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Terry Ward

Florida’s most populous city, Jacksonville sprawls far and wide across northeast Florida, covering over 840 square miles. Take in leafy neighborhoods lined with oak trees along the St. Johns River or quintessential surf towns lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors are often surprised by the cooler winter weather (this is Florida’s northernmost big city, but you’ll still be mostly in flip-flops year-round) and by the wealth of cultural attractions on offer, from art museums and historic districts to performing art centers and gardens.