Fun Facts About Jacksonville You Probably Didn"t Know

Jax is an exciting place to be. To make it more thrilling, here are some fun facts and trivia about this wonderful city.

jacksonJacksonville was named after the seventh U.S. President, Andrew Jackson who was also the first military governor of the Florida Territory.

It"s the largest city in Florida and the 14th largest city in the U.S. according to population.

It"s the home to the largest Filipino-American community in Florida.

The Ritz Theater which was built in 1929, is a sanctuary for African-American culture. Ray Charles played the piano there when he was younger.

jazzJacksonville Jazz Festival is the second-largest jazz festival in the U.S.

Kona Skatepark which is the oldest skate park in the U.S. is located in Jax.

The Dames Point Bridge was considered to be the longest cable-supported concrete bridge when it was completed in 1989.

It"s also the birthplace of Don Estridge, the father of the personal computer.

Before there was Hollywood, Jax was known as “The Winter Film Capital of the World" in the 1910s.

creatureThe monster movie, “ The Creature From The Black Lagoon" was shot in Jax.

Jax is located on the banks of the St. Johns River which is the longest in the state.

Originally, it was called “Cowford" because of the cattle herded across the St. Johns River.

Jacksonville"s Florida Theater which opened in 1927 is one of the remaining high-tyle movie palaces in Florida. It hosts 200 entertainment events annually.
The World"s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is held in Jax annually which is a yearly college football game between rivals: the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

A Simple Guide for Moving to Jacksonville

There are a lot of advice when it comes to moving especially on the internet. But, advice that is more valuable is those that originate from the people who have experienced the whole ordeal. We ask some people who have moved into Jacksonville, FL and what tips they may share to those who are planning to make a move as well.

Be an early bird.

Being early is the top advice. Packing your stuff takes a long time and quite tedious in most cases. One way to start is to pack by room-to-room which can make it more organized. You can also avoid rushing and stressing yourself when the moving date is around the corner.

Classify your items.

Rummage through your stuff and do some classification. It"s important to decide which ones you should opt to keep. Most movers may charge by weight so, you have to do some serious purging to save some money and get an easier move. It"s also a splendid time to donate old stuff to friends or charity. You can even hold a garage sale for some extra cash. If you can"t get rid of some items that have sentimental value or keepsakes, you may consider renting some storage containers Jacksonville FL has to supply.

Put labels like a boss.

You need to make sure that you label each box according to which room it should go. Apart from this, you need also to list the particular items contained inside the box. Never label it as “miscellaneous" unless it contains stuff you won"t be using in the first week of being at your new home.

Create an inventory.

If you want to track the stuff that goes with you on the move, write down an accurate list. List every box and every item that goes with it. Simple, but saves you a whole lot of trouble.

Pack overnight essentials.

Just imagine that you"re going on a trip and you need to stay for a couple of days at a new place. You never be so sure if all your possessions arrive on time at your new location. So, it"s vital to prepare a bag or box of things that you may need to last a night or even a week. Essentials might include toiletries, clothing, utensils and so on.

Now, with these tips, you"ll be sure to have a smooth move to Jax!

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5 Fantastic Places To Visit in Jacksonville, FL

If you"re planning to visit Jax in one of your travels, there are a lot of interesting places and activities that you can indulge yourself with. Here are 5 fantastic places you should visit in Jacksonville.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

This animal care ranch provides a safe environment for endangered large cats such as lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats and leopards. Visitors will have a chance to see the animals up close and even know about the stories behind each. There are some great tours either during the day or at night which can give visitors a glimpse of how the animals are being fed.


Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

This attraction features a walking safari which can give visitors a closer view at the amazing animals and plant species. People of different ages can enjoy the exciting and interactive exhibits such as the “Land of the Tiger" and the “Australian Outback".

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

This museum hosts one of the most stunning art collections in the Southeast. It has more than 6,000 art pieces from different periods of time. It offers an open and inviting space with beautiful gardens facing the river. If you kids, they can have a blast while expressing their creativity at the children"s area.

This place offers stunning beaches and forests which makes it the perfect place for relaxation. If you"re into outdoor activities, this place is the best place to enjoy biking, hiking or even camping. On the other hand, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the scenic views.

Friendship Fountain

If you"re into taking stunning photos, you"re in fr a good show at this place. Not only can you capture the captivating beauty of the fountain but also, get a nice view of Jax. At night, you can enjoy the colorful display of lights which can also give off some romantic vibes.


*All images courtesy of TripAdvisor

Notable Movies Filmed in Jax

Jax was once known as “The Winter Film Capital of the World" and numerous films have been shot in Jacksonville especially during the reign of silent films. Here"s a great list of the notable movies filmed partially or fully in Jax.


Creature From The Black Lagoon

This horror classic was partially filmed in Jax and was one of the films to be shot in 3D. In certain parts of the film, a popular restaurant called The Lobster House can be seen.


The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking

This film which was adapted from the popular children"s books was shot partially at the WJCT soundstage in Jacksonville.


Like Dandelion Dust

This independent film based on a Karen Kingsbury novel was shot entirely in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra.



This war drama which stars Colin Farrell was shot partially in Jax. A shot in the alley behind The Florida Theater is the most memorable one.


G.I. Jane

A majority of this film which stars Demi Moore was shot in Jax.


The Devil"s Advocate

This 1997 mystery drama which revolves around a Florida lawyer was also shot partially in Jax. It stars Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino.


Let"s enjoy this lovely trailer: