Walking the Southern Jacksonville Riverwalk, Florida

If you ever find yourself in Jacksonville along the southern edge of the St. Johns River, across from downtown, I highly recommend walking the Southern Riverwalk.

It’s located right across the river from downtown, near the MOSH science museum and Treaty Oak Park that I’ve previously written about. There’s beautiful views of downtown and the Jacksonville skyline, and you can relax or have a picnic at the Friendship Fountain and accompanying park.

Downtown views
Friendship Fountain with downtown skyline

If you’re lucky, you can see the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge lift bridge, which is like a drawbridge to allow boats to pass under, except the entire thing lifts up instead of opening like a book. It’s a slow process, but I enjoyed just watching it, and I’m sure that kids interested in mechanics would enjoy it!

There’s also a marina near Friendship Fountain called the St John’s Marina, which you can’t really walk on, but it’s fun to look at the boats.

All along the riverwalk are various art sculptures and pieces, like a mirror mosaic under one of the bridges, but unfortunately I can’t seem to find any of my photos of the art along the riverwalk. If you walk all the way along the riverwalk, you can also spot the TIAA Bank Field, the football stadium where the Jacksonville Jaguars play, and the 121 Financial Ballpark, the baseball stadium where the Jacksonville Suns + Jumbo Shrimp play, across the river.

In general, the Southern Jacksonville Riverwalk is a nice place to see the downtown views and get outside. It’s a gem of a spot in Jacksonville to relax, take a walk, and enjoy the downtown skyline. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend spending an hour or two walking along the riverwalk!


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