Lafayette is world-famous for its rich cuisine, lively music, and vibrant festivals. The city also offers quieter options for residents and visitors, with unique ways of getting active, enjoying nature, and relaxing. Lafayette offers something for everyone, whether looking for a scenic walk, a paddle through cypress swamps, a yoga class, or holistic healing options. Go ahead and indulge in the food and music of the Hub City, then relax and reset at some of Acadiana’s most popular places that keep us healthy.
Acadiana Park Nature Station
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Tucked away in more than 100 wooded acres, you’ll discover a nature center and raised boardwalks perfect for a short walk through the oaks, cedars, and palmettos. For adventure-seekers wanting to pick up the pace, the nearby mountain bike trails are especially fun. While there are no mountains in South Louisiana, cyclists will definitely enjoy some rugged climbs. Book bike rentals through LATrail.org located at 1205 E. Alexander Street.
Meaning “draw into the deep,” Duc In Altum provides kayaking adventures amid the enchanting cypress forests of Lake Martin. Experienced guide and photographer Janenne deClouet leads individuals, families, and groups on a variety of outdoor adventures. Bring along the kids (ages 5+) for a basic kayaking lesson or enjoy a casual morning espresso paddle with local coffee. Specialized trips include an excursion to learn photography tips and tricks of capturing flora and fauna as well as a silent Ignatius paddle to calm your inner spirit and connect with nature. The prices are $65 per paddler and include all equipment. 337-316-3074, DucinaltumKayak.com. Lake Martin is located at 1209 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge.
Discover Lafayette’s most walkable neighborhood along the banks of the Vermilion River. Park at Ruffino’s restaurant and soak in the charm of the new-urbanism community that represents the best of Cajun and Creole architecture. Explore River Ranch neighborhood on both sides of Camellia Boulevard by using the walking trail beside the river and the pedestrian tunnel that connects the City Club fitness center to the tennis courts. River Ranch is located at 921 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette.
Moncus Park is a supporter-funded nonprofit dedicated to developing and maintaining 100 acres of green space in Lafayette. Today Moncus Park is not just a park — it’s a tourist attraction and economic generator with an impact on the fiscal, social, economic, environmental, cultural, physical, and mental health of Acadiana and its residents. If you think the park ends at the back treelined, you are wrong! There are 50 more acres of green space with 23 acres of hiking trails. Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503.
Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club
Known to locals simply as Red’s, this impressive workout facility is the South’s largest at nearly 200,000 square feet. Out-of-towners can snag a day pass for $15 or a weekly pass for $40 for full access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, weight rooms, group fitness classes, sports courts, childcare, the coffee shop, and onsite restaurant. Red's is located at 301 Doucet Road, Lafayette.
City Club at River Ranch
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If you’re staying at the Carriage House in River Ranch, guests may enjoy the amenities at City Club such as its fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and tennis courts. City Club offers group exercise classes throughout the day from yoga to indoor cycling and step aerobics as well as children’s programs. River Ranch is located at 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette.
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Come see what the buzz is all about at the world’s fastest-growing franchise. Expect to walk or run on treadmills, use free weights, TRX equipment, and row machines with a goal of spending 12 minutes in the orange zone (84 to 91 percent of your maximum heart rate), to keep burning calories long after your workout is over. Drop-in rates are available to visitors or for any Orange Theory member anywhere in the world where classes are included in your monthly plan. Orangetheory Fitness is located at 109 Old Camp Road, Lafayette.
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Another franchise taking the fitness world by storm is CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling facility. You’ll love the lively music, in-class competition, and upbeat instructors along with free amenities like cycling shoes that clip into place. The drop-in rates for a single class are around $22, but a package of five is $59. After your workout, stock up on healthy snacks at Whole Foods next door. Cycle Bar is located at 4243 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette.
Mind & Body
Lafayette Salt Cave
📍2510A Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503 Over 5,000 pounds of Pink Himalayan salt are on the floor and walls at the Lafayette Salt cave. The spaces provide halo therapy, sound therapy, massage therapy, Reiki, and other specialty classes. When the salt lamps are heated they release negative ions that create a relaxing experience allowing you to take a deeper breath. For more head to our website >> https://www.lafayettetravel.com/blog/post/places-to-exercise-in-lafayette/♬ original sound - LafayetteTravel
Over 5,000 pounds of Pink Himalayan salt are on the floor and walls at the Lafayette Salt cave. The spaces provide halo therapy, sound therapy, massage therapy, Reiki, and other specialty classes. When the salt lamps are heated they release negative ions that create a relaxing experience allowing you to take a deeper breath. Lafayette Salt Cave is located at 2510A Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503 or you can book online by clicking here.
Ascend Wellness Studio
📍118 Representative Row, Lafayette, LA 70508 Owners Kendal and Ben moved to Lafayette with the dream of opening a wellness studio, they now run a full-service center with several different facilitators and teachers bringing unique healing tools to Lafayette. Ascend Wellness offers facials, massages, red light therapy, a cold and hot plunge tub, a sauna, sound healing, yoga classes, and health coaching. For more info head to our website>> https://www.lafayettetravel.com/blog/post/places-to-exercise-in-lafayette/♬ Meditation with natural sounds and music that closes your eyes - Red Blue Studio
Ascend Wellness offers facials, massages, red light therapy, a cold and hot plunge tub, a sauna, sound healing, yoga classes, and health coaching. Owners Kendal and Ben moved to Lafayette with the dream of opening a wellness studio, they now run a full-service center with several different facilitators and teachers bringing unique healing tools to Lafayette. Ascend Wellness Studio is located at 118 Representative Row, Lafayette, LA 70508 or visit them online by clicking here.
📍135 A Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506 The Zen Den is a hot yoga studio heated by infer lights. Owner Emoni Harbor hopes to bring students together through yoga, mindfulness, and community. The space also hosts retreats that focus on breathwork, healthy eating, and connection. For more head to our website >> https://www.lafayettetravel.com/blog/post/places-to-exercise-in-lafayette/♬ Chill Vibes - Tollan Kim
The Zen Den is a hot yoga studio heated by infer lights. Owner Emoni Harbor hopes to bring students together through yoga, mindfulness, and community. The space also hosts retreats that focus on breathwork, healthy eating, and connection. Zen Den is located at 135 A Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506 or visit them online by clicking here.
The Therapy Garden
The Therapy Garden is a psychotherapy wellness practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. They focus on healing in nature. The therapist will meet the patient outside for sessions. The clinic also offers day retreats at the Acadiana nature station. Research shows that nature can be healing and have significant calming effects on the body. The Therapy Garden is located at 100 Coulee Shore Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503 and 123 Ridgeway Dr #B, Lafayette, LA 70503.