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There are a few places around Jacksonville that aren’t on a typical tourist’s radar, but sometimes these places are the very places that create the most lasting memories. When you visit Northern Florida, you want to be sure to get the full flavor of the area, right?
If you’ve never been to a race car event, try the Bronson Motor Speedway—you’ll never forget it. The last races of the day often feature school bus racing and figure eight racing (yes, the drivers race in a figure eight and by mid-race are crossing paths at over one-hundred miles an hour).
Another memorable local attraction, not widely publicized, is the Jacksonville Farmers Market, 1810 W. Beaver Street (904-354-2821), Florida's oldest public market & highest attended (up to 25,000 visitors weekly) according to a recent State survey. Generations have shopped this ol' fashioned working farmers market (open EVERY day of the year, 7 AM to 6 PM) for the best selection in local, ethnic & specialty produce & other food items. Only 1 mile from the downtown exits of I-95 & I-10.
While gators are in nearly every body of water in Northern Florida, gators don’t like the temperature of the Ichetucknee Springs State Park water. This is good news for humans, as tubing down the river is a very relaxing way to spend the day. The folliage around the river is dense, and if you squint your eyes as you tube down the river, you might even be able to convince yourself that you are floating down the Amazon.
A short drive from Jacksonville brings you to St. Augustine, a quaint town on near the beach that has a section of streets that are closed to vehicle traffic. Peruse the shops, catch a meal, and then go to the nearby fort (Castillo de San Marcos) or the Alligator Farm.