Rainy/Gloomy Day Guide in the 904

  • by Catherine Tortorici
  • January 23, 2024

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We all know that Florida weather changes by the minute, it can be raining in the front yard and storms rolling in on the back porch. On days like these when you can’t hit the beach, Jacksonville has plenty of indoor options to offer for everyone! Check out this list of some of our favorite places to check out, rain or shine!

The Cummer Museum and Gardens

Location: 829 Riverside Ave.

One of the more beautiful attractions in Jacksonville is the Cummer Museum and Gardens. Come in and explore the numerous exhibits and attractions then take a stroll through the gardens along the St. Johns River. Classes and events are also offered weekly at various prices and for various age groups. 

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Fore Score

Location: 1407 Atlantic Blvd

Rainy Days call for indoor fun at Fore Score Golf Tavern. Check out one of Jacksonville's best indoor spots to eat, drink, and play! Located in historic San Marco Square - Fore Score Golf Tavern is the ideal spot to be when school is canceled and the weather is bad. Fore Score has several golf bays & state of the art simulators, tons of comfortable seating, a patio, delicious bites and tapas, a full bar, and tvs!

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Riverside Arts Market

Location: 715 Riverside Ave.

Looking for a way to fill your rainy Saturday? Every Saturday under the Riverside Bridge RAM offers various vendors including food, jewelry, art, and music starting at 10 AM. Take a few laps around and make sure to check out every table! The market is also very kid and animal-friendly.

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Painting with a Twist

Location: 1525 San Marco Blvd, 104 Bartram Oaks Walk, 268 Solana Rd., 292 SR-312 W.

Sign up for a painting class with your friends and loved ones and bring your snacks and drinks along. Classes are for all skill levels as they teach you step-by-step how to make a gorgeous painting and have a blast while doing so! Both locations offer various classes weekly and thousands of different paintings to choose from.

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The St. Augustine Outlets

Location: 2700 FL-16

Who doesn’t like shopping? Take a little road trip down to St. Augustine and check out the 85+ premium outlets. Here you can find kids clothing, sportswear, accessory stores, and the rest of your favorite places to shop! 

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The MOSH Museum

Location: 1025 Museum Circle.

The Museum of Science and History in downtown Jacksonville offers a full calendar of events and daily programs to enjoy. Exhibits such as Atlantic Trail, The Body Within, and even daily science shows are sure to be a hit for the family. Prices vary by day and rates can be found online at www.themosh.org.

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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum

Location: 19 San Marco Ave.

Put the kids in the car and head down to St. Augustine for a trip to the Ripley’s Museum in St. Augustine. Here you are in for a day of the weird and the remarkable at a museum with a little bit of a spin, highlighting the out-of-the-ordinary! Kids are sure to enjoy the lifelike and interactive exhibits as adults are just as intrigued with the various rooms filled with the unknown and unusual.

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Location: 333 N Laura St.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is open daily with a variety of different exhibits like sculptures, paintings, photography, and so much more.

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Jacksonville Pottery Studio

Location: 9640 Sunbeam Center

Unleash your creativity at Jax Pottery Studio! From hands-on beginner classes to advanced workshops, they have something for every pottery enthusiast. Sign up in advance to ensure availability.

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Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events

Location: 6601 Executive Park Ct N.

Ready, set, and go over to Autobahn to race your friends and family with go-karts!

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Sun-Ray Cinema

Location: 1026 Park St.

Step back in time at the Sun-Ray Cinema at 5 Points, Florida's first talking picture theater opened in 1927. A historic gem in the Riverside and Avondale neighborhood. When the weather is sunnier, check out their drive-in!

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Chamblin's Bookmine

Location: 4551 Roosevelt Blvd & 215 N. Laura St.

Explore Chamblin's literary wonderland, founded in 1976, with a treasure trove of genres and hidden gems. Unleash your curiosity beyond the ordinary. Embark on a unique reading journey in Jacksonville, Florida. 

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Florida Theatre

Location: 128 East Forsyth Street

Step into history at The Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville. Since 1927, this iconic venue with 1,900 seats has been enchanting audiences. A timeless gem listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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FSCJ Artist Series

Location: 300 Water Street 

Elevate your cultural experience with the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville. For 56 years, they have brought the best in Broadway, concerts, ballets, and more to Northeast Florida. Join the FSCJ Artist Series for a world of entertainment that transcends ages and tastes. 

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Wick Candle Bar

Location: 1641 Hendricks Ave

Meet with the experts at Wick who can help you find the perfect scent for your space. The process of selecting scents, choosing a jar, designing a label, and creating your custom-scented candle takes about 45 minutes. Rainy days are the perfect time to decorate your space.

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Jacksonville Symphony

Location: 300 Water St

Experience the magic of music with the Jacksonville Symphony. Led by Steven Libman and Courtney Lewis, their performances resonate in the heart of North Florida. From Jacoby Symphony Hall to nurturing young talent, they are dedicated to bringing harmony to the community. 

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Community First Igloo

Location:  3605 Philips Hwy.

We may live in Florida, but that doesn't mean we can't ice skate. Find a time for public skating or even take lessons to maximize your rainy days.

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Ritz Museum

Location:  829 N Davis St.

The theatre & museum are revered as the premiere cultural institution in Jacksonville, showcasing art, music, drama, poetry, and African American history. The museum is open for self-guided tours Tuesday through Friday between 10am-4pm. They also offer an array of community events at the theatre & museum including family shows, plays, musicals, museum tours, and more!

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The Edge Rock Climbing

Location: 3563 Philips Hwy

Try a new workout that will be a challenge, yet rewarding. Give rock climbing a try and you might just find yourself a new hobby.

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More Spots to Check Out:

Skate Station Jax

Jax Sharks Game

Concert at VyStar

Icemen Game

Keg and Coin

Escape Game

Local Coffee Shops


TopGolf Jax

iFly Jax

Concert at Daily's Place

Flight Adventure

Stumpy's Hatchet House


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