Hotel at a Glance: Lexington Hotel & Conference Center - Jacksonville Riverwalk
This stylish hotel is perfectly positioned for guests to explore downtown Jacksonville. There’s easy highway access, but you can leave your car parked. Twenty-eight restaurants are within walking distance, and nearby stops for the river taxi and the Jacksonville Skyway train make getting to other attractions a breeze.
- Onsite dining: Start the day with steak and eggs at St. Johns Cafe and have a shrimp-and-artichoke flatbread for dinner at Currents Lobby Lounge.
- In-room amenities: flat-screen TVs and free WiFi
- Catch some rays on the sun deck surrounding the outdoor pool.
- Healthy habits: Work out in the 24-hour fitness center, or get fresh air on the riverfront jogging path.
- What’s nearby: In the neighborhood of San Marco, you can sip craft beers at Aardwolf Brewing Company and see a show at the nearly 100-year-old Theatre Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, Florida: Beaches, Live Entertainment, and the Scenic St. Johns River
The St. Johns River—which meanders through the middle of Jacksonville, Florida—is one of the only rivers in America that flows north. Along its banks is The Jacksonville Landing, which has been attracting residents and visitors for more than 20 years with international eateries, live-music clubs, and more than 300 special events held every year. It’s worth walking across the bright-blue Main Street Bridge to Southbank to see Friendship Fountain, which puts on a dazzling light show at night. Next door to the fountain, at the Museum of Science & History, you’ll find several aquariums filled with Floridian fish and unambitious nature documentarians.
Jacksonville sits right off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and its beaches are frequented by kiteboarders and surfers. More than 80,000 acres of parkland lie within the city limits—for a low-key hike or bike ride, head to one of the many state parks. Little Talbot Island State Park’s beaches are rife with sand dunes, and at Fort Clinch State Park, you can take a daily tour past Civil War reenactors or explore native wildlife on self-guided nature trails.