Secret Jacksonville walking tours

Writer Bill Delaney, co-owner of TheJaxsonMag.com and Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, has spent years researching Jacksonville’s underknown and underrepresented stories. His book, Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is dedicated to profiling the forgotten, mysterious and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville and the First Coast.

On Saturday, February 18 and continuing on a monthly basis, Bill is hosting the next in a series of walking tours of a few of the places featured in the book across Downtown. Hear the stories of Jacksonville’s underground tunnels, the locomotive buried beneath a skyscraper, a lost (and fictitious) Native American city, a long destroyed sculptural masterpiece that will soon be reborn in Jacksonville, underknown Jax music history and much more lying just off the beaten path. The tours begin at James Weldon Johnson Park and tickets are $20 (kids 12 and under are free).

Signed copies of Secret Jacksonville are available at each of these events. You can also order online at thejaxsonmag.com/books. You can also sign up for The Jaxson’s neighborhood walking tours of LaVilla, Springfield and Murray Hill below.

Secret Jacksonville walking tour: February

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  • Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

LaVilla Then and Now walking tour: Sat. Feb. 25

One of Jacksonville’s oldest predominately African-American neighborhoods, in the early 20th century the LaVilla neighborhood west of the Downtown core blossomed as a hub for Black music, culture and performing arts so vibrant it was dubbed the “Harlem of the South.” Join The Jaxson to explore some of LaVilla’s remaining historic sites and new projects now attempting to bring life back to the venerable neighborhood.

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  • Three tours Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
  • Location: Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center, 100 LaVilla Center Drive Jacksonville, FL 32204
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

Secret Jacksonville walking tour: March

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  • Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

Springfield walking tour: Sat. March 25

Join The Jaxson for a Women’s History Month-themed walking tour of Springfield, one of Jacksonville’s most famous and popular historic neighborhoods. Springfield is home to some of Jacksonville’s best examples of historic architecture and important women’s history sites.

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  • Three tours Saturday, March 25 at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
  • Location: Outside 1748 Bakehouse 1748 North Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

Secret Jacksonville walking tour: April

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  • Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

Murray Hill walking tour: Sat. April 22

Join The Jaxson for a guided walking tour of one of Jacksonville’s most dynamic Urban Core neighborhoods: Murray Hill.

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  • Three tours Saturday, April 22 at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m.
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)

Secret Jacksonville walking tour: May

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  • Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under are free)