The Ortega neighborhood got its start in the early 1900’s when J. Pierpont Morgan completed the wooden bridge connecting Ortega to modern-day Avondale. Local businessmen of the 1920’s began building residences, and many of those homes are still standing today.
Today, there are 597 historic buildings designated by the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the turn-of-the-century homes and Southern Style mansions, including a home where, rumor has it, George “Machine Gun” Kelly and wife Kathryn rented the house for a few weeks in 1933. A slice of history in Ortega, the two-story Mediterranean Revival house at 2815 Grand Ave has always been a point of conspiracy with the Jacksonville community. You can also view the tour on the Visit Jax App!
This iconic park of Ortega is named for John N. C. Stockton, president of the Ortega Company and a pillar of the community. The park is on the St. Johns River with spaces available for fishing, kayak/canoe launches and riverfront pavement (perfect for a waterfront stroll). Bring your gear or get some from nearby fishing supply stores like West Marine.
This park offers beautiful views of the Ortega river, with docks that lead out onto the water. Trees throughout the park really give an “Old Florida” feel as you explore. Part of Ortega’s past is featured on a marker that tells the history of the notorious bandit Daniel McGirtt, an original Ortega resident.
Ortega is home to Yerkes Park, a triangular shaped park named for Captain Johnathan Yerkes Jr, son of local prominent Ortega family. This small park is populated with lush trees covered in Spanish moss with plenty of room for a family picnic.
One of Ortega’s many circular parks, this is named after Christopher Columbus and the heavy Spanish influence in the Ortega neighborhood. Located in Ortega’s Historic District, the park is a beautiful spot to lounge and enjoy some of Jacksonville’s beautiful weather.
This park is a great way to take in the oak trees and historic homes that surround the park. 360-degree views provide a great way to see some of the diverse architectural styles from the early 1900’s. This circular park named for local Charles Bettes, Stockton's partner in the development of Ortega.
Carter's Pharmacy has been a staple in the Village since 1955. The building is a step back in time in a modern area still features an old timey lunch counter. This pharmacy is still operating and serving the Ortega area, situated in the center of the neighborhood.
The Ortega River Bridge opened to traffic in 1927, connecting the working families of Ortega to the growing downtown Jacksonville. This bridge replaced the original wooden structure that was completed in 1908. This 1,143-foot-long bascule bridge was rehabilitated in 1996
Organized in 1876, the Florida Yacht Club served as a yachting and social attraction for winter visitors flocking to the South. The current location is the 3rd in the Florida Yacht Club’s existence after losing the first in the great fire of 1901 and expansion efforts that followed. Many events are held at this member-only club, such as regattas, weddings and social events.
Address: 5210 Yacht Club Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32210
In 1921, a group of men organized the Timuquana Country Club to create a golf course for the residents of Jacksonville. The club was named for the Timucuan tribe, local to the St. Johns River region. The club features a sprawling golf course, pool, docks, tennis courts and lounges for its members to enjoy. Notable, David Duval began playing golf at Timuquana Country Club and went on to become a professional golfer and win the British Open in 2001 and Ponte Vedra Beach’s THE PLAYERS Championship in 1999.
Tillie K Flower Park has everything you could want in a recreational space. The park features grills, picnic areas, scenic views of the Ortega River, biking and hiking trails, a playground and even restrooms. Named for former councilwoman and U.S. representative Tillie Fowler, the park has brick remnants from the 1917 path into the city.
Stinson Park is a picturesque park featuring boat docks, kayak launch, a playground, bike racks and picnic shelters. This park has anything and everything a family could enjoy. The land for this park has been dedicated since 1912 by William Stinson, which the park is named for.
Address: 4050 San Juan Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32210
The selling point of Baker Point park are the stunning, panoramic views of the downtown skyline. Be sure to get your picture taken on the dock with that beautiful background. See if you can spot some dolphins swimming along the St. Johns River.
Address: 4045 San Juan Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32210
The PORT 32 Jacksonville at Ortega Landing is a great place to dock during your visit to Jacksonville. The PORT has beautiful views of the St. Johns River and the city, a pool and clubhouse. It is recognized as an Island Global Yachting destination.
The Ortega River Club was founded in 1903, it was originally named the Germania Club. At the time it hosted dances, big band concerts and other social activities in modern-day Brooklyn. The club moved to Ortega in 1928, where the club was renamed The German American Club. In 2011, the club underwent a clubhouse renovation and became The Ortega River Club. Today, the clubhouse hosts swing lessons for members, weddings and weekly dinners.
This local new and used bookstore is a staple in Jacksonville for bookworms. Chamblin’s Bookmine has a 55,000 square foot warehouse with thousands of scarce, rare and new books available. If you have used books you want to turn in, Chamblin’s will pay for trade-ins.