July is National Outdoors Month! To the surprise of many, the Jacksonville’s Urban Core is no stranger to outdoor activities. In fact, looking pass the high-rise buildings and architectural gems, downtown Jacksonville is home to not only businessmen, businesswomen, hipsters and musicians; but also outdoor enthusiasts. Though Jacksonville is known for its vast landmass that accounts for the city’s hiking and bike trails, endless beaches and internal waterways perfect for water sports fanatics; little know about the outdoor activities that downtown has to offer. In appreciation of the city’s limitless possibilities, here’s a short list of year-long outdoor activities you’ll find in #DTJax.

Be a TreeHugger

If you’re looking for something unique and low-cost to do with friends and family, look no further than the Treaty Oak Park. Located on the Southbank of the St. Johns River, the 250 year-old tree is a popular spot for family gatherings, outdoor picnics and relaxation in general. In fact, growing up in Jacksonville, some of our locals no doubt have climbed up the branches at one point in their lives.

For the bravehearts, the “octopus-like” tree provides 145 feet of branches for climbing. And if you climb all the way to the tree’s crown, you’ll find a 25 foot nook – perfect for naps and summer reading. If you’re not up for the climb, no worries. Because of the massive size of the tree, it gives visitors roughly 190 feet of shade – a good spot to get out of the Florida heat!

Biking the Riverwalk

Experience the city on a bike. One of the most popular activities in downtown Jacksonville is biking along the St. Johns River. The Northbank Riverwalk is the perfect cycling route to enjoy both an urban scenery and the cool breeze from the river.

The Northbank is a wonderful 2 mile ride between the Jacksonville Landing and the Riverside Arts Market. You will even ride through the Love Locks Bridge – which not only connects the downtown district with Riverside, but also a known spot for couples to symbolize their ‘unbreakable’ love.

For those looking for a longer ride, plan your route with the DTJax Map. You can’t go wrong with the three bridge loop over the Main Street, Acosta and Fuller Warren Bridges!

Paddling Through #DTJax

For the water sports enthusiasts, urban kayaking is a great alternative to exploring the city. It is a unique way to experience both the urban scenery and one of Jacksonville’s natural beauties. The Jacksonville Kayak Company offers guided tours in Downtown Jacksonville, taking off from the River City Brewing Company Marina.

Imagine this: seeing new angles of the city as you paddle under three of Jacksonville’s 13+ bridges, being swept away by the natural pulse of the River City. Though this recreational activity is not for beginners, if you are up for an adventure do not hesitate to book a tour with Jacksonville Kayak Company.

“Run, Forest, Run!”

Aside from cycling, the most common outdoor workout in the downtown district is running. Covering roughly four square-miles, the urban core is a runner’s world. From the riverwalk to the bridges to the hills, a workout junkie can get their full load of cardio while taking in the urban scenery.

The USA Track & Field website offers an extensive list of running routes within the #DTJax boundary – including the Northbank River 5K. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a challenge, try the Hart Bridge Loop 12K.

Urban Yoga

Looking to de-stress? In the past couple of years, yoga has played a major role in stress management. Stress and anxiety is alive even in Jacksonville where “It’s Easier Here”; which is why free yoga sessions are offered throughout the week.

Unity Plaza in Brooklyn, dubbed as Jacksonville’s “central park”, along with the Winston Family YMCA offers Tuesday and Thursday yoga sessions year-long. With the built-in waterfront and tiered seating, the Unity Plaza is the ideal central spot for sunset yoga.

Now for the early birds looking for a healthy morning start, go further into Riverside and you’ll find yourself in Corkscrew Park commonly known for the weekly Riverside Arts Market. However, little known fact, before the hustle and bustle of the market traffic hits; Hot Spot Yoga’s Namie Rohack leads morning yoga from 9 – 10 a.m. every Saturday.

These are just some of the outdoor activities in Downtown Jacksonville. Explore the city and discover more possibilities – they are endless! For more activities, visit our directory here.

