The Downtown Area

Jacksonville's heart is in its Downtown urban core.

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!

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.

Things to Do in Downtown Jacksonville

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!) and The Jacksonville Landing. 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 Friendship Fountain to take one of our famous skyline photographs.

What to eat in Downtown:

The city’s core has over 50 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, The Candy Apple Cafe inside Sweet Pete's, Super Food & Brew, NOLA MOCA, Indochine, Burrito Gallery, Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, Olio, River City Brewing Company or the Chart House.

Stop in To a Visitor Center

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.

Downtown Transportation Options

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.

Getting Here

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.