Active and Fitness-Focused Vacations
It’s true, there is nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating to the body and mind than a vacation to the beach. On the sugar-white sand of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, start your morning with a sunrise jog, meditation time or yoga. For vacationers seeking an active and fitness-focused vacation destination, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers a variety of year-round activities and events that will promote your healthy lifestyle and still leave time to take a break and relax.
The outdoor lifestyle of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provides the perfect environment for outdoor activities and exercise. The Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail and Alabama Gulf State Park are great places to bike, walk or jog. With paved trails, bridges, lakes and beautiful scenery, among four diverse ecosystems, getting your exercise on vacation has never been easier or more relaxing.
Paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are fun workouts that will get you out on the water, allow you to set your own pace and focus on the activity at hand. Whether you bring your
own equipment or rent some, our peaceful and tranquil lakes, back bays and rivers are a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.
Dive in, take to the depths, and explore the underwater wonders of the Gulf of Mexico. There are a variety of dive spots with a range of diver levels, from beginner to advanced. Explore our newest reefs, Poseidon’s Playground and a purpose-sunk ship, the LuLu. With depths varying from 50 – 115 feet, it’s accessible to beginning and experienced divers alike.
Many condos and hotels are equipped with fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and even walking trails. Amenities vary by property.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have several public fitness centers across the island, including the Bodenhamer Recreation Center and the Orange Beach Recreation Center. Crossfit, Zumba, Pilates or yoga classes are available, and should be verified with the business for class offerings, days, times and fees.
Reward yourself! Take an hour or a day to indulge in being pampered. Massages, facials, manicures and pedicures are just a few of the treatments offered at the spas in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Choose a locally-owned boutique or resort spa and you’ll leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and in a whole different state of mind.
Fitness and Sporting Events
With mild year-round temperatures, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have become hot spots for those traveling for 5Ks, marathons, and triathlons, as well as for youth, high school and collegiate competitions. Visit our sports calendar of events and plan to join us for an upcoming competition.
Area Fitness Activities
| • Beach run/walk
|| • Zumba classes
| • Nature trails
|| • Pilates classes
| • Biking trails
|| • Yoga classes
| • Paddling
|| • 5Ks
| • Gyms and fitness centers
|| • Fun runs
| • Crossfit
|| • Marathons and triathlons