June is National Rivers Month. Take the time to appreciate and celebrate one of Jacksonville’s natural treasures: the St. Johns River – the longest river in the state of Florida at 314 miles! Since the 1860s, the St. Johns River has contributed to Jacksonville’s tourist industry with the establishment of hotels and countless recreational activities. To celebrate this old “San Juan River” (it’s old Spanish name before British acquisition), check out this list of year-long activities that you can enjoy along the St. Johns in #DTJax.

Bike the Riverwalk

Experience the city on a bike. One of the most popular activities in Downtown Jacksonville is biking along the St. Johns River. The Northbank and Southbank Riverwalks are the perfect cycling routes to enjoy both an urban scenery and the cool breeze from the river.

The Northbank is a wonderful two-mile ride between the Jacksonville Landing and the Riverside Arts Market. You will even ride through the Love Locks Bridge – which not only connects the Urban Core with Riverside, but is also a known spot for couples to symbolize their ‘unbreakable’ love.

For those looking for a longer ride, plan your route with the DTJax Map. You can’t go wrong with the three-bridge loop over the Main Street, Acosta and Fuller Warren Bridges!

Jacksonville Landing

Opened in 1987, the Landing continues to be a local favorite as it goes into its 31st year on June 25. Located right on the river, this shopping complex is known for the various live entertainment and events that it hosts throughout the year. Some crowd favorites include the Florida/Georgia celebrations, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade, the Summer Fireworks Series, riverfront concerts and cultural pride days like the annual Asian American Heritage Celebration

The Jacksonville Landing has one of the best views of the St. Johns River and is the perfect backdrop to 600+ events every year.

Riverside Arts Market

Support local small businesses in your city! Small Business Saturday is a U.S. holiday that celebrates local businesses once a year. But with the Riverside Arts Market, you can celebrate every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The market is located in the Riverside-Avondale district under the Fuller Warren Bridge – one of the best spots to experience the beauty of the St. Johns River.

Regardless of whether you are a Jacksonville native or just visiting, Jacksonville’s “Best Farmer’s Market” is a must. Each Saturday is a different experience with rotating food trucks, vendor booths, live entertainment and morning yoga. Visit the Riverside Arts Market website to plan a true Jacksonville Saturday!

St. Johns River Taxi
Even some of the locals do not know about this popular downtown transportation! Park your car and cruise along the river. The St. Johns River Taxi has six pick up-drop off docks in downtown Jacksonville – including the Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain, Riverside Arts Market and the Metropolitan Marina. So whether you are staying at the Doubletree on the Southbank or heading to a Jaguars game at the TIAA Bank Field, it is the ideal transportation to get around the urban core.

Aside from providing a transit alternative, the St. Johns River Taxi also offers River Jam Sunset Cruises and partners with the Museum of Science and History for River Quest Boat Tours every Saturday. Check out their website for more information!

Urban Kayaking Adventure

For the water sports enthusiasts, urban kayaking is a great alternative to exploring the city. It is a unique way to experience both the urban scenery and one of Jacksonville’s natural beauties. The Jacksonville Kayak Company offers guided tours in Downtown Jacksonville, taking off from the River City Brewing Company Marina.

Imagine this: seeing new angles of the city as you paddle under three of Jacksonville’s eight bridges, being swept away by the natural pulse of the River City. Though this recreational activity is not for beginners, if you are up for an adventure do not hesitate to book a tour with Jacksonville Kayak Company.

These are just some of the activities to enjoy in the River City – not only for National Rivers Month but every single day. It is easier to appreciate your city when you know your city. So get exploring!

For a detailed list of restaurants, shops and museums to enjoy in #DTJax, visit our directory here.

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Calling all parents! Summer break is just a few weeks away…so it’s never too early to start planning on how to keep the kids active and engaged. To make it easier for our on-the-go parents, here are a few summer programs that Downtown Jacksonville has to offer.

Cathedral Arts Project – Camp Encore

Camp Encore will allow children to grow their creativity through different weekly programs in theatre, visual arts, dance, and music. Each program is led by experienced artists from each department. Programs include ukulele lessons, painting, contemporary dance, and more!

When: June 11 – 29

Where: St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 256 East Church Street

Children ages 6 – 11 encouraged to attend!

Visit the Cathedral Arts Project website for more information.

