The Greatest Places to Eat, Play, Stay and Shop in Jacksonville, FL

We conducted a contest to see where our readers thought the best places to Eat, Play, Stay and Shop in Jacksonville were; let us know if they were right! 

 

EAT

1. Matthew's Restaurant

Chef Matthew creates contemporary New American dishes for one of the most innovative and elegant restaurants in Jacksonville. You can even view the chefs preparing your dish at the Chef's Table— the best seat in the house!
2107 Hendricks Avenue / 904-396-9922 / matthewsrestaurant.com 

 

2. Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

Terra Gaucha welcomes you to experience southern Brazil and classic churrascaria, offering a rodizio-style dining experience with Brazilian fire-roasted and flavored meats.
4483 Southside Boulevard / 904-551-5920 / terragauchasteakhouse.com

 

3. Restaurant Orsay

Restaurant Orsay offers seasonal French food with a raw bar, an array of seafood options and even special vegan/vegetarian and gluten free menus for those with alternative diets.
3630 Park Street / 904-381-0909 / restaurantorsay.com

 

PLAY

1. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with a mission to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats. Open to the public for tours select days of the week.
1860 Starratt Road / 904-757-3603 / cattyshack.org

 

2. One Way Out

This live-action escape adventure game is perfect for small groups. The game forces you to think outside the box in order to find hidden clues, solve puzzles, and undo locks in order to escape within one hours time.
8011 Philips Highway / 904-312-9984 / onewayoutjax.com

 

3. The Great Escape Room

The Great Escape Room is a real-life room escape game. With the door locked behind you and 60 minutes on the clock, you must be able to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape.
11651 Central Parkway / 904-203-8358 / thegreatescaperoom.com/florida/jacksonville 

 

STAY

1. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

This refined beachfront resort with a spa, 4 pools, a golf course and tennis courts on site has the setting and the atmosphere for the perfect tropical vacation.
200 Ponte Vedra Boulevard / 866-748-8083 / pontevedra.com/inn_and_club

 

2. Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Omni Jacksonville is a posh hotel with a modern bistro and a casual bar, plus a fitness center and an outdoor pool with a relaxation area; the rooftop view just can't be matched. 
245 Water Street / 904-355-6664 / omnihotels.com/hotels/jacksonville

3. Amelia Island Resorts

This elegant oceanfront resort packages an amazing view of the ocean with 3 golf courses and an upscale dining experience, plus indoor and outdoor pools for ultimate relaxation.
39 Beach Lagoon Road / 904-261-6161 / omnihotels.acom/hotels/amelia-island-plantation

SHOP

1. Black Creek Outfitters

What better way to prepare for an outdoor adventure around Jacksonville than by stopping by Jacksonville's greatest supplier of outdoor apparel and gear for kayaking, camping, climbing, skiing, winter wear, backpacking, hiking, outerwear, stand up paddle boarding, and more!
10051 Skinner Lake Drive / 904-645-7003 / blackcreekoutfitters.com

 

2. St. Johns Town Center

The St. Johns Town Center is an upscale super-regional open-air mall representing the heart of shopping and dining in southeast Jacksonville, Florida. 
4663 River City Drive / 904-998-7156 / simon.com/mall/st-johns-town-center

3. Sweet Pete's

What better way to honor a vacation than to indulge your sweet tooth? Sweet Pete's is an gourmet chocolate and candy store where you can buy gourmet candy online or at their storefront.
400 N Hogan Street / 904-376-7161 / sweetpetescandy.com

 

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