Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Jacksonville!
Black Sheep Restaurant
A classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants in Jacksonville, you’ll want to head to the Black Sheep Restaurant in the historic Five Points district. The majority of ingredients for their award-winning food come from local farmers and makers, so you know what you’ll be eating is fresh. They have a rooftop bar and lounge with awesome views, as well as great brunch options if you feel like meeting earlier in the day.
Country Cabin Restaurant
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Country Cabin Restaurant is the place to go. They’re known for their Southern hospitality and Southern-style cooking, with homestyle meals prepared from scratch every day. Besides, a great way to pay homage to the Parks and Recreation roots of Galentine’s Day is by celebrating in a diner, and this one serves breakfast all day long.
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. For the best location, have your gal pals meet you in the Ortega neighborhood on the Westside at Stockton Park. Located on the bank of the St Johns River, the park is a lovely spot to relax with a view. It comes equipped with picnic tables, benches, and a canopy. After you eat, you can take a stroll past the nearby historic mansions on Ortega Boulevard.
Batt Family Fun Center
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. Activities abound at Batt Family Fun Center. You could try Xtreme Bowling, with glow-in-the-dark lanes, loud music, and fog machines. They also offer Krazie Golf, a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf experience. There’s an arcade and billiards, or, you could even play a round of laser tag for the ultimate throwback! Head here to book a party.
Sweet Pete’s Candy
If you want some unique to do, and maybe awaken your inner child while you’re at it, have your get-together at Sweet Pete’s. This historic mansion offers thousands of varieties of candies (try the famous sea salt caramel!) made by 30-year veteran candymaker, Sweet Pete. You can book a candy-making class either on-location or virtual. You can also choose from one of their party packages like “After Hours Candy Bash” and “Grown Ups Can Party, Too.” To make a day of it, and combat the sugar rush, make reservations in their in-house restaurant, 10/6 Grille.
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