The Florida Ballet – Summer Programs

The renowned Florida Ballet will be offering various summer workshops for young dancers looking to enhance their ballet skills. Workshops vary depending on age and skill set – from the Young Dancers Workshop for ages 5-10 to Company Experience for advanced dancers age 15+.

When: June 18 – August 11

Where: The Florida Ballet, 300 East State 

Ages 8 and up welcome!

Visit the Florida Ballet website.                                                                                  

Jacksonville Main Library

Join the Main Library in the annual summer reading program and daily summer activities! Children can enjoy the Open Labs for computer use, art workshops, and more.

When: June 1 – August 30

Where: Main Library, 303 North Laura Street

Click here for the library’s activity calendar:

Kids 5-10 and Teens.

Museum of Contemporary Art – Art Camp

MOCA’S Summer Art Camp allows campers to explore their creative side with experienced educators. Campers will hone their artistic abilities by creating unique art pieces, exploring the museum’s galleries, and gaining perspective through art history.

Projects will vary per age group and per week. While younger campers are crafting and learning the basic fundamentals of art, older campers will explore photography, printmaking, and more.

When: June 4 – 29, July 9 – August 3 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 333 North Laura Street

Open to children ages 4 – 14

For more information or to register, visit their website before spots run out.

Museum of Science and History – Discovery Camp

Join the MOSH Educators for a new adventure every week as they cater to every child’s interest imaginable. Campers can explore the museum’s more common themes: science, history, and astronomy. Additionally, Camp MOSH also offers educationally engaging camps on architecture, marine science, sustainability, and more!

When: June 4 – August 3

Where: Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle

Children from Kindergarten to 5th Grade

Check out their website for more information on their week-long summer camps.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier – Chocolatier Day Camp

What child does not love sweets! Peterbrooke Chocolatier offers a Chocolatier Day Camp where campers will have the opportunity to learn about the chocolate making process and dip their own homemade treats.

When: Mondays and Fridays, June-August

Where: Downtown Location, 100 West Bay Street

Ages 5 and up welcome!

Don’t live close to Downtown Jacksonville? It’s okay! Camp Peterbrooke is offered at all locations. Reserve a spot and contact (904) 398 – 2489 for pricing details.

Keep the kids moving this summer! For more friendly locations in #DTJax, visit our complete directory here.

 

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide to the shops, restaurants and venues that you can ONLY find in Downtown Jacksonville.

FORGE 3D Printing Studio

forgeWhen the founders of FORGE first experienced 3D printing on YouTube, they were immediately inspired by the potential of that technology. Having little access to the materials and machines necessary to begin their creations, they traveled 200 miles to Tampa to bring custom manufacturing to Jacksonville. Founded in 2013, FORGE made 3D printing technology accessible in Jacksonville by offering simplified digital manufacturing technologies to inspire innovation locally. This technique is changing the world and is capable of bringing the joy of creation to everyone. FORGE is an attitude sharpened by the challenges and passion that innovation creates.

FORGE does great things in and around the community, such as showcasing their works at events like First Wednesday Art Walk and One Spark, and helping create 3D printed parts for displays in the Florida Museum of Natural History. Here are a few noteworthy things about their work:
3D Design & Scanning3d scanning

For all of your tech needs: FORGE designs modeling for manufacturing, prototyping and creates digital presentation assets for web or video. 3D modeling (the product of design) is the process of developing a representation of any surface of an object in 3D using specialized software. FORGE also specializes in 3D scanning, such as full color 3D printed miniatures of loved ones, pets and special occasions. It brings your images to life! Something you didn’t know you needed, but now you do. You can even book appointments here.

 

3d printing3D Printing – From Mettle to Metal

Since the beginning, FORGE has been using 3D printing to provide on demand, custom manufacturing solutions. They’ve had samples created from every current technology and design around those limitations. They create fast prototypes of your innovations and inventions, and can produce trophies that will become sentimental souvenirs.

 

 

Product Design and Creation product development

Have a project that needs more than printing? They design logos, websites and promotional services and can support your product as it enters the market. Plus, FORGE offers branding and development services, too!

Stop by FORGE 3D today and check out their studio and works! #FORGEyourFuture.

