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.
Blogs by Kacie Couch
July 30, 2014 5:02 pm EDT
When you think of a pink bird, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it would be a flamingo. The flamingo is a very beautiful (and very pink) bird, but it is not a local species to say the least. Lucky for us, we have our own species of pink bird wading in our North Florida waters!
May 29, 2014 4:56 pm EDT
“What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.
Blogs by Gary Sass
April 09, 2015 3:47 pm EDT
If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover
December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST
The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for history buffs.
November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST
We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history.
October 10, 2014 2:56 pm EDT
The Blue Angels, the most spectacular annual air show, happens right here in Jacksonville! The Naval Air Station in Jacksonville (NAS Jax) has the distinction of being the “Birthplace of the Blue Angels”.
August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT
“On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.
Blogs by First Coast Magazine
March 30, 2015 1:49 pm EDT
Take a leisurely stroll down St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, and you’re bound to find yourself peeking through the plate glass of Biscottis.
March 16, 2015 3:00 pm EDT
While growing up in Chicago, Chef DeJuan Roy knew what he wanted to do with his life. He spent his teens working in the kitchens of various restaurants, and joined the Army as a cook.
March 12, 2015 2:22 pm EDT
Local speakeasy features old-school spirits and sounds.
January 22, 2015 10:05 am EST
Scott Meyer operates the nation’s smallest rice farm. It’s the only one in Jacksonville. And he’s fairly certain it’s the only one in Florida.
July 21, 2014 9:32 pm EDT
Almost 100 years ago in a community rich with potato farming tradition, but light on technology, Danny Johns’ great-grandfather pioneered the first horseless farm in Hastings.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST
Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”
October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT
Artists have been working in the realist style for centuries. In this age of technology, what would inspire contemporary painters to embark on the painstaking process of creating art in this style?
October 16, 2014 1:45 pm EDT
A small theater in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood has made a big impact on Jacksonville’s movie tastes.
September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT
MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation
September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT
Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to enjoy local art.
Blogs by Patty
March 27, 2015 1:22 pm EDT
Whether you’re looking for a family friendly spring-break destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!
March 10, 2015 1:22 pm EDT
Running. You either love it or you hate it, but sometimes you hate a little less and get the inspiration you need from a city and its running paths.
February 06, 2015 7:01 pm EST
Every day can be Valentine's Day, create your perfect romantic getaway to Jacksonville, the “River City by the Sea.” Whether you’re looking for romantic strolls on the beach, candlelit dinners, or an eco-adventure for two, couples can craft a picture-perfect time together in Jax!
October 20, 2014 10:17 am EDT
Unless you’re an expert on our fine city (and who knows, you might be - it is pretty awesome here) here are some things you probably didn’t know about Jacksonville, Florida.
August 08, 2014 1:10 pm EDT
Planning a getaway with your fam? Be sure you are prepared prior to departure!