Tired of the same old “pizza and a movie?” The bar scene’s too loud, and your date is dieting, so dinner’s not an option. Step outside the box and try something a little less traditional. There’s no shortage of unique and exciting places here in Jacksonville. Here’s a list of the perfect date activities in Jacksonville that are sure to impress…and lead to another date.

Hike in Tillie K. Fowler Park

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This park is great for nature lovers.  We live in Florida after all, the Sunshine State. A great place to get outdoors. Tillie K. Fowler Park nestled on the banks of the Ortega River is a densely wooded nature preserve. You and your date can take a stroll through the park, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Island Hiking Trail. Want to add some romance? Bring a small picnic, (maybe some wine and cheese) and head to the three-story look-out. The view is amazing.

Swing a Few at TopGolf

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If you’re looking for something unique, check out TopGolf. This venue is growing even more popular throughout the country with more than 50 locations nationwide. Imagine an enhanced driving range with computerized golf balls and targets that keep track of your points. You’ve also got your own private climate controlled bay fitted with HDTV’s, combined with the atmosphere of a bowling alley. You can choose from a variety of games that use the colorful targets out on the field. After a friendly competition, relax in front of the fire pit on the rooftop lounge with cocktails and a bite to eat.

Take in a Concert at Daily’s Place

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Daily’s Place is a brand new amphitheater located just outside Jaguars Stadium and is one of the hottest concert venues in the area. If you and your date love music, this is the perfect spot. Shows to catch this year include Lionel Ritchie, Bob Seger, Kenny Chesney, Brian Adams, and much more.

Visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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You’re never too old to visit the zoo and the Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens are no exception. The zoo features exhibits featuring animals from all over the world. Go from the jungles of South America to the African Savanna to the icy cold Antarctic all in one day. Instead of getting her flowers, take a tour through the zoo’s botanical garden. You’ll see exotic plants and flowers that will take your breath away.

Choose Your Own Sailing Adventure

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Whether it’s your first date or an ongoing relationship, it won’t be your last when you book a sailing adventure. Now and Zen Sailing Charters lets you reserve a boat and set your own course. Set sail down the St. Johns River and get a view of the city like you’ve never seen before. The boat takes you to Cumberland Island where you can watch wild horses or head to St. Augustine and take some photos of the historic coastline.

Ride Horses on the Beach

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Like a scene out of a romance movie, you too can ride with your date along the white sandy beaches of Amelia Island State Park. Splash through the surf with dazzling views that will sweep him or her off her feet. If you’ve never ridden a horse, don’t worry. The friendly staff at Kelly Seahorse Ranch can guide you on your trip around the island. This is a fun date you both will never forget.

Choosing the perfect date night can be stressful. Fortunately, we live in a city built for romance and adventure. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to add a spark to your relationship.

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