1. You Can Either Be A ‘Nole Or A Gator—Never Both

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Source: Florida Gators via Facebook
Pick a side: the Florida State University Seminoles or the Florida Gators. Because come college football season, everyone in Jax has divided across these lines and you can’t get caught in the middle.

2. The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Is Right Here In Jax

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Source: Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party Tailgate, Florida-Georgia via Facebook
In Jacksonville, college football is taken heart-attack seriously. But that doesn’t mean that fans don’t know how to have a good time. The Florida-Georgia game is known across the country as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party because of the massive influx of fans who flood the stadium and tailgating areas.

3. Everyone’s Favorite Animal Is The Jaguar

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Source: Jacksonville Jaguars via Facebook
If you’re not a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars—just the Jags to locals—you’re in the wrong place. Through thick and thin, fans pack EverBank Field.

4. Anything Can Go On A Biscuit When It’s This Good

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Source: Maple Street Biscuits via Facebook
Modern Southern comfort food—all served on some fluffy, delicious biscuits. That’s what keeps Jax locals coming back to Maple Street Biscuits.

5. No One Calls It The TaxSlayer Bowl, Sorry

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Source: TaxSlayer Bowl via Facebook
The Gator Bowl may have gotten a sponsored name change, but that doesn’t mean football-loving Jacksonville locals have to change what they call it.

6. Picky Beer Drinkers Will Always Find A Home Here

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Source: Engine 15 Brewing Company
Can’t find what you want on tap? Engine 15 Brewing Company in Jackson Beach allows you to brew your own beer with blueberries, honey, and other fun ingredients to make it just how you like it. If you like it poured for you, Kickbacks Gastropub has an amazing draft selection.

7. Jacksonvillians Ain’t Afraid Of No Gators

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Source: St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park via Facebook
Alligators are just a part of life in Jax, but that doesn’t mean locals don’t go looking for confrontations with them. At the nearby St. Augustine Alligator Farm, daredevils can even zip line over a pit of them.

8. The Great Outdoors Is The Best Playground

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
Jacksonville has the biggest urban park system in the whole country, and with stunning hot spots like Memorial and Riverside Park, there’s never a good reason to say inside.

9. This Is One T-Rex That Will Never Go Extinct

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Source: REXFANS via Facebook
The 20-foot orange dinosaur has survived extinction more than once in its Jacksonville home, and along the way it became a beloved city landmark.

10. Someone’s Radio Is Always Blasting Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Source: Wikimedia Commons user Gary Rossington
Jax locals know that Lynyrd Skynyrd was originally called The Pretty Ones, and the iconic rock band was formed right in their hometown.

11. BB’s Is Your Go-To Date Night Spot

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Source: BB’s Restaurant and Bar
BB’s Restaurant and Bar is iconic in Jax, and you really can’t go wrong ordering some cocktails and sharing one of the favorite fire-grilled pizzas.

12. Get It Right, This Isn’t Miami Beach

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
If you want flash and glam, with noisy parties and loads of tourists, better head to Miami. Jacksonville locals know that beaches should be relaxing and peaceful, so you can hear all of the sounds of the sea on undeveloped coastlines.

13. You Won’t Ever Need A Snow Shovel Here

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
Knock on wood, but it never snows in Jacksonville. And because it’s tucked away from the storm line, it doesn’t get the wrath of hurricanes much either. So basically, yes, it’s perfect weather year round.

14. Jax Is A River City By The Sea

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
There’s no shortage of water activities in Jacksonville: there’s the ocean, of course, but also the St. John’s River at the heart of the city and its various waterways.

15. This Is The Most Famous Hole In The World

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
The incredibly tough and completely unique 17th Hole on The Players Championship has tripped up even the best of the best, like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

16. What Do Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles Have In Common?

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Source: Ritz Theatre and Museum via Facebook
The answer is Jacksonville. So many African American musicians brought fame and glory to the Ritz Theatre, making Jax known as the Harlem of the South. Their spirit was imbued in the place when it was rebuilt and reopened 16 years ago.

17. This Jazz Festival Puts A Swing In Everyone’s Step

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
Downtown’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second largest of its kind in the whole country, and it’s one of the most popular events of the year for locals—musically inclined or not.

18. Tonight’s Dinner Special Is A Serving Of Nostalgia

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
Alhambra Theatre and Dining is the oldest dinner theatre in the whole country, and it does it right, with a perfect pairing of modern, amazing shows and that retro vibe that will make you feel right at home.

19. Adventure Landing Will Get Your Blood Pumping

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Source: Adventure Landing Jacksonville via Facebook
Both Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach are home to an Adventure Landing amusement park, so the kids of the world are going to make it their mission to beg you every day until you take them.

20. You Don’t Have To Go Far To Stumble Upon An Art Museum

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Source: MOCA Jacksonville via Facebook
With The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, MOCA Jacksonville, and numerous galleries in the Jax area, it’s not hard to just get some culture in via osmosis.

21. Forget Friendship Bracelets, Jacksonvillians Have Friendship Fountains

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Source: Wikimedia Commons user Jonathan Zander
The Friendship Fountain in St. Johns River Park is the most easily recognizable landmark in all of Jacksonville, but make sure you see it at night when it’s all lit up in color.

22. The Suns Are Rising In Jacksonville

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Source: Jacksonville Suns via Facebook
The 2014 Southern League Champion Jacksonville Suns draw a major crowd to their games at Bragan Field—and even non-baseball fans can enjoy the beautiful weather with $1 drinks.

23. Sixty Seasons And JSO Is Still Going Strong

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Source: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra via Facebook
Jacoby Symphony Hall—arguably one of the best venues for acoustic performances in all of Florida—is home to the long-running Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and you have to hear them to believe just how good they are.

24. The River Is Running And So Is Everyone Else

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
The Gate River Run is an annual tradition in Jax, and it’s an institution as the best 15K race in the United States.

25. Gators And Jaguars Aren’t The Only Animals Jacksonville Loves

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Source: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens via Facebook
At the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens there are loads of lions and tigers and… elephants—oh my!

26. Jacksonvillians Know How To Channel Their Inner Captain Ahabs

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Source: Visit Jacksonville via Facebook
If you’re the best fisherman in Jacksonville, there is up to $500,000 for the taking. The Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament puts 1,000 fishing boats in the water—so you’re in for some stiff competition. Did we miss anything? Tell us what you have to explain to out-of-towners about Jacksonville in the comments below!