Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Jacksonville

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Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Town Hall

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Jacksonville, there’s no better place for brunch than Town Hall! They have a lengthy list of cocktails ($5 mimosa anyone?) in addition to all sorts of yummy brunch foods. Unique options include smoked salmon toast, spinach and ricotta omelet, pimento cheese grits, and cauliflower steak!

Lakeside Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is 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

Does the mom in your life still have young kids and you need to plan a day the whole family can enjoy?  Then you need to head to Batt Family Fun Center. Activities abound, so you’re bound to find something that pleases everyone! For instance, 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!

Sweet Pete’s Candy

Chances are, you begged your mom for a lot of candy over the years of your childhood. Well, now is your chance to return the favor 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 virtually. 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.

Black Sheep Restaurant

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider 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.

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