First Coast YMCA
(about 2 miles away)
University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute patients and family members may access 17 First Coast YMCA locations for a monthly fee of $30 or couples fee of $50. Services include personal training, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, group exercise, indoor cycling, childcare and aquatics. To receive this discount people must apply for membership at the Shands campus YMCA.
- Monday - Thursday 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Friday 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
A gym specially designed for women, the Curves 30-minute workout includes a warm-up, aerobic exercise, strength training, cool-down and stretching. A membership includes all 17 area locations.
(about 3 miles away)
Not a trail per se, but more like an urban pathway, the Riverwalk runs from underneath the I-95 bridge to the luxury condos of The Berkman Plaza a few miles into Downtown. Completely paved with decorative bricks and aesthetic street lamps, this path is very popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists alike. Travelers on the Riverwalk will pass by the YMCA, office buildings, under and over bridges, a performing arts center, The Landing, upscale-hotels and eventually end near the posh Berkman Plaza condos. The St. Johns River will be your companion on the right-hand side the whole way. Watch for dolphins and manatee, as it’s not uncommon to see them pop up here and there.
Jacksonville - Baldwin Trail
(about 8 miles away)
Built along abandoned railroad tracks, this trail traverses diverse natural habitats including pinewoods, wetlands and fields. These areas are home to a variety of wildlife such as songbirds, hawks, wild turkey and even white-tailed deer. Most of the trail is shaded by the greenery, and, in certain parts, even gives the illusion of going through a tunnel. You’ll also cross McGirts Creek near Camp Milton, an historic Civil War site. The trail runs about 14 miles total. Though it seems secluded, it starts just outside of Downtown and is readily accessible from I-10 and I-295.
Amelia Island Plantation
(about 30 miles away)
This environmentally sensitive resort destination lies just south of Fernandina Beach. Opened in 1971, it is renowned for its well-preserved balance of man-made luxuries and the preservation of the gorgeous habitat surrounding it. The resort lies on over 1,200 acres of undisturbed dunes, marshes, grasslands and forests with 10 miles of hiking and jogging trails. Along with its trails and conservation, the resort is equally known for its romantic ambiance, fantastic golf and high-end dining.