“The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time.” – Bill Bryson
Being an out-of-towner, your first instinct is to experience and see absolutely everything you can while you have the opportunity. You cram in as many sights and activities that you’re exhausted at the end of your trip and feel like you need another vacation to recover from this one. So, instead of going down this route, try instead to do as the locals do and experience everyday activities as they happen in Jacksonville. That doesn’t mean avoiding the attractions, but rather taking time to really experience them and have some fun.
There is plenty to keep you busy in Jacksonville, whether you’re a single, part of a couple, or with your family. Pick activities that suit your timeframe and your preferences, and remember to take moments throughout your trip to just stop and enjoy where you are and what you’re doing.
Spots like Atlantic Beach, Little Talbot Island State Park, and the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail are among several places to enjoy hiking trails, historic sites, nice beaches, and great places for travelling by foot or by bicycle. You can enjoy incredible views and historic sites while also taking in a fun bike ride or a picnic in a state park. Maybe you’re travelling with children interested in wildlife, in which case you should organize a visit to Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary or the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens. Both places vary slightly in atmosphere, but the animal experiences you receive from both even bring the locals around time and time again. The reviews say it all, noting that each spot is perfect for animal lovers and for people of all ages to enjoy some unique animal experiences.
However, maybe you’re travelling to Jacksonville with a group of buddies or as a couple and are looking for some more mature fun. Look no further than Bold City Brewery, Engine 13 Brewing Co., and Aardwolf Brewing Company, to name a few. Jacksonville never disappoints with the amount of craft breweries that are scattered around the city. These three spots in particular are best known for their friendly and knowledgeable staff, their seasonal creations, and their infectious atmosphere. Hit up one and stay the night or tour multiple and create your own brewery tour.
Whatever you decide to do with your time as an out-of-towner in Jacksonville, just remember to take time to tour like a local, stop to enjoy the moments, and most importantly, have some fun!