Once mainly a destination for daytime office workers, downtown Jacksonville has come into its own in recent years, taking full advantage of its waterfront position along the St. Johns. There’s easy access to the city’s performing arts centers, including the Florida Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art. And make time to explore green lungs like James Weldon Johnson Park and Metropolitan Park, where concerts and festivals are frequently staged. The Southbank Riverwalk, which stretches for over a mile along the river, is a favorite spot to stroll, jog or pedal a bike.
Address: Downtown, Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Riverside Avondale neighborhood sits along the west bank of the St. Johns River, just south of downtown Jacksonville, and brims with historic homes lined with brick-paved streets and towering oak trees. The area’s cultural gem is the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, where a large English Tudor estate sits at the center of 2.5 acres of gorgeous gardens. The neighborhood’s Five Points district is full of eclectic boutiques, cafes and coffee shops, like Southern Grounds & Company.And on a beautiful Florida day, Memorial Park, along the riverbanks, is a perfect place to toss a frisbee or spread out a picnic.
Address: Riverside, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Craft breweries, cocktail bars and some of the city’s best restaurants, including Taverna and Matthew’s, can be found near downtown Jacksonville’s South Bank in the upscale San Marco neighborhood. The pedestrian-friendly, leafy barrio has a somewhat European feel, especially around the gurgling fountain in San Marco Square, the area’s dining and entertainment hub. A stroll along the tree-lined streets bring you past trendy boutiques and hideaway art galleries, with views of the glistening St. Johns River at every turn. Manatees can sometimes be spotted from the sidewalk along the water at Riverfront Park, which is also one of the prettiest places in town to enjoy the sunset.