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Trip List by murder


Jul 20, 2007  Not a native of Jacksonville but I might as well be.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

My list of things I do in Jacksonville Florida when I get bored.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Neptune Beach
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Anheuser-Busch Brewery

    I have never been a very big beer drinker but for some reason I have always liked going to this place. You can either go with a tour group or self guided through the huge brewery learning all about the process and history of making beer. I like to just wander the place with out a guide taking time to smell the hops and watch bottles twisting around the machines. At the end of your beer journey you are rewarded with a variety or free beer to choose from (or soda if you don't like beer) and some pretzels. The entire thing form start to finish is free, so why not go every day?

  • 2. Jacksonville Beach

    Who doesn't like hanging at the beach? The beaches here tend to be more relaxed and subdued than other more wild beaches. It's a great place to bring family, pets, or just a good book without anyone slamming you in the face with a volley ball. I've never had problem with parking and again, this is a totally free Jacksonville experience.

  • 3. Jacksonville Zoo

    This is a great zoo. It will take you pretty much a full day to experience everything this place has to offer. Some of the things I liked the best was the aviary where you can actually hold and feed the birds and the boardwalk that stretches out over an African landscape. Admission is just $11.00 for Adults and $9.00 for kids which makes it a rather inexpensive and relaxing day.

  • 4. Saint Augustine

    I know that St. Augustine is a whole different city, but its so close to Jacksonville that you might as well take a little drive down there if you have nothing else going on. St. Augustine is very touristy at times but I am still drawn to it for some reason. The Castillo de San Marcos, which I have just called 'the fort' my whole life, is beautiful and worth taking a stroll around. There is a mixture of hokey and authentic entertainment here that will keep you happy for a few days straight.

  • 5. Conch House Restaurant

    While you are at St. Augustine you should eat here. The view is gorgeous and exactly what I picture when ever I imagine coastal north Florida. If you are lucky you will be seated at one of their many out door private tiki hut style tables which are scattered around the perimeter of the restaurant at various heights. The food is great too, and is definitely worth the trip.

  • 6. Saltwater Cowboys Restaurant

    Saltwater Cowboys is in St. Augustine but it is such a different kind of place it is definitely worth a little drive. Their food is delicious and unique and is relatively inexpensive. You can pick from comfort food like jambalaya, BBQ, fried chicken, and catfish, to more diverse meals like alligator tail, frog legs, and turtle. What ever you choose you are going to like it. And if the food isn't enough of a reason, the scenery around the restaurant should be the deal closer. Salt water marshes surround the heavily windowed dining area giving you a lovely panoramic view of the outdoors.

  • 7. Jacksonville Landing

    I have wasted many a day in Jacksonville Landing. Honestly, I don't really find the shops there to be all that great, but I do like to just sit at one of the upstairs restaurants with a friend or two during the day, get a margarita, and watch the birds and boats go by. There is usually some kind of event happening in the center of the Landing that will catch your attention. Last time I was there a Jambalaya contest was going on and I ended up getting some free grub. Some times there is live bands and music, and different festivals. You can also rent a boat and motor around the river if you feel like it.

  • 8. Southside Cellars

    This is a very small wine store right on Southside Boulevard, but on weekends for just $5.00 you can eat some fresh bread, cheese, and what ever else the Blakelys (the owners) decided to cook up all while tasting a variety of wines. What’s better is that if you decided to buy a bottle that five bucks goes back toward your purchase.

  • 9. Amelia Island

    Amelia Island is just 30 minutes away from Jacksonville and has a number or activities to keep you busy. You can relax at quite Fernandina beach, go horse back riding, rent a bicycle and ride around the trails near the marshes. If you want to be somewhere peaceful and quiet and just enjoy the scenery and wild life of Florida this is, without a doubt, the perfect place.

  • 10. The Verandah

    While you are at Amelia Island you might as well eat at The Verandah. Though part of a country club it is open to the public and is a classy yet casual place to indulge yourself. Entrées range from $20-30.00 but everything there is absolutely worth it. And after a day horse riding and biking there is no reason you shouldn't order a decadent desert and coffee to finish the night off.

  • 11. Gator's Dockside Restaurant

    There are a lot of these in Florida, but there is at least one in Jacksonville that I have been to and I really liked it. Mostly it was the drink selection that I liked so much. You can order a huge fish bowl of green deliciousness with an alligator stuck right in the middle of it. And while you are slurping on your oversized beverage you might be rocking away in a rocking chair booth thing. I don’t really know how to describe it other than a booth that sits about six people comfortably, that rocks. Not all the seats are like that, but if you like swaying while you eat your sea food this is the place for you.

  • 12. Adventure Landing

    Adventure Landing is a kid wonderland. First off it's a water park, you can see that much from the road. On top of that it's got batting cages, laser tag, arcade games, go carts, and various non-watery rides. It also has a gator pit where you can roust the gators to jump out of the water for chunks of food. There are a lot of kids to deal with during peak season, but if you like to be a kid yourself sometimes then it won't bother you too much.

  • 13. Zaitoon

    Different and delicious. Zaitoon's is tucked away in the corner of an upscale strip mall but if you can find it you will be happy that you did. It has all the Greek favorites served in a sophisticated atmosphere. I got the seafood Paella and it was hands down the best I have ever had. (And I have had a lot of Paella) Overall, its a little more expensive then I prefer, but the food is definitly worth the price.

  • 14. Sun Dog Diner
    Sun Dog, Neptune Beach, Florida

    Diner by day, bar by night, the Sun Dog diner is exactly the place you want to go to after a long day at the beach. Or maybe a place to step into onthe way to the beach. Its just one street away from the ocean and serves all kinds of beach favorites. What I like. Thier Turkey Bacon Brie. It is so simple to so good.