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Looking for a fun way to explore Jacksonville? Take part in the Jax Geocache Challenge!
Jacksonville is getting ready to host hundreds of excited geocachers as they search for the treasures hidden within our extensive and unmatched park system. From marshes and wetlands, national parks and state parks, small city parks and urban preserves, there are 30 secret caches waiting to be discovered starting this September.
If you just read that and said, WHAT!? Then let’s get you up to speed. Geocaching is a digital scavenger hunt that takes modern-day Indiana Jones types all around Jacksonville following a special passport with clues that will lead them to discover a special hidden object or cache. Pretty cool! Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the country making this a challenging yet fun hunt. Each object is found through GPS on your phone which will lead participants to 30 different parks and cultural and historic locations around Jacksonville. Once you find at least 25 of the 30 objects you get to collect a very special collectors prize.
If you read that and I thought, I AM SO IN!!! Then the hunt kicks off this September 21 and continues until all the caches/hidden objects are discovered and 150 of the collector’s prizes are claimed. We won’t give away the locations but let’s just say you need to be ready to discover a new side of Jacksonville, a greener and more adventurous side. And just a friendly reminder: once you find a cache, remember not to move the container.
The awesome part about this challenge is that you are in no rush, so you can take as little or as long as you would like to complete it. That means you can spend a weekend in Jacksonville chasing the hidden treasures or you can relax and find the treasures as you explore our beaches, museums, waterways and parks.
So, are you ready to play? The Jax Geocache Challenge Kickoff Event is Saturday, September 21st at Castaway Island Preserve, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. It is a potluck so bring a dish to share and come out to meet other geocachers. Don’t leave without picking up your passport at the Kickoff Event.
Once you’ve completed the geocache challenge, take a photo with your geocoin and upload the photo to Instagram using the hashtag #jaxgeocaching. We want to see you!
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THE FINE PRINT: The first 150 geocachers to complete the challenge will receive a trackable geocoin. You can receive your coin at REI at the St. Johns Town Center. In order to qualify, 25 of the 30 geocaches will need to be stamped on the passport received.
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