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Old 28.06.2015, 11:56 AM
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Greetings Jags Fans
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I have plans to visit Florida in November and can squeeze in 4 games in 15 days by visiting Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa. What I need from you good people is some advice on what to see or do with a few days to spare in Jacksonville. I'd like to see a bit of the area rather than just watch the game and leave so any tips will be appreciated.
You may have guessed that by seeing each of the Florida based teams I will have a car!
Thanks in anticipation
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Old 28.06.2015, 09:33 PM
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Try sending a PM to BaronSamedi1980 he is heading out to Jacksonville to catch a couple of games so will be able to help. He also run the UK BCB so you can find him on Twitter and Bookface.
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The first thing to say is that it's good you are getting a car because Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States in terms of size (land mass) so if you are going to do a lot of exploring a car is essential.

If you are going to a Jaguars home game in November I'll be at that game too.

Places to visit:
Jacksonville beach - Jacksonville's public beaches span approximately 20 miles across the Atlantic coast.
http://www.jacksonvillebeach.org/

St. Augustine - OK so this isn't Jacksonville but it is just an hour South East of Jacksonville. St. Augustine is America's oldest city (oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement).
http://augustine.com/

The Landing - A shopping\dining\drinking spot right on the North bank of the St. John's River only a short distance from Everbank Field. The Landing is a popular post-game hangout.
http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com/

The Museum of Contemporary Arts - http://www.mocajacksonville.org/

Downtown Art Walk - A walking 15 block tour of some of the cultural centres in downtown Jax. Including 30 or so galleries featuring work from local artists, live music sports, food and drink. A great way to see some of the heart of Jacksonville at a relaxed pace and meet new people.
http://jacksonvilleartwalk.com/

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - The Zoo occupies approximately 117 acres and has over 2,400 animals in its collection, including an impressing range of Jaguars - naturally.
http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/


Places to eat/drink:
Maple Street Biscuit company - traditional southern comfort food.
http://maplestreetbiscuits.com/

Metro Diner - A very popular and longstanding Jacksonville breakfast spot. Their tag line of “Where the Locals Eat!” is very apt.
http://metrodiner.com/

Bold City Brewery - Jacksonville has a fair few microbrewers going on and I would defiantly check this locally owned and family operated one out.
http://www.boldcitybrewery.com/
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Old 01.07.2015, 02:16 PM
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Thanks very much for all that work, I'll skip the Museum and the Zoo but the rest deserves a look.
I'll get to both games in November plus one in Tampa and one in Miami. Now to plan a couple of Saturday College games, good job Mrs Neptune is a footie fan.
Thank you again for your "local knowledge".
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I'll get to both games in November ......................Now to plan a couple of Saturday College games
Sounds like we are doing similar things then, my schedule is:

Thursday Night Football Titans @ Jaguars (Everbank field, Jacksonville) - Thursday 19th November.
Florida Atlantic Owls @ Florida Gators (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville) - Saturday 21st November.
Chargers @ Jaguars (Everbank field, Jacksonville) - Sunday 29th November (the day after my birthday as it happens so a 'W' would make a great gift).


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Thank you again for your "local knowledge".
No problem, hope you have a great time.
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Old 02.07.2015, 07:33 PM
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Sounds like an amazing experience you'll have! Very jealous and hope you both have a lot of fun.
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Thanks very much for all that work, I'll skip the Museum and the Zoo but the rest deserves a look.
I'll get to both games in November plus one in Tampa and one in Miami. Now to plan a couple of Saturday College games, good job Mrs Neptune is a footie fan.
Thank you again for your "local knowledge".
Jacksonville is a bit different than many cities in the UK and even over here in the US in that it is really a loose collection of smaller towns rather than one specific metro area. A car is definitely a must although there are neighborhoods you can park the car and walk around to explore. Some interesting neighborhoods to explore include the Jacksonville Beach area, San Marco and Riverside. St. Augustine is also a very "Florida-ish" environment and once reached by car is great to walk around an explore the history of early Florida. Downtown has the Landing and a few things around Adams Street but I wouldn't really recommend it outside of game day. If you have any particular questions, I can probably provide some feedback as I've lived in the area for nearly 35 years.
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Jacksonville is a bit different than many cities in the UK and even over here in the US in that it is really a loose collection of smaller towns rather than one specific metro area. A car is definitely a must although there are neighborhoods you can park the car and walk around to explore. Some interesting neighborhoods to explore include the Jacksonville Beach area, San Marco and Riverside. St. Augustine is also a very "Florida-ish" environment and once reached by car is great to walk around an explore the history of early Florida. Downtown has the Landing and a few things around Adams Street but I wouldn't really recommend it outside of game day. If you have any particular questions, I can probably provide some feedback as I've lived in the area for nearly 35 years.
Very kind of you, thank you. Looks like about 4-5 days in the general area around the two games I'm visiting should just about scratch the surface.
Thanks again for the help.
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The first thing to say is that it's good you are getting a car because Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States in terms of size (land mass) so if you are going to do a lot of exploring a car is essential.

If you are going to a Jaguars home game in November I'll be at that game too.

Places to visit:
Jacksonville beach - Jacksonville's public beaches span approximately 20 miles across the Atlantic coast.
http://www.jacksonvillebeach.org/

St. Augustine - OK so this isn't Jacksonville but it is just an hour South East of Jacksonville. St. Augustine is America's oldest city (oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement).
http://augustine.com/

The Landing - A shopping\dining\drinking spot right on the North bank of the St. John's River only a short distance from Everbank Field. The Landing is a popular post-game hangout.
http://www.jacksonvillelanding.com/

The Museum of Contemporary Arts - http://www.mocajacksonville.org/

Downtown Art Walk - A walking 15 block tour of some of the cultural centres in downtown Jax. Including 30 or so galleries featuring work from local artists, live music sports, food and drink. A great way to see some of the heart of Jacksonville at a relaxed pace and meet new people.
http://jacksonvilleartwalk.com/

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - The Zoo occupies approximately 117 acres and has over 2,400 animals in its collection, including an impressing range of Jaguars - naturally.
http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/


Places to eat/drink:
Maple Street Biscuit company - traditional southern comfort food.
http://maplestreetbiscuits.com/

Metro Diner - A very popular and longstanding Jacksonville breakfast spot. Their tag line of “Where the Locals Eat!” is very apt.
http://metrodiner.com/

Bold City Brewery - Jacksonville has a fair few microbrewers going on and I would defiantly check this locally owned and family operated one out.
http://www.boldcitybrewery.com/
Thanks for the info as I will be coming up from Tampa on Wednesday November 18th by greyhound bus in time for the Thursday night game against the Titans staying for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront and needed some good advice of where to go and what to do.
Will be returning to Tampa on the Friday morning so I can do Cincinnati @ USF Bulls at 8pm then fly to Charlotte the next day and will see Redskins @ Panthers on the Sunday.
Before coming to Jacksonville I will be seeing Cowboys @ Bucs on the Sunday
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Thanks for the info as I will be coming up from Tampa on Wednesday November 18th by greyhound bus in time for the Thursday night game against the Titans staying for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront and needed some good advice of where to go and what to do.
Will be returning to Tampa on the Friday morning so I can do Cincinnati @ USF Bulls at 8pm then fly to Charlotte the next day and will see Redskins @ Panthers on the Sunday.
Before coming to Jacksonville I will be seeing Cowboys @ Bucs on the Sunday
good choice of hotel, stayed there last year, pretty close to everbank, could walk it if you fancied, $10 taxi
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