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Your Ultimate 904 Summer Bucket List

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Hello Duval, Summer is just around the corner and we have the ultimate 904 Summer bucket list for you! With so many fun activities to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so we curated the must do’s for you and your friends this summer!

So 904 friends, get ready to have the best summer of your life with this bucket list – your ultimate guide to touring and exploring our area!

Your 904 Summer Bucket List

Jax Surf And Paddle

Learn to Surf

What better way to cool down in the summer heat than taking a surfing lesson with Jacksonville Surf and Paddle! These guys are the best at breaking down the need to knows in surfing and finding the perfect waves for you to catch! 

The Atlantic Ocean is the ultimate spot to catch some waves in Florida with beginner to advanced waves all on one beach! We love taking a midweek break from the normal workout schedule to get wet and surf with Jacksonville Surf and Paddle!

Plus, if surfing isn’t your jam, they have stand up paddle board classes and rentals to explore the coast on slower pace! 

📍222 1st St. Neptune Beach, FL. 32233

Jax Ale Trail

Complete the Jacksonville Ale Trail

Did you know Jacksonville has our very own Ale Trail? Well, we sure do! This ale trail was set up to celebrate the many breweries in the 904 and give locals and visitors a fun activity to do with friends! 

Grab your friends and free ale trail passport and get drinking those beers! We love all of the free swag we get for getting stamped at the locations like the koozie for four locations and the t-shirt for eight. We suggest going all out and get all 22 stamps to earn the Jacksonville Ale Trail super secret prize!

Jacksonville Riverwalk
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Walk the Jacksonville Riverwalk

One of our absolute favorite views of our beautiful city is from the Jacksonville Southbank Riverwalk. We love strolling down in the cool night time area and looking at the city all lit up! The riverwalk is always full of people enjoying the outdoors and admiring the city making it easy to get lost in the magic of Jacksonville and the awe of skyline.

From the here, you can get to so many other great Jacksonville finds and even some of our 904 bucket list stops! Check this spot off your bucket list on the way to your next spot for a two-for-one!

📍1001 Museum Cir., 113, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Green Papaya
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Discover a Hidden Gem Restaurant

The 904 has seen some insane growth in the food scene with some of the best restaurants around! We love hopping all over the area trying bites from new and old places with great eats! There are so many to try so we suggest taking a look at this great article about some of our favorite spots, then go off and explore with your best friends!

Pro tip: Order apps with friends so you all can share and try more places in one night without getting too full or breaking the bank!

Jacksonville Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo is a must stop spot on your 904 tour! This zoo is a major part of the Jacksonville area, hosting people on the daily to learn about conservation and the great animals and plant life that call the Jacksonville Zoo their home! A portion of every ticket foes to conservation efforts so you can feel like you’re giving back to the area!

We suggest hitting up the zoo in the mornings when the first open so you can beat the heat – plus, the animals like to beat this Florida heat too by roaming in the mornings!

Monday – Sunday | 9:00am–5:00pm

📍370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, FL 32218

Skydive Amelia Island
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Skydive Amelia Island

Now that you’ve seen the city from the riverwalk, how about from above? Get the most incredible aerial view of the 904 with Skydive Amelia Island! The team at Skydive Amelia Island is super professional and knowledgeable making your first jump a little less scary and whole lot more fun!

We love their blog all about looking good for the best skydiving selfie – sans the blown out cheeks – so you can post it to all the socials! Make sure to sign up and read up all about skydiving!

📍551 Airport Road Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Palm Valley Fish Camp

Visit All of The Fish Camps

Get into that North Florida way of life with the freshest of fresh catch fish of the day from Fish Camp! With four locations throughout the area, we suggest spending a night at each to find your favorite dish from all!

We love visiting Fish Camp when we’re craving some great seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. The food is second to none the restaurants make us feel at home in chill and friendly environments so we can happily indulge in some fish spread and drinks

North Beach, Palm Valley, Julington Creek

Monday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday – Sunday | 11:00am–10:00pm

St. Augustine

Monday – Sunday | 4:00pm–10:00pm

📍100 1st Street Neptune Beach, FL 32266

📍299 Roscoe Blvd N Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

📍12760 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223

📍142 Riberia St St. Augustine, FL 32084

Crocodile Crossing

Zip Line at Alligator Farm

It’s not a Florida summer until you see some great Florida gators – and not just the football team! Alligator Farm is home to alligators, crocodiles and more right here in the 904! But our favorite way of checking out this wildlife is from above on their Crocodile Crossing zip line and aerial obstacle course.

Strapped into your harness in the trees above, you can see how these giant creatures spend their days basking in the hot Florida sun and cooling off with a dip in the water! Being above the gators brings the adrenaline level of this obstacle course to new levels and we love it!

📍999 Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080

Kraken Cycleboats Jacksonville
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Kraken Cycleboats

Round up your group of friends for the ultimate day drinking experience in the 904! Kraken Cycleboats are all the rage in Florida’s great cities, offering good times and the most scenic views of the city! The views of Jacksonville from right on the St. Johns River are second to none with the impressive skyline as a perfect backdrop to your claws selfie!

We suggest booking an outing on the weekend so you can spend your day drinking on the cycleboats with friends then walking along the riverwalk afterwards for a day full of fun! 

Pro tip: Bring snacks! The heat and drinking will get you hungry, be sure to bring some yummy snacks to get you through your peddle!

Monday – Friday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–2:00pm

Sun Ray Cinema 1 Your Ultimate 904 Summer Bucket List 2022
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Drive-In Movie

The drive-in at Sun-Ray Cinema is the perfect spot for a cute date night or a night out with the gang! This retro style drive-in reminds us of those hot summer days spent in the car with our family’s but now we can do that with our besties and an ice cold beer to cool us down!

We love going to Sun-Ray Cinema during the week for a break in our usual weeknight pattern, and with so many great movies coming out this summer, we may need multiple trips!

📍1028 Park St Jacksonville, FL 32204

Jacksonville Sunset
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Catch a Sunset

Florida is known for its magical sunsets, and with the longer days coming up, you deserve a magical sunset for yourself! With so many great beaches, bars, and view points, you can spend every night watching a new sunset!

We suggest getting on your bike and heading out to one of these great sunset destinations! 

Pro tip: Make the sunset even more magical by packing a picnic full of goodies for you and your friends to enjoy through the golden hour!

Pelican'S Snoballs
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Try Pelican’s SnoBalls

There is probably no better way to beat the Florida heat than scooping up a famous Pelican’s SnoBalls! These insta-worthy SnoBalls are a 904 favorite with their over the top flavors and combinations in massive servings!

The New Orleans style shaved ice spot is right off the beach making it a great spot to cool down and find a little shade during your beach day! We love stopping by after lunch for that cool dessert treat!

Monday – Sunday | 12:00pm–9:00pm

📍1029 3rd Street North Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Jet Ski

Explore Jacksonville by Jet Ski

The 904 is all about the water, everything great happens out there so get in on the action by exploring by jet ski! Jax Jet Ski Rentals caters to all the Jacksonville explorers with their fleet of skis ready to tear it and maybe even catch some air time! The Atlantic Ocean has choppier waters for the adrenaline seekers while the rivers are calmer giving you the nice easy going option to relax and maybe stop for a burger at a riverside hangout!

We love renting with friends and fitting two per wave runner to laugh along with and spot some marine life while we’re at it!

Monday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Sunday | 11:00am–7:00pm

📍3326 lakeshore blvd Jacksonville, FL 32210

Jacksonville Staycation
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Plan a Staycation

With so much to do in the 904, you deserve some time off and an adventure filled staycation! Staycations are perfect for taking time to yourself – especially when your city has so much to do and so many cool hotels to check out!

Grab your bestie and book yourself at an iconic 904 hotel and take time to drink through the city, eat at every burger joint, explore the waters, and finish it off with a beautiful sunset!

904 Bucket List

Let’s celebrate the 904 this summer and maybe even make it into a challenge – can someone say the 904 by 9-04?! Keep us updated on your 904 bucket list progress by tagging us on Facebook and Instagram and using #StuffToDoInJacksonville! Download our app for even more 904 fun!

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