Just a few miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean along the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, a city of over 700,000 residents, possesses a rich cultural history spanning several centuries. As one of the nation's largest cities in land area with 841 square miles, Jacksonville is characterized by a vibrant downtown located at the crossroads of two transcontinental highways; it is a major port in the northeast corner of Florida. As the largest financial center of Florida, Jacksonville has undergone numerous expansions and renovations that have transformed it into an interesting destination. Jacksonville has wealth of attractions. For culinary enthusiasts, the city has more than 1,000 restaurants, many on the waterfront with dramatic views of the Intracoastal Waterway or the St. Johns River. There are also more than 20 miles of soft white sand beaches nearby which provide the backdrop for sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and watersports, coupled with numerous ferries, party boats, and riverboats plying the area's waterways. Both residents and visitors alike come to Metropolitan Park with an open-air pavilion and picnic areas, the Cummer Museum of Art surrounded by galleries of American and European art overlooking the Cummer's Gardens and the St. Johns River. The Museum of Science and History and the North American Top Gun offer you a chance to fly a 600-horsepower World War II Warbird. Afrocentric areas of interest include historically black Edward Waters College, the historically Black Ritz Theater, which was redeveloped as an attractive performing arts and cultural center, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The African American population has increased by about 25% in the last decade, with an estimated 3,000 African American businesses, and is expected to top 225,000 by the Year 2000. Jacksonville is unique and not to be missed.