We all know that Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the country. A city this big has so many different neighborhoods, each with their own culture and flavor. One of our favorite neighborhoods is historic Avondale, this beautiful neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Jacksonville. Walking around this area you will notice the beautiful homes with amazing character, quaint bistros, and cafes, as well as bountiful boutiques. The Avondale area is a great place to enjoy views of the historic landscape while enjoying the great Florida weather. If you want to stroll down the sidewalks or stop by any of the cool parks in Avondale, you are sure to find a lot of fun (and interesting) things to do.
Must Stop Restaurants in Avondale:
This spot is a total gem and super pet-friendly! If you find yourself here on a warm summer day they will even provide water and treats for your dog, a win-win for you and your furry friend! The lunch and brunch menu is absolutely delish. And for after 5 fun, The Brick hosts different themed happy hours depending on the night.
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This restaurant is known for its selection of seafood, but their other stuff isn’t too bad either. They have a killer happy hour menu from 3 pm – 6 pm Monday-Friday so this place is a good spot after work as well! The yummy selection of raw and cooked seafood makes this place a super-hot spot in the summer and spring time so it’s best to try and get there early! This is another place that welcomes dogs on the patio.
Barbeque Lovers, this is a place for you! This restaurant is a hot spot for drinks and killer barbecue! What makes this place so cool is that along with serving mouthwatering barbeque, they have an extensive selection of whiskey that compliments the food you get. There is also beer on tap, cocktails, a nice wine list, and so much more. Great grub and great drinks! Nestled between quaint boutiques and bars, this restaurant is a nice place to eat at when you have time to walk around and check out the neighboring shops.
Must Stop Bars in Avondale:
Located in the historic Shoppes of Avondale, this place is a local favorite with its live music and quality drink specials. Pool tables, dart boards, and spacious seating give this bar some serious chill vibes that’ll make sure you and your buddies have a good time.
This hidden gem is full of surprises. If you find yourself there on a Wednesday, there is free pizza from one of the local places in the area. Can’t make it on a Wednesday? Every Tuesday and Thursday is Karaoke night. Starting at 9 pm, there are also free shots and super affordable drinks too! Plus, they have thecoolest bartenders! If you are feeling spontaneous just ask them to surprise you and see what they come up with!
We love this place because there are always fun times to be had here! This bar has pool, ping pong, and shuffleboard. And if you’re still feeling competitive after all that, you can beat your friends in some nostalgic board games in the bar’s lounge! Let’s not forget their delectable bar food like egg rolls, hot dog bites, and sliders. This bar is family owned and they make you feel like family as well, a definite must go.
Things to Do in Avondale:
If you like to get active and have never tried CrossFit, you are missing out! This CrossFit gym in Avondale is a great place to get your body moving! Sometimes the gyms have dual memberships so you can try CrossFit gyms on other sides of town as well, a great way to meet more people in the Crossfit Community!
Looking for some tranquil and relaxing fun? Look no further! Cummer Museum has everything peaceful from an indoor art museum to an outdoor garden. You can also check out their website to see what events they have going on at the museum. The garden has tranquil ponds and lush greenery where you can just relax and read a book. This is one of our absolute summer favorites for Avondale.
This park is one of the best parks in Jacksonville. It is so large and serene you can easily enjoy a frisbee game with some friends (or dog) while looking at an amazing view of the St. Johns River. There are a lot of events here every weekend from kickball games to group soccer.
This weekly farmer’s market is one of the coolest spots to get fresh local produce, items from local artisans and artists, and just enjoy live music and great food! Our favorite thing about RAM is that there is just so much to experience when you go. From morning yoga to food truck mania, to the countless amount of street vendors, this isn’t your traditional farmers market. You can check out their website for a schedule of events. They always have live music from local musicians on their center stage too! Open every weekend, this place is a definite must stop if you are in Avondale!
Wherever you end up going and whatever you end up doing in Avondale, we guarantee you’ll have a grand ol’ time! See something we forget to mention? Leave us a comment or tag us on social media using #FrayLife and #JAXFray to keep us on top of things!
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