While sometimes staying in shape on vacation may seem like a workout in itself, New Orleans’ burgeoning health culture offer’s visiting tourists unique opportunities to get their hearts racing as they tour the Big Easy. From running around an urban park built in 1850 that’s filled with century-old oak trees to kayaking across the historic Bayou St. John, the city’s get-in-shape possibilities are set to satisfy anyone who appreciates a new and fun fitness challenge. Here, we present a NOLA-inspired exercise guide designed to be a guaranteed sweat-breaker.
If you are looking to explore a unique workout outside of the city limits, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours is a canoe and kayak tour agency that offers two hour, beginner-friendly paddles across the Big Easy’s bayous, swamps and rivers. The tours, which are about 40 minutes outside NOLA, take kayak riders on peculiar fitness adventures filled with cypress groves, abandoned houseboats and exotic wildlife. While the experience includes all necessary gear, a paddle lesson and a narrative on history and ecology, guests must make arrangements for transportation through the company’s website. If you are searching for a city tour with a different twist, you can book their Bayou St. John City/cultural/historical tour, where you’ll paddle across New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood and visit historic homes and landmarks.
To book your paddle adventure, click here.+1 504 571 9975
Craving a two-wheeled (or even three or four) sweat? Head over to A Bicycle Named Desire and discover the city’s gorgeous thoroughfares aboard a self-powered vehicle. The shop, which describes itself as being a ‘bicycle concierge’ due to its locally known southern hospitality and overall good attitude, is located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans just two blocks away from the Mississippi River and the French Quarter’s market. Riders can choose from its rentals every day of the week except for Tuesdays and can purchase guided tours of the Ninth Ward and Creole New Orleans. For those who wish to ride solo, here’s a downloadable bicycle map to guide you through the Big Easy.
Offering a variety of classes and lessons for both adults and youth alike, Dancing Grounds is a community-driven dance studio located in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. The groove joint, which is led by a talented group of dancers who are prepared to teach visitors of all ability levels their desired dance style, features affordable, drop-in classes weekly that cover everything from bounce and salsa to ballet and contemporary hip-hop.
Dancing Grounds, 3705 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 535 5791