The largest city in Florida is where you will find wonderful Jacksonville florists.
Jacksonville, Florida was founded in 1791 and originally named Cowford due to its location close to the point where cattle used to cross the St. John River. It was renamed Jacksonville in 1822 after Andrew Jackson who was the first military governor of Florida, and eventually the seventh President of the United States. In the early 1900's, Jacksonville was an earlier version of Hollywood with more than 30 silent film studios operating in the area. The site of one these original studios is now the location of the Jacksonville Silent Film Museum which is a favorite for tourists looking for activities off the beaten track.
Recent research has revealed that tourism contributes 1.6 billion dollars to the local economy each year and supports over 40,000 jobs. Much like the Silent Film Museum, there are several other attractions in Jacksonville outside of the standard tourist favorites. Visitors to the area can venture out on two wheels with E2 Bike Tours which takes patrons through various neighborhoods exploring different architectural styles and the history the area. EcoMotion tours provide the opportunity to explore Florida State Parks by Segway allowing you to take in miles of trails and wildlife in their natural habitat without having to be an experienced hiker. History buffs won't want to miss the Karpeles Manuscript library which houses the world’s largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents. Karpeles also has an antique book library with some of the collection dating back to the 1800's. There are several weird and wacky outings operating in the city and one company even offers tours of some of the reportedly haunted areas throughout the Jacksonville area.
Another unique activity is the Jacksonville Flowers & Home Tour put on by the Jacksonville Garden Club. Now in its 88th year, this tour provides the opportunity to view homes with historical significance or collections, which have also been elaborately decorated throughout by Jacksonville florists and flower designers. Many of the flowers used have been grown by garden club members themselves, but most of them come from Jacksonville florists or Jacksonville flower wholesalers. The show is judged by floral experts from around the state and a winner is chosen at the end of the show. The Jacksonville Flower and Home tour is a favorite of Jacksonville flowers and gardens enthusiasts as well as owners of local Jacksonville flower shops who often take the tour for inspiration and new ideas to incorporate in to their own designs.
In addition to what's listed above, visitors to Jacksonville can enjoy the theater, the zoo, and the Art Walk which is an outdoor art festival that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. So whether you are looking for flowers in Jacksonville, ghosts, or a stroll through a natural reserve, there is something in the city for everyone leaving little doubt as to why tourism is the 1.6 billion dollar industry that it is.
Things to Do in Jacksonville
- Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
- The Cummer Museum of Art
- Jacksonville Jazz Festival
- Alltel Stadium - Home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the Gator Bowl
- Jacksonville Beach and Fishing Pier
- World Golf Village
Not looking for Jacksonville florists? Try flower shops in Orange Park.
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams