Your main priorities as a law student are, of course, to read and study the law. However, you also need to find some time each month to take a break and do something fun. If you are new to the Jacksonville area, there are lots of fun activities that you can include in your schedule.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For animal lovers, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a must! The zoo was established almost 100 years ago and the highlights of the zoo include more 2,000 rare animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. The zoo has won several national awards and offers many interactive and educational experiences. Additionally, there are several new baby animals that have been born this summer, including two new Amur leopard cubs, a giraffe, and a lion. You can make it through the entire zoo in a short amount of time and the zoo is a great way to get out of the library for a few hours. Please check out the zoo website for hours: http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/
First Wednesday Art Walk
Art lovers will definitely want to add the First Wednesday Art Walk to their calendars each month. The event is a free, self-guided tour covering a 15-block radius in Downtown Jacksonville and is one of the most popular events in Jacksonville. Many downtown art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and businesses as well as dozens of local artists participate in the event. You will have the opportunity to check out the downtown area, view many different types of art, and maybe pick up a future masterpiece. The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, please check out the website: http://www.downtownjacksonville.org/Downtown_Vision_Inc_Home.aspx
Riverside Arts Market
If you need a quick study break on the weekend, the Riverside Arts Market is a fun place to pick up local produce, desserts, and handmade art. Located under the Fuller Warren Bridge downtown, this is a weekly event featuring the work of up to 160 artists as well as musical performances and a farmer’s market. The market is open every Saturday in March to December from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking for the event are free. Come and check out some local Jacksonville flavor! Website: http://riversideartsmarket.com/