Try These Fun Things To Do!
While visiting UNF and the Jacksonville area, there are plenty of things to do for entertainment. The campus is within 20 minutes from the beach if you want to go for a beautiful moonlight walk or spend time walking along the St. John’s River. You will find incredible restaurants in downtown Jacksonville, some of which are located at The Landings, an outdoor waterfront area filled with shops and restaurant.
Something more low key would be catching a movie at Cinemark Tinseltown & XD which has multiple screens, stadium seats & self-service ticketing kiosks. Another great nighttime option is Top Golf. Located within minutes of UNF this is a really fun activity to do with the whole family. What about bowling? There are several bowling alleys near UNF with Bowl America being the closest serving food and drinks with an arcade room.
A comedy club is always a hit. The neighborhood of Mandarin has an excellent comedy club (for guests 21 and older) called The Comedy Zone. If you want to go to a show, the Fine Arts Center is close to campus and it is a college theater that showcases dance performance, plays and lectures from college students and professors. Or if you want live music, Jacksonville Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts houses the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s top ensembles which produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet and classical from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.
History and music share the stage at the historic Florida Theatre. Built in 1927, this is one of the last remaining examples of America’s “Picture Palace” era and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during this period. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the site of many acts and concerts (Elvis performed one of his first indoor concerts there). Today, performances range from country, rock and classical music favorites, dance ensembles, classic rock album recreations, and spoken word.
MOCA or Museum of Contemporary Art is in downtown Jacksonville and hosts changing exhibits, permanent exhibits, and a children’s area. Might be nice to head to the museum in the afternoon and then for dinner downtown. Check out our blog on restaurants.