Winter is here, and finding out what we’re supposed to do when it is not beach weather can be troubling for some people. That being said, just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean you need to hide indoors! Get out there and explore the 820 square miles of Jacksonville. If you need a few ideas, check out these activities to keep you busy until the warm weather returns.

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Tour De Drink

With several local breweries and hundreds of bars around town, there’s always a place close by to grab a craft beer or a handcrafted cocktail. You could even warm up with a tour via the Brew Bus on the Jax Ale Trail, featuring a fun and informative guide to eight of Jacksonville’s most popular breweries.

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Mosey to the Museums

Jacksonville is full of museums, from historical to contemporary art. You can spend a cold day at the Cummer Museum of Art, the largest fine art museum in Northeast Florida. Alternatively, you can check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses five galleries and their iconic forty-foot atrium. If you’re more of a history buff, then the Museum of Science and History or the Museum of Southern History might be a better fit for you.

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Shop Till You Drop

The shopping in Jacksonville has more to it than typical department stores. With hundreds of shops around town, you will always be able to find something special for yourself. There’s always a place to dig for vintage goodies or antiques treasures, or you can even visit one of the many upscale chic and trendy boutiques around town. Of course, there’s always time to prep for the warm weather by stopping in a local surf shop around town and getting ready for spring.

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Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Jacksonville’s newest attraction is capturing the attention of thrill seekers throughout town. Warm up with an adrenalin rush of reaching up to 50 MPH in a go-kart. Spreading over 80,000 square-feet and containing two Grand Prix style tracks, this state-of-the-art facility is the largest indoor kart facility in Florida.

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See A Show

The music and arts scene is thriving in Jacksonville. With multiple venues around town, there is always a place to catch a show. Music lovers can treat themselves to a concert at the historic Ritz Theater or Florida Theater, but if you are more into live theater, you may want to try dinner and a show at the Alhambra Theatre.