Details for Metropolitan Park Marina

Metropolitan Park Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 36 reviews

Address 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32250


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


$25 to $70 fee during special events with reservations required. Call for schedule of special events on weekends only.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Captain Jim Suber

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Self serve electric at the slips.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Located near Alltel Stadium on the north bank of the St. Johns River just west of channel markers G81 and R82.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 25
Transient dockage: 25
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 78
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Free except during special events, then $25 -$70 up to 80 feet LOA. The maximum length of stay is 72 hours in any 30-day period.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Self serve available at meter post.

Pricing info: $8.56 per 24 hours.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - 72 hour max stay in consecutive 30 day period.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Call taxi on Ch 11.

Pump out

Yes - Free, on the west end of the docks. Free, self-service.











Yes - Winn-Dixe about 1.4 miles.




Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Free trolley. Bay Street Trolley is free - short run. All other buses are $1, free to Seniors (over 60). Skyway is $0.50 (Seniors is $0.10). Search and research JTA well to avoid getting on the wrong bus. Plan ahead.

Other services


Reviews for Metropolitan Park Marina
Good Overnight Spot, 2016-05-28
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

We usually stop at the Landing, but needed to be on the other side of the bridge for the trip to St Augustne in the morning. Nice floating docks. You need to be comfortsble manuvering in current to dock here. We did not use power although it is available with a credit card swipe. Also, no bums or derilicts stumbling around as there are at the landing.

6-star button needed, 2016-04-25
Captain: , wensleydale (890)

Having crept in here with a damaged gearbox, Captain Suber allowed us to stay eleven-nights whilst we got it repaired down in Mandarin - Cass Transmissions, we'd recommend them too. Our unexpected visit coincided with the marina and park hosting the Southeast Boatshow, but Captain Suber found us a quiet corner we could move to and we stayed through that too. Thank you Metropolitan Park.

Very nice for the price, 2015-12-30
Captain: , United States (2386)

These are modern Bellingham floating docks with high-end service pedestals, more typical of an expensive marina. We had a great stay and put our scooters on the ground to get around town.

On our visit the power meter system was disabled and we got free power, too. Water at every slip, and pumpout available on the outside face dock at the west end.

Current is wicked just outside the entrance so plan your arrival for slack if you can.

The only thing keeping me from awarding the ffth star is location -- nothing really is in walking distance.

Love a free dock, 2015-04-22
Captain: , Massapequa,NY (986)

Great free floating dock with electric & water. $8.75 for electric. Electric only works on A & C dock. No electric on B dock

Main Steet Bridge/RR bridge, 2015-02-15
Captain: , Jacksonville, Fl (71)

Use to wait for the Main Street bridge delays or RR bridge. Current is very strong in this part of the river.

72 hour for free Docking , 2015-01-14
Captain: , Dinner Key (44)

It's really nice have a free dock.
Walking to the downtown about 15~20 minutes.
Waiting here for 2 hours the John T. Alsop Bridge, aka Main Street Bridge open.

You can use VHF to call.


Power not working Oct 2014, 2014-10-23
Captain: , St Augustine (393)

Power pay stations were malfunctioning. Not a big deal, stayed for one night, free. Weekday, I was the only bost there.

July 4th weekend, 2014-07-06
Captain: , Jacksonville, Florida (10)

Great Marina excelent for viewing the July 4th over Downtown Jax.

72 hour limit, 2014-03-09
Captain: , Jacksonville,FL (116)

The Metro Park has Free dockage not to exceed 72 hours "within a 30 day period". In other words if you have reached your 72 hour limit, you can't go downtown to the Landings for a overnight Free dockage there and return the next day to start another 72 hour period at Metro Park.

Can't Beat the Price, 2013-11-29
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (250)

Free!! for 72 hours max. Electric and water at dock (swipe your credit card at head of docks for daily electric--about $8 for one day). No cable. Bathhouse is not in great shape and open to public. Lots of current through here. No security, although sheriff boats are parked in here, but that could have to do with the Christmas boat parade tomorrow. Not a bad place to stop for the night.

Paul and Sandy Tyndall
Going Yahweh
Ocean Alexander 44

Great dockage, but..., 2013-11-10
Captain: , The Villages, FL (368)

A great place to stay but the power system seemed to be INOP yesterday, and we we're told that it had been 'out for a while. Still, a Very good place, and the price was right ($0!!). Thanks JAX!

