Has this place gone to the dogs? You bet! Check out Dog Wood Park, one of America's Best Dog Parks, according to Dog Fancy magazine. This 42-acre swim and play park is completely fenced in for safety. You and your canine friends will love it!
In 1965, the Friendship Fountain was the world’s largest and tallest fountain, capable of spraying 17,000 gallons of water a minute to a height of 120 feet. Accentuated by colored lights at night, it became a popular tourist destination and local recreation site located in St. Johns River Park.
Did you know one philanthropist has amassed thousands of historical manuscripts, and has them on display throughout nine museums in the U.S.? Seeing is believing at the Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, where you'll find the original draft of the "Bill of Rights," the original manuscripts of "The Wedding March" and Einstein's "Theory of Relativity," among many others.
The Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located in the Springfield area of downtown. The building, formerly the First Church of Christ, was built in 1921 in neoclassical design. The museum preserves original manuscripts and documents from fields of literature, science, religion, history and art.
The Jacksonville Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is one of nine Karpeles museums in the United States. This particular branch of the museum boasts an antique book library with some books dating from the 1800s.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum family has some of the greatest historical documents in its possession: the original draft of the "Bill of Rights," the original manuscript of "The Wedding March," Einstein's "Theory of Relativity," Roget's "Thesaurus," and Webster's "Dictionary."
Get an up close view of life during and after the Civil War at the Kingsley Plantation, a former estate where free blacks and private owners lived until it fell under ownership to the State of Florida in 1955. The main house and slave cabins are preserved for historical tours.
Enjoy theater infused with the African-American experience at the Stage Aurora Theatrical Company. The critically acclaimed venue is one of Florida's leading production companies specializing in African-American dramas, comedies, and musicals.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is the most popular theater on the north side of Jacksonville. The theater aims to "enlighten the mind by way of the arts through the African-American experience." Stage Aurora began in 1999 with the hopes of providing the city's people of color a place to grow, share, and exhibit their skills and creativity. Through works that depict our culture, the theater is quickly becoming Florida's leading theater in African-American dramas, comedies, and musicals.
The theater began a program called "Community Outreach and Educational Series," where children ages 6 to 18 have an opportunity to learn all aspects of theater production. The program enlists over 3,000 students annually.