Downtown Jacksonville is a perfect blend of entertainment and business. Sports, music, and a great art scene await. Here’s more.

Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, is a perfect blend of entertainment and business. While many Fortune 500 companies call the downtown area home, many fun and enriching locations do too. Here are six places you should drive to after relocating to Jacksonville:

1. Museums

If museums are your thing, Jacksonville has plenty of options for you. Take a stroll through the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Ritz Theatre and Museum, or take the kids to the Museum of Science and History and the Jacksonville Fire Museum.

2. Concerts

No matter your musical preference, there’s always a concert taking place in the downtown area. Symphonies, opera, rock, and country are a few examples of live music available throughout each month.

3. Riverfront Banks

There are more than five miles of beautiful riverfront downtown. Both the Southbank Riverwalk and the Northbank Riverwalk light up with beautiful skyline backgrounds. Take the kids out for a walk, or take in the night skyline after dinner.

4. Jacksonville Sports Complex

If you’re a sports fan, there’s a place for you in Jacksonville. The Sports Complex is in the heart of the downtown area. Whatever your favorite sport, this complex gives you your fix. It’s the home of the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars. There’s also a host of minor league teams, including the Southern League’s Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp baseball team. For hockey, your team is the Jacksonville IceMen of the ECHL, and for arena football, check out the National Arena League’s Jacksonville Sharks.

5. Benny’s Steak and Seafood

Located within the Courtyard on the St. Johns River is Benny’s Steak and Seafood. This spot is a local favorite for steaks and freshly-caught seafood. A full menu and kids’ menu can be found on their website.

Seating options are comfy inside the restaurant, but for an extra special dining setting, request to be seated on the patio that overlooks the river. Locals dine on the patio for a romantic setting or for special events like a promotion. The beautiful background of the St. Johns River provides a welcoming experience for diners looking to make new memories.

6. Casa Dora Italian Restaurant

Known just as much for outstanding service as great Italian food, locals and travelers alike come back to Casa Dora because of the heart and soul put into every meal. With handmade dough and salad dressings and an experienced chef providing real Italian food options, no patron leaves Casa Dora unsatisfied.

Just because you’re a new resident of Jacksonville doesn’t mean you have to feel like a tourist. Familiarize yourself with some staple locations in downtown Jacksonville and you’ll be knowledgeable in no time.

About the AuthorDebra Pamplin

Since beginning my career as a freelance writer in 2008, I have had many articles published on the topic of travel. My byline has appeared in AAA Southern Traveler, Jacksonville Magazine, Golden Isles Magazine, Missouri Life, Floss Magazine, Desoto Magazine and AAA Midwestern Traveler. Websites such as USA Today Travel, Fork in the Road and Southern Edition have posted my articles.