If you want a dock but have no cash, 2013-08-16
Captain: , England (411)

Docked here in August. Only 3 boats but room for 50. Strong current, but easier once inside. Lots of 30ft docks and face docks for bigger boat. Good water and power for a fee. A walk to town, but Arena near by with a pub. They will charge if there is an event, Arena football is not an event, but I guess a Panthers game would be!

Metro Park Marina, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (32)

After many visits to this marina, I am very satisified with the condition and security. Very few marinas (I can't think of one) that allow free overnight docking with water and $8 for 30/50 amp power for 24 hours. The city repairs damage caused by inexperienced boaters and cleans debris left by fishermen (a never ending task).
Power is payable by credit card only at any of the kiosks, just make sure you know which dock and slip you are activating.

I'd stay again.....!!, 2013-07-01
Captain: , Live-a-board (350)

Price is FREE, can't beat that. For those with Power issues, yes we could not get kiosk at C dock to work but were able to get power from another kiosk to make our slip have power, so keep trying other kiosks. In 6 days (yes we overstayed, why not there is NO ONE here) we saw one other boat who stayed overnight to see an Arena football game nearby. We dinghied to theLanding once, walked once, took the trolly to the Riverside area; do a weekday, whe weekends have limited bus and no trolly service. There is little to do here, everything below regarding park, firedept. etc etc... is true. Do NOT come here on a football weekend, suspect you'd be unable to get a slip and then they charge--dont' know the rate.

Can't beat free!, 2013-06-29
Captain: , St. Augustine, Florida (198)

Stopped there for tropical storm Andrea in early June on our way from Seafarers on Trout River to Ortega Landing Marina on Ortega River. A water pipe burst on D dock and all of D dock was without water. Being a city operated faciity it might be a while before that problem is repaired. The pump out pump was busted also. It worked in April.

We've stayed there twice and dinghied over from Exchange Island a dozen or so times for doctor vists and groceries. Except for an event weekend, we haven't seen more than 4 or 5 boats in there if that many.

A short walk to downtown lets you catch the community shuttle to 5 Points where you will find a Publix, UPS Store, Tiajuana Flats, Starbucks, 5 Guys Burgers, 2 Pizza places, Zoes, Liquor store, Wendys, and others that I can't recall. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes and every 10 minutes during lunch time.
Over 65 is free, show your driver license, $1.50 for others.

And the best part is, the marina is FREE! That's worth a five by itself.

Safe, deep, free - glad we found it!, 2013-04-01
Captain: , New Orleans (651)

Tied up to inner dock T head with 43' sailboat 6.5' draft. Saw 8' mlw (Jan with north wind) but slips closer to outside had more water and the outer dock has 30'. Water and elec avail. Portapotties. Free pump out. The park is gated to vehciles when there is not an event. Lighting is first rate. Next door is a fireboat station manned 24/7. Called yellow cab 904-260-1111 ($5 for 1.5 mile) to the Landing. Had a great dinner (fresh Mahi, good steak) at Fionn MacCools Irish Pub. This marina has floating docks and is very secure. Has a large grass area and a white gazebo with red legs. Two other sailboats overnighted here. Will stop here again. Great verizon internet.

power problems, great docks, nice spot, stop here!!, 2013-03-28
Captain: , jax, fl (111)

this is a update from my first impression. we have stopped here 4 more times since i posted this and have to say the city isnt paying much attention to this great spot. we have not been able to get power on our last 3 stops. its still a nice free place but if you need power dont count on it working here..Stopped here this last weekend. we are local to this area, but new to boating and didn't really know about this place until seeing it on active captain. What this a great spot. Floating concrete docks and in great shape. We had no problems getting power to our slip. There are very strong and crazy currents on this river and boats are powering by but we didn't get rocked too much. Two boats left sometime after 10:30, and we think they did the big rocking. This is 100% DYI dock. Don't call them on the phone, or send a email, or call them on the radio. There is no one who is going to help with questions or your lines. It's 8 bucks for power, we didnt need or see the pump out. There is a fire station on this site also. This is downtown and the things to do around here are few and would be better during the week as there isn't much here on the weekends. We attended a minor league baseball game and there was also an area football game. both were a 10 minute walk. If the Jaguars happen to be playing or a college game, forget about it it will be packed with people. We did have concerns about this "part of town", but that was baseless as this was a nice safe spot and we would have no hesitation stopping here again.

