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Top 7 attractions to explore in Duval County

The county has an area of 918 square miles (2,380 km2), of which 762 square miles (1,970 km2) is land and 156 square miles (400 km2) (17.0%) is water.[8] The topography is coastal plain; however, there are some rolling hills.

Attractions in Duval County

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

It was founded in 1961 after the death of Ninah Cummer, who bequeathed her gardens and personal art collection to the new museum. The permanent collection of the museum currently includes over 5,000 works of art dating from 2100 BCE to the twenty-first century. The museum's collection is especially strong in European and American paintings and also includes substantial holdings of Meissen porcelain.

Dames Point BridgeE Beltway 295, Jacksonville, FL 32226, USA

A cable-stayed bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. Construction began in 1985 and was completed in 1989. The main span is 1,300 feet (396.2 m), and is 175 feet (53.3 m) high.

Fort CarolineFort Caroline, Jacksonville, FL 32225, USA

An attempted French colonial settlement. It was established under the leadership of René Goulaine de Laudonnière on June 22, 1564, as a new territorial claim in French Florida and a safe haven for Huguenots. The French colony came into conflict with the Spanish, who established St. Augustine in September 1565, and Fort Caroline was sacked by Spanish troops under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 20. The Spanish continued to occupy the site as San Mateo until 1569.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218, USA

The zoo occupies approximately 117 acres (47 ha) and has over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in its collection. Since 1999 the zoo has been home to a large breeding colony of wild wood storks.

Kingsley Plantation11676 Palmetto Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32226, USA

Site of a former estate that was named for an early owner, Zephaniah Kingsley, who spent 25 years there. The plantation was originally 1,000 acres (4.0 km2), most of which has been taken over by forest; the structures and grounds of the park now comprise approximately 60 acres (242,811.385 m2). The most prominent features of Kingsley Plantation are the owner's house—a structure of architectural significance built probably between 1797 and 1798 that is cited as being the oldest surviving plantati

Memorial Park1620 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

5.85-acre (23,700 m2) public park, located on the St. Johns River in Riverside, one of the most historic neighborhoods near downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

Treaty Oak ParkJacksonville, FL 32207, USA

An octopus-like Southern live oak estimated to be 250 years old and may be the single oldest living thing in Jacksonville, predating the founding of the city by Isaiah Hart during the 1820s.

Map of attractions in Duval County