The Downtown Area
Jacksonville's heart is in its Downtown urban core.
Nestled between skyscrapers and the St. Johns River, Downtown Jacksonville’s North and South banks have an urban vibe with a cool atmosphere. Fortune 500 companies call the city’s core home. During the week, thousands of professionals and visitors fill the streets enjoying unique lunch and dining destinations, world-class museums, and a variety of nightlife options, from casual bars to upscale lounges.
The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars play Downtown at the Sports Complex, as does the city's minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Suns and AFL team, the Jacksonville Sharks. Downtown museums include the Ritz Theatre & Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Museum of Science and History, the Jacksonville Fire Museum, and the Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center. Downtown Jacksonville boasts 5.6 miles of beautiful riverfront, including almost 3 miles of riverwalk, perfect for a stroll or a jog by the St. Johns or even one of our famous skyline photographs.
There are many ways to get around Downtown, drive and park at one of the more than 43,000 public parking spaces or use public transportation and take the Downtown Trolley or the Skyway. The Skyway connects Downtown’s Southbank to its Northbank in less than five minutes for free. You can also enjoy incredible views and move between Downtown points of interest on the water taxi.
To help you find your way, Downtown Ambassadors are always nearby ready to give directions and suggestions to visitors, spot them by their bright orange shirts.
Getting Here: Downtown, is a 20-minute drive south from Jacksonville International Airport. Take I-95 and exit right at Exit 116, Forsyth Street. Continue on Forsyth Street and head east, this will take you into the heart of Downtown.
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