It’s that time of year again! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, some of us are scrambling to come up with the perfect date ideas, others have had reservations with our special someone for months, and then there are those of us who are just waiting for the heart shaped Reese’s cups to be 50% off. If you want to make Valentine’s Day memorable for you and your special someone, you are in luck! Jacksonville has something enjoyable for couples with various tastes.
If you are hopeless romantics, you can’t beat the staple evening walk on the beach together while the sun sets. Jacksonville is home to some of the cleanest, most uncrowded beaches in Florida. Neptune, Atlantic, and Jax Beaches have been a favorite relaxation spot for locals for years. If you want to start your beach day early, hop on a bike, and enjoy the fresh salty air while making your way down the shoreline together.
If you share a love food almost as much as you love each other, Jacksonville boasts a plethora of restaurants that suit everyone’s taste. Some particularly romantic spots include: Restaurant Orsay, located in Riverside, which serves a unique combination of French, Parisian, and Southern American cuisine. Ocean 60, located in Atlantic Beach Town Center has a continental/island cuisine featuring locally caught seafood. In the heart of San Marco, Bistro Aix has a French/Mediterranean cuisine, and is a cozy spot to enjoy with your Valentine. Last, but not least, Mezza Restaurant and Bar, located in Neptune Beach, is known as a romantic hot spot. They have an on-site chef who creates plates with a Spanish, French, and Italian twist.
Did you know that Jacksonville is home to the largest urban park system in the United States? This is the perfect opportunity for couples who are outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the natural beauty that Jax has to offer. Kayak Amelia offers Segway and stand Up paddleboard eco-tours, enabling you to explore the beautiful islands. They also have kayak & canoe rentals, where you can enjoy paddling the creeks of Talbot Islands State Park. Another really cool place to explore is Big Talbot Island’s Boneyard Beach. This place is so unique. To access the beach, you must follow the jungle-like trails until you reach the entrance. It’s a bit of a drop down to the actual beach, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Boneyard Beach is home to beautiful white washed oak trees, and it makes for a great place to explore, relax, and take photos.
If you are thrill seekers (or maybe you just need to take frustration out on each other), paintballing is always an exciting activity to enjoy together. With nine different courses, numerous props, and custom devices, Paintball Adventures leaves nothing to be desired. If you think you’d enjoy less of a contact sport, laser tag is always a less painful option. Hard Knocks features multiple urban themed combat arenas, and participants are given missions. The armory provides you with weapons and vests that suit you, to ensure you have the best laser tag experience. Another thrilling route you can take is jumping behind the wheel of an indoor go-kart. Autobahn Indoor Speedway has “no speed limit”, and with the fastest, most advanced cars around, this truly is an experience to remember.
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