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The Jazz Festival is held each Memorial Day weekend.

The free event located in the heart of Downtown features a street party atmosphere and four stages scattered in the city’s downtown corridor. Enjoy internationally acclaimed jazz performers Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock, as well as the regio Learn More

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Friendship Fountain and the Northbank Riverwalk

Surrounded on both sides by an ever-growing skyline, the gorgeous St. Johns River continues to be one of Jacksonville's most recognizable icons. Learn More

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The Jazz Festival is held each Memorial Day weekend.

The free event located in the heart of Downtown features a street party atmosphere and four stages scattered in the city’s downtown corridor. Enjoy internationally acclaimed jazz performers Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock, as well as the regio Learn More

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Surrounded on both sides by an ever-growing skyline, the gorgeous St. Johns River continues to be one of Jacksonville's most recognizable icons.

Downtown/Riverfront

Long stretches of the Riverwalk were added to the South and Northbanks. The crowning jewel, however, is the Jacksonville Landing. The Landing, a centerpiece for shopping, fine dining and nightlife is just one of the area's hotspots. Waterfront dining can be found all throughout the area. 

If spectator sports are your thing, the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars play Downtown at the Sports Complex, as does the city's minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Suns.

There are also a variety of museums, including the Ritz Theatre & La Villa Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Museum of Science and History.

And taking it all in couldn't be easier. River taxis are constantly on the go, transporting visitors back and forth between the Northbank and Southbank. If you prefer a more romantic river experience, take a moonlit cruise on one of the old-fashioned paddle wheel riverboats that wind their way along the St. Johns with River Cruises, Inc.

Riverside/Avondale

In the late 1800s, wealthy citizens began building homes in the quaint neighborhood of Riverside.This historic district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a local historic district by the City of Jacksonville.

The Riverside's Five Points area is an artsy neighborhood with funky coffee shops, outdoor cafés, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightclubs, antique stores and more.For a slower speed, visit the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

You'll also find nearby Avondale is a great place to shop for antiques or enjoy a meal. Many of the area's bed and breakfasts are also located in this historic neighborhood. 

San Marco

Located just minutes away from Downtown's Southbank is the historic neighborhood of San Marco.Stroll along San Marco Square and you'll discover incredible dining of every kind, upscale clothing boutiques and sensational art galleries.

Theatre Jacksonville, the oldest community theatre in the country dating back to 1938, is also located within the square. Don't miss the San Marco fountain of lions that reflect the neighborhood's association with the Venice, Italy business district! 


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