The St. Johns River is an attraction within itself in Downtown Jacksonville as the Riverwalk lines the North and Southbank, serving as a popular spot for walkers, joggers, and Sip & Stroll held on the Southbank every third Thursday of the month. Those strolling the Riverwalk can also admire colorful murals and art installations along the riverfront. The river is also the backdrop for the popular Riverside Arts Market, held weekly in historic Riverside. Popular with the millennial crowd, the Kraken Cycleboats provide a unique view of the city from the water. Climb aboard, grab a drink and pedal your way along the St. Johns River. It is the ultimate experience for bachelorette/bachelor parties, birthdays and special occasions.
Riverfront dining offers a unique view of the St. Johns River Downtown at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront and the Charthouse offering fresh seafood. For views of the river from high above, visit River & Post’s rooftop lounge in Riverside to admire the twists and turns the river takes through the city. In the Mayport area, enjoy riverfront dining and watch the shrimp boats bring their fresh catches right into the kitchen at Safe Harbor Seafood Restaurant and Singleton’s Seafood Shack.
Dock & Dine establishments are plentiful in Jacksonville – arrive by boat and enjoy a great dinner with waterfront views. Experience fresh seafood and exotic meats at Clark’s Fish Camp, then ride over to Wicked Barley to enjoy their local craft beers overlooking Goodby’s Creek. Palms Fish Camp on the scenic Heckscher Drive offers tacos, pizzas, fresh seafood and waterfront views. In Mayport, watch the shrimp boats bring in the daily catch straight to the kitchen and choose from fresh Mayport shrimp or fish in a casual, community setting.
The St. Johns River serves as the heart of the city providing both majestic views and purpose for both residents and visitors to Jacksonville.