An Active Traveler’s Guide to Alabama’s Beaches

Gulf Coast BikingWhile many of us daydream about kicking back on a white-sand beach with a fruity cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other, many vacationers also crave active experiences while traveling. An Adventure Travel Trade Association study shows that 54 percent of travelers plan to participate in an adventure activity on their next trip. Whether you’re a fitness-minded couple, a family on the go or a group of friends yearning for a transformative getaway, Alabama’s beaches provide the quintessential combination of relaxation, rejuvenation and recreation for the active traveler. This go-to guide will help you plan the perfect active escape to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Active Travelers GuideHit the Trail: Surround yourself in nature on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail — a nearly 25-mile flat, paved trail system through Orange Beach and Gulf State Park that weaves through a natural ecosystem of trees, marshes and alligator habitats. The trails are ideal for walking, running or biking and cater to everyone from marathon runners to families with small children.

Do Something Out of the OAR-dinary: Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at Lake Shelby in the Gulf State Park, as well as many other spots in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Paddle your way across Lake Shelby, taking in the natural beauty and peaceful surroundings of this 900-acre freshwater lake. Refuel after your adventure with a lakefront picnic.

Flow to Nature’s Playlist: Close your eyes and let the sound of the waves gently washing to shore guide you as you flow through a beachside yoga class. Contact Glow Yoga to set up a personal session or group event on the beach, or visit their studio during your stay.

Run Alabama's BeachesGo for a Rave Run: From 32 miles of beach to flat, scenic roads to hidden trails, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer the perfect canvas for every runner. Whether you’re looking to maintain your training while traveling or just want to move your muscles in the fresh salt air, lace up your shoes and find your perfect running route.

Soar to New Heights: For true thrill-seekers, Gulf Adventure Center’s Hummingbird Ziplines at The Wharf offer spectacular views of the Alabama coast as you fly 90 feet above the ground. With nine towers and seven ziplines stretching a mile long, this experience provides a unique vantage point to experience the gulf coast.

Consider a Race-cation: For the ultimate active vacation, plan your trip to Alabama’s beaches around one of our marquee endurance race weekends. Runners can experience our flat and fast Big Beach Marathon or Gulf Coast Half Gulf Coast Spa directoryMarathon in Gulf Shores during the winter while triathletes can test their limits at the Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon in September.

Relax Your Muscles: No active vacation would be complete without a relaxing massage. Check out the directory of spas in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and leave refreshed and ready to return to reality after an escape to paradise.

Ready to get moving? Start planning your trip to Alabama’s beaches now.

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Jesica D’Avanza is a seasoned communications expert, runner, certified marathon coach and new mom on a mission to find her extraordinary while inspiring others to do the same. On her blog runladylike.com, she shares her unladylike adventures of running, including tips and humor covering all aspects of endurance training. She has completed eight marathons, 14 half marathons and numerous triathlons, including two half-iron distance races. She received her marathon coaching certification from the North American Academy of Sport Fitness Professionals and actively coaches runners of all levels. In her day job, she is a brand and communications strategist helping purpose-driven organizations clarify their story and accelerate social impact. Jesica lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and daughter. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @rUnladylike.


Jesica D'Avanza

About Jesica D'Avanza

Jesica D’Avanza is a seasoned communications expert, runner, certified marathon coach and new mom on a mission to find her extraordinary while inspiring others to do the same. On her blog runladylike.com, she shares her unladylike adventures of running, including tips and humor covering all aspects of endurance training. She has completed eight marathons, 14 half marathons and numerous triathlons, including two half-iron distance races. She received her marathon coaching certification from the North American Academy of Sport Fitness Professionals and actively coaches runners of all levels. In her day job, she is a brand and communications strategist helping purpose-driven organizations clarify their story and accelerate social impact. Jesica lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and daughter. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @rUnladylike.

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