I’m probably the last person who should be helming this Field Guide. After all, I’m a total noob — I moved up here in December, work about a billion hours a week, and haven’t explored nearly as much as I’d like to, much less satisfactorily captured the id of Northeast Florida.

And yet. In the seven months since I arrived, I’ve been nearly overwhelmed by all that’s here: the parks and beaches and bars and restaurants and festivals and sports and all manner of events — in short, if you’re bored, you’re not trying very hard.

What we’ve set out to do in these pages is provide you with an insider’s guide to Northeast Florida: suggestions for places to eat and drink and shop and play — which are, I should note, by no means comprehensive; see our Bite-by-Bite by Cuisine issue on Aug. 6 for a full listing of area restaurants, as well as our forthcoming Drink issue in December — along with short pieces on our many eclectic and diverse cities and neighborhoods by the writers who know them best. You’ll also find lists of museums and galleries, theater groups and parks, sports teams and music venues — basically, everything you need to know.

I hope you’ll find it as useful and entertaining as I have. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a to-do list to make.





Farmers Markets and Community Gardens

Museums and Galleries


Where the Cool Kids Go: 5 Points, Riverside and Avondale

The Forgotten ‘Hood: Arlington and Intracoastal West

Why We Cross the Ditch: The Beaches

Beyond the Vertical Suburb: Downtown Jacksonville

Where We Go Day-Tripping: Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island

Our Weird Little Suburb: Orange Park and Fleming Island

Home of Kings and Plastic Flamingos: Ponte Vedra and Palm Valley

Imported from Venice: San Marco and St. Nicholas

Ancient But Not Old: St. Augustine

Everything’s New Here: Southside, Baymeadows and Mandarin

Where the Lion Sleeps: Springfield and Northside

Opulence and Strip Malls: Westside, Ortega and Murray Hill