Summer Fun in #DTJax

When you think of Summer, most people think of beaches, barbeques, and being out in the sun; but you can also have some Summer fun in Downtown Jacksonville. Here is a list of some activities around #DTJAX that you and your family can enjoy.

Arts + Culture


Jacksonville Public Library (Jax Makerspace)

The Jacksonville Public Library and Jax Makerspace is a place for making things, from movies to music, art to apps, robots to radios, novels to needlepoint. It’s a place for anyone interested in hands-on opportunities to explore, collaborate and create.  If you want to reserve equipment or just learn how to be more invoved, visit their website for more details. The best part – its Free!






The Museum of Contemporary Art is the perfect place to kill some time by looking at beautiful art pieces while also getting out of the summertime heat. MOCA not only has stunning galleries but also Art workshops and a children’s area. Checkout their upcoming events here



 MOSH Boat Tours

If it’s too hot to explore  Downtown Jacksonville on foot,  you can always sit and relax while the Museum of Science & History takes the whole family on an historical boat ride. Every Saturday afternoon they offer boat rides accompanied by a History Host that will guide you through the history of Jacksonville and the significance the river has played in our community over time. Visit their website for pricing.












Whether it’s to escape the summer heat or just to grab a cup of coffee to start off your morning, Chamblin’s is a relaxing spot to visit. Besides selling food and drinks, they also sell new, used, and rare books for our avid readers.For more information about the hours of operation visit their website.



Riverside Arts Market

 If you like to shop and support  local businesses, RAM is the place to go! The first Saturday of every month, RAM features a variety of small businesses from farmers to artists to makers and bakers under the Fuller Warren Bridge. You can also listen to live music while you shop! Find out everything going on at the next market here.




Sweet Pete’s


With all this summer shopping you can get a little hungry. They also sell toys, host a variety of classes and tours. Save your spot at their next class here. 






Wolf & Cub      

 In DTJax there are a lot of hidden treasures that you might not catch at first glance driving around. Wolf & Cub  is a small, locally- owned clothing shop that carries one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand-screen printed clothing and unique vintage finds. If your the type who likes to stand out, this is the place to shop. See what deals they have going on here


Staying Active


Biking the Riverwalk

Another way to stay active while also exploring #DTJax is biking on the Southbank Riverwalk. Enjoying the scenic route while staying healthy; it’s a perfect way to spend your summer days.  For those who are looking for longer rides, use the DTJaxMap to plan your route.






Corkscrew Park

Since it’s summer, we are all trying to look and feel our best. For those that love to exercise regularly, you should go workout at the Corkscrew. On the Northbank Riverwalk in #DTJax Corkscrew Park is a free outdoor gym that features workout equipment such as: free weights, yoga mats, and medicine balls. A great way to have a group workout sessions or just go for a run with a great view. There also are free group workouts sessions offered at The Corkscrew presented  by Winston Family YMCA. Led bycertified trainers that take place each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. Bring yourself and a friend and get your sweat on!





Yoga in the Atrium


Summer is the perfect time to destress and what’s a better place to relax then yoga classes in an art gallery. This yoga is a slow ashtanga vinyasa style class held the last Sunday of every month in MOCA’s Atrium Gallery.

Note: To reserve your spot visit their website, because class space is limited.



Water Fun


Kraken Cycle Boats

If your not into the historical sight seeing that MOSH offers but still want to have fun on the water; the  Kraken Cycle Boats is just the thing for you!  If you are celebrating a birthday or just getting friends together, the Kraken is a fun and unforgettable experience for everyone. For more details/pricing visit their website.






Urban Kayaking

 Downtown Jacksonvilleisn’t necessarily the first place you’d think of kayaking; but kayaking in Jacksonville is great activity to explore the St. John’s River.Jacksonville’s riverfront is rich in history and scenery and a kayak trip offers a unique perspective to the heart of the city. Find out where you can Kayak here. *Not for beginners





For a detailed list of restaurants, shops and museums to enjoy in #DTJax, visit our directory here. If you’re not sure where to park, check out for a map and FAQ.