Fitness & Wellness
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Being on vacation doesn’t mean you have to put all of your fitness and wellness priorities on the back burner! From yoga on the beach to hours of kayaking and biking, Alabama’s beaches make for an ideal wellness getaway.
If you like to get outside and try new ways of getting fit, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place to be. Kayaking (link to website) and paddleboarding (link to website) are fantastic ways to get a workout in while also enjoying the beautiful waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Whether it’s a nice paddle out in the Gulf on a calm day or through the winding waterways in the back bays, rivers and lakes, it’s easy to turn a two-hour trip into a whole day of adventuring. For those that prefer to stay on dry land, Gulf State Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail (link to website) and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (link to website) are two of the most popular spots for nature lovers to discover by biking or hiking. The Backcountry Trail has 28+ miles of paved trails that take visitors over six unique ecosystems. The park provides bike rentals as do several other local businesses. The Wildlife Refuge has multiple paths to choose from including a one-mile, ADA accessible trail and a two and a half-mile unpaved path that leads hikers straight to the beach.
Find your Zen
Take your wellness practice to a whole new level of Zen on Alabama’s beaches, where the yoga community is continuously growing and thriving. From hot yoga in a studio and power flows in the sand to community classes at the legendary Flora-Bama and private group lessons on the beach, it’s easy to find your “om away from om” shortly upon arrival.
Get Fit Like the Locals Do
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have everything from CrossFit gyms and personal training to boutique fitness studios, so visitors can keep up their normal routine while on vacation. Whether you want to sweat your asana off or take things to a whole new level in a spin or TRX class, many of these fitness facilities offer weekly memberships for visitors as well as drop-in and pop-up classes at local restaurants and bars.
To learn more about the destination’s fitness and wellness offerings, visit our health page.