There are so many unique activities to do in and around Jacksonville, it’s what makes it such a great place to live. Being from this city, you wouldn’t want to miss out on doing certain things that make Jacksonville so exceptional, things you wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else in the world. Here are 9 Bucket List Activities Everyone From Jacksonville Should Do. Hopefully, you’ll be able to accomplish them all.
9. Visit Kingsley Plantation
Located in the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, the Kingsley plantation is a must-see for all Jacksonville locals, being the oldest surviving plantation house in the state of Florida. Learn more about your city’s rich history, and try not to run into any unfriendly ghosts while you’re there.
8. Check out the Kona Skate Park Skateboard Museum
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The skateboard museum at Kona Skate Park is well worth the visit. The walls inside the skate shop are covered wall-to-wall with vintage boards from the ’50s through to the ’80s. The museum and the park itself isn’t just for skaters, anyone and everyone will enjoy spending the day here.
7. Find a Good Read at the Chamblin Bookmine
Located in Westside, the Chamblin Bookmine is one of Jacksonville’s hidden gems – and America’s independently owned book store. There are well over one million books in their inventory, and most are rare or previously owned. The selection is also constantly changing, thanks to the library’s book trade-in policy.
6. Jump in Friendship Fountain
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Before you die, you need to jump into the Friendship Fountain in Southbank, if possible with friends and preferably with all of your clothes on. It was once the world’s biggest fountain, but even though it lost that title it’s still a Florida landmark and one that is just begging to be jumped in.
5. BYOB and Eat a Meal in the Garden at Community Loaves
Eating a locally sourced meal in a garden at Community Loaves in Murray Hill is a bucket list place to visit for most people who call Florida home, no doubt due to how beautiful the setting is. Make sure you call ahead to reserve a space!
4. Head Into Driftwood Forest on Big Talbot Island
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There’s something magical about the driftwood forest at Big Talbot Island. The farther into nature you go, you’ll encounter more and more, tall and tangled driftwood on the dunes. It’s Instagram, and bucket list, worthy.
3. Buy Something From the Pecan Park Flea Market
The Pecan Park Flea Market in Northside is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. It’s the largest flea market in Northeast Florida, with more than 750 vendors, there’s something for everyone.
2. Go to the Roller Derby
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Jacksonville is home to the RollerGirls, a female roller derby league that always puts on a good show. Seeing them in action at the Skate Station Mandarin should be on every Jacksonville local’s bucket list. It’s one of the most entertaining things you’ll experience in your lifetime.
1. Volunteer at Jax Zoo
Have you ever wanted to hang out and help out at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens? You can spend the day cleaning the anteaters’ night house, feeding otters, meeting monkeys up close, or helping prepare food for the gorillas. It’s a wild way to spend the day.