Springtime means many things. It is the season of baseball games downtown at the Baseball Grounds. It is the season of the Riversides Arts Market and the almost weekly music festivals from Amelia Island to St. Augustine. It’s also the season of warm afternoons best spent at Memorial Park enjoying a picnic on the river and the being of long days spent at the Jacksonville Zoo. It’s the kick off of trips to the beach and hikes through the forest—all before the weather takes its turn and makes it almost too hot to enjoy these adventures.
It is tough to argue against the fact that spring is an exceptionally enjoyable time in Jacksonville. From the middle of March and through April the weather continues to climb, but the evenings are consistently are mild and the birds are charming as they chirp their love songs of the season.
One of the best things about spring is relief from a cold winter and the hope that the season last more than a week as summer quickly approaches. It is the season of rebirth and revival. That means renewed enjoyment in our local natural wonders, our community events and of course the beaches. Take some time this spring to really enjoy the city that you call home. Spring cleaning usually refers to the way we take care of the inside of our homes, but taking care of the outside of your home is just as important as you prepare for the high temperatures and hurricane potential of the upcoming summer season. Yet, those concerns are months away at the moment, so enjoy the time you have and bask in the thrills of the spring season this year.
Here are 10 things about Jacksonville you don’t want to miss in the spring:
1. There is a lot more than baseball going on downtown. The Suns are playing minor league, yeah, but the Sharks are also in season, as are the Bullies lacrosse team and the Jacksonville Armada soccer team.
2. Take a trip to the Jacksonville Zoo before the weather gets too hot and the animals are quiet and sleepy in an attempt to save themselves from the heat.
3. Speaking of animals at their peak, take a trip to the Northside of town to see the lions, tigers and more at Catty Shack Ranch. The best time to go is during the feeding hours in the evening. The cats really know how to put on a roar of a show!
4. In addition to the many sports going on downtown, Jacksonville’s biggest sporting event of the year happens during the spring months. The Players Championship is the premier golfing event in all of North Florida and it brings the biggest names in golf right to the First Coast.
5. If watching sports isn’t your thing, then maybe getting active yourself is more your style. Driving ranges, batting cages and even an indoor race track can keep you active and busy this spring.
6. Head downtown the first Wednesday evening of every month to take part in Art Walk, one of the biggest events to happen every month in downtown Jacksonville. Art Walk is home to many musicians, artists and local craft makers.
7. The Jacksonville beaches get more crowded by the day as the summer sun approaches. Take advantage of the milder spring weather and soak up the sun now. Stop by the famous Lili’s in Atlantic Beach for a locally brewed cup of coffee.
8. Jacksonville is ranked number one in the United States for parks by square footage. Take advantage of the many preserved grounds by going for a springtime hike. Or, take a load off and tube down the Ichetucknee River instead, which is just a car ride away.
9. Take a drive through historic Jacksonville to Dreamette in Murray Hill, just outside of Riverside. You’ll have to bring cash, but you’ll find what the internet declares as Jacksonville’s best ice cream, served up in traditional style cone with or without the frills.
10. If you’ve never taken the time to do it before, then you don’t want to let the whole spring season pass by without taking an afternoon and spending it on the St. Johns River. Memorial Park is the perfect place for a picnic, a walk or a quiet place to fish. Take a stroll down the River Walk, catch lunch and take in a concert at The Landing all in one day. Whatever your desire make sure you enjoy the treasures of Jacksonville before the temperature gets too warm.
The First Coast is a great place to live. There is plenty of culture and community, and the spring season of rebirth and revival is the perfect time of year to get to know your town better. All Weather Contractors wants to help you get yourself and your home ready for the hot summer season that lies close on our horizon. Head out to learn more about what you can do to enjoy the spring weather this season. Just keep in mind that warmer weather is on its way, so take advantage of whatever cool breeze you can.