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Sometimes, you just need a little time away from the daily grind – time to totally relax and enjoy yourself. Thanks to Jacksonville’s laid-back vibe and its love for entertainment, finding cool hangouts that offer plenty of options for play is easy. Here are some of our favorite local spots for gaming fun.

Main Event

From food to foosball, Main Event has it all. Come ready for laser tag, arcade games, billiards, and bowling. Their burgers and fries are epic – so bring your appetite and fuel up for an evening of nonstop fun. Suit up for some vivacious laser tag, chill with your friends over a game of nine-ball, or see how many strikes you can rack up. You can even rent one of their private rooms and enjoy a karaoke party with friends. And don’t forget to hit the arcade on your way out – they have over 100 classic games, from Dance Dance Revolution to Donkey Kong.

Bowl America

Bowling is a great way to enjoy down time with friends, and Bowl America makes the perfect place to do just that. Check out their Cosmic Bowling – a glow-in-the-dark bowling party featuring neon pins, laser light shows, and rocking music. Want to take the evening up a notch? Stop by a dollar store on the way and deck yourself out in your own glow-in-the-dark accessories for a crazy and memorable night out.


You might head to Autobahn just to enjoy their great food, but no doubt you’ll get sucked into the two things they’re most famous for: axe throwing and go-karting. Axe throwing has become a huge trend across the country, and for good reason: It’s easy to learn, humorously competitive, and undeniably fun. Join one of Autobahn’s axe throwing leagues or sign up for a slot in their open axe throwing events.

And don’t forget to check out their go-karting tracks. When they say high-speed go-karting, they mean it: These karts can get up to 50 miles per hour. You’ll have a chance to knock their fastest drivers off the leaderboard. Ready, set, go!

Jax Lanes Bowling Center

Check out Jax Lanes Bowling Center’s arcade, and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. The decor is old-fashioned and eclectic, and the games run the gamut from vintage to new and trendy. Their open bowling hours span day and night, so you can go whenever you’ve got some extra time. And when you’re done taking down the pins, head over to the billiards table for a relaxing game or two.

For more ideas on how to enjoy your free time in Jacksonville, make sure to check out the Mirador & Stovall at River City blog


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