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
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:
- Cumberland Island – http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm
Okefenokee – http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/WildernessCanoeing.html get a team in the ragnar relay to run from miami to key west go to a nascar event
- run the golden gate bridge
run in central park go to new york city
- go to mexico
- go on an all-inclusive vacation
- go to costa rica
- go on a trip in an Amtrak Train
- Goblin Valley State Par, UT
- Charleston, SC
- Charolete, NC
Please leave your suggestions so I can make my list more awesome!