Discover Jacksonville's Romantic Side

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Sunrise on Anastasia Island
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People shop a jewelry vendor
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Shop the Art Walk
On the first Wednesday of the month, spend a few hours browsing the Jacksonville Art Walk together. Artists and food vendors are stationed along several downtown blocks, while musicians and performers take the stage in Hemming Park. You're sure to find the perfect trinket to remember a great date night.
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Couple toasts with beer
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Jump on the Ale Trail
Craft breweries along the Jax Ale Trail will stamp your passports as you bond over their craft brews. The stops are all over the city, giving you a chance to explore Jacksonville together along the way. After filling your passport, get cool matching gear to commemorate the experience.
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Sunset on Anastasia Island
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Take a sunrise stroll
For something completely different, how about a breakfast date? Pick up a couple of pastries and coffee at a local café—there are several along Neptune, Atlantic and Jacksonville beaches—and let the sun take your breath away as it ascends over the horizon. 
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Couple on Rooftop Bar
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Relax on a Rooftop
Wine is a classic for date night. Climb to the roof of San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine to enjoy your favorite local vintage and listen to live jazz. The bar serves small plate appetizers and views of the San Sebastian River.
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Couple with surfboards
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Hit the surf
Grab a board and play in the surf! Beginners can find a break along Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Pier, but more experienced surfers will want to venture out to Huguenot Park. If you're both good on a board, you can't miss the Mayport Poles at Hanna Park. Anytime there is good time to surf, but winter is the best. 
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Go Fish
They say couples who fish together, stay together...or something like that. With the Atlantic Ocean, St. Johns River, Intracoastal Waterways and acres of lakes, ponds and creeks, there are plenty of opportunities to wet a line together. Drop a line from a bridge or a pier, or charter a boat for a deep-sea adventure.
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Two bikes on the beach
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Ride bikes
Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the country. That means there's miles and miles of trails to bike and explore, through 10 state and national parks. There are also more than 22 miles of beaches in Jacksonville—more than 60 miles along the First Coast. Rent a couple of bikes and explore them together.
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Candy apples at Candy Apple Cafe
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Treat the Sweet
Treat your sweetie to a candy-making class at Sweet Pete's and learn to make lollipops, gummies or taffy. Then buy some of the delectable hand-made treats. Afterward, stop in at Candy Apple Cafe in the same building and order a craft cocktail that incorporates candy. 
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Garden at Cummer Museum
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Stroll the Gardens
Stroll hand in hand through the different gardens at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Situated on the banks of the St. Johns River, the historic museum houses more than 5,000 works of art, some pieces dating to 2100 BC. Outside, the riverfront gardens have their own history stretching to the 1930s. 
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Jaguars game
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Catch a game
If your idea of romance is the Kiss Cam on the Jumbo Tron, the First Coast has plenty of sporty dates, too. Jacksonville is home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, the minor league Marlins affiliate the Jumbo Shrimp, and the ABA team the Jacksonville Giants. For golf fans, Amelia Island boasts some of the best courses in Northeast Florida, and St. Augustine has the World Golf Hall of Fame.      
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Couple kayaking
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Row Your Boat
The IntraCoastal Waterway and St. Johns River, in addition to countless streams and ponds, offer plenty of freshwater recreation. Rent a couple of kayaks or a canoe and explore the wildlife up close in the marshes. Guided tours offer more options for fitness, ecotourism or fishing. 
By Lisa Kaylor

As one of Florida's youngest and hippest cities, Jacksonville offers plenty of fun and unique ways to do date night. Craft beer enthusiasts can explore the city and the best local brews together along the Ale Trail. Nature lovers will enjoy strolling hand-in-hand along miles of shaded nature trails, or barefoot on one of the endless beaches. Artsy types will find a plethora of museums, galleries and art walks to peruse. Here are just a few ideas for a romantic night (or day) out in Jacksonville.