What is there to do in Jacksonville Florida? Welcome to the Ultimate List.
We’ve assembled a growing list of things to do in Jacksonville, Florida. When you’re done, be sure to check out our directory. Between the list below and our home page, we are convinced you will see Jacksonville as an underrated city.
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Number One: World Skydiving Center
Rise above the clouds then fall below them with the World Skydiving Center. Jumpers will get a view of the St. Johns River and the towers of Downtown, Jacksonville. Participants report the thrill of falling at 120 mph and describe the feeling as almost flying! Is it crazy? Sure. But how many people can say they’ve done this? Cross it off the bucket list and be one of the few.
At the writing of this post, a tandem skydive will cost you $159 if you don’t have a group. Bring your own action cam or pay $99 for the team to video your dive. We promise, you’re going to want the video! For the more serious sort, AFF training starts at $1,400. After the course you’ll be able to solo jump for just $25!
Many report skydiving as the most exciting experience of their life. Some people decide to jump for their birthday, others decide to jump when they learn they have cancer. We can’t understand all the reasons for jumping, but the fact is this… you’ll never feel more alive than when you’re falling out of an airplane. Your senses will heighten, your hair might raise and you’ll be screaming with shear joy. Or screaming in fear. We’re not sure but we can guarantee you’ll remember this for a lifetime.
Number Two: Whils Paintball
Challenge your friends to a tactical shootout. Paintball has the ability to bring out the inner warrior in anyone. Be warned, though, those little things called paintball’s can hurt! You’ll hear the shots wiz past your head. You’ll feel adrenaline surge. You’ll scream ow! That’s all a part of paintball.
Whils Paintball is located off of Normandy Blvd. It’s a great place to take your kids for a non-conventional fun day. And if you’re worried about the paintballs being too painfull for your kids? Have no fear, Whils paintball is now offer low impact paintball with 60% less impact energy.
At the time of this post, you can rent all your gear and get 500 rounds for just $35.
Number Three: Chamblin’s Uptown
Chamblin’s Uptown is truly magical. Peruse each isle in awe at the selection, you won’t be alone. People walk about this place with their jaws slightly gaping. That’s just a fact. The place is two stories of book nerd awesomeness. You’ll find a cafe in the downstairs portion of the store, because, well… book nerds love coffee.
Whether you’re looking for rare books, comic books, new releases or historical wonders, Chamblin’s is the place to go. They also have a store located off of Roosevelt Blvd called Chamblin’s Bookmine. Not everyone knows about Chamblin’s but those who do will say its one of their favorite places in Jacksonville.
Number Four: Velocity Air Sports
Number four is geared towards the kids. Trampoline parks are great places to sap your child’s energy. When all is said and done, they’ll jump for an hour and sleep like the dead. Seriously. If you read the reviews on this place, you’ll find that an hour is about the maximum amount of time that anyone can jump. If the park looks cool and you’re an adult, no worries, they’ll let you in too. Just be sure to check available times and go with a group so you don’t feel like a clumsy giant amidst a mob of bouncing midgets.
At the writing of this post, one hour of jumping starts at $15 and two hours of jumping will run you $25. If your kids are less than 6, then those prices change to $11 and $17 respectively. Here at Fun Hoot, we support any business that provides both fun and exercise. Please, put away the game controllers and let your kids go fun hooting at the trampoline park. Every kid needs to do it at-least once. All they’re friends are talking about it, after all.
Number 5: Dance Salsa Jax
According to a report from the University of Brighton, dancing can burn up to 300 calories in just one-half hour. If that’s not an impressive motivator, we don’t know what is. Of course, the health benefits behind dancing don’t stop there. Dancing has been shown to reduce stress, improve coordination and even boost your memory. Dance Salsa Jax was founded in 2005 and touts itself as the first salsa school in Jacksonville. The instructors are said to be patient and work according to your learning speed.
For some, enrolling in dance class requires a lot of courage. If you read the reviews for Dance Salsa Jax, however, you will see that hardly anyone felt embarrassed or discouraged. Everyone steps on toes and occasionally falls out of rhythm. That’s okay. That’s a part of learning.
Number 6: Catty Shack Ranch
Catty Shack Ranch has been ranked by Tripadvisor as the best thing to do in Jacksonville out of 157 entries. Even though our list is not ranked in order, we knew the ranch deserved a place near the top of the list. Few places give you the opportunity to see this many cats, and boy are we not lying when we say these cats are BIG! Whether you’re just going to see them yourself or to show your kids, we’re sure that all parties will be satisfied with their visit. If you see their website, you will learn of their mission statement, “to rescue exotic animals from serious situations…. to provide a safe, loving and forever home to endangered big cats and educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity.” Catty Shack Ranch does not, “breed, trade, sell or buy any of their residents.” They have “tigers, lions, pumas, leopards, lynx, foxes, and coatimundis…”
Number 7: Bold City Brewery
Jacksonville is home to over 20 craft breweries. One of the trendsetters is, well, you guessed it, Bold City Brewery. The company is owned by Brian Miller, a beer guru who has been at it since he started home brewing back in 2002. The selection Bold City offers is quite diverse. With over 10 different beers on tap at each location, you’ll find the right drink for everyone.
At the time of this post, the brewery had a 4.8 star review on google, something which is rarely achieved. You’ll not only be able to sample beer but grab a bite to eat. All in all it’s just a sweet atmosphere that you need to experience. Show your appreciation for this Jacksonville gem. Pay the place a visit.
Number 8: Walk Down Historic King Street
King Street has a historic yet youthful feel. As you walk down King Street you will pass Hoptinger’s rooftop bar and eventually end up at Blacksheep’s rooftop bar, both of which provide a great view of everything below. Along the way, you’ll pass the historic Sun Ray cinema and get to do some window shopping. Each store is unique and the restaurants offer a soulful environment. King Street is a great place to spend the evening.
If you’re up for some comedy, Rain Dogs offers a comedy night and there are other restaurants along King Street that offer open mics. You’ll also be able to find a few places for Karaoke. King Street is no Downtown Savannah, but it does have a somewhat-similar vibe to offer.
Number 9: See the Jumbo Shrimp
The Jumbo Shrimp used to be known as the Jacksonville Suns. The old moniker was a bit more professional, but let’s be true, Jumbo Shrimp sounds way more intimidating. Go cheer for the local team and enjoy the creepy mascot. Bonus points if you can take a selfie with that hideous thing.
In all seriousness, though. Jaxons love their Jumbo Shrimp. A trip to the ballpark will more than make your night. Don’t let the minor league title get you down, the Shrimp have had more than a few good seasons. Buy some peanuts and cracker jack, you won’t care if you ever come back 🙂
Number 10: Black Creek Outfitters
Most don’t realize it, but Jacksonville has acres upon acres of wilderness. How many acres you say? We’re talking over 80,000 acres scattered around 450 City Parks, 7 State Parks and 3 National Parks. Black Creek Outfitters will supply you with paddle-boards, kayaks and even provide guided tours. They have a lake behind their shop and also let you take rentals off their premises.
Kayak’s can make for a great adventure. Whether you’re looking to go up small and unexplored creeks or have the fishing experience of a lifetime, just be mindful and know that the water is dangerous. Educate yourself on the tides and know the do’s and don’ts of kayaking before your trip. If you’re interested or have any questions, we’re sure Black Creek Outfitters is the place to go.
Number 11: Riverside Arts Market
The Riverside Arts Market runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. This event is hosted under the Fuller Warren Bridge bridge and vendors are present rain or shine. It’s a great opportunity to observe Jacksonville culture and support local artists. Nearly 4,000 visitors attend the market every Saturday. Down by the riverfront musicians play live music at the amphitheater which seats 350 people. If you get there early, you may even be able to join in for Yoga at 9 a.m.
When you’re done at the arts market, walk over to Cummer Museum and Gardens and explore their collection of over 4,000 objects. The museum also boasts 2.5 acres of gardens for your pleasure.
Number 12: The Museum of Science & History
Been there before you say? That’s no reason to forgo another visit we would reply. MOSH is always revamping their exhibits and rotating things to keep the experience fresh. This is an award winning museum that has received national acclaim. The museum is great for adults and children alike, although you’ll find more kids there than you will at most museums. MOSH recognizes the importance of education outreach and does well to service the community.
Who knows, the next Einstein could be your son, and the next Margaret Mead could be your daughter. Are you hoping for anything less? Bring them out to the Museum of Science and History and there’s no telling what you might foster. It’s safe to say we need more scientists. They will be the ones who find the cure for cancer, they will be the ones who take us to mars, and they will be the ones who make our energy clean.
Number 13: Memorial Park
This park was established in honor of 1,200 Florida men and women who lost their lives during World War I. When you visit, you’ll not only be paying tribute to them but also observing the pleasant scenery. If you have kids, bring a bag of chalk and make art on the sidewalk. If you have a date, bring a blanket and picnic basket (just be sure to pick a time when the weather’s nice and the mosquitoes are down). The park offers great views of the river and the “Life” sculpture is perhaps the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.
Number 14: The Main Library Balcony
On a normal day, the balcony atop the library is a quiet place to be. Grab some coffee and take anyone who likes to read. Together you’ll feel overwhelmed as you search the massive facility for a book. Once out on the balcony you’ll have an almost meditative experience guaranteed. The picture above was taken from an overlook that can be accessed if you move one story up from the balcony below. As for the balcony itself, that sits above the streets downtown. Not everyone knows about this and perhaps that is a good thing. Like Chamblin’s Uptown, we almost hate to mention it.
Number 15: Treaty Oak
This tree is over 250 years old and no picture will ever do it justice. Seeing a picture of this place is like seeing the picture of a mountain, you can’t get a grasp of how big it is until you stand before it. Treaty Oak is believed to have been named when the Spanish were trying to reach a peace agreement with Native Americans in the area. According to Wikipedia, the tree predates the founding of the city by Isaiah Hart during the 1820’s. Branches reach out and hang low to the ground, giving the tree an almost octopus-like appearance. It really is out of this world. You’ll be hard-pressed to experience it alone, though. Be prepared to share the space with other visitors.
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(Disclaimer: Stock images were used for some of the businesses listed above. Not every image is an accurate representation the establishment)