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  • The best way to get sunset and evening city views is with a water taxi ride across the river.
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    Downtown Jax dazzles at night.

    The best way to get sunset and evening city views is with a water taxi ride across the river.

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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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5 Downtown Attractions You Can’t Miss

Art lovers and history buffs will find a lot to see and do in Downtown Jacksonville. From…

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The heart of the city offers amazing shopping.

Downtown Shopping in Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s walkable urban core offers a variety of retail options and a several…

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Don't miss a ride on the Jacksonville River Taxi.

Ground Transportation

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Community Opening Party - Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Members Free, Non-Members $10 RSVP Required In honor of the most anticipated exhibition of the year, we invite you to come celebrate the opening of Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell, Organiz

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    JU Mens Basketball vs USC Upstate

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    LOL with FOJA

    Laugh out Loud with Elayne Boosler. A portion of the proceeds go to Friends of Jacksonville Animals.

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    Henry Cho @ The Comedy Zone

    Henry Cho's one hour Comedy Central Special, “What’s That Clickin Noise?” is currently running and he can also be heard on Sirrus, XM and Blue Collar Radio. He’s a…

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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
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    Grand Opening of Xclusive Xcessive Ladies Night @ Taste!

    Newest upscale Thursday night to hit Jacksonville!! XCLUSIVE XCESSIVE LADIES NIGHT brought to you by Taste!! DJ SHOTGUN spinning the best House, Top 40 Remixes &…

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    The Elayne Boosler Comedy Show @ The Comedy Club of Jacksonville

    Elayne Boosler headlines four shows 1/29 - 1/31. The Late Show on Sat. 1/31 is already sold out! Show times: Thurs/Fri/Sat. @ 8:04 pm. Late show on Fri 1/30 @ 10:10 pm.…

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    National Team Roping League

    Top contenders in the sport of Team Roping will compete in this four-day event. Competitors form throughout the United States and Canada will compete in this event. The…

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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
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    National Team Roping League Finals

    01/29- 02/01/15 National Team Roping League Finals Thursday – Sunday: 8:30 AM-9:00 PM (approximate ending time) Top contenders in the sport of Team Roping will compete…

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Jacksonville Landing Market

    Jacksonville Landing Market

    The Jacksonville Landing Friday Market takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Market area on the first floor of The Jacksonville Landing. The Friday…

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    $5 Fridays at MOSH

    Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours.

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  • Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About 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.

  • The Time Is Now…Fall in Jax!

    October 06, 2014 12:17 pm EDT

    Summer months have come and gone, but the fun has just begun.

  • 488,000 Yards of Greens, 1,200 Holes, 70 courses…Come Sink a Hole-In-One in JAX.

    September 23, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    From easy to hard, historic to championship, beach to river – Northeast Florida offers more than 1,200 holes of golf on 70 public and private courses, pristine course conditions, affordable rates, great fall deals and comfortable weather all year.

  • Weekend Getaway on a Budget

    August 31, 2014 1:14 pm EDT

    Music, art, fun, food, beer, sports, adventure, and fun await you in Jacksonville on any given day, and the best part? We guarantee it won’t break your bank!

  • Get Hooked in Jax!

    August 19, 2014 12:47 pm EDT

    Some people might call them fish shacks, holes in the wall, dives- but here in Jax we call them Fish Camps!

Blogs by Jacksonville Moms Blog
  • Explore Our Forts of the First Coast

    January 15, 2015 11:58 am EST

    Are you looking for places you can take your kids that you don’t need to constantly say “no, no…don’t do that, don’t climb on that, don’t go over there, don’t touch that… don’t, don’t, don’t…”? Would you rather say… “What’s under there? Can you you climb this? What does that feel like? Can you guess what that does?”

  • Mom’s Guide to Jacksonville’s Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails

    November 18, 2014 8:55 am EST

    Have I mentioned that I love the fall? Yes, I think I have! Besides all the fun activities like visiting pumpkin patches and enjoying great family traditions, the beautiful weather in the fall makes it the perfect time of year to enjoy many outdoor activities that can be limited by the heat and humidity of our Florida summers.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events in Jacksonville 2014

    November 15, 2014 10:33 am EST

    There is always something exciting to see and do in Jacksonville and the holidays are no exception!

  • Kid-Friendly Activities and Eats: The Beaches

    November 02, 2014 11:30 am EST

    I thought I would start dissecting our little (HUGE really) city by areas and talk about some fun, kid-friendly places to go and eat! Since I am a beach newbie, I have decided to start there. We have been exploring the area over the past few months and finding tons of great places. Everyone comes to the beach at one time or another, so I hope this will be helpful!

  • Top Five Favorite Running Destinations in Jacksonville

    November 01, 2014 10:41 am EDT

    It’s that time of year again! Time to get off the treadmills, skip the gym and get outdoors to run and enjoy the cooling fall temps. Fortunately for us, Jacksonville is a city of many different scenic landscapes, from the St. John’s River to the beautiful Atlantic Coast, so you will never get bored on your runs.

Blogs by Kacie Couch
  • Think pink!

    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!

  • Fort Clinch Offers ‘Step into the Past,’ Great Eco-Adventure

    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 Captain Dave Sipler
  • It’s All About “Sport Fishing”

    August 05, 2014 1:58 pm EDT

    July was, and August will be too..... Teeth Month, aboard Capt Dave's Jettywolf. From Barracuda's to Sharks, it's all about "Sport Fishing" for the BIG ONES!

  • Summer Fishing

    July 10, 2014 3:31 pm EDT

    Hello Anglers! Summer has been here for quit a while in N.E. Florida. Most of you don't really care what month the calendar says. As a fisherman, I call it summer when the Spanish Mackerel show up at the inlet. And that happened back in May!

  • Redfish are Biting!

    May 29, 2014 5:01 pm EDT

    Hello Folks, Captain Dave Sipler here.....I'm going to tell you all about Jacksonville's fishing opportunities every month for the next six months.

Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
  • ‘Project Atrium’ Photographer Focuses on Details

    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.”

  • Catalogue Helps Visitors Get Behind ‘Get Real’

    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?

  • A Declaration of Independent Theater

    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.

  • The Art of the Brain

    September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT

    MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation

  • Art Walks All the Time

    September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT

    Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to absorb local art.


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