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“A sad sight. . .”

Jacksonville Landing
Ranked #28 of 172 things to do in Jacksonville
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Owner description: Nestled along the gorgeous St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Landing is home to year-round entertainment, a wide variety of waterfront dining options and a cozy inside shopping mall all of which are sure to complete an afternoon or evening of fun. For more than 25 years, The Jacksonville Landing has been the spot to stop in downtown Jacksonville. The Landing hosts more than 600 events each year including Florida/Georgia Weekend Celebrations, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, New Year’s Eve and TaxSlayer Bowl Celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day and July 4th. Weekly events include live weekend entertainment in the center courtyard offering a variety of music including classic rock, oldies, contemporary, jazz, and top 40. The Landing also hosts a myriad of events for the community such as charity walks and runs and the Earth Day Ecology Fair. There is always something going on at The Jacksonville Landing, and a complete list of all Landing events can be found in the events section. Restaurants at The Landing provide a great view of the gorgeous St. Johns River. Visiting each restaurant is like experiencing a different cuisine and a different atmosphere each time you make your way to Downtown Jacksonville. All of the restaurants are open seven-days-a-week for lunch and dinner with the exception of Village Bread Cafe, which is open for breakfast and lunch. The Landing is also home to Mavericks Live, a nightclub which offers a variety of late-night entertainment plus national concert acts for a fun night full of dancing and good times.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I have always wanted to visit the the Landing in downtown Jacksonville, and when I did, I was sadly disappointed and underwhelmed. Back in the day, I'm sure this place was a bustling, cool place to hang out, particularly because the view is beautiful. Now, it seems as if hardly anyone visits. There are barely any shops, and the employees who work there look understandably bored and depressed. When my husband, kids, and I stopped by, there was a live performance going on, kind of like amateur singing. A small audience was in attendance.

I really wanted to love this place, and I wish the city of Jacksonville would do some type of revival project to bring the Landing back to its glory days. It has so much potential!

Thank vlmiller
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

The Landings are always dear to my heart for their beautiful Christmas holiday decorations and events. But their overall quality and variety of restaurants and stores appears to keep dwindling. The one thing that I was incredibly impressed with was the Jacksonville Welcome Center located inside the mall section of the Landings. They offered a very extensive variety of pamphlets and maps focused on the Jacksonville area, which were all free of charge.

Thank snaggedy
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Great placwe for a stroll by the waterfront. The Irish restaurant was great food and entertainment on the patio.
Several other restaurants and somew shopping...but lots of closed stores and a "feeling" the place has seen better days.

Thank Wade M
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Poor Jacksonville Landing. It's one of those places that was probably a thriving area at one time, but has apparently fallen out of favor. Not much going on there, unfortunately, because it has the space and location to be a really fun place (we were there only during the daytime). It is located right next to the water, has an inside shopping area, a food court and a couple of restaurants. I believe a few of the restaurants do quite well, some not so much. There just seems to be a feeling of 'abandonment' there - not much vibe. We had read that there was a 'Jacksonville Market' there, but we found out that it is no more as the vendors have drifted away. We did see one person selling plants outside the front doors.

Thank windgail
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

My family and I visited Jacksonville Landing to buy some drinks after visiting the Friendship Fountain. What we found was a barely-open, dated, and dirty "shopping" area. Signs placed by the owners of closed shops even alluded to the fact that shady activities occur there.

The only reason why it didn't receive one star is because the people we did come across were warm and inviting.

Thank Mia C
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