Around Imeson Park
Where to Live
Imeson Park, though widely regarded for its history, has very little in the way of housing. After World War II, the city government redeveloped it as a business park due to Jacksonville’s thriving postwar economy and remains so to this day. Affordable single-family housing is found throughout the area, with the occasional multi-story apartment block. There are tentative plans to build waterfront condo buildings along the St. John’s, but the project is awaiting approval.
Where to Eat
There is a great selection of quality food in Imeson Park, ranging from traditional American cuisine to hole-in-the-wall diners that offer the best in southern barbecue. Most of your options are casual spots that populate the waterfront on Zoo Parkway, attracting those wanting a relaxed meal with gorgeous views. As you move closer to the business park, your options tend to narrow. Baisden Road has a few mom-and-pop restaurants that tend to rise and fall with the economy. Even so, people from all over flock to this area on the weekends, seeking out its low-key vibe and delicious food.
What You'll See
Wildlife. And not just at the Zoo. Imeson Park hosts migratory bird colonies, diverse sea creatures, and occasionally, visits from the endangered Florida panther. It’s not uncommon to see bird watchers during the winter months, or barbecue lovers trying out the different restaurants in the area. During the summer months, tourists flood in to visit the zoo’s exhibits.
Friday Night Fun
Head down to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to see captive African elephants swimming, or American alligators feast on their lunch during a live demonstration. Riverfront dining is a must in this area, where you can watch the sunset while chomping down on a delicious burger and fries.
The Perfect Sunday
Grab a drink with a buddy at one of the many bars along Baisden Road, or fly on over to the St. John’s River for a fun-filled day of water skiing and fishing. There are miles of natural waterways to kayak down, especially if you’re heading inland along the Broward River. Finish off the day at one of the barbecue diners on Zoo Parkway with some of the finest southern cooking the area has to offer.
Protected natural waterways • Mom-and-pop diners • Easy access to airport and downtown.
Locals Don't Love
Lack of housing • Congestion along Zoo Parkway • Businesses close early on weeknights.
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