You don't need to travel the whole world to experience a variety of cultures. There are many events right in the U.S. that feature highlights of cultures from near and far. One of these events is the World of Nations Celebration in Jacksonville, Florida
. This annual event takes place every May, transporting festival-goers of all ages to places all over the globe with cuisine, art, music, and customs. If you're looking for a way to introduce your kids to a variety of cultures in one event, set your sights on this Jacksonville festival.
The 2012 Festival
In 2012, the World of Nations Celebration is taking place May 3 - 6
in Metropolitan Park
. Every year a long list of participating countries help transport festival-goers to new places with tastes, sights, and sounds from different nations. This well-rounded festival has included a long list of countries in the past. In 2011, featured countries included China
, South Korea
, and many more. Attending this festival might just help you answer the age old question of where to travel to next.
There are a variety of ticket types available at the World of Nations Celebration. If you're planning on spending only one day at the festival, purchase the One-Way Ticket
for $5. Kids 3 years and under are always free at this festival. Another ticket option is the Two-Day Round Trip Ticket
for a cost of $8 per adult. Friday night of the festival is considered the Around the World Family Night
and tickets cost only $1. There are also $1 discounts available to military or senior citizens.
If you're planning a trip to the World of Nations Celebration there are a few details to know. This festival is spread out over four days, but not all days are open to the public. Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is reserved for registered field trips, and families are welcomed on Friday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Around the World Family Night. The festival is open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This festival takes place at Metropolitan Park
across from EverBank Field
What to Expect
In addition to being a learning experience, the World of Nations Celebration is also a lot of fun. Visitors can expect a variety of food and beverages for sale (it is not permissible to bring your own food and drinks). Keeping the safety of all festival-goers in mind, there are a few other items that are prohibited at the event including roller skates, coolers, picnic baskets, large backpacks or bags, bicycles, or pets. Many people choose to bring blankets and lawn chairs for general seating.
The World of Nations Celebration is a great excuse to plan a trip to Jacksonville, Florida. But once you've arrived, why not stay awhile? This Sunshine State hotspot is known for its beaches, restaurants, shopping, and galleries. Choose a Jacksonville vacation rental right on the beach
to make the most of your trip to Florida. When everyone in your family has his or her own space to spread out and relax, you will have a winning formula for a successful family trip. In addition to learning about a variety of cultures through art, music, and food, you will also have the chance to splash in the surf, build sand castles with your kids, and maybe even try to cook some recipes in the kitchen of your vacation rental.
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