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The 90s were a simpler time. Clothes were baggier, music came on cassette tapes, Blockbuster still existed. If you're anything like the rest of us, you likely spend at least a few hours a day pining nostalgically for all things 1990s. Especially if you lived in Jacksonville, FL during the 90s. Because we can't help but revisit what feels like better days, join us as we tour things only 90s Jacksonville, FL residents will remember.
Sinking Quarters/Tokens into Games at Aladdin's Castle & Tilt
Thanks to barcades like Keg & Coin – an arcade bar in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood – and entertainment hotspots like Dave and Busters and Adventure Landing, there are still places you can get your arcade cabinet fix.
But there's nothing like the originals. Bereft of the other distractions – Keg & Coin is a bar first, arcade second, while Dave and Busters and Adventure Landing prominently feature an entire restaurant and a water park, respectively – these classic arcades existed purely for the endless joy of arcade games.
Many of us lost countless hours in Aladdin's Castle in the Orange Park mall. Parents shopping for boring stuff? Give us $5 and we'll be content basked in the warm glow of arcade cabinets for at least an hour. The same goes for Tilt at the Jacksonville Landing (itself an icon of the 90s that no longer exists). A few rounds of Street Fighter with friends at Tilt would be enough to make anyone's weekend.
Playing Mini-Golf with Rex at Goony Golf
Before he became the orange sentinel of Beach Boulevard as we know him today, Rex, Jacksonville's famous T-Rex statue, presided over innumerable mini-golf games at Goony Golf. He was one of several, um, interesting obstacles and characters for which Goony Golf was known. For all its kitschy charm, Goony Golf felt like a staple of a fun Saturday afternoon.
And while the chain's Jacksonville location went extinct early in the 2000s, we still thankfully have Rex's beautiful mug to remind us of just how great things used to be.
Going to a Drive-In Movie
Going to a movie in a normal theater is a treat in itself, to be sure. But there was just something special about rolling down the windows, audio pouring out your radio, and watching a movie in the crisp night air.
In the 90s, Jax residents had a few options. They could pull up to the Playtime Drive-In off Blanding Boulevard or the Beaches Drive-In. These excellent and unique date destinations from the 90s sadly no longer exist. Playtime had its screens shut down for good in 2008, while Beaches Drive-In had its proverbial windows shuttered in 2003.
Feasting on the Wagon Wheel at Famous Amos. Ordering a Camel Rider on-the-go from The Sheik. A full chicken platter from Beach Road Chicken Dinners. Sipping on a Slush Puppie from the local Little Champ gas station. Barbecue from the short-lived Rumboggies (or maybe you just bought the sauce?). Eating Chinese buffet in a dimly lit indoor dining area surrounded by koi ponds and bridges at Garden of Tiki.
We could go on, but we're making ourselves hungry.
What were you doing for fun in the 90s if you weren't at the mall? Maybe your commerce hub of choice was the Regency Square Mall, with its bustling storefronts and unique eateries at the food court. Or maybe you favored the newer atmosphere of the Avenues mall, which opened its doors in 1990.
If you lived in Orange Park, though, we know you loved the Orange Park Mall. Dozens of storefronts, a thriving food court, the aforementioned Aladdin's Castle, and, of course, the classic carousel.
With no major league sports teams calling Jacksonville home in the early 90s, the city still had plenty of sports to get excited for. Baseball was never hotter than when the Jacksonville Suns lit up minor league ballparks (of course they still persist today, though rebranded as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp).
Meanwhile, possibly the coolest local sports team in terms of uniforms, colors, logo, and name: The Jacksonville Lizard Kings. Sure, hockey doesn't have a strong foothold in Florida, but the Lizard Kings captured the hearts of many Jax residents on sheer coolness alone. Just look at that logo above!
Then, of course, the big daddy arrives in 1993: Jacksonville gets its very own NFL franchise. The Jaguars were born, and a city fell in love with its team in teal. The 90s seasons were special for the Jags, too, as the team found immense success within its first three seasons playing in the formerly named Alltel Stadium.
Keep Max in Jax
The intoxicating smell of coffee beans is familiar to anyone from Jacksonville thanks to the Maxwell House coffee plant located downtown. However, in the early 90s, the plant was nearly shutdown. The city launched a "Keep Max in Jax" campaign to convince Maxwell House to keep the plant open. It turned out to be wildly successful, not only saving the plant but motivating the company to double down in Jax with a multi-million-dollar expansion.
Classic Jax Radio Stations
The 90s had some outstanding radio stations for Jax residents. We spent many an afternoon cranking up the dial on all our favorite modern hits on 97.9 KISS FM. There was 93.3 Planet Radio for crunching new rock, while 104.5 pumped out all the classic rock your heart could desire. Then, of course, we had Cool 96.9, showering us all with "good times, great oldies."
It may not get as much recognition as other popular cities in Florida, but Jacksonville is rich with beauty and culture. If you need convincing, simply look around: there's the towering skyline, peaceful beaches, thriving cultural hotspots, and countless local art displays dispersed across town. And guess what? All that beauty is going to look great on your Instagram. Up your photo game with shots at these gorgeous Instagram-worthy backdrops in Jacksonville, FL.
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Snap a photo of a sunset over the St. Johns River or the iconic bronze sculpture, Life, standing proudly in the center of the park; Memorial Park has so many great spots for stunning pictures.
While it may not be the hotbed of activity it used to be, the Landing still offers opportunities for some incredible photos of the Jacksonville skyline, especially at night.
Though not technically part of Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach is close enough to count it. Plus, it's hard to find a better spot for all your #beachlife photos than the towering sand dunes found here.
[caption id="attachment_84" align="alignnone" width="599"] Black Rock Beach | Photo Credit: @artnovakjr[/caption]
One of Jacksonville's most unique destinations is also one of its best-kept secrets. Dark rocks, saw palmettos, and the bleached driftwood give this beach an otherworldly quality that make it the perfect backdrop for gorgeous photos.
Rex the Beach Boulevard Dinosaur is a Jacksonville icon who originally stood tall as a prop at an old miniature golf course. Now he presides over a shopping center on Beach Boulevard, welcoming Instagrammers from all over.
Who doesn't love a fountain? Friendship Fountain was renovated just a few years ago, ensuring it'll be a staple of photos for a long time.
Add some history to your Instagram with a picture in front of the 200+ year old oak tree that gives this park its name.
Local mosaic art company Roux Art, Inc. created this stunning mosaic meant to celebrate and evoke the inimitable beauty of the St. Johns River.
Artist Okuda created this colorful mural as part of Art Republic 2017. Inspired by the important roles women have played in Jacksonville's history, this mural is a great backsplash of color for your next selfie.
These dazzling murals adorn pillars in what used to be less traveled areas of downtown Jacksonville. Their presence has certainly helped alleviate that.
[caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="750"] Earth Gods | Photo Credit: Shaun Thurston[/caption]
Earth Gods presents a visually arresting commentary on a topic as old as the earth itself: mankind's relationship with nature. Larger-than-life art and a potent message? Leave your followers with something to chew on with this one.
Floating Land, just like the local treasure upon which it sits, is easy to get lost in. Grab a pic of the awe-inspiring memorial before heading inside to Chamblin Uptown and venturing into other worlds with shelves upon shelves of literary adventures.
Energetic, frantic, and fragmented – all these words describe the lively Detroit Moves mural. Does it remind you of techno? That's no coincidence; artist Kenor was inspired by the electronic scene in Detroit.
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Would people really believe you traveled to Jacksonville if you didn't show them a picture of a bunch of people sitting on a giant alligator as proof?