Introduction to Orange Park, Florida
Orange Park, Florida, in Clay county, is 11 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Jacksonville metropolitan area with. Orange Park’s population is approximately 9,081.
Orange Park History
Orange Park was named because its earliest founders hoped to establish a fruit-growing industry in the area. The Florida Winter Home and Improvement Company founded the town in 1877. This company purchased thousands of acres land at Laurel Grove in order to create a retreat and small farming community. Orange Park was incorporated in 1879.
Orange Park and nearby Attractions
- Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
- Fort Caroline National Memorial
- Museum of Science & History
- Jacksonville Zoo
- Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
Things To Do In Orange Park
Local museums and historical sites include the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Science & History, the Kingsley Plantation and the Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park. The Little Talbot Island State Park is an undeveloped barrier island where visitors can find Gopher tortoise, owls and hawks. Provisions for fishing, camping, biking, picnicking and canoeing are available as well.
Orange Park Transportation
Air transportation is available from Jacksonville International Airport.
Orange Park Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Edward Waters College, Flagler College and the Florida Community College at Jacksonville.