Keep this on your short list, 2013-03-13
Captain: , Charleston, SC (284)

Free for up to 72 hours. Electric $8/24hrs.

Bathrooms are not pretty, but functional. No showers. Nothing close by but cabs to downtown are reasonable. Good security. Great lighting. Floating docks. Met a bunch of locals who regularly use the docks and had a great time.

Good spot, and free, 2012-10-30
Captain: , GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL (736)

The docks here are solid floating concrete slab, in excellent condition. We docked on the outside of the outer dock--at the East end, noting the signs reserving the rest for water taxis--on account of strong wind and current making maneuvering to the inside difficult. Then we moved inside the outer dock later, to a much quieter slip. Two unoccupied boats, otherwise empty. Walked the dog up to spacious grassy area, noted bathrooms at East end of park. This is a stopover on the way to Green Cove Springs for us. But we'll remember this as a good place to stop in furture.

All by myself, 2012-08-18
Captain: , Jaluit (622)

A surreal feeling. This marina will hold at least 50 boats and yet I am here alone. Couple of thoughts. The power is controled by a terminal at the top of the gangway. Bring a credit card and the dock leter and number of your pedastal to save yourself a walk back to the boat. There is wave action at the entrance, so stay out of the slips that are behind the entrance.

I never left my boat so no help around and about.

Electric is Fixed - Great Bargain!, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Cleveland (2062)

We stopped for overnight to wait for better currents when traveling down the St. Johns to the ICW. Docks are very nice - floating concrete. The current can be wicked so if you can time your arrival with slack current it would be helpful. There is not a great deal of turning room once inside the dock area.

The waves from the river were a non issue as we chose a dock inside and away from the marina opening. The floating docks across from the opening seem to catch quite a bit of the wave action from boats on the river.

The electric does now work but it took a number of tries to get the credit card reader to accept our card. Finally, a slow wipe of the card did it rather than a fast swipe.

Firemen on duty next door were very helpful and were willing to call the dockmaster if we couldn't get the electric turned on (you select the dock at which you are tied so the kiosk turns on only your dock).

Nice park next door - Winn Dixie is easy to reach by bike.

Good Stop, 2012-03-10
Captain: , Cincinnati (1800)

This is a great place to stay. We stayed for two nights due to weather. It is a shame that there is nothing in the area to do. Very nice docks and park but no activity. $8.56 for 24 hours of electric was also an added bonus. The price was perfect - Free The fjire boat station is on the premise and manned by friendly people. We also stayed on our way back up the river and the electric kiosh didn't work and there was no phone number or person to contact to fix the issue. Nice for free but not worth anything else since the city doesn't care enough to leave contact info when it doesn't work.

Isolated, Functional, and FREE!, 2012-01-17
Captain: , St Johns, FL (160)

Excellent floating docks in good condition. Not much else for FREE. Don't expect any docking help. But it is FREE!. ($8 for overnight power). Nothing is within a nearby walk, unless you plan to see a football game. But it is FREE. Swift current, nerves of steel required. Lock up your valuables, unsavory types can be nearly on occasion. But it is FREE!

Great spot to take a break, 2012-01-06
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

Stopped here to rest a while and we stayed three nights - FREE, electricity available for $8.56 per 24 hrs, water available free, and free self serve pumpout area on face dock. Some strong waves provided free rocking motions. Free trolley to the Landing and minimal pay for bus service to practically anywhere in Jax. Across from the Landing at the Rover City Brewing Company restaurant is another dock, formerly the city's but now private - $1.50 per foot and $3.00 for electric per day, water included but no pump out service. There are a few Museums in that area as well. The Maxwell House coffee plant just upstream, sometimes they burn the beans while roasting them, but it smells good most of the time. We were the only boat here Jan 4-7, 2012

A good overnighter., 2011-10-20
Captain: , N Fort Myers, Florida (516)

The docks were in excellent condition, easy to use selfserve electric (8.59) and set in a beatiful park. Rest rooms were less than desireable, but the price was right. FREE

Endless Shrimp Cocktails, 2011-08-18
Captain: , LaBelle (95)

We were warned by bigoted acquaintances, not to stop here. We stopped anyhow, and were the only boat in the place. There were dozens of families shrimping and fishing off of the empty docks throughout the night. It was magical. We stayed two days and walked to the Landing for smokes and pizza and other little things. The whole time we stayed, we were the only boat in residence. I imagine you might skip this place on football days but otherwise it is a wonderful place to cool ones heels.

great stop, 2011-05-12
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (371)

Great stop! Electric and water 8.56. You pay using a machine, very easy. Can walk to The Landing about one mile away. There is docking at the Landing but NO electric. Very strong current.

