Let’s be real…the precious moments we get with our partner are always special, but the typical dinner-and-a-movie date night has gotten old. Sure, it can be hard to break away from your usual routine of go-to restaurants and ordinary outings…but half the fun is discovering something new!
Whether you just moved here or are a long-time resident, JAX has a ton of unique offerings for couples to enjoy. So, if you’re looking to woo your boo in a creative way, look no further! Let the sparks fly and create lasting memories with these fun ideas:
Break away from the normal dinner date and step into the great outdoors! With 87 miles of Atlantic coastline and 450+ parks, there’s no shortage of ways to get out and enjoy nature with your partner. For our couples who like to immerse themselves in the elements, consider camping out at Hanna Park in Atlantic Beach.
Undoubtedly one of the region’s outdoor jewels, you’ll have access to 1.5 miles of beach; 20 miles of hiking, walking and mountain biking trails; nine baskets of disc golf and a 60-acre freshwater lake for fishing or paddling. Stay for the day and picnic or set up shop for the weekend — you can glamp instead of camp at the parks’ cozy cabins if that’s more your style!
Looking for luxurious treatment? Indulge in some self-care with your sweetie by pampering yourself with a crystal salt scrub at the Salt Spa Saint Augustine or get a couple’s massage before spending the afternoon by the pool at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Spa.
Mind-body wellness more your speed? Find your Zen by taking a class with Florida Yoga & Paddle — offering intimate SUP yoga classes on beautiful Goodby’s Creek in Southside Jacksonville, practice your balance and meditate with your partner all while out on the water. All levels are welcome!
If you’ve got an appetite for experiencing the best food and wine St. Augustine has to offer, then get ready for this unique foodie tour by The Tasting Tours. With Historic Corks & Forks, you’ll visit the city’s hottest dining destinations led by a restaurant insider and enjoy a diverse range of culinary options. Stroll through the nation’s oldest city while sampling local cuisine and delicious wines.
Want to explore a different part of JAX? The Tasting Tours also offers a Riverside/5-Points Culinary Tour where couples will discover new flavors and experience a plethora of exotic food and drinks at some of the best restaurants in the region. Three hours of fabulous food and cocktail pairings at five amazing venues in the eclectic Riverside neighborhood? Sign us up!
Looking to dive into the works of painters, sculptors and artists from across the world and those that are local to JAX? Spend an evening at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Northeast Florida’s largest fine arts museum in Jacksonville’s Riverside. With more than 5,000 works and 2.5 acres of historic gardens, this museum is the perfect spot to switch things up! After strolling through the museum, head out to the gardens for one of the Cummer’s Friday Night Picnics. Wind down and decompress as you relish in the beauty of the riverfront gardens with a picnic from the Cummer Café — bring your own blanket, find your favorite spot, pick up your dinner and soak in the sights.
For some local flavor and live music, head on out to the Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville Beach. This intimate music venue welcomes local and national songwriters who perform their own songs (with the occasional cover) and share the stories that made their music come to life. Blue Jay is a great place to grab a glass of wine or craft beer, cozy up with your sweetie in a comfortable setting and listen to unique and eclectic music!
The beaches on Amelia Island are absolutely stunning…and what better way to explore them than by horse? Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned rider, the folks at Amelia Island Horseback Riding are sure to pull out all the stops to make it an unforgettable experience. If horseback riding isn’t really your thing, no worries! Enjoy a different side of the Island with a kayak ride through the saltwater marshes of Big Talbot Island. Set off on your own journey or join a guided nature tour offered by the experts at Kayak Amelia.
If you’re looking for something that will really push you out of your comfort zone, look no further than Skydive Palatka! You and your partner can enjoy breath-taking views of the St. John’s River while experiencing the thrill of freefall…harnessed to a professional tandem instructor, of course. If you’re adventurous, but not THAT adventurous, you can still experience the sensation of flying in state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnels at iFLY Indoor Skydiving.
Professional sports are the name of the game in JAX! Home to teams for football, hockey, rugby, baseball, basketball and soccer, there’s something for every sports fanatic to enjoy. Set up a double date tailgate with friends at a Jacksonville Jaguars football game or head out to Thirsty Thursdays at a Jumbo Shrimp Game for $2 and $3 drafts.
Feeling inspired by the pros? Grab your partner and register for one of the JAX Fray’s sports leagues, tournaments or pick-up games. From pickleball to soccer, cornhole to flag football, skeeball to volleyball and so much more, there’s ample opportunities to put your skills to the test. Join a team with your partner or compete against each other at an individual sport — no matter what, you’re both winners since you have each other!
One last thing for those sports savvy folks: as the fastest growing sport in America, it’s only right that you give pickleball a try. Check out The Yards in Ponte Vedra Beach for some open play (all levels welcome!) or The Rowdy Pickle in Atlantic Beach for lessons personalized to you and your partner’s skill level.
Grab your passport, it’s time to hit the Jax Ale Trail! This one-of-a-kind craft beer adventure is interlaced with 20+ (and counting) Jacksonville breweries. With a handful of new local breweries popping up in Jacksonville, the Jax Ale Trail is your tour guide for experiencing the newest brews in the area. After you pick up your passport from a participating brewery, sip on a craft beverage and stamp your passport— as you acquire stamps and a broadened beer palate, you can win JAX-themed prizes!
Feel like kicking back and letting someone else do the driving, on a tuk-tuk, no less? Set off on a tour of the JAX craft beer scene with Go Tuk’n – visit five unique breweries in Downtown Jacksonville and sample the award-winning beers that make Jacksonville a beer destination city. This tour is perfect for beer aficionados (even if it’s self-proclaimed!).
Find Your JAX Together!
The ideas listed above are just a few activities from across the region that will help take your next date night up a notch. Looking for more? We’ve got you covered! Check out our blog on not-to-miss JAX experiences for some other fun JAX offerings to try.
No matter what you do or where you go, one thing is for sure: couples who Find Their JAX together, stay together. Just trust us on this one! 😉