Geocaching is an ongoing global treasure hunt. About 1 million caches are hidden in America alone. This adventurous activity can bring anyone a bit of fun just by discovering places they have never been before. While the end game of writing your name on a notepad may not seem like it is the most rewarding, the search itself is the fun everyone seeks. All you need is a GPS to get started. For your first clue go to www.geocaching.com
Hiking & Trail Running
The First Coast is home to hundreds of parks, many of which have trails winding through them. Hiking can be a good way to experience local habitats. Birds and other wildlife are found at many of these parks. So go discover them yourself. Visit www.floridastateparks.com
From riding your bike along the road to the rugged trails of Hanna Park, there are a number of ways you can get outside and enjoy a little speed on a nice day. Check out some ride options here: http://www.mapmyride.com/us/jacksonville-fl/
With miles upon miles of coast, beginners and expert surfers alike can find a spot to put in a log. Jacksonville Beach is a prime destination for beginners, especially with board rentals and training sessions located near the pier. Just a beginner? Go to http://jacksonvillesurfandpaddle.com/ Don’t forget your wetsuit!
The First Coast’s plethora of inlets, Intracoastal Waterways, piers, lakes, rivers, streams and ponds give anglers plenty of places to put in a line. Want to know what fish is in season? Visit http://www.fishing-florida.com/topspec.htm
The backwaters of the First Coast are best traversed by a canoe or kayak. Rentals are available through Kayak Amelia or other outfitters in the area. Visit http://www.kayakamelia.com/ for more info.
Basketball, volleyball, baseball and football are some great ways to feed a competitive spirit while enjoying the outdoors. Here is a list of community centers in town for you to pick up a game: http://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/recreation-and-community-programming/community-centers.aspx
A home garden is a great way to grow some fresh produce while getting outside. Or you could take the initiative and plant a guerilla garden in a median in your neighborhood. For a resource on guerilla gardening visit: http://www.wikihow.com/Start-Guerrilla-Gardening
Get away from the hustle and bustle and pitch a tent and have a campfire in any of the local campgrounds. Go get some fresh air at www.floridastateparks.com
Explore the night sky and its infinite vista. Who knows? Maybe you will see a UFO. Visit http://www.nefas.org/ to learn more about astronomy on the First Coast.