The door opens and beaded Peruvian curtains clack a greeting to the arrivals. As the new diners sit, the sun, too, sits on bay windowsills and turns the orange walls a rich burnt red. Weekend live music strikes up and Pisco’s waiters erupt from the kitchen, arms lined with lime-infused ceviche and plated morsels of octopus and mussels. As three flat-screen TVs broadcast the Peruvian station and remind diners of the owners’ native roots, stir-fried chicken and steak entrees descend upon tables beside posses of plantains, roasted corn, and fresh cilantro. While sipping on sangria or lemonade, patrons can peek into the banquet room to prophesy a possible get-together or peek into a neighbor’s traditional corn drink for prophecies from the spirit of Orville Redenbacher.
The FAA-certified flight instructors at Pilot Jacksonville take new recruits and mold them into bold and courageous masters of the skies. While this might not be every student's goal for flying, all of them nevertheless begin their aerial adventure with a Discovery Flight alongside one of these experienced instructors. A pre-flight briefing reviews safety and answers questions, before student and teacher clamber aboard the small aircraft for up to 30 minutes of pretending to be a flying squirrel. All pupils will get to control the aircraft for a few minutes while airborne, and all receive a flight certificate once they've landed back on the ground and rediscovered their sea-level legs. Furthermore, if students choose to continue their studies, they can count their hours toward an actual Pilot's License.
This eclectic drink spot in the heart of historic San Marco offers coffees, smoothies, fresh juices and frozen yogurt, making Pulp an all-around space for relaxing with friends or picking up a quick beverage to go. Pick off the menu or have the juice barista custom blend a special, often involving wheat grass, carrots, beets or apples, with touches of lemon and ginger thrown in for flavor. Locally roasted, ground-to-order coffees are served French press, hand drip or Turkish style alongside organic teas, while beer and wine make for more adult offerings. Even the frozen yogurt is organic at Pulp, and comes in a variety of bright, citrusy flavors. With its orange logo and bright yellow walls, Pulp is equally as vibrant, sporting an oak bar and long ceiling beams, hanging lantern lights, an extensive chalkboard menu and a few scant tables both inside and on the patio.
E2ride Bike Tour in the San Marco section of Jacksonville rents Trek 7200 hybrid bicycles for a guided 11-mile tour with stops at historic and picturesque places in the San Marco neighborhood, which was modeled after Venice, Italy. The hybrid bike blends the characteristics of both a road and mountain bike and provides a comfortable riding position and cushioned ride. One of the oldest sections of Jacksonville, riders will pedal along the St. Johns River, taking in statues, European architecture and a variety of wildlife, all while knowledgeable guides point out features you might otherwise miss. Bikes, helmets, water and snacks are provided, but if you’re a local with your own two wheeled ride you can bring that instead. Terrain has some small inclines with short, grassy hills, but is mostly flat. E2ride Bike Tours also offers group and corporate team building tours.
Since 2003, the Jacksonville Film Festival has annually served as one of the city's most anticipated cultural events, screening international and independent films and hosting some of Hollywood's most accomplished names. The first deal plunks cinephiles squarely on the red carpet with access to Saturday's special event, a screening of The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, starring Tim Allen, Elisha Cuthbert, and Andie MacDowell. Young film critics that already possess Roger Ebert's critical eye and Gene Shalit's bushy mustache can attend the kids' red-carpet event, which will screen the zany kid-friendly comedy Finn on the Fly. The third options gets you into the world premiere of Thespians, which documents the theater programs at two Duval County high schools as they prepare for the Florida State Thespians theater festival. Afterward, stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guests.
With a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Great City Race challenges city dwellers' problem-solving skills and knowledge of their hometown in a race that's both mentally and physically challenging. Crowds of colorfully dressed teams gather on the date of the race armed with a digital camera or cell phone to document each task that they perform. Using nothing but their feet, public transportation, and knowledge of the city, teams must solve 11 out of 12 clues and return to the starting line. The teams with the best times are rewarded for their efforts with prizes, and all participants go home with a T-shirt and swag bag to stow excess confidence.