Spacious Rooms at Wyndham near Jacksonville’s Family-Friendly Riverwalk
The St. Johns River—which neatly slices Jacksonville down the middle—is one of the only rivers in America that flows north. Along its banks lies Jacksonville Landing, a popular downtown area with swanky shops, creative restaurants, vibrant nightclubs, and hundreds of special outdoor events. The Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk occupies a prime spot directly across the river from the Landing and in the city’s trendy San Marco entertainment district.
Each standard room in the hotel features contemporary, warm decor, with marigold-yellow walls and golden-hued linens. In the morning, you can head downstairs for a cooked-to-order breakfast in the Wyndham’s St. John’s Cafe, then snooze in the sun next to the pool.
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.