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Southbank Riverwalk

Northeast Florida

This 1.2-mile boardwalk, on the south side of the St Johns River, opposite downtown and Jacksonville Landing, has excellent views of the city's expansive skyline. Most nights yield scenes that'll up your likes on social media, but the firework displays on 4 July and New Years' Eve are a real blast. The Southbank Riverwalk connects the museums flanking Museum Circle and makes a pleasant promenade.

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