When it comes to living in Jacksonville, Florida, the city welcomes new residents with vast waterways, nature trails, a vibrant art scene, and plenty of sunshine. Don’t let moving to a new city be overwhelming for you. Check out these tips and helpful things to know about your new home. So what are you waiting on? Pack up and let’s get moving to Jacksonville.
According to Visit Jacksonville, it’s the largest city in the continental United States, with more than 840 square miles. With this in mind, Jacksonville is definitely a town where a car isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. With Interstate 95 as the north/south corridor, Interstate 295 circling the city, and Interstate 10 beginning—or ending, depending on how you look at it—in the heart of the city, you can easily reach different areas of town with ease.
As you make your way to the beaches and cross the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ve officially crossed the ditch, as the locals call it. Break out your swimsuit and flip-flops to explore Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach. Each of these options shows off a distinct flavor and atmosphere, ranging from beach bungalows to condos and high-end mansions along the water.
High-rise condo life is taking off in Downtown Jacksonville. With local breweries and nightlife hot spots moving into the Downtown corridor, residents also enjoy taking in Broadway shows and performances by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. For a younger scene, check out the vibrant First Wednesday Art Walk.
Located just minutes from Downtown, the Avondale/Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods offer scenic views of the St. Johns River and a mixture of nightlife, local dining, historic homes, and quaint neighborhoods. Residents who work Downtown find that these communities offer an easy commute with little traffic.
Riverside Arts Market
Every Saturday from March to December, local artists, farmers, and entertainers gather along the banks of the St. Johns River under the Fuller Warren Bridge for the weekly Riverside Arts Market. Locals often pick up fresh produce and enjoy a picnic lunch along the waterfront to soak in the live music. Alongside great vendors, the market also has themed activities too, such as the Arf Barket held each May complete with a dog costume contest and a parade.
Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant
With the sprawling St. Johns River and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean, Northeast Florida is a mecca for fresh seafood fans. Located in Mayport Village, the Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant offers fresh shrimp and daily catches. Grab a table outside on the patio and watch the local fisherman bring in their daily haul and then have it prepared for your meal. Fantastic views and fresh eats make this a truly unique experience for residents.
You may have a lot to do when moving to Jacksonville, but once you get settled, take advantage of all it has to offer. Of course, this is just a start. There’s plenty more to do in and around the city, so you certainly won’t get bored.