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Thanksgiving on Florida’s First Coast

Here are 5 good reasons why Northeast Florida might just be the perfect place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

1. In November, the Florida weather is unbeatable

Did you know that Florida’s dry season starts in November? This means you don’t have to worry about a hurricane arriving in the middle of your vacation, which could kind of disrupt your golf game or make for a windy day at the beach. Not only is Florida dryer in November, it’s also cooler but still very pleasant, with average temperatures in the low 80s during the day and the mid 60s at night. If these sound like optimal weather conditions for playing golf or doing just about anything outside, it’s because they are! 

2. There are so many things to do in Northeast Florida

The northeastern part of Florida is incredibly diverse. It boasts the state’s largest city -- Jacksonville -- as well as some of its most beautiful beaches. Traveling with a group of buddies? With your family, including the kids and grandparents? No worries. Everyone in your party will find something to love about Florida’s First Coast. 

World-Class Restaurants

From fine dining to fish camps, food lovers will find much to appreciate about the restaurant scene in Northeast Florida. Many restaurants will be open and ready to serve you on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend, whether you’re craving a traditional turkey dinner, fresh seafood, or something a bit different. Dine-in and take-out options will be available. Click here for more information on regional restaurants.  

Some of Florida’s Finest Spas

Take some time for wellness and relaxation while you are visiting Northeast Florida, where you will find some of the finest spas in the state, such as the renowned nature-inspired spa at the Omni Amelia Island Resort. Also located on Florida’s First Coast are Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa and Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The exclusive spas at these resorts offer a wide range of services in tranquil and luxurious settings. 

Shopping Galore

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at boutique and souvenir shops, art galleries, traditional malls and outlets, and even arts and crafts fairs. You name it, Florida’s First Coast has it when it comes to shopping! The bonus is that you can find unique gifts here that you would not find anywhere else. How about a bottle of water from the actual Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine? Grandpa might like that. For all your golf needs, there's the PGA Tour Superstore. For information on shopping in St. Augustine, click here. For Jacksonville shopping, click here

Craft Beer and More Craft Beer

Older kids (aged 21 and above) will love exploring Jacksonville’s booming craft beer scene. Hit the Jax Ale trail, drink beer, and win prizes with the Jax Ale Trail Brewery Passport. In honor of the holiday, be sure to try Bold City Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale and toast to the season. 

Family-Friendly Activities

From award-winning zoos and wildlife parks to watersports, fascinating museums, and historic sites, Northeast Florida wins the game when it comes to a place with something for every member of the family. The sheer number and variety of things to do is what defines this vacation destination. Read all about ideas for family-friendly golf vacations on Florida’s First Coast here

3. Kick off the holiday season, Florida-style

All across Florida’s First Coast, unique and festive events take place during Thanksgiving holiday weekend. You won’t glimpse snow and reindeers in these parts, but how about watching the magical Light Boat Parade in downtown Jacksonville? During this event, which has been celebrated in Jax for over 30 years, boats decked out in their holiday finest make their way down the St. Johns River, to the sheer delight of onlookers who gather on the riverbanks to watch the spectacle. 

Similarly, in St. Augustine, you can walk through the historic district and witness the dazzling festival of lights known as the Nights of Lights, listed among the top 10 holiday light displays in the world by National Geographic. 

Also during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the TPC Sawgrass hosts its enchanting tree lighting ceremony, complete with joyful carolers and hot chocolate. You can find out about many other unique events taking place across Florida’s First Coast on Thanksgiving weekend by clicking here.

4. World-class golf for 75 miles along the northeast coast of Florida

Florida’s First Coast has a dizzying array of golf options. When it comes to golf, whether you are a novice or a pro, you just can’t go wrong in this part of Florida. You will find a golf course to suit your needs. Many golf clubs also have golf schools that offer tailored instruction for those who are interested in improving their game.

To read more about the renowned golf courses in Northeast Florida, click on a course in the list below: 

5. Holiday deals & vacation packages at Florida golf resorts

Finally, Thanksgiving is the ideal time to plan a golf vacation because many resorts and hotels offer special deals and vacation packages at this time. To learn more about these vacation packages, click here

Book soon.... Pumpkin spice season is already well underway and availability is limited!

We hope to see you in November on Florida’s First Coast!