Florida-Georgia: Things to Do in Jax Beyond RV City

Veer off the typical Gator and Dawg paths at these hip Downtown-area locations in Jacksonville.

Libations

In the heart of Jacksonville’s entertainment and sports epicenter lies the growing Doro District. At the intersection of Bay Street and A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, Intuition Ale Works brews a slew of unique craft beers. Aside from pouring pints, the Intuition team offers tours of the brewery every hour during the tap room's regular business hours. Enjoy the rooftop bar while you’re there. They also serve up scrumptious game day food from Black Sheep Restaurant, located inside the tap room.

If you’re in the mood for something a little bit stronger, head over to Intuition’s next-door neighbor, Manifest Distilling. The new distillery also offers tours of their production area, teaching customers about the processes of creating vodka (they’re famous for their potato variety), organic gin, whiskey, and other spirits. Of course, all tours conclude with a special tasting.

Head to Sweet Pete’s, a candy store for kids of all ages. Afterward, walk two blocks South to The Volstead for a speakeasy-inspired outing. Dressed in 1920’s garb, bartenders mix up classic-with-a-twist beverages for a true throwback.

Eats

For a delicious Downtown lunch, head to Bellwether for a unique take on the typical soup and sandwich. Kids and adults alike will swoon over the made-in-house soft serve.

The newly opened Cowford Chop House is Downtown’s first locally owned steakhouse, offering delicious steaks, fresh seafood, and a rooftop bar with craft cocktails and local beer. The views can’t be beat!

Try BB’s Restaurant and Bar along the Southbank for a scrumptious dinner. Enjoy fresh daily specials on the patio during the crisp Northeast Florida evening. The versatile, trendy atmosphere at this city favorite can be as casual or formal as you make it. Save room for dessert—BB’s is famous for their bread pudding and liquor-soaked cakes.

Out-of-this-world brunch abounds at Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco. Not for the faint-hearted, this local chain is famous for turning out flaky biscuits coated in cheese, gravy, eggs, and sausage. It’s a Southern dining experience like no other.

Lodging

Off the beaten path in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside neighborhood sits The Riverdale Inn, a Victorian bed and breakfast. Built in 1901, the three-story house boasts unique guest rooms, each with its own personality.

Shopping

For the best boutique and antique shopping in town, visit the nearby San Marco Square. After making the rounds at the area’s clothing stores and galleries, make a Peterbrooke Chocolatier run for their hit delicacy—chocolate-covered popcorn.

Across the river, don’ miss the Five Points District, with several local boutiques, clothing stores, and plenty of bars and restaurants

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