Florida Theatre#7 in Best Things To Do in Jacksonville
First opened in 1927, the Florida Theatre now showcases more than 200 cultural and entertainment events annually. Similar to other theaters constructed in the 1920s, the Florida Theatre boasts a lavish interior. Built in the Mediterranean Revival-style, the theater impresses travelers with its terrazzo and tile floors, amber glass light fixtures and chandeliers, terracotta exterior ornamentation and decorative columns.
Though past visitors appreciated the historic architecture, a few said the venue could benefit from some modernizations and upgrades, including new seats and improved acoustics.
The Florida Theatre is located in downtown Jacksonville. Performance times vary and you can purchase tickets online, over the phone or in person. For more information about upcoming events, visit the theater's website.
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#1 Amelia Island
About 30 miles northeast of downtown Jacksonville, the relaxed community of Amelia Island draws families in droves with its 13 miles of beaches, historic attractions and laid-back atmosphere. In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Amelia Island also provided a safe vacation haven for Jacksonville's Black residents. Florida's first Black millionaire, Abraham Lincoln Lewis, purchased 200 acres of beachfront on Amelia Island and called it American Beach. Here, Black vacationers could enjoy the island without the threat of racial discrimination or violence. In 2002, the beach was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the beach's culture, stories and heritage, consider a visit to the American Beach Museum.
While on the island, you can also learn about pirate lore at the Amelia Island Museum of History, look for alligators and wild horses while on a waterway cruise, hike through Fort George Island Cultural State Park or simply lounge on the sand. Recent visitors particularly recommended laying your towel along the shores of Fernandina Beach, a small community that stretches along the northern part of the barrier island.
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