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If you’re looking for something spectacular this year for Mom, then look no further than this guide to Mothers Day in Jacksonville. Jacksonville is one dynamic place. With attractions galore, fine dining, museums, theme parks, beaches, oceanside haunts and more, who can resist having a good time here? Whether you live here, or are vacationing, there are a million and one things to do and see for Mom’s big day. Jacksonville is filled with fantastic and fun jaunts for Mom and family. From picnics at the beach to brunches and lunches ashore, there are plenty of options for a fanciful Mothers Day in Jacksonville. Keep reading for information on boat trips, picnics and more that will make it a special day for Mom, one she’ll never forget. Keep reading for some great Mothers Day ideas in Jacksonville, Florida.

1. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to the consistently improving. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 1,400 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, the Zoo invites you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment. Mom will love this adventure with the family, particularly if the kiddos are involved. The Zoo is a great Mothers Day date idea for Jacksonville.

2. Mothers Day Brunch

Whether her breakfast consists of a bagel with cream cheese or a full set of Belgian waffles, made to order, the brunches at the following Jacksonville restaurants will cater to your every need. Check out one of these well-known restaurants for your Mothers Day brunch: Augustine Grille at Sawgrass Marriott (904.285.7777), Horizons (904.321.2430), North Beach Bistro (904.372.4105), Raintree Restaurant (904.824.7211), Restaurant Orsay (904.381.0909).

3. Mothers Day Boat Trip

Celebrate mom and the St. Johns River! Take her on a guided boat trip up the St. Johns & Ortega Rivers where you will see the city and river like never before! St. Johns Riverkeeper is happy to provide this one-of-a-kind service for Moms and families! Call 904.256.7591 for information, tickets and for any questions.

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4. Picnic with the Family

Take the whole family along for a fun picnic at the beach! Choose Mom’s favorite beach in Jacksonville and fill the picnic basket with her favorite eats like cheese and crackers, fruit parfaits or diced fresh fruit, drinks, chips and dips, veggie platters and more refreshments that Mom will love to dive into. Don’t forget your bathing suits! Its absolutely necessary to take a dip with Mom and play in the waves no matter how old or young you are!

5. Helicopter Tour with the Family

Add a new dimension to your next adventure with helicopter tours and charters. What better way to enjoy the nation’s hottest attractions than on an exclusive helicopter tour or charter? See Jacksonville and it’s famous beaches and attractions while you’re sky-high! To see Jacksonville like you’ve never before, call on Jacksonville Helicopter Charters. Call 800.615.1655 for details, pricing, packages, information and questions.

6. Paddleboat Dinner Cruise on St. John’s River

Cruise and party on the St. Johns River on the Lady St. Johns and the Annabelle Lee in Jacksonville. You and your family and Mom can enjoy a one of a kind tour of the Florida First Coast waterways. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a real, old time paddle boat ride down the beautiful St. Johns River! Call River Cruises at (904) 306-2200 for pricing, booking, questions and other information.