Running Venues and Co
The layout and design of this airy community, with more than 70 miles of sidewalk-lined canals, makes it an urban runner's paradise. Cross country enthusiasts reap similar rewards, thanks to the astounding 250-plus miles of connected trails, many of which traverse shaded landscapes, wildlife habitats, city parks, and other green spaces. If you are a walker rather than a runner, these same venues will satisfy your desire to get out and about. Competition abounds in the city sponsored Running Series, which includes 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer, and 15-kilometer as well as 10-mile and half marathon events throughout the year.
Healthy Groceries and
Natural beauty and the mixture of freshwater and saltwater breezes promote a healthy, active lifestyle, often drawing even the least enthusiastic outdoors for a walk, bike ride, jog, or round of golf. Healthy eating options are part of the package deal. While the city has its share of sweet shops and other indulgent venues, healthy groceries and food markets are also abundant. Richard's Foodporium is the best spot for raw and bulk foods, and there is an excellent all-around selection of items for the health conscious at Diane's Natural Food Market. A mainstream grocery, Publix warrants a visit, if only for produce and organic products.
An impressive array of performing arts programs are booked at the Flagler every year, and the quality of productions consistently exceeds expectations. Dance, live music, stage plays, comedy, and variety shows all make the bill at this 1,000-seat venue, which draws patrons from all around the state. Although county funded, the Flagler is truly a local gem, not even 15 minutes south of town, just off West Highway 100 by way of Interstate 95. Past performances have included world-renowned ballets, Broadway productions, international cabarets, and celebrity comedy shows. Not every weekend brings big names to town, but even the lesser-known productions are thoroughly entertaining.