Expanding along the St. Johns River, the Riverwalk perfectly combines the serenity of the water with the urban core’s upbeat vibe. This route along the North and South bank creates a perfect five mile out-and-back loop.
Over two miles long on the Northbank and 1.25 miles on the Southbank, the Riverwalk offers a fantastic view of the St. Johns River for you to stroll at your leisure. Both sides are connected by the Main St. Bridge and the Acosta Bridge and are great for running, strolling, and peaceful contemplation.
What to look for: dolphins! Or a sunset. Friendship Fountain is one of Jacksonville’s most popular attractions. It is located on the west end of the Southbank Riverwalk and features a view of the buildings downtown.
The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre urban woodland full of trails for you to explore and enjoy. Just a quick stroll around the beautiful lake loop (0.3 miles) can brighten your mood and immerse you in nature.
What to look for: Benches which allow you to enjoy the view of the lake. Enjoy a shaded rest area by the award-winning loblolly tree.
The 50-acre nature preserve features seven trails, natural gardens, native animals, a petting zoo and a hands-on natural history museum.
What to look for: Each year, Tree Hill Nature Center hosts this unique community event that culminates in a live butterfly release.
Two easy walking trails to enjoy with a serene nature view. Take the Park’s boardwalk to the water and see part of the Ortega River.
What to look for: 826-foot boardwalk along the Ortega River and a pier that may be used for launching kayaks and canoes.
Two of the most beautiful and unique places in all of Northeast Florida, these two beaches aren’t your ordinary sandy places to play. Black Rock offers unique rick structures that resemble lava but were formed by sand. Boneyard is home to fallen tree skeletons that protect the island.
What to look for: giant driftwood tree skeletons!