A mostly residential neighborhood on the northeast bank of the St. John’s River, this area is known for being “halfway between business and pleasure” because of its location between downtown and the beaches.
At first glance, the Arlington and Ft. Caroline areas may seem like little more than typical suburbia. Yet this beautiful area is steeped in history. Outside of being part of the lands inhabited by the Timucua Indians, Ft. Caroline is one of the first areas in the United States to be visited by Europeans. In 1564, it was the site of France’s first attempt at settlement in North America. Nowadays, the settlement is memorialized at the Fort Caroline National Memorial and Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve, one of Jacksonville’s breath-taking national parks. Located on the outskirts of Arlington, the 46,000-acre preserve continues to be heralded as one of the most beautiful and magical natural settings. Also, make sure to stop at the Tree Hill Nature Center or the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens and bring your gear for the biking and hiking trails in the area.