6 Places to Discover in Downtown Jacksonville
By Carrie McLaren
As a native of Northeast Florida, I love exploring Downtown Jacksonville with my children. From museums, art festivals and more – there are so many fun ways to explore Downtown as a family. Here are a few of our favorite spots –
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville – Located in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville in Hemming Plaza, little ones will love exploring ArtExplorium with 16 interactive art stations focusing on the artworks seen within the museum itself. With artworks from the 1960s to today, there are over 1,000 pieces on display making it a true learning experience.
Downtown Jacksonville Public Library – With an enormous children’s library and plenty of family programming including story times, concerts, toddler art classes and more – the library is more than just books. Families can explore, learn and read together too. Take advantage of the peaceful patio on the third floor of the library with great views of the city.
Jacksonville ArtWalk – On the first Wednesday of each month, more than 40 galleries, museums, restaurants and musical venues open their doors welcoming visitors to stroll throughout the 15 blocks of artists and live music. It’s the place to be each month and a great way to expose children to the local art and music scene.
Jacksonville Landing – This 126,000 square foot entertainment complex sits along the St. Johns River providing great views of the city. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and take in a free concert most weekends on the riverfront stage. Be sure to check their calendar for upcoming events, including Yappy Hour for dogs!
Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville – Learn about animals native to Florida, take a walk through the human body and be sure to say hello to Tonka the giant snapping turtle in the museum’s lagoon area. Located on Downtown’s Southbank, the museum offers hands-on learning and is home to the area’s only planetarium too.
Skyway Express – This modern-day monorail connects riders between the North and Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville. With stops near restaurants, hotels and museums – the Skyway is an affordable way to travel through Downtown - it even crosses above the St. Johns river. It’s a big hit with little kids too!