Chocolate Blog Graphic (fun)Everyone’s favorite sweet treat is chocolate; that’s why we celebrate it for an entire week. In 2018, March 18-24 is American Chocolate Week and what’s a better excuse to cheat on your diet? #DTJax is overflowing with options of decadent chocolate snacks at every turn, from Laura Street to the Jacksonville Landing! We have chain stores and small businesses that have become a staple of #DTJax that offer a unique taste of our beautiful city.


Coastal Cookies 2 Independent Dr., Suite 136 (Inside the Jacksonville Landing)

Founded in 1977, Coastal Cookies offers fresh, handmade cookies with delicious flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal and more that you don’t want to miss out on!

 

 

 

Mocha Misk’i Brownie Shop | 209 N. Laura St.

Described as “Possibly the best brownies in Jacksonville” by Jax Restaurant Reviews, Mocha Misk’i was founded in 2015 by sisters Helga and Pilar on 209 N Laura Street in #DTJax. Their brownies and signature brownie sushi rolls are handmade from scratch, with vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options. You can also order boxes of their deliciously crafted brownies with messages on them for birthdays, holidays and other special events!

 

Peterbrooke Chocolatier | 100 W. Bay St.

You can find one of the largest arrays of chocolate treats around on 100 W Bay Street. Baskets of chocolate covered popcorn, oreos, almonds, blueberries, cherries, pretzels, and graham crackers await you at Peterbrooke! Whether you’re a fan of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate, you can find it all here.

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N. Hogan St.

Sweet Pete’s manufactures handcrafted, quality chocolates and over a thousand different candies at 400 N Hogan Street since 2010. You can host birthday parties, attend interactive activities like Sweet Pete’s Science Class and candy-making classes. Create a box of signature chocolates and candies to give as a gift (or keep for yourself), as well as gift baskets and more!

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth and discover new places in #DTJax during American Chocolate week. Check out our full directory here for tasty restaurants, lively bars and unique cafes.

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Whether you’re a seasoned runner or are looking for a good “starter race”, #DTJax’s race schedule has a race for every level! Check out what’s scheduled so far in 2018.

ffac-greet-inset17Fight For Air Climb | February 3

The Fight For Air Climb will be held on February 3 at 8 am at the Bank of America tower! Participants will climb 42 doors (838 steps) to benefit the American Lung Association! You can register to make strides for healthy lungs and clean air here.

 

Running of the Bulls 5k | February 18

The Running of the Bulls 5k begins at Intuition Ale Works (929 E Bay St.) on February 18, at 8:30 am! The 5k borrows its theme from the The Running of the Bulls held in Spain every July. With the Jacksonville RollerGirls as bulls, participants will be chased throughout Downtown Jacksonville! Participants will also be treated to an after-party with race awards, beer, live music, and complimentary food and drinks from BlkShp! You can register for the event here.

 

MOO-VE IT 5k | March 3

The MOO-VE IT 5k will begin at 10 am on March 3, hosted by the Cowford Chophouse! Proceeds from the race will benefit the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and the Open Doors Outreach Network! Open Doors administered by Voices for Florida to improve the care, coordination, and outcomes for commercially trafficked children during their recovery process. You can register for $35 until February 25, and then prices increase, so register today here!

 

spt_09GateRiverRunCourse031012Gate River Run | March 10

The Gate River Run will begin on Gator Bowl Blvd. on March 10, at 8:30 am. For directions, parking information, and registration information, click here.

 

Run 13.1 | March 25

On Sunday, March 25, at 7 am, come out to the Run 13.1 held at Confederate Park! You can register here for the half marathon ($40) or the 5k ($27).

 

Montoya Associates  Corporate Run 5k | April 19

Join Montoya and Associates for the Corporate Run 5k on April 19, at 6:30 pm. The run/walk is open to all individuals, and benefits Duval County High School Cross Country and Track Programs. For pricing information and registration, click here.

 

Run For The Pies | June 10

On Saturday, June 10, join the Jacksonville Landing at 7 pm for Run For The Pies! 200 pies will be given away at the finish line to men who break 20 minutes, and women who break 24 minutes, until they run out! This event also includes a post-race celebration and a huge raffle giveaway! You can register for the fun here.

