Whether you are in the area for a vacation at the beach or if you are just passing through along the interstate, Jacksonville, Florida has a lot to offer for those who are in the area! To some, Jacksonville can tend to have multiple personalities: there is the downtown area with the tall skyscrapers and urban metropolis, there is a beach town vibe with the fresh seafood and kitschy beach shops, and then there is the rising neighborhoods dedicated to authentic craftsmanship and artisan goods. No matter what you preferences, there is something for everyone. But today, I am delving into the beauty of the city. Within the area, there are quirky little murals, gorgeous natural attractions, and perfectly even some retro architecture that make cool spots for photos in Jacksonville, Florida. Check out my pinned map below!
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1. Driftwood Beach at Big Talbot State Park
Driftwood Beach in Big Talbot State Park is full of trees that have been petrified with the salty ocean water and drifted up to this one spot on the beach. Tons and tons of trees that make a spooky backdrop especially on a dreary day!
2. The Florida Theatre
Start at the Florida Theatre where the retro marquee in the perfect shade of Millenial Pink and reminds of the middle of the 19th century!
3. Main Street Bridge
In a bright and shocking color of blue, this industrial bridge is perfect for a backdrop of the edgy variety! You can also walk on the bridge if you want but I ran out of time for my visit.
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4. Treaty Oak
This giant oak tree is so heavy, the limbs are laying on the ground! This is shockingly surrounded by office buildings which was definitely not what I was expecting. There is a wooden walkway that leads you under the canopy of the tree.
5. Monstera Leaf Mural
This was my favorite mural I visited! This on trend monstera leaves with black and white stripes throughout is on the front of an events space building. It’s huge! Just around the corner was the quirky cactus that I had to visit for a photo, too!
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6. Jellyfish and Sunflower Murals
Hidden in a alley behind the JW Discount store in Murray Hill, there are two charming murals full of color: one is a sunflower mural that has stone accents in the center and the other is a jellyfish of all shades that screams Florida!
7. Jacksonville Beach
Visiting the beach on a sunny day is a must! The beautiful Atlantic is no Caribbean blue but it is definitely worth a visit for the pretty beach backdrop.
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Stop in San Marco area for some amazing places to grab some grub! The Taverna has delicious cocktails and a superb brunch menu!
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Have you ever been to Jacksonville? Know of any cool spots for photos in Jacksonville? Comment your suggestions below!
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So green and colourful!! I really like these spots!
They are all so different and varied in beauty! JAX is definitely a blast!
I just love that you featured the Florida Theatre! I grew up in Jacksonville and spent MUCH of my childhood there, backstage, onstage, AND in the audience. I miss it (and Florida!) very much and the FT will always feel a bit like home to me. Did you get a chance to go in? It’s absolutely beautiful 🙂
Ah I wish I did but they were closed and recovering from a concert the previous night and gearing up for another that night (Jake Owen maybe?) Jax is so fun and it’s close enough for me to pop down from South GA!
Next time, then! And if you haven’t been, definitely spend a day (or two!) in St Augustine on your next visit. It’s one of my all-time favorite places <3
I have been a few times but I am always up for another trip. It happens to be on the route to my family’s annual beach trip. I was dying to go to Cousteau’s Waffle and Milkshake Bar but I could not find parking ANYWHERE! I need to go back when it’s not high tourist season!
Thanks for this post, Sami! I’ve never been to Jacksonville (unless you count being grounded at the Jacksonville airport when there was a storm in Tampa), but I’ve heard great things! Your post definitely made me want to visit. I love the colorful murals and the giant oak tree looks impressive! Great photos too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
oh no! but at least you were at a nice airport – I love the JAX airport. It’s small but so lovely! Glad you loved the post! ❤️
Those murals are so cool. They definitely make for great photos.
I agree! I’m such a sucker for a good mural!
Both murals are beautiful!! That is definitely where I would go to snap some cool photos!
Right?! I am always searching for cool ones wherever I visit.
I have been to Florida many times but i have never been to Jacksonville. Looks like there are so many cool photo opportunities. I particularly like the murals. They are so cool and would make for great images both close up and far away. Thanks for sharing these awesome spots!
Everyone thinks of Florida and the beach in the same sentence so I definitely tried to bring out more of it’s artsy side!
Beautiful locations! I especially like the murals! Colour makes everything better! Great blog 🙂
Isn’t that the truth?! I love how no mural is ever the same. That makes it extra special. ?
I wish I had an eye for photo taking…the scenery definitely helped inspire me to look for locations in my neck of the woods. I only hope I can do it justice the way you did ?
It is definitely something you can learn! I am a photographer so I can envision what would look good in photos but it took a lot of practice to figure it out. And you are so sweet! Thanks so much! <3