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Main Street Bridge Jacksonville Florida
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Jacksonville in Florida is a traditionally hard-working, blue-collar city. It has a gorgeous downtown spanning the St. Johns River and two river walks.
Jacksonville's Riverwalks are among the finest and most scenic in the nation. Lining the north and south banks of the Saint Johns River, the two are connected by either water taxi or by the pedestrian walkways of the Main Street and Acosta bridges. Both Riverwalks offer changing perspectives of the city's downtown skyline, which is split in half by the river. The Northbank Riverwalk is the longest, better landscaped, and most interesting to navigate. It follows the curvature of the river southwest, all the way to the Fuller Warren Bridge (Interstate 95), from which point one can take in a complete view of the entire Jacksonville skyline, connected by bridges. The Southbank Riverwalk is shorter in length, but it also boasts Friendship Park and Friendship Fountain, one of the largest fountains of its kind in the world. Both Riverwalks pass under the Main Street Bridge on their respective sides of the river.
As you walk, cool breezes come in off the water and sometimes manatees decide to play next to the bulkhead. Seagulls fly overhead and will happily fly in for a visit if you've got a cracker.
July 15th, 2013
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