Let RAM be your weekly launch pad to explore the many wonderful scenic and cultural amenities of the Riverside Avondale Historic District and Downtown Jacksonville.

Bring your bike to RAM. Park at the free Bike Valet, enjoy the market, and then explore the beautiful streets and vibrant shopping corridors of Riverside Avondale. photo credit: Ezra Marcos

Bring your bike to RAM. Park at the free Bike Valet, enjoy the market, and then explore the beautiful streets and vibrant shopping corridors of Riverside Avondale. photo credit: Ezra Marcos

The Historic District has many unique and independent businesses, and multiple shopping corridors that each exhibit a distinct personality and flavor. Whether you choose funky Five Points for a great urban experience, join your neighbors at the historic Shoppes of Avondale, or check out the growing entertainment and dining options along the Park & King area or the Stockton shops, we promise you’ll find stores—and stories—you won’t find anywhere else.

The Riverside and Avondale neighborhoods feature the most diverse collection of architectural styles in the State of Florida and boast beautiful historic parks and abundant green space. Riverside Park (753 Park Street) and Memorial Park (1620 Riverside Avenue) are both less than a quarter mile walk from RAM. Download RAP’s free Podcast Tour, which leaves from RAM, and explore one of the region’s most walkable neighborhoods.

If you miss one of the Cummer’s monthly Artist in the Market weeks at RAM, stop in for a visit to Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, our neighbor at 829 Riverside Avenue. The museum’s collection is impressively eclectic, and it boasts a terrific hands-on art center for children.

For those craving a more urban experience, you can walk or bike from RAM to Downtown along the Northbank Riverwalk for a little Jaxsploration. Or, if you decide to drive, remember street parking Downtown is free on weekends. Stop at The Jacksonville Landing for a bit of retail therapy or a bite to eat. Absorb the River City’s nautical history at the Maritime Heritage Center, or find yourself amidst frequent live music and riverfront events.

Then, head north into the heart of the city. Explore the Laura Street corridor and get lost in jewelry, book, clothing and specialty shops. Across from historic Hemming Plaza is the magnificent Main Library—the largest public library in the state—full of art displays, map exhibits and books upon books. Take some time to read and relax in the lush library courtyard or let the little ones loose in the children’s center. Pamper your inner art critic next door at the Museum of Contemporary Art  Jacksonville, featuring innovative art of our time.

Art Walk at MOCA Jacksonville. photo courtesy of Downtown Vision.

Art Walk at MOCA Jacksonville. photo courtesy of Downtown Vision.

Or, head south. Hop a River Taxi or climb the Main Street Bridge for some of the best views of the city. Don’t forget to look for dolphins and other wildlife while you cross the St. Johns River. Friendship Park with its famous fountain and MOSH, the Museum of Science and History, await you on the Southbank. At the museum, you can take a walk through time, meet some of Jacksonville’s natives in the Naturalist Center or stargaze at the largest single-lens planetarium in the world. Wind down your day with some locally brewed beer on the riverfront patio at River City Brewing Co.

Visit downtownjacksonville.org for more information on Downtown, including a calendar of events, parking information, suggested itineraries and downloadable walking tours.

*A special thank you to Riverside Avondale Preservation and Downtown Vision, Inc. for their input on the content of this page.