The Northside & Airport Neighborhoods

The Northside is close to the airport, attractions, and beautiful state and national parks and nature preserves.

Check out the Northside and Airport areas where you can visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. The beautiful Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offers numerous outdoors activities and historic sites like Kingsley Plantation for a glimpse into the past.

Three of Jacksonville’s main travel hubs –the Jacksonville International Airport, the Amtrak station and the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal, are located in this area. The River City Marketplace offers outdoor shopping from major retailers, as well as over 20 restaurants.

Outdoor Adventure

If you're looking for a way to quickly put the stress of travel behind you, head to the Talbot Island State Parks, the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve and Kingsley Plantation.

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. This national park has historical sites like the Fort Caroline National Memorial and the Kingsley Plantation, offering guided group tours and nature outings.

Tour Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville's oldest residential home and Florida's last still-standing plantation home. Wander the grounds where remarkably preserved slave quarters, barn, the plantation house, kitchen house and interpretive garden all located on the waterfront. The plantation was once the southernmost point of the Gullah Geechee Nation.

Located just 20 miles northeast of the city, these parks provide a not-to be-missed nature adventure.

Things to Do On The Northside

Just off I-95, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with their newest exhibit African Forest. Jacksonville is not short on history options for you to choose from. Speaking of history, there's another noteworthy stop to see on Jacksonville's Northside. Kingsley Plantation and The Ribault Club are within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve offering visitors a glance back in time to the antebellum South.

Best Bites

  • Green Papaya - This Pan Asian restaurant reigns supreme with fresh flavors and great atmosphere. Their Pad Thai dish is a classic done well—the noodles and peanut sauce are a delicious combo that are well worth the trip to the northside.
  • Ship 2 Shore Seafood - Stuffed Flounder? Sign us up! Ship 2 Shore Seafood is a restaurant famous for its fresh seafood and great prices. Their large portions and local feel make Ship 2 Shore another great place to get seafood in Jax.
  • Joseph's Pizza - Who doesn’t love pizza? Especially pizza from Joseph’s Pizza. This local spot is a go to for pizza, wings, garlic knots and even salads made with homemade dressing. The crispy crust and original marinara sauces combine for a perfect pie, great for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Junior's Seafood Restaurants – Seafood is an essential to the Jax experience, but no one has seafood quite like Junior’s. The shrimp tacos come highly recommended by staff and patrons alike and the secret spicy sauce make these tacos a mouth-watering Junior’s specialty.
  • Sandollar Restaurant & Marina-Located less than ten minutes from Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, The Sandollar Restaurant offers a casual atmosphere with dining views of the St. Johns River, as it approaches the Atlantic Ocean. The Sandollar Restaurant & Marina has been part of Jacksonville since 1954 and is known for serving up some of the best Mayport Shrimp and Salty Dogs on the beach!

Getting Here from Downtown:

To reach the airport and the River City Marketplace, take I-95 north and exit on 363B/Duval Road. For the Zoo, take I-95 and exit on Zoo Parkway, this same road becomes Hecksher Drive and leads you into the Talbot Islands.

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