Remote but OK, 2011-04-24
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (326)

Went onto the face dock in fast current. Electricity simple and priced right. Winn Dixie is about a mile away, and nothing else is nearby. You need bikes to navigate the area around here. Docks are great and vacant. We will try to arrive at slack tide and grab an inside dock next time.

A Great Value and a Nice Marina, 2011-04-03
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (451)

Quality marina infrastructure. Free dockage for 72 hours. First come first served. All services are self help...not a problem at all. Dock Master is available by cell phone and is helpful. This place should be full of boats! Near Jaguar Stadium and within a secure city park!
Captain Chuck
M/V Oasis

Very nice place, 2011-03-10
Captain: , Quebec (106)

We stayed here 72 hours, well protected, free water, electricity $8.56 for 24 hours, if one of the self serve meters does not work, try the next one they are inter-connected. The floating docks are almost new. It is a short walk to Jacsonville Landing, Winn Dixie and there is a trolley to get around. You cannot contact anyone but once you dock, Scot the Harbor Master does come and say hello, a very nice person. Much better protection here compared to Jacksonville Landing. Sad, but not many boats stop here, and the birds, herons, egrets are such a joy to watch

looks and acts deserted, 2011-01-30
Captain: , millsboro DE (300)

tried to stay here!! called on radio no answer called via land line and voice mail was full. talked to some locals they said the situation at the marina is poor and it is not uncommon to not be able to contact staff. When I passed the marina on my way to the landing the marina looked deserted and certainly not inviting

Free, but NO service, 2010-12-08
Captain: , Stuart, FL (416)

Docked for free on 12/1/10 with free water but could not get electricity "kiosk" to work. You pay for electricity at a kiosk with your credit card, but it wouldn't work. Mailbox for dockmaster is full and does not return calls. Finally got policemen in nearby facility to reset the router for the network and kiosk started working. A bad area to walk around in, especially at night. At least 1 mile to any restaurants. You can go further upstream and dock in front of hooters for free, but no electricity.

This has gotta be the best kept secret of NE FL!!!, 2010-11-08
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (370)

What a delightful respite! Docks and slips are new and excellently constructed! A beautiful park is adjacent to the marina. $8 for 50 amp power and water per night is the total cost for staying here albeit you're limited to 72 hours. If you need showers and laundry, this may not be the stop for you. This marina is walking distance to Jacksonville Landing, the area across the bridge as well as Winn Dixie. Also, the water taxi is accessible if you're so inclined. A bonus---Maxwell House Coffee has a plant within sniffing distance and the aroma is heavenly!!!

Used the free pump out, 2010-06-14
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (396)

Capt. Bernie %u2013 SITTING DUCK 50 ft. power %u2013 5 ft. draft

We didn%u2019t stay at the marina, just used the self service free pump out. Nice place, water is on, pump out worked fine and is on the outside so easy to get at. It%u2019s not a NO WAKE zone, so it was kind of bumpy on the outside. Inside should be better, but there is nothing to see (except the park) if you were to go ashore. Good for an overnight, everything is free!

City Docks, 2010-05-19
Captain: , Patrick AFB Florida (1254)

Understand from talking with the Jacksonville Dockmaster that these city docks are free, pay for electricity (water free). Electricity should be hooked up by end of May 2010. Come in and find a slip to fit; the dockmaster will find you to collect.

There is a city trolley line (free) that runs out to the area of the marina, which you can take into the downtown area or to most other places in the city.

Hidden facility, 2010-03-12
Captain: , Newville (488)

Strong currents, sometimes large wakes. We actually stopped to take advantage of the free pump out provided by the city. It is located on the West end of the face dock. water taxi shares the dock on the East end. Pumping unit is self serve. Dock is concrete.

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