Water Life
4322-1 Richard Denby Gatlin Road Jacksonville FL 32277
Open 7AM Closed 9PM  
Arlington Lions Club Park
Arlington Lions Club Park is located along the St. Johns River, in the Arlington section of east Jacksonville. The Arlington Lion’s Club formed in 1949, and serves the community in areas such as youth recreation and help for the blind and visually impaired. Through the innovative efforts of local realtor Richard Denby Gatlin, the Club bought the property in 1975, and with the exception of five acres that it retained, leased the remainder to the City for use as a park. The City later purchased the site in 1978, and with funding assistance from the state, developed the park in three phases between 1982 and 1989 (when the boat ramp opened). A children’s playground was added in 1990, and the City purchased the five-acre tract from the Lions Club in 1995. The wooded grounds provide abundant nature areas and scenic views, and a long boardwalk along the river links the property with the adjacent Blue Cypress Park.
Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pump Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Parking Canoe Launch Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fencing Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Kayak Launch Kayak Rental Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddleboard Launch Paddleboard Rental Paddleboat Launch Paddleboat Rental Personal Watercraft Launch PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sail Board Launch Sail Board Rental Sail Boat Launch Sail Boat Rental Scenic Overlook Lighting Shore Launch Skate Park Soccer Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels

12157 Heckscher Drive Jacksonville FL 32226
     
Little Talbot Island State Park
With more than five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, Little Talbot Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida. Maritime forests, desert-like dunes, and undisturbed salt marshes on the western side of the island allow hours of nature study and relaxation. The diverse habitats in the park host a wealth of wildlife. River otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats, and a variety of native and migrating birds can be seen here. Anglers find excellent fishing in the surf and tidal streams. Bluefish, striped bass, redfish, flounder, mullet, and sheepshead are common catches. Other popular activities are hiking, swimming, canoeing, and surfing. The park has a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. Beachside picnic pavilions are available for visitors to the park. The segment of 1A of the Timucuan Multiuse Trail System is 2.10 miles located within the State Park.
Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pump Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Parking Canoe Launch Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fencing Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Kayak Launch Kayak Rental Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddleboard Launch Paddleboard Rental Paddleboat Launch Paddleboat Rental Personal Watercraft Launch PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sail Board Launch Sail Board Rental Sail Boat Launch Sail Boat Rental Scenic Overlook Lighting Shore Launch Skate Park Soccer Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels

1620 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville FL 32204
     
Memorial Park
Memorial Park lies nestled between Riverside Avenue and the St. Johns River. In 1918, the Jacksonville Rotary Club proposed the idea for a park to honor the 1200 Floridians who perished in WWI, and the City purchased the property in 1919. Thirty-one civic groups worked in planning and raising funds for the park, which was dedicated Christmas Day, 1924. The park soon became the scenic focal point of Riverside. Designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers firm, the park features the bronze sculpture Life, created by the celebrated Charles Adrian Pillars (1870-1937). A local resident for 26 years, he also created Florida’s two statues residing in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In 1986, Anne Freeman founded the Memorial Park Association, which along with the City has worked steadfastly to restore and preserve this historic landmark, particularly after a tornado devastated the grounds in 1997.
Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pump Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Parking Canoe Launch Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fencing Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Kayak Launch Kayak Rental Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddleboard Launch Paddleboard Rental Paddleboat Launch Paddleboat Rental Personal Watercraft Launch PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sail Board Launch Sail Board Rental Sail Boat Launch Sail Boat Rental Scenic Overlook Lighting Shore Launch Skate Park Soccer Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels

901 Museum Circle Jacksonville FL 32207
Open 24/7   Monday-Friday
St. Johns Marina
The St. Johns Marina is located on the south bank of the St. Johns River, just east of the Acosta Bridge, which opened in 1921 and was replaced in 1994. At one time part of the St. Johns River Park and Marina (a/k/a Friendship Park), the marina is now a separate entity. When it opened in 1965, it was the first municipal marina in the downtown area, and the park boasted the Fountain of Friendship, the world’s largest and tallest fountain. The municipal docks and circular dock master’s building, built as part of the original marina, were demolished to accommodate a new restaurant and private marina, which opened in 1986. A pedestrian dock at the marina is part of the Southbank Riverwalk that opened in 1985, and the marina’s two boat ramps provide boaters nearby access to the many activities taking place along both sides of the river in the downtown area.
Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pump Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Parking Canoe Launch Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fencing Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Kayak Launch Kayak Rental Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddleboard Launch Paddleboard Rental Paddleboat Launch Paddleboat Rental Personal Watercraft Launch PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sail Board Launch Sail Board Rental Sail Boat Launch Sail Boat Rental Scenic Overlook Lighting Shore Launch Skate Park Soccer Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels