First off, who doesn’t love things that are FREE? We know that sometimes it is hard to spend that extra buck at a fancy restaurant or buy an expensive gift for your loved one. But that doesn’t mean you should skip celebrating Valentine’s Day altogether! If you’re looking for a way to save some money this holiday, then you’re in luck! We’ve curated a list of our favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville that are completely free so you can spend quality time with your loved one while making memories money can’t buy!
When it comes to free things to do for Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville, nothing beats a gorgeous hike. Head out with your special someone and explore one of our beautiful state parks! Some of our favorite places to visit include, Bulls Bay Preserve waterfall, Bell Springs Trailhead, Florida Trail, White Springs, or your favorite state park to watch the seasons change. The peaceful sound of nature, combined with the serenity it provides, makes for a romantic day with your loved one. Take it one step further by stopping at your favorite local bakery and picking up Valentine-flavored picnic snacks. This is definitely a “Colors of the Wind” Instagram moment!
Everyone knows that a couples photo is necessary when it comes to celebrating cupid’s holiday. So, if you’re looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville this year, why not visit one of the many murals we have around town? Find a cute spot to pose with your loved one; whether posting or not, we love an excuse to make a memory. There are a ton of murals all around Jacksonville so you can think of this as a free date to go explore them all! Looking to make it more interesting? Make it a scavenger hunt and create clues leading to each mural!
This hidden spot in Avondale is perfect for your next date. Head over to the giant swing and have a picnic on the benches with a waterfront view as you compete for who can swing the highest. The weather in Jacksonville is perfect for a relaxing swing in this beautiful area of town, making it one of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville completely FREE!
Tip: You can park on the cul-de-sac or walk from the downtown shopping area!
📍The Giant Swing 1900 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205
For a true rom-com moment, take a stroll along the Riverwalk to Love Lock bridge this Valentine’s Day. Soak in the views of the beautiful city skyline, or partake in the tradition and add a lock with you and your special someone’s initials to the bridge. This is is one of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville while creating a memory you’ll remember forever. For an ideal path, start in Memorial Park in Riverside and take the path all the way until you reach the Downtown area.
Sweet Pete’s, located in Hemming Park, is perfectly fixated in a historic mansion and features multiple levels for various sweet treats! The outside is classic but the inside is extraordinary. For every holiday, they usually go all out and a local decorator comes and makes the shop into a wonderland, and of course, Valentine’s Day is no exception. So, if you’re looking for a sweet way to spend Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville this year, visit this candy shop and soak in their amazing decor. Don’t forget to grab a free sample of their delicious caramel!
And if this shop makes you crave more candy, we have a list of even more Candy Shops in Jacksonville that you can visit to grab some sweeties for your sweetie.
Fill up your Valentine’s Day date with memories, laughter and love with any of these romantic free date ideas!
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