Things To Do In Jacksonville

Jaxtoberfest at Jacksonville Shipyards, October 10–11 (Up to 50% Off)

Jaxtoberfest

Jacksonville Shipyards

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Family-friendly festival features German food and beer, games, weiner dog races, and live music

$140 $70

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Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour at Florida Theatre Jacksonville on October 2 at 8 p.m. (Up to 49% Off)

Nick Swardson

Florida Theatre

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Comedian best known for Benchwarmers and Reno 911! tours and preps for a new Comedy Central special

$49.25 $25

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Discovery Flight for One or Two at A-Cent Aviation (Up to 41% Off)

A-Cent Aviation

Jacksonville

A FAA certified instructor takes interested pilots-to-be on a jaunt through the clouds, introducing them to the basics and fun of flying

$169 $99

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Three-Attraction Pass and Drinks for One or Two at Adventure Landing Jacksonville (Up to 40% Off)

Adventure Landing Jacksonville

Multiple Locations

Groups race in go-karts, compete in themed laser-tag matches, and putt through mini-golf courses

$19.98 $12

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Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. (40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$67.05 $40

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Chocolate Pizza Party Class for Two, Four, or Six at Sweet Pete’s (Up to $46 Off)

Sweet Pete’s

Historic Springfield

Guests learn how to hand temper chocolate then decorate and create customized 8 ounce chocolate pizzas in a whimsical, century old home

$36 $21

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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$50 for a Casino Cruise with Lunch or Dinner and Slot Play for Two from Victory II ($94 Value)

Victory II

Jacksonville

Enjoy an afternoon or evening out on the Atlantic sipping drinks and trying your luck at the slot machines before a delicious meal

$94 $50

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All-Day Family Visit or Annual Family or Individual Membership at Tree Hill Nature Center (50% Off)

Tree Hill Nature Center

Arlington

Memberships include free admission to 50-acre nature center, free entry to butterfly festival, and discounts on programs and purchases

$16 $8

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Six-Week Beginner's Herbalism Course for One or Two at Green Lotus Studios (Up to 68% Off)

Green Lotus Studios

Avondale Riverside

Master herbalist leads course, which covers ways to treat and prevent illness with herbal medicine

$299 $99

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One-Hour Introductory Kiteboarding Course for One or Two at KGB Kiteboarding (Up to 52% Off)

KGB Kiteboarding

Southide Estates

Hour-long class gets singles and couples acquainted with a kiteboard's basic maneuvers, from self-launching to flying and landing techniques

$99 $49

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$180 for a Belly-Dancing Party for Kids or Adults at Anais Belly Dance & Fusions (Up to $375 Value)

Anais Belly Dance & Fusions

Avenues

Attached to private parties such as birthdays, girls nights out, or bridal showers, guests learn to belly-dance while watching a performance

$375 $180

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Private Sailing Lesson for Two, or Two-Hour BYOB Sunset Cruise for Two or Four from The Sailboat Club (Up to 70% Off)

The Sailboat Club

Mandarin

Captains take groups out for a cruise in waters frequented by manatees and ospreys; accredited instructors teach hands-on sailing techniques

$300 $90

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10 or 20 Tae Kwon Do Classes at K Tiger Taekwondo (Up to 86% Off)

K Tiger Taekwondo

Jacksonville

Build confidence and self-defense skills in classes led by international-level black belt instructors

$170 $25

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Four or Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Jacksonville Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to 77% Off)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Jacksonville

Group workouts feature intense, functional exercises that can be customized to suit all fitness levels

$197 $49

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$85 for a Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two with Souvenir Mugs from The Dinner Detective ($161.60 Value)

The Dinner Detective

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Four-course chicken, Tilapia, or pasta meal accompanies humor-studded modern mystery theater as guests scramble to find a killer among them

$161.60 $85

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Five or Ten Dance Classes at Tumbao Dance Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Tumbao Dance Studio

Commerce Center

Passionate instructors share the steps, and the excitement, of dances including salsa, mambo, merengue, cha-cha-cha, kizomba, and bachata

$60 $29

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$39 for 30 Days of Unlimited Dance Fitness Classes at Dance Trance Fitness (Up to $125 Value)

Dance Trance Fitness

Multiple Locations

Choreographers marry street-style dance with cardio as students of all ages tone muscles and melt fat in high-energy classes

$125 $39

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10 or 20 Barre Fusion Fitness Classes at Peak Physiques JAX (Up to 58% Off)

Peak Physiques JAX

Southeast Jacksonville

Classes fuse the motions and poses of yoga, barre work, and Pilates to tone bodies

$100 $49

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Nestled in the scenic shadows of the Smoky Mountains, Bent Creek Golf Course's 18-hole layout stretches across 6,182 yards of fairways that rise and fall among rolling foothills and pristine valleys. Golf legend and course designer Gary Player made deft use of a babbling mountain stream by running it through the course and seamlessly uniting two distinct nines: a front nine that sprawls across the valley floor and a back nine that roams the hilly mountainside like a forlorn sasquatch. The overall effect is a course that does justice to both the sheer scope of the rising peaks with bottom-up views and the panoramic splendor of Great Smoky Mountains National Park when seen from the cresting hilltops of the back-nine. The inventive layout is perhaps best characterized by the 11th hole, a 362-yard par 4 where a 90-degree dogleg-left plays into a green completely surrounded by the creek's rippling waters. A blend of bent and bermuda grasses grows resiliently for golfers striving to play all year-round, and fragrant wildflowers blossom at every tee to warm the hearts of world-weary nine-irons.

