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Recreation abounds in the region with the beach as a leading attraction. Other leisure time activities include cruising/sailing the St. Johns River, golf, tennis, fishing, biking, picnics in the park and a visit to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Both the PGA Tour and the ATP Tour claim Ponte Vedra Beach as their home. The PGA Tour continues to host the prestigious Players Championship at Sawgrass each May. The Stadium Course is known for the famous 17th Island Green. On the pressure-packed final round, this little Par 3 can humble the best golfers in the world.

The PGA Tour developed World Golf Village, to include a museum, IMAX Theatre, accommodations, shopping, two golf courses and golf school instruction. The World Golf Hall of Fame, where legends are enshrined, now calls St. Augustine, Florida home.

In 1995, professional football came to Jacksonville with the NFL awarding the City an expansion team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Our city had long awaited this day and there was excitement galore. From the very beginning our Team made us proud and proved they were a contender. In 1998 the Jaguars became the first NFL expansion team to make the playoffs three times in its first four seasons of play. In 2005 Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX, with the New England Patriots beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

The Jacksonville Suns Baseball team is in the Southern League (AA), an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball greats such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Alex Rodriquez have all spent time in Jacksonville perfecting their skills. So, come on out to the ballpark, grab a hot dog and watch tomorrow’s stars.

The annual Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic has been named one of the top 10 college football rivalries by ESPN. A great time for Gators, Bulldogs and everyone else. Kick off is November 1, 2008. Never underestimate the in-state rivalry between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. This game alternates between Gainesville and Tallahassee, just a short trip from Jacksonville.

Every year the city hosts the Gator Bowl, an annual civic highlight traditionally accompanied by parties, ceremonies and parades leading up to the game.