Jacksonville Southern Bank Tour, Jacksonville

Jacksonville Southern Bank Tour (Self Guided), Jacksonville

Jacksonville is a poplar tourist destination in Florida. The Southern Bank neighborhoods of the city are well packed with modern architecture, interesting attractions, exciting museums and galleries. Take this walking tour to check out the most popular tourist spots of Southern Jacksonville, including the artsy-trendy San Marco neighborhood.
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Jacksonville Southern Bank Tour Map

Guide Name: Jacksonville Southern Bank Tour
Guide Location: USA » Jacksonville (See other walking tours in Jacksonville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Friendship Fountain
  • Museum of Science & History
  • Treaty Oak Park
  • Reddi Arts - Gallery 1037
  • San Marco Theatre
  • Stellers Gallery
  • Three Lions Fountain
Friendship Fountain

1) Friendship Fountain (must see)

Friendship Fountain is a large fountain in Jacksonville. It is located in St. Johns River Park (also known as Friendship Fountain Park). The world's largest and tallest fountain when it opened, it has been one of Jacksonville's most recognizable and popular attractions. The fountain and park were designed by Jacksonville architect Taylor Hardwick in 1963 and opened in 1965. The fountain's three pumps could push 17,000 US gallons (64,000 L) of water per minute up to ten stories in height. Friendship Fountain remained one of Jacksonville's signature attractions through the 20th century, but severe corrosion and deterioration to the equipment resulted in periodic closures in the 2000s. In 2011 the city completed a $3.2 million renovation to the fountain and the surrounding park.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Museum of Science & History

2) Museum of Science & History (must see)

The Museum of Science and History (MOSH ) is a private, non-profit institution located on the Southbank Riverwalk, and the city's most visited museum. It specializes in science and local history exhibits. It features a main exhibit that changes quarterly, three floors of permanent permanent exhibits, and the Bryan Gooding Planetarium. The roots of MOSH go back to 1941 when the Jacksonville Children's Museum was chartered. The first home was a Victorian mansion in Riverside. Construction began on the current location downtown in 1965, and the facility opened in 1969.

The Jacksonville Children's Museum became the Jacksonville Museum of Arts and Sciences in 1977 and six years later, they were accredited by the American Association of Museums. The name was changed to Museum of Science and History in 1988 and 37,500 square feet (3,480 square meters) of space was added, including the planetarium then known as the Alexander Brest Planetarium. The last building renovation occurred in 1994 resulting in a total of 82,200 square feet (7,640 square meters). In 2010 the Planetarium was upgraded with a new projector, sound system, and interior work, and renamed the Bryan Gooding Planetarium.

Operation hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm; Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Treaty Oak Park

3) Treaty Oak Park

The Treaty Oak is an octopus-like Southern live oak in Jacksonville. The tree is estimated to be 250 years old and may be the single oldest living thing in Jacksonville, predating the founding of the city by Isaiah Hart during the 1820s. The name's origin is generally believed to be related to some local apocryphal stories about peace accords between Native Americans and Spanish or American settlers signed under its branches. In reality, the name was created by the Florida Times-Union journalist Pat Moran who, in an attempt to rescue it from destruction by developers, wrote an article in the early 1930s claiming a treaty had been signed at the site by native Floridians and early settlers and called it Treaty Oak. Prior to that, the tree was known simply as Giant Oak.

The tree has a trunk over 25 feet in circumference, it rises to height of 70 feet, and its crown spreads over 145 feet, with twisting branches that bow to the ground and curl back up. The oak shades a roughly circular area, about 190 feet in diameter.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Reddi Arts - Gallery 1037

4) Reddi Arts - Gallery 1037

For more than fifty years Reddi-Arts has been a store featuring a large selection of artist supplies and framing services. There is also a lovely art gallery, called Gallery 1037, inside the store. The gallery is working to support and promote young local artists by displaying their works here. Exhibitions include beautiful landscape art, pictures with animals, still life images and lots of other attractive artwork. The gallery is working Monday to Saturday 9:30am – 6pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pm.
San Marco Theatre

5) San Marco Theatre

San Marco Theatre is a historic landmark. Built in 1938, it is a bright example of popular Florida Art Deco style, designed by Roy Benjamin. San Marco was recognized by USA Today as one of 10 best classic cinemas in the USA, as it retained its Art Deco air by reflecting thematic elements of the architecture in the interior and exterior decorations. San Marco Theatre is also a good place to enjoy the latest movies.
Stellers Gallery

6) Stellers Gallery

The foundation of the Stellers Gallery began in 1985, when Scott Riley decided to support his brother C. Ford Riley's artwork by displaying it for public viewing. The growing demand for a Ford Riley artwork as well as work from other well-known artists insured further development of the gallery. Therefore, in 1992 the gallery was moved to a new place in the historic San Marco district of the city. In a spacious light environment, visitors can admire creative visual expressions in different styles ranging from traditional to abstract and expressionist. There is also a custom framing service available. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 3pm.
Three Lions Fountain

7) Three Lions Fountain

Another prominent landmark of the city is the fountain statue “Three Lions” situated in the heart of historic San Marco Square. Since this area of the city is popular for its cafes, restaurants and shops, “Three Lions” is often a meeting spot for both tourists and locals. The statue features three lions climbing on each other with water coming from the top lion figurine. The fountain is surrounded by a pedestrian walking path with traffic bustling around it.

Walking Tours in Jacksonville, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Jacksonville

Create Your Own Walk in Jacksonville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Jacksonville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries

Museums and Galleries

Jacksonville is a city that has just a few museums and galleries, but all of them are very interesting and educational. You should visit such beautiful places as the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and such unusual sites as the Forest Capital State Museum. Take our guided tour to discover the most worthy places and learn more about Jacksonville and Floridian history in general!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles