“The List”

I love meeting people new to Jacksonville. My first question to them is always “Have you been to the Lemon Bar yet?” Rarely do they say yes. Hopefully they then add it to their mental check list of things to do in Jacksonville. I’ve gotten into several discussions with several people passionate about Jacksonville who disagree with me whether the Lemon Bar should be the first thing I suggest.

This got me thinking – what SHOULD be the official check list of all things must-see must-do in Jacksonville?

Here’s my checklist so far – as well as those items I’ve accomplished so far!

In addition, if I do an activity that after the fact I believe I should have already had it on the list, I will add it.


  • Play a game of volleyball at the beach
  • Run (or walk) the trails at UNF, Hannah Park, Guana River
  • Go Kayaking
  • Run the Gate River Run
  • Play barefoot beach soccer
  • Go ice skating at Jacksonville Ice & Sportplex
  • Run the bridges downtown
  • Go Surfing
  • Golf
  • skydiving
  • bike baldwin road
  • complete a triathlon
  • complete a marathon
  • run Guana Preserve
  • run hanna park
  • get a team in The Bear adventure race
  • diving lessons & diving
  • white water rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ride a 4 wheeler
  • ziplining
  • waterski
  • bioluminescent kayaking
  • paddle boarding


  • Pub crawl the Jax Beach bars
  • Ride the Beaches trolley (and extend your pub crawl to Neptune)
  • Lemon Bar on a beautiful Saturday or Sunday
  • Pete’s Bar
  • Dine/Drink at Cap’s
  • Visit Clarks Fish Camp
  • Casa Marina
  • Ginger’s
  • Sneakers
  • Slider’s
  • Angies subs
  • Urban Flats’ Wine Down Wednesday or Saturday Ladies Night
  • Budweiser Brewery Tour
  • Ruths Chris
  • Beach Road Chicken
  • River Club
  • Ribault Club
  • Safe Harbor Seafood
  • Ritz Carlton
  • A1A aleworks
  • Gypsy Cab Co.
  • try Moonshine

Food I haven’t tried:

  • Fried Cheesecake
  • Fried Oreos
  • Fried Pickles
  • Fried Beer
  • Fried Twinkies

Places/Events to go to:

  • Visit the Jacksonville Zoo
  • Participate in a Polar Bear Swim on New Years Day
  • Drive thru Bayard :)
  • Find Switzerland in Jacksonville ?
  • See Monster Jam and the Mullets
  • Visit TPC Sawgrass
  • Sit at 17 during THE PLAYERS Championship
  • Jacksonville Jaguars game
  • Florida-Georgia game and activities
  • Thirsty Thursdays at a Jacksonville Suns baseball game
  • Tailgate and cheer at WAKA Kickball Thursday nights (Beaches or St. Nicholas)
  • Drive, run or walk down River Road
  • st. aug lighthouse.
  • MOSH & Planetarium
  • fly first class
  • fly overseas


  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • See the shuttle launch from the beach
  • Go camping
  • Grab a boat and head down the St. Johns
  • Drive South on A1A on a sunny weekend day
  • Late night ocean swimming (clothing optional)
  • Meet a Navy sailor or pilot (this could work out for you, trust me)
  • Shop at the north end of Town Center and wish your way through the south end
  • Bar hop on Beach Cruisers on a nice weekend
  • Watch the sun rise over the atlantic
  • carriage ride
  • amphitheater
  • sleep overnight in a hammock
  • drink a boilermaker – bleh! why did i put this on my list?
  • Wishing Lanterns

Outside of Jacksonville:

Please leave your suggestions so I can make my list more awesome!

One Response to ““The List””

  1. Nell Nunn January 5, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    I was wondering if you would post information about Kingsley Plantation heritage days (Part of the National Park Program) on your blog.The information can be found below.


    Do let me know if you are able to help out with making people aware of our event.

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