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Riverside Avondale Night Trolley Neighborhood Guide: Family Night

Are you looking for something different for family night? Take a ride on the Riverside Avondale Night Trolley and let someone else do the driving. The Night Trolley runs the first Friday and Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. The trolley is also a fantastic way to introduce your children to public transportation and to instill confidence for future travels that require mass transit. 

From your home stop, ride the trolley to Memorial Park. Take a loop around the six-acre park, which dates back to 1924 and is one of the neighborhood’s most popular outdoor spots. Spend a little time by the St. Johns River and talk with your kids about how the river connects city and the state.

Hop aboard the trolley and head to the Shoppes of Avondale. Mellow Mushroom is always a family night favorite - ask to sit in the firetruck if it’s available. Start out with the crowd pleasing Drunken Funguys, delicious pizza dough with three dipping sauces. You’ll find a variety of pizza options, sure to appeal to everyone in the family. Personal favorites are the Holy Shiitake Pie, featuring three kinds of mushrooms and cheeses, and drizzled with black truffle oil; and the Red Skin Potato Pie, loaded with potatoes, bacon, two kinds of cheese and drizzled with sour cream and spicy ranch. Or create your own speciality pie and let everyone choose one topping,

After dinner walk down to the Florida Creamery for dessert. You’ll feel transported to a 1950s soda shoppe when you step inside, with enlarged vintage Florida postcards on the walls and retro candy and toys for sale. Order a scoop of the salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone or the orange freeze - a bubbly blend of orange sherbet and ginger ale. Take a seat in one of the booths by the window for some people watching.

Next, head back to the 5 Points area, and make your way to Sun-Ray Cinema. Before your trolley journey check out the Sun-Ray Cinema website to see if anything family friendly is playing. If a movie isn’t in the cards there’s still the vintage arcade games in the front lobby, so challenge your kids to a game of Mars Attacks Pin Ball or Street Fighter 3. Owners Tim and Shana Massett are arguably the coolest theater owners in the business, doing everything from bringing filmmakers and actors to town for screenings to offering award winning vegan menu options.

Once everyone’s quarters are out or the movie is over, take the trolley back to your home stop.

 

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