Hidden Gems

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WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

It's a tucked-away neighborhood spot with tempting mile-high cakes, bistro lunches, even a Zen garden and wine bar.

Located in historic Springfield on Walnut Street, Three Layers is a true hidden gem.

Of course, it's well known to Springfield hipsters, but this corner bistro is worth a drive from anywhere.

Hidden Gems: Checker BBQ & Seafood

Aug 12, 2013
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Derrick Richardson

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

Looking for a taste of North Florida cooking? Checker BBQ & Seafood is the place to be. 

Owner Art Jennette has been at the location for seven years. Jennette was raised in the restaurant business; his parents owned  Palms Fish Camp for 40 years until the city purchased. It was turned back over to Jennette after it being such a hit with tourists. 

Karen Feagins

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

The massive Main Library in the heart of downtown Jacksonville is a gem, but it’s certainly not hidden. The 300,000 square foot structure fills the better part of a city block, and is the largest public library in the state.

David Luckin

WJCT's "Hidden Gems" is a web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist. This week, it's a place we all know but may not always fully appreciate.

Hidden Gems: Hanna Park

Jun 17, 2013
Catherine Byerly

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

Just a few miles north of better known beach locations is Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Slightly off the beaten path and worth the three dollars (cash only!) to get in, Hanna Park is more than just beach access. 

Hanna Park gives locals prime mountain biking, surfing and fishing access in a secluded 450-acre swath of northeast Florida wilderness.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places on the First Coast you may not know exist.

Unlike other hidden gems, the people behind Farragut Films would just as soon the actual physical location of their studio in Kingsland, Georgia  remain a mystery.

The sound stage, in a non-descript, 9,600 square foot warehouse in the bend of a dirt road near downtown Kingsland, is home to three Star Trek fan film series:

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WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

It's tucked away in a nondescript strip mall on University Boulevard. There's not even any signage as you drive by. But the locals know it's here, and they keep coming back.

Hidden Gems: Chomp Chomp

May 24, 2013
Sean Birch

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a new web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

It may seem strange to call a restaurant that Jacksonville Magazine recently said has the "Best Downtown Hamburger" and "Best Downtown Takeout" a hidden gem, but the guys at Chomp Chomp think the title fits.

Kevin Meerschaert

WJCTNews.org is beginning a new web only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

We are starting off with J. P. Small Park in Durkeeville.

We welcome your suggestions.

Opened in 1912, and rebuilt in 1936, J.P. Small Park served as Jacksonville's primary baseball park until Wolfson Stadium was built in 1954.