 

vestcorVestcor Bridge Run | July 21

On Saturday, July 21, come out to Water Street for the Vestcor Bridge Run! After the race, runners can enjoy free food, drinks, live music, and giveaways!

 

Lung Force Run/Walk | August 25

Join the Jacksonville Landing at 8 am on August 25, for the Lung Force Run/Walk. The support funds key lung cancer research and provides impacted people with necessary resources and assistance. The cost of registration is $25!

 

Zero Prostate Cancer Run | September 15

The Zero Prostate Cancer Run will be held at Intuition Ale Works at 9 am on Saturday, September 15. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Jacksonville are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. Registration not yet available.

Monster Mash Dash 5k | October 19

The Monster Mash Dash will be held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds on October 19. Costumes are encouraged for this wacky 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun and live entertainment. It’s the perfect way to feel better about all those delicious Halloween goodies you’ll enjoy the next day at Halloween Doors & More.  Your registration helps support quality care for medically complex children in Northeast Florida! Registration not yet available.

Military Half Marathon and Freedom 5k | October 20

The Military Half Marathon and Freedom 5k will be held at Metropolitan Park on October 20. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the bond between the civilian and military communities, promote sound physical health and fitness, and to raise money for charities. As a non­profit event, proceeds from this race are donated to numerous charities such as United Service Organizations (USO), America’s VetDogs, Homes for our Troops, Care 4 R Troops. veteran and local youth leadership charitable organizations. Registration not yet available.

Vystar New Year’s Eve Run | December 31 

On Monday, December 31, at 2 pm, the Jacksonville Landing is hosting the Vystar New Year’s Eve Run! You can register here for only $40!

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.36.48 PMWolf & Cub established themselves as a brand in 2014, but opened in Downtown Jacksonville in June of 2016. The owners, Varick Rosete and Emily Moody-Rosete, are described as “entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural instigators that set out to create a lifestyle brand that epitomizes one’s unique style and individuality”. They commit themselves to this by offering hand-screenprinted T-shirts, jewelry, decorative items, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds to name a few. They proudly offer that the interesting styles found in their boutique can brighten your day and boost your self-esteem.

After their start, Wolf and Cub spent a successful trial as a pop-up shop in Brooklyn Station and soon after, they opened in the Historic Elks Building at 205 North Laura as one of the only boutiques in #DTJax.

 

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In addition to the unique-to-the-boutique screenprinted T-shirts found in Wolf & Cub, they also specialize in small-run custom orders of shirts for events like wedding parties, orteam-building trips. On their website, you can find a form that allows you to inquire about information for a prospective order.

 

 

 

 

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Not only do they offer interesting fashion-finds, but they curate unique floral arrangements for occasions as simple as lighting up your living room coffee table, or as special as your wedding day. You can find the form for an arrangement request here.

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-01-16 at 2.47.06 PMDowntown Presence

Wolf & Cub is open for business from 12-5 Tuesday-Friday, and from 12-4 on Saturday, but they stay open to participate in DTJax’s First Wednesday ArtWalk every month, setting out their staple $5 vintage sale bins. In addition to this special sale, they often offer normal business-hour deals on their screenprinted T-shirts and vintage clothing items, that can be found promoted on their Instagram and Twitter accounts, or on the chalkboard that sits outside the boutique.

They commit themselves to maintaining a large presence in Jacksonville, a city that means so much to them. Emily, a Jacksonville native, works in the shop full-time and continuously works to positively affect the downtown culture skills acquired through years of fashion and sales experience, and experience owning and running not only Wolf and Cub, but Five-Points boutique, Anomaly, and the live music venue, Underbelly. Additionally, Varick’s experience as former president of AIGA Jacksonville, co-founder of One Spark, co-founder of nGenWorks, and current Art Director of Tigerlilly brings a vast and varying knowledge of branding and design to the boutique and to Jacksonville. To keep their momentum going, they plan to expand their selection of artists and designers and begin hosting monthly workshops. You can follow the blog on their website that offers in-depth details about current promotions, ArtWalk experiences, and, of course, style.