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It’s easy to see why Jacksonville is a top destination for arts and culture. Everywhere you look you see art, museums, music venues.
But I’m here to tell you about the things that are a bit harder to see. The pieces of #JaxCulture that you could walk right by and miss, if you don’t know what you’re looking for at least. Bigger isn’t always better, especially in the case of these experiences. Here are the best bits of Jax culture that are easy to miss, but hard to forget:
Want to keep the culture flowing after your visit to MOCA? Enjoy a latte while listening to a spirited tickling of the ivories at Chamblin’s Uptown. Sitting in front of the popular bookstore and café there’s a rather old piano, but if you’re lucky you’ll find a very talented gentleman seated at the piano, making it sound brand new.
Perhaps you were just inspired by the beautiful gardens at the Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, and now you want to have a picnic in the park. Enjoy a stroll through the historic Riverside or Avondale neighborhoods. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, Riverside is one of Jacksonville’s oldest and coolest neighborhoods, and while you’re taking in the charming scenery you’ll be sure to come across one of the pocket parks that dot the neighborhood.
There is art around every corner in Jacksonville, sometimes literally around the corner. There are murals on the sides of buildings ranging from the iconic giant Jaguar adorning the historic Bostwick building in downtown Jax to the giant lizard in Five Points. There’s even an impressive array of graffiti art just down the street from Bold City Brewing (if you’re on the Jax Ale Trail it’s a great stop in between Bold City and Intuition Ale Works). If 3D art is more your thing, check out any of the number of sculptures scattered around downtown. You can see sculptures of every type including the Andrew Jackson sculpture at the end of Laura Street and the modern art sculpture just a few blocks up. Or take a walk down the River Walk and you’ll find some sculptures that will give the sights on the river some competition. You’ll even find sculptures that will give you inspiration to #beactiveinjax – the “River Runner” sculptures located at the intersection of Coast Line Drive and Newnan St. (right near the original start line of Jacksonville’s first River Run). Really anywhere you look, you’re sure to find a piece of Jacksonville you can’t find anywhere else – you just have to look!
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