Spring Break happenings in the ‘ville

Spinnaker

This is our last issue before Spring Break, and the Spinnaker wants to make sure those who are sticking around Jacksonville have a good time, even without a Spinnaker to read. So we’ve compiled a list of thoughts, ideas, events and fun activities to occupy your week. With gas prices being so high, you’ll be glad you stayed, and you can spend the money you saved ballin’ out right here in town.

Get wild at the Jacksonville Zoo.
Cost: $13.95. Free parking
Address: 370 Zoo Pkwy
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 364 days a year

Slosh down some suds with your buds on a beer tour:
Anheuser-Busch Brewery offers free tours and tastings of day-fresh Budweiser.
111 Busch Dr.
Call for details 904-696-8873, or check out its website: budweisertours.com

Intuition Ale Works:
Thursday nights are ladies’ nights. Ladies get $1 off pints, which Intuition will donate to a charity each month. So, ladies, you’re getting drunk for two causes now.
Address: 720 King Street
Call for details on Beer tours: 904-683-7720
Open Wednesday – Friday 3-11 p.m.; Sat 12-11 p.m.

Bold City Brewery: first time patrons enjoy free beer samples
Bold City Tours: Saturday 2-5 p.m. on the hour
2670 Rosselle St # 7
904-379-6551

Tune in, Turn on and Drop out … of an airplane, that is.
Florida has some of the best skydiving in the country.
Check out Skydiving Adventures
9300 Normandy Blvd
888-586-7529
Students with valid ID get a discount!

Amp up for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race
Where: Everbank Field
When: March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Website: Supercrossonline.com

Enjoy a delightful frolic in the garden during Jacksonville’s Garden Week
When: March 17 – 19
Visit cummer50.org for more details

Feeling dramatic? Willing to give up one pound of flesh? Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is playing all month long at Player by the Sea Theater, in Jacksonville Beach off Beach Boulevard.
106 6th Street North
playersbythesea.org

Get the blood pumping again. Climb to the top of Jacksonville’s premier rock-climbing gym.
3563 Phillips Highway Suite 702
904-683-2512
Web site: Theedgerockgym.com

Yeah, yeah, on St. Patty’s day, you’re going to get drunk – another amateur night. Beforehand, try doing something with your life and sign up for the St. Patty’s Day Run. Registration closes Thursday, March 17 at 7 a.m.
What: 10K and 5K courses run entirely in the stately Evergreen Cemetery
When: March 20 at 8 a.m.
Where: Evergreen Cemetery 
4535 Main Street
Fees: $20 until March 12, $25 from March 13 – 17

Make it happen at the 30th annual St. Augustine’s Lions Seafood & Music Festival.
When: March 11 – 13
Free admission with a paid ticket from the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Arts Festival
Where: Francis Field at 29 W. Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine
Admission: $2
lionsfestival.com

Discover a natural environment that you forgot existed on a St. Augustine Eco Tour. They offer guided boat excursions and kayak tours on the inland waters surrounding historic St. Augustine.
Phone: 904-377-7245
staugustineecotours.com

The weather is perfect for camping. Not too cold. Not too hot.
Where: Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Dr.
904-251-2320
Camp sites start at $24 per night
floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

Bust some balls at a paintball arena.
Check out Paintball Adventures
844 Whitlock Ave.
Field Fee – $12, standard package – $22 one bag of 500 rounds = $48
$35 if you have your own equipment
Group rates available
904-645-7127
paintballadventures.com

Give back. Volunteer somewhere.
Research www.volunteerjacksonville.org for details

Do your own beaches pub-crawl. Start at 2nd Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach, and hit up every bar you can find until you lose your I.D.

Hop on a tube and don’t piss in the canoe when you float down Ginnie Springs
Address: 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd.
High Springs, FL 32643
located 15 minutes West of Interstate 75
Price: $12
8 a.m. until half-hour before sunset.

Go surfing. Check the waves from the live web cam at surfjaxpier.com
Learn how to surf, check outjaxsurftraining.com

The Mayport Princess offers a daily getaway. The 65-foot, glass-bottom charter boat offers an experienced crew to take passengers fishing for $75. Bring lunch and beer.

Take your car on a ferryboat ride. The St. Johns River Ferry transports you and your vehicle from Mayport to Fort George Island for $5. Continue on to the isolated beaches of Little Talbot Island State Park.

If all else fails, take a day trip to Panama City Beach. There, you will find gratuitous binge drinking, juvenile mischief and anonymous fornicating. Get it out of your system if you haven’t already.