Celebrating Mother's Day in Jacksonville, Florida

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Take mom out to brunch, dinner, or to one of several Mother's Day events in Jacksonville. Choose from art, gardens, the zoo, water adventures, or a short road trip for a memorable day. There's enough going on to make any mom happy. 

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    Jacksonville museum of contemporary art
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    The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is offering a special menu for its annual Mother's Day brunch. The brunch starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. on May 13. You'll have your choice of a buffet of salads and sides that include Green Goddess pasta salad, fresh fruit salad, gourmet cheeses, deviled eggs, hashbrown casserole, and blueberry muffins. Entrees include a long list of choices such as blackened salmon, Kentucky hot brown, banana bread French toast, and caprese Benedict. Top it off with a craft cocktail like a Morning Spike, spicy bloody mary, Cool Context, or Mother of Pearl. After brunch, take a walk around the gallery; admission is included with each brunch ticket.

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    Moms get into Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens for free both days of Mother's Day weekend. She'll love a walk through the gardens or the zoo on this May day. But that's not all: Before or after a garden walk, honor her with some good eats. The zoo is serving a Mother's Day brunch on the Shaba Terrace with two seatings, at 9 and 11 a.m. 

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    Get on the Water

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    Mother's Day is a fine time to take your mom on a guided boat tour of Jacksonville's St. John's River, sailing, or fishing. If she's adventurous, she might love to spend the day kayaking with you.

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    Cummer museum gardens
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    Surround your mom with beauty on Mother's Day at the ​Cummer Museum, which houses 5,000 works of art and is surrounded by stunning riverfront gardens planned by noted landscape architects. Before or after a leisurely visit, sit down for brunch in the museum's cafe and take a stroll through the museum shop, where you just might find a knockout and artistic gift.

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    If you're feeling ambitious and your mom likes road trips, take her on one for Mother's Day weekend. You have a wealth of short trips choices within 100 miles of Jacksonville. Some possibilities are Cross Creek, the home of writer Marjorie Rawlings; Daytona Beach; Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, one of the oldest towns in Florida; or Faver Dykes State Park, for a taste of Old Florida.