Bent Creek bolsters the pin-hunting prowess of its golfers with a staff of PGA-certified instructors that conducts lessons and presides over the domain of their full-service pro shop. A practice putting green helps players trim their score by reading dicey slopes, and the Creek Side Grill hosts postround revelry and community gatherings to decry the historical hardships of the mashie niblick.:m]]

Course at a Glance: * Designed by three-time Masters and British Open Champion Gary Player * Bermuda-and-bent-grass combination * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,182 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard

10440 Tournament Ln
Jacksonville,
FL
US

A year before her death in 1959, Ninah Cummer—an art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader—donated her riverfront home and art collection to the community, imploring her fellow citizens to help support the foundation of an art museum. In less than 10 years, the board of trustees transformed the abode into the verdant Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, adding to Ninah's original gift of 60 pieces until the collection included nearly 1,000 works of art.

Today, the permanent collection holds pieces that span more than four millennia, from 2,100 B.C. to the 21st century. An ancient Egyptian stone tablet intrigues viewers with cryptic hieroglyphs and stylized portraits while, nearby, Peter Paul Rubens' The Lamentation of Christ epitomizes the colorful, sweepingly histrionic style of the Baroque painters. American treasures include Gilbert Stuart's iconic portrait of George Washington—one of over 100 he painted in an attempt to perfect the likeness of the first president and design a killer mask for the White House Halloween party.

After getting their fill of indoor beauty, guests can head to the open air and vibrant scenery of the museum's gardens. Begun more than a century ago, the gardens crisscross with winding paths that take guests under the canopies of majestic oaks and alongside the Italian garden's shimmering reflecting pools.

829 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville,
FL
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When the Jacksonville Zoo first opened in 1914, it had only one attraction––a red fawn. Today, nearly a century later, it’s home to more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plant species, and welcomes an ever-changing lineup of visiting exhibits. Guests stroll along the boardwalk in a large, open environment called the Plains of East Africa, where cheetah, antelope, and warthogs roam in environs that simulate their native habitat. The African loop also includes Elephant Plaza, where elephants stir up tidal waves playing marco polo in a 275,000-gallon pool. Visitors can also pet and feed stingrays, stand eye-to-eye with a giraffe, and head to the award-winning Range of the Jaguar exhibit to roam a replica of an abandoned Mayan temple. During summer months, kids get wet at the Play Park and Splash Ground, where they can climb into a treehouse or peer through an underwater window to see penguins swimming overhead.

After guests explore the wildlife, rest and relaxation await within botanical gardens such as the Asian Bamboo garden, where patrons cross a traditional moon gate to see a tranquil waterfall, komodo dragons, and an interactive bamboo mist forest. The zoo also features a carousel, train rides, and several restaurants where humans can tap into their own wild instincts by hunting their natural prey—the sandwich.

370 Zoo Pkwy
Jacksonville,
FL
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My Gym children's fitness center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 25 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. With a dedication to imparting the benefits and fun of fitness, the affable, energetic crew of teachers and supervisors at the Jacksonville branch employs their expertise in music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while simultaneously stimulating their giggleplexes. Classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 weeks—and are designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. My Gym’s curriculum includes structured classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Whiz Kids and Champions, classes designed for elementary-aged kids to master motor, sports, and gymnastics skills. One-hour free-play sessions enable children to engage in unstructured, parent-supervised frolics on the activity-filled premises.

10950 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US

My Jax Golf operates on the philosophy that there are many ways to swing a club. Each lesson and teaching approach strive to help students develop a consistent, dependable swing true to their form and athletic abilities. The junior academy focuses on educating students in the fundamentals of golf while developing skills in a safe and fun environment. Not to be confused with Purchasing Golf Accessories, adult lessons adhere to the PGA process of acquiring a perfect swing—correct Posture, club Gripping, and body Alignment—while emphasizing the putting, chipping, and wedging maneuvers of the short game.

The learning center also offers specialized lessons with TPI-certified professional Tom Long, who employs the use of video analysis while conducting swing-sequencing lessons. This technology displays an unwavering digital perspective on the student’s swing while churning up a custom report that analyzes fitness levels, posture, and movement. An accompanying fitness regimen sculpts mortal physiques into golf-ball-swatting machines and golf-cart-racing iron men.:m]]

1285 Loch Tanna Loop
Jacksonville,
FL
US

At the tee box on Cimarrone Golf Club's 12th hole, golfers face a dilemma: play a drive safely out to the right—where, at worst, the ball may stray into the rough—or attempt an aggressive shot over the water on the hole's left side, cutting off much of the dogleg and setting up a closer approach. With multiple bending fairways, deep bunkers, and a water hazard or marsh feature on every hole, the 18-hole, 6,891-yard course presents high-risk, high-reward scenarios at nearly every turn, delighting golfers who like to live dangerously and favoring those whose sand wedge moonlights as an actuary.

Before rounds, golfers can warm up swings at the club's driving range, a much-needed confidence booster before taking to the water-laden course or betting that they can outdrive the staff's resident T-shirt cannon.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,891 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 137 from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard

2800 Cimarrone Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US