Written by CarolinaPanthers1983 on 24 Jun, 2010
IntroductionDuring the Memorial Day Weekend of 2010, I took my family to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. I thought what better way to get my family out of the apartment and take them to the zoo.. My family got into the car and headed out…Read More
IntroductionDuring the Memorial Day Weekend of 2010, I took my family to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. I thought what better way to get my family out of the apartment and take them to the zoo.. My family got into the car and headed out there.Getting ThereThe Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is on Florida highway 105; however, I suggest you compy the address to your GPS, if you have one. The zoo's entrance is not well seen from the road since it is next to a cruise line terminal. Make sure that you don't follow the cars going into the cruise terminal. I did that, but fortunately, my wife noticed I was going the wrong way and made a U-turn to get back to the right road. We made it to the zoo, FINALLY!. Heat and Humid... Oh My!Once we got out of the air-conditioned car, the heat and humid hit my face like a nuclear blast explosion. I felt like a chocolate bar being melted away by the sun.My family and I walked to the ticket booth to buy our tickets. Tickets costs $13 for an adult, $8 for kids, and free for kids under 3-years old.(Tip: never pay full-price for admissions at this zoo, you can find discounts for this zoo. A good website to check is www.visitjacksonville.com to find these discounts).Inside the ZooI have never been to a zoo as organized as this zoo. The zoo is separated into five main areas:"Africa, Australia, North America, South America, and Asia. Because the weather was very hot, we decided to see only Africa, Australia, and South America ( we saw also a bit of North America, too, but we did so accidentally). We got a map to help us give direction in where to go. The setup is a circle; however, we noticed that if you walk that you would have to leave the way we came into the zoo. Walking around the zoo in the heat made me realize that my family would not last too long. I made sure that we found places to rest.Heat + Exotic Animals= Siesta!I have to say coming to the zoo during the hottest part of the day is the worst idea if you are planning to see the animals. The animals seemed like they decided to form a union in the zoo and determine to make the hottest part of the day nap time.The only active animal in the entire zoo was a warthog digging in a mud pit, so it could cool of from the heat.The warthog was rolling around the mud pit like it won the lottery and got millions of dollars. The warthog was so funny that my wife wished she could be that warthog for one day, especially during the hot temperatures we were in.My family and I saw the elephants and was given an educational brief about elephants. It was cool because I got to touch the tail of an elephant. Next, my family decided to see the giraffes. My daughter wanted to feed the giraffes; however, there were too many people to do so.My Lasting ImpressionsIf you take anything from this story, it is don't come to this zoo during the hottest part of the day. All the animals will lounge around doing nothing until the temperatures become cooler. Even though the temperature was hot, I liked the zoo. I liked how this zoo gives you a chance to be close up with many types of animals such as elephants and giraffes. Lions, tigers, and bears... not oh my but oh yes. Oh yes, this zoo has those animals sleeping away in the heat. Close
Written by lisanti on 10 Jun, 2002
2145 Astor Street
Phone #: (800) 877-6070
I know my friends looked at lots of places to have their wedding in Jacksonville, but they chose this place. It's not hard to see why. The Continental Club is a gorgeous 80-year-old estate overlooking the St.…Read More
2145 Astor Street
Phone #: (800) 877-6070
I know my friends looked at lots of places to have their wedding in Jacksonville, but they chose this place. It's not hard to see why. The Continental Club is a gorgeous 80-year-old estate overlooking the St. John's River. The view is breathtaking, and not anything I would expect from a "river" view. On the premises there is a Bed & Breakfast, a pool, a tennis court, a dining hall, and a large Mediterranean-style house for special gatherings, like weddings. The grounds are landscaped beautifully with large oak trees, several gardens, and fountains.
Arriving as a wedding guest, we had a bit of a hard time actually finding where (on the grounds) the wedding was, but once we did, we were able to park and walked to the "house area" where the wedding was. The greeting area was on a porch on one side of the house, next to the pool. The ceremony took place in the back of the house, overlooking the river, with a semi-circle "balcony" surrounded by planted flowers as the altar. It was gorgeous.
The reception took place inside the house. Three adjoining rooms in the back of the house were set up with tables and the food meticulously arranged in a smaller room in the middle of the house. The dark mahongany bar (complete with bartender) served up all the drinks in the very center of the house. In the front of the house were the bathrooms (separate for Men & Women), the foyer (leading out into the front courtyard), and the marble-floored (dance floor) room. All the rooms opened into each other, and people freely roamed about.
Continental Club offers up several menus of food for the wedding party to choose from. My friends chose several appetizer-type foods, including fried conch, fried catfish, boiled shrimp, cheeses & crackers, fresh fruit & vegetables, and a pasta bar. It was all delicious.
The wedding was, by far, the best wedding I've been to. Nothing went wrong! The only real problem they had was a woman, decked out in shorts and a tank top, (staying at the B&B, we guess), came in right as the cake was being cut, and, incredibly, asked the bride if she could HAVE the flowers from the wedding!
Written by reel potential on 17 Jul, 2003
Within an hour and a half of Jacksonville, I can ride horses on the beach or watch wild horses and bison interact on a prarie. I can hike 150 ft into a sinkhole and see plants that normally grow in the Smoky Mountains or I…Read More
Within an hour and a half of Jacksonville, I can ride horses on the beach or watch wild horses and bison interact on a prarie. I can hike 150 ft into a sinkhole and see plants that normally grow in the Smoky Mountains or I can take my boat out and watch right whales frolicking in the ocean. I haven't had a fishing trip yet where I haven't seen dolphins. One of my greatest experiences was seeing a leatherback turtle headed out to sea -- she must have been 6 ft. How about swimming with a gentle giant sea cow in the St. John's River? River City has a gentle touch of nature. Whether you choose to explore the simplicity of this northern city of the South at one of its treasures like Fort Caroline or one of several museums or whether you choose to venture outside its natural majesty, Jacksonville has the ability to touch your soul. I recommend kayaking its many rivers, estuaries, and wet lands. Just don't forget the bug spray. A peace can be found here that leaves the mind wanting more. Close