Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville. This corner of Florida expresses it’s one-of-a-kind character in its unique heritage of the Outdoors, multiple historic periods and a distinctly ‘Jax’ identity that manifests in the music of today. Indeed, with all that has imbued generations of Jacksonville residents with a special energy and inspiration, this is also true for the sights visitors and locals alike can find here during the holiday season. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve here around Jacksonville. 

Gator Bowl

Enjoy the spectacle of College Football in this fiercely Southern and Collegiate region, here on New Year’s Day! The annual Gator Bowl has entertained the people of Jacksonville for generations, watching schools from over the Gulf and the nation battle at the turn of each year! This is a great activity for groups, couples, solo travelers and families alike, with the vibrant atmosphere and gentle North Florida winter providing for a fun day out at the game. Bring the whole group to the annual Gator Bowl for an engaging experience this New Year’s Eve!

Casa Marina New Year’s

Party into the new year with live music, drinks, food, dance floors and views out over downtown from multiple stories and patios. This downtown location makes the iconic Casa Marina the optimal last (or first!) stop to any New Year’s Eve party plans, and is a solid addition to any bar crawls, clubbing nights and excursions with Jacksonville’s quietly burgeoning nightlife. Come discover one of Jacksonville’s best kept not-so-secret secrets, and do New Year’s Eve at Casa Marina!

Jacksonville Beach

One of North Florida’s greatest bragging rights is the gentle winter- and with permitting weather, temperatures at the beach can remain in the seventies, or even the eighties! Regardless if it’s warm enough to dip into the water or not, Jacksonville Beach is a great photo opportunity, sightseeing trip and just a stone’s throw away from Jacksonville proper. This is a great choice for travelers of all ages, interests and groups of all sizes, with the variety of options to choose from in the area. Enjoy New Year’s festivities, dine on fresh, Floridian fare or just enjoy a trip to this quaint side of town. 

Downtown Jacksonville Firework Show

On the St. Johns river, Downtown Jacksonville lights up the skies with the tradition of New Year’s fireworks, a great ending ( or start ) to the year. The central location provides access to most areas of Jacksonville, only being a short drive away, while also in proximity to the many nightlife options of Jacksonville’s downtown. Bring the whole group out and enjoy the sights over Jacksonville this New Year’s Eve. 

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