Cosmic bowlers and experienced kingpins with league teams all frequent Beach Bowl (818 Beach Blvd., 249-9849). A full-service bar offers beer and liquor to lessen the pain of a gutter ball or to toast a Turkey, making it the Best Bowling and Beer spot in the city. And they throw in use of the cool shoes for free.
Peaceful exhibit rooms, fresh coffee and tea at Tree Cup, and nifty souvenirs from the museum store make The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (829 Riverside Ave., 356-6857) the Best Adult Rainy Day Destination.
Voters say the Riverside Avondale Spring Home Tour is the city’s Best Annual Home Tour, showcasing beautiful mansions and quirky business spaces in one of the country’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods, according to the American Planning Association.
Cheap tacos? Check. Cheap margaritas? Double check. No wonder Taco Lu Baja Mexicana (1183 Beach Blvd., 249-8226) was voted Best Cheap Date Location.
Strong drinks, swank décor and a young, edgy clientele are some of the accolades frequently bestowed upon Dos Gatos (123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666). Bottoms up and hands down, this Downtown bar is the Best Girl’s Night Out—and Guy’s Night Out—spot in town.
Grab a blanket and throw some sandwiches in a basket next time you’re in Riverside; between the lush green lawn, the serene view of the St. Johns River, and the bronze “Winged Victory” sculpture, Memorial Park (1620 Riverside Ave.) is the Best Local Picnic Spot.
Nothing beats an afternoon at Adventure Landing (1944 Beach Blvd., 246-4386) in Jacksonville Beach when the temperatures rise. Floating in the lazy river and zipping down the Hydro Half-Pipe topped enough people’s summer to-do list to make the water park the Best Place to Get Wet.
European Street Cafe (2753 Park St., 384-9999; 5500 Beach Blvd., 398-1717; 992 Beach Blvd., 249-3001; 1704 San Marco Blvd., 398-9500) serves seasonal brews and hearty deli sandwiches in an inviting atmosphere that continually turns first-timers into regulars, making it the Best Place to Meet.
Believe It Or Not! Ripley’s museum (19 San Marco Ave., 824-1606) in St. Augustine is the Best Tacky Tourist Spot. Where else can you take pictures with wacky statues, stick your hand in a wax mold and hang out with bloodthirsty pirates?
Taking place the first weekend of May, The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (261-5841) is the Best Reason to Drive to Amelia Island. Enjoy contests, a pirate parade, stage performances and arts and crafts while eating tons of tasty shrimp.
If there’s one place that stands out as the Best Reason To Drive To St. Augustine, it’s The St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340C A1A S., 471-1965). This 16-acre outdoor venue routinely attracts headline acts like O.A.R., Widespread Panic and The Flaming Lips. Through December, stop by and enjoy an ice skating rink, ice slide and Santa Claus during Winter Wonderland 2010.