STAY in our Historic District
Established in 1869, and located north of Downtown Jacksonville, Springfield is the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville. Once home to the city’s wealthiest residents and famous silent firm stars (Jacksonville used to be the winter film capital of the world!), our historic neighborhood is now filled with restored mansions (and bungalows), hip restaurants, locally owned shops, murals, some of the city's oldest parks, craft breweries and tons of southern charm with majestic oaks providing protective shade and a beautiful visual along its residential streets. Popular festivals like PorchFest and the Springfield Tour of Homes attract thousands of visitors each year.
There are plenty of options for travellers to stay in Historic Springfield during their visit to Northeast Florida. Consider Jax Brickhouse, which opened in 2016, the building holds five apartments with three available for vacation rentals in a beautifully renovated historic property. Silver Street Management is another great choice with multiple affordable rentals throughout the neighborhood for both small and larger groups.
SHOP with our Local Businesses
You’ll find a variety of fantastic and award winning dining options in Springfield, including 1748 Bakehouse, 1 Foxy Lady Café & Catering, Crispy’s Springfield Gallery, Hola Mexican Restaurant, Junkanoo Shack, Icecapade Frozen Treats, Silkie's Chicken & Champagne Bar, Uptown Kitchen & Bar, The Cookbook Restaurant, and Wafaa N Mike’s Café . For those on the Ale Trail, don’t miss Strings Sports Brewery. If beer is not your style, you should definitely check out Springfield's newest wine bar, The District, or pick up a Camp Kit from Camp Craft Cocktails. Planning to host an event? Historic Springfield is home to Brick and Beam, a 2300 square foot venue, which housed The Pearl nightclub in years past and is the perfect spot for your next personal or corporate event.
Springfield has seen a steady influx of small retail shops popping up over the last few years. Simply Ke’say Boutique specializes in the latest fashions for elegant, classy, and sophisticated women. Beauty needs can be met by stopping Makeup Craze Beauty or Kindred Springfield. For those who love skateboarding, The Block Skate Supply is a must stop for you with its fully customized skate shop and park. If you run into any home and hardware needs, check out family-run, An Olde Tyme Hardware, which has been in the Springfield area for over 70 years! Plantaja is Historic Springfield's BRAND NEW one-stop plant shop. And for some fun, Sweet Christi's offers fantastic bath and body products in the shapes of some of your favorite sweets. Owner Christianna Alexander is only 15 years old, making her the youngest of Springfield's entrepreneurs!
ENJOY Art, Nature, History, Sports
Historic Springfield offers a plethora of amenities for all interests. Henry J. Klutho Park offers Jacksonville's first StoryWalk, a baseball field, tennis courts, and is home to the Springfield Disc Golf Course. For the art and museum lovers, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum sits near the southeast corner of Klutho Park and is always ready for visitors to peruse its current manuscript or regional art collection. Don't forget to cruise around the neighborhood to see the collection of public art on display with our curated Art Tour.
If you want a personal and unique guided tour of the neighborhood, be sure to check out Explore JAX Core, Go Tuk'n, or Pedal Pub. They each have several tours to choose from with themes such as breweries, art, and history all in the beautiful Springfield neighborhood.
According to WalkScore.com, Springfield is the most bikeable neighborhood in Jacksonville’s urban core. You’ll find bicycle repair stations in Henry J. Klutho Park (intersection of Pearl and 3rd St) and behind the SPAR building at 1321 N Main Street. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the S-Line Urban Greenway or easily ride to many of Jacksonville’s other attractions. Whether it's to the Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville Farmers Market, or the Stadium Area, Springfield continues to be one of the most connected and easily bike-able neighborhoods in the Urban Core. Want to experience it yourself? SPAR organizes bike socials throughout the year, free and open to all ages and skill levels. In the meantime, you can Explore the Core yourself using these suggested routes and activities.