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Graced by the beautiful St. Johns River, and minutes away from pristine white sand beaches, Downtown Jacksonville is truly unique. Cross over one of the bridges spanning the river or take a sunset water taxi ride for the best city views! Listen to live music by local musicians, enjoy a guided nature talk and delight in the marine life that can only be found along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. Don't miss seeing the St. Johns River dolphins from the river taxi.
Nestled between skyscrapers and the St. Johns River, Downtown Jacksonville’s North and South banks have an urban vibe with a cool atmosphere. Fortune 500 companies call the city’s core home. During the week, thousands of professionals and visitors fill the streets enjoying unique lunch and dining destinations, world-class museums, and a variety of nightlife options, from casual bars to upscale lounges.
The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars play Downtown at the Sports Complex, as does the city's minor league baseball team, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Jacksonville IceMen, arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks and the ABA's Jacksonville Giants. Downtown museums include the Ritz Theatre & Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Museum of Science and History. Other attractions to visit include Sweet Pete's (our local candy factory with free tours!) don't leave without tasting Pete's signature sea salt caramels. Visit the Jacksonville Public Library and don't miss the Imagination Squared Exhibit! or the outdoor courtyard! Downtown Jacksonville boasts 5.6 miles of beautiful riverfront, including almost 3 miles of riverwalk, perfect for a stroll or a jog by the St. Johns or stop at the iconic Friendship Fountain.
The city’s core has over 90 restaurants to choose from, anything from food trucks, to casual eateries, to upscale bistros with eclectic menus. While visiting Downtown be sure to enjoy a great meal at Bellwether, Super Food & Brew, MOCA cafe, Indochine, Burrito Gallery, Cowford Chophouse, Morton's The Steakhouse, Olio, River City Brewing Company or the Chart House. Grab a whisky sour at The Volstead. Here are some of the best bites.
We have a visitor center in downtown Jacksonville on North Laura Street in the heart of the city, one at The Jacksonville International Airport and one inside the Beaches Museum & History Park, stop in to say hello and learn more about things to do in the area from a local expert. Grab some info on downtown talking tours.
There are many ways to get around Downtown, drive and park at one of the more than 43,000 public parking spaces or use public transportation or the Skyway. The Skyway connects Downtown’s Southbank to its Northbank in less than five minutes for free. You can also enjoy incredible views and move between Downtown points of interest on the water taxi. To help you find your way, Downtown Ambassadors are always nearby ready to give directions and suggestions to visitors, spot them by their bright orange shirts.
Downtown, is a 20-minute drive south from Jacksonville International Airport. Take I-95 and exit right at Exit 116, Forsyth Street. Continue on Forsyth Street and head east, this will take you into the heart of Downtown.