ULTIMATE SUMMER GUIDE

Top 5 Summer Downtown Activities

Chamblin's Uptown, Top to Bottom Walking Tours, First Coast Outfitters Kayak Tours, Burrito Gallery Trivia Night and Mad Cowford Improv

A view of the Main Street Bridge from the Northbank Riverwalk
Katya Cajas
Chamblin's Uptown
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INDOOR BOOK EXPLORATION AND LUNCH

Tuesdays-Sundays

Chamblin’s Uptown, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown

Free

674-0868, chamblinbookmine.com

Perfect for escaping a scorching hot summer day or rainy afternoon, you’ll easily get lost in Chamblin’s aisles. Filled with mostly used books in countless genres and titles, this two-story spot is guaranteed to provide hours of literary excitement. And when you get hungry, visit the downstairs café. Options abound for breakfast and lunch: bagels, sandwiches, salads and freshly made soups great for pairing with an iced latte. Also worth mentioning: the Huffington Post named Chamblin’s to its 12 Best Bookstores in America list in 2011.

 

TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOURS

10-11:45 a.m. Tuesdays

Meet at The Jacksonville Landing escalators, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children

827-1845, adlibtours.com

If you’ve never thought to discover Downtown Jacksonville by foot, add it to your to-do list. These laid-back guided group tours are narrated, providing a unique way to soak up knowledge about Downtown’s rich history. Your group will go below exploring hidden underground tunnels and above with rooftop visits to view Jacksonville’s skyline. Bring your camera.

 

FIRST COAST OUTFITTERS KAYAK TOURS

Three-hour tours, days vary

St. Johns Marina, 901 Gulf Life Drive, Southbank

Tickets: $55 adults, $35 children younger than 12, group rates available

595-5976, firstcoastoutfitters.com

Explore Downtown in a kayak, with the breeze blowing through your hair and the sun glistening off the expansive St. Johns River. On the guided tour, you’ll paddle past several landmarks including The Jacksonville Landing, EverBank Field and Friendship Fountain. The tour stops at Exchange Park for a snack and nature lesson about the areas surrounding the river. Look for dolphins and manatees that just might be sharing the waterway with you.

 

BURRITO GALLERY TRIVIA NIGHT

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Burrito Gallery, 21 E. Adams St., Downtown

Free

598-2922, burritogallery.com

Bring your friends or co-workers and show off your fiercely competitive side. Grab some grub chips and queso, a trio of tacos and cold beer on the back patio. First place wins a $50 Burrito Gallery gift certificate, second $30, third $20 <> there are no restrictions, so feel free to buy another round with your earnings.

 

MAD COWFORD IMPROV

8:15-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

NorthStar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown

Tickets: $5

233-2359, facebook.com/madcowfordimprov

Love a good laugh? Pair dinner and an improvisational comedy show for an easy date night, or bring a group of friends to maximize the laughs. Get there early — sometimes the seats fill up fast. The quick fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants jokes are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And if they don’t, there’s always the cold beer and pizza.

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