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Sometimes after a long day of class, there’s nothing like relaxing and watching the sun go down. In the time of COVID-19, it is also an excellent opportunity to get outside while staying socially aloof. While Jacksonville is overflowing with plenty of places to sit back and enjoy the sunset, Spinnaker has narrowed it down to the five most spectacular spots.
1.) Southbank Riverwalk – 18 minutes drive from UNF
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The Southbank Riverwalk is one of those Jacksonville places that is beautiful no matter what time you’re there. Located directly on the St. Johns River, this 2 km long concrete promenade is an ideal place for sightseeing, jogging or just for a leisurely stroll. The walk is also complete with plenty of benches overlooking the water, making it a perfect place to watch the sun set over downtown.
More information about the Southbank Riverwalk can be found here Here on your website.
2.) Stockton Park – 29 minutes drive from UNF.
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While Stockton Park seems like a long drive just to see a sunset, rest assured, the view makes it absolutely worth it! Directly across the St. Johns River, this hidden spot offers great views of downtown Jacksonville while also offering plenty of benches and lawns to sit on.
More information on Stockton Park is available Here on your website.
Insider tip: This place is an ideal place for a picnic. So bring a comfortable blanket and some snacks to make your sunset experience even better!
3.) Cummer Museum Gardens – 19 minutes drive from UNF
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An art lover’s dream, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is home to over 3,000 works, including works by renowned artists such as Mildred Thompson, Peter Paul Rubens, Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell. But if art isn’t your thing, the museum also hosts four breathtakingly unique garden exhibits, each showing different landscape styles, plant species, and architectures. These beautiful gardens are also right on the St. Johns River, making them a perfect sunset destination.
Tickets must be reserved in advance and are available online at Website of the Cummer Museum.
Insider tip: On many days the museum offers free entry from corporate sponsors! Information about these special days, including the date and time, can be found here Here on the museum’s website. College students (with valid student ID) have free entry Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4.) Memorial Park – 17 minutes drive from UNF
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Conveniently located between the St. Johns River and Riverside Avenue, Memorial Park is one of Jacksonville’s most popular parks known for its spectacular views. The park was inaugurated on Christmas Day 1924 as a memorial to over 1,220 Florida soldiers who died in World War I. The famous Olmstead brothers are responsible for the entire landscaping of the park, in which an original Charles Adrian Pillars sculpture entitled “Life” is on display.
Memorial Park is also within walking distance of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and one of Jacksonville’s freshest restaurants. Black Sheep Restaurant.
More information about Memorial Park can be found here Here on your website.
5.) University of North Florida nature trails – on the UNF campus!
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It’s hard to put together a list of the best sunset spots without including one right outside your door! The UNF nature trails are right on UNF Drive and take you to some of the most scenic parts of the world Slough Preserve sawmill without having to leave the campus. The university currently has four hiking trails that differ in length and landscape, as well as a promenade with wheelchair access. There are also picnic tables nearby, making it easy to watch the sun go down under the native flat pine forests.
Further information on the UNF nature trails can be found here Here on the UNF website.
Insider tip: Make sure to keep an eye on the time on the trails. They close at 6pm for a reason. It can get dark very quickly and you don’t want to be stranded in the dark!
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