

Jacksonville Port Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve and the Fort Caroline National Memorial