Jacksonville, which is in the First Coast
region, is the largest city in the U.S.
state of Florida. It has been the largest
city in terms of land area in the contiguous
United States since 1968 when the city’s
limits were expanded to include nearly the
entire county. Founded in 1822, Jacksonville
is Duval County's seat.
The city is usually divided into six
sections: Greater Arlington, North
Jacksonville, West Jacksonville and the
Urban Core or Downtown Jacksonville.
America's largest urban park system is
operated in the city. The Atlantic Ocean and
the St. Johns River lend natural beauty to
the parks, and give the city a unique
identity while providing for people who want
to swim, sail, fish, jetski, waterski and
Parks and gardens in Jacksonville include
the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens,
which was opened in November 2008; the
Veterans Memorial Wall, which is a tribute
to the men and women of the US armed forces;
and the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail,
which is a linear city park running over 14
miles from Baldwin, Florida to Imeson Road.
The Jacksonville Landing, the 250 year old
Treaty Oak, the Friendship Fountain, the
Museum of Contemporary Art, the Karpeles
Manuscript Library, and the Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens are but
a few of the attractions in