Jacksonville, Florida is a beautiful city known for large parks, beaches and, of course, the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the city has far more to offer residents and visitors. Here’s a look at 15 of the top sights and landmarks found within the city.
Found on the west end of the Southbank Riverwalk, Friendship Fountain is a very popular landmark in Jacksonville. It was dedicated in 1965 and provides plenty of beauty for all to enjoy. The fountain is one of the largest self-contained fountains ever built, with the ability to pump up to 6,500 gallons of water each minute. It also includes 265 lights providing shows set to music throughout each day.
Located on Fort George Island, Kingsley Plantation includes a plantation house, a bar, a kitchen house and the ruins of 25 slave cabins. It’s a very historic spot named for Zephaniah Kingsley. The plantation is found off Florida A1A and open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Found along the St. Johns River, the Jacksonville Landing is one of the most popular sights in Downtown Jacksonville. You’ll find plenty of entertainment, waterfront dining and amazing shopping throughout the site. Jacksonville Landing is also home to more than 600 events held every year including celebrations for Florida/Georgia weekend.
Veterans Memorial Wall
Located on East Adams Street in Jacksonville near EverBank Field, the Veterans Memorial Wall provides a tribute to the many who have sacrificed their life for our country. It’s a well thought out monument perfect for paying respects to the soldiers lost during service.
St. John’s Cathedral
If you enjoy beautiful woodwork and amazing stained glass windows, St. John’s Cathedral won’t disappoint. This amazing church provides one of the most beautiful churches in the entire city. Many residents are surprised by the beauty inside and out when they discover the Cathedral for the first time. It’s located on East Church Street in the Cathedral District of downtown.
Jacksonville National Cemetery
The Jacksonville National Cemetery was started in 2007 and covers 526-acres. It serves veterans and provides a well thought out sight for honoring fallen veterans. The cemetery is located on Lannie Road about five miles from the airport.
Camp Milton Historic Preserve
What remains from one of the most important sites of the Civil War in Florida is found at Camp Milton Historic Preserve. It’s located on the western side of Jacksonville and provides a wonderful sight for history buffs to enjoy. Camp Milton was the site of Confederate siege works and camps. It’s a beautiful preserve providing a peak into history.
Braddock Blueberry Farm
A wonderful farm where you can pick your own berries, Braddock Blueberry Farm has been known as a top sight in Jacksonville for many years. The prices are very reasonable and the farm is located on Thomas Mill Road. This is certainly a sight to enjoy with the entire family.
Found on Fort Caroline Road, Ribault Monument doesn’t offer a variety of things to see. However, if you understand the importance of the site, you will understand the beauty. This is a sight offering beautiful scenery and a great find for residents and visitors.
Riverside/Avondale Historic District
If you love older architecture, the Riverside/Avondale Historic District is perfect for you. This area of Jacksonville provides a look at some of the most historic buildings in the city. You will also find eclectic shops, antique malls and plenty of beautiful parks throughout.
James P. Small Memorial Park
Located on Myrtle Avenue, James P. Small Memorial Park was originally called Barrs Field. It was the sight of a baseball stadium called Durkee Field, which served as the home of Negro League teams, along with minor league baseball teams. Many of the greatest players passed through, including Henry Aaron.
A wonderful landmark of Jacksonville, this clock was built in 1901. It was actually destroyed in 1974 by a bus accident, yet glued back together. The clock is found in the downtown area on North Laura Street.
San Jose Episcopal Church
A Spanish Style church created in the 1941, San Jose Episcopal Church was a part of the San Jose Estates. This was a planned community with a hotel, golf course and plenty of residential housing. Only about 20 of the original homes stand today. It was originally known as Grace Chapel before the name was changed in the 1950s.
Morocco Shrine Auditorium
Founded in 1888, Morocco Shrine encompassed Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The auditorium is very large and provides a venue for many different shows. It’s a historic landmark, along with an active place with plenty of events throughout the year. The auditorium is located on St. Johns Bluff Boulevard South.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Found on Hendricks Avenue, this church provides gorgeous windows and plenty of history. They even hold Celtic and French services on Sundays.
There are several amazing sights and landmarks found throughout Jacksonville. Whether you are visiting the city or you’ve lived in Jacksonville for many years, taking the time to rediscover these amazing sights will provide plenty of fun and history.
Originally posted 2016-02-04 14:03:13.