20 of the Best Ways to Get Active on Vacation
You're on vacation and you want to relax, but you also want to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Can you really do both? Yes, you can! One of the best things about a Topsail Island beach vacation is that it is so incredibly easy to get active and stay fit during your time here. Topsail Island offers plenty of ways to get exercise (and have fun while you're doing it).
Walk right out of your Topsail Island rental and into a healthy lifestyle. We've highlighted 20 of the best ways to get active on your Topsail vacation. Get out there and see what island life has to offer. Enjoy your favorite healthy activity or try something totally new.
1. Walk every day.
2. Go fishing
Topsail Island is synonymous with fishing. It's an art, a science and a wonderful way to stay active on a beach vacation. Surf fishing requires you to walk to the beach, set up your rod and reel on the sand, and continuously cast your lines and reel them back in. You'd be surprised how much it can get your heart pumping. The same is true for deep sea and sportfishing adventures. You're going to need to use your strength and stamina to keep up with the big biters you're chasing in the open waters. Don't discount a few sore muscles from a day of pier fishing, either. Fishing adventures and excursions on Topsail Island are not sedentary activities.
3. Do a beach workout
4. Rent a bike
5. Take a surf lesson.
6. Try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP)
7. Do Yoga
Along with doing yoga on a paddleboard, you can also find other types of Topsail Island yoga classes offered through Surf City Parks and Recreation.
Highlights include yoga on the beach, yoga under the stars, full moon yoga, sunrise and sunset yoga, vinyasa yoga and more.
Check out the Surf City Parks and Recreation page for more information on dates, times and fees. Namaste!
8. Go kayaking
Take a kayaking adventure on your own or paddle around with a tour guide as you get to know Topsail's waterways, ocean waters, sounds and canals on a more personal level. Try South End Outfitters and some of the previously mentioned surf shops and sports outfitters to get out on the water with paddles in hand. Kayaking is suitable for most age and skill levels and is the perfect combination of activity and relaxation.
9. Explore the area.
Get to know North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach by visiting each town. Check out the Topsail Island events and festivals. Talk to the locals.
Explore the history, culture, arts and landmarks that make Topsail the uniquely beautiful, quintessential beach destination that it is.
10. Try something new.
A wonderful way to stay active on vacation is to just do something you've never done before. It's the perfect time to expand your horizons, push your boundaries and learn something new. Pick anything off this list and go for it! Read our previous blog, Vacation is the Perfect Time to Try Something New, for ideas.
11. Go to the gym.
If you don't want to miss a day at the gym, even on vacation, you don't have to. The Surf City Parks and Recreation Center offers a weight room, fitness classes, yoga on the beach, and tennis courts. You only need to pay a small fee to access everything you need for your workouts at the rec center.
12. Play a round of golf
There are a lot of places to hit the links during your Topsail vacation. In fact, the Topsail area has some premier courses often frequented by the pros. Check out the local golf courses and play a round or two while you're here. You can read more about Topsail Island: Why The Best Golf Begins Here.
13. Embark on a family adventure
14. Take a swim
Cool off with a refreshing swim in the wide open Atlantic Ocean or do a few laps each morning in the community pool. Swimming is one of the best ways to stay fit and active whether you're on vacation or not, and is suitable for any age or fitness level. It feels good, too!
15. Challenge the ocean waves
Try boogie boarding, skim boarding or just body surf the waves as they roll in. Even wading in the ocean is a workout and helps you to hone in on your balance and stability while strengthening your leg muscles.
16. Visit a park
Topsail Island has several parks, playgrounds and facilities that families will want to know about when they're here. Let the kids run free, enjoy a picnic lunch, toss a frisbee, fly a kite or just explore what each has to offer. You can find dog parks for the four-legged family member, too.
- North Topsail Beach Town Park, 465 New River Inlet Road
- Soundside Park, 517 Roland Avenue, Surf City
- Nelva R. Albury Recreation Area, 101 Broad Street, Surf City
- Kenneth D. Batts Family Park, 911 S. Topsail Drive, Surf City
- Surf City Bark Park, 201 Community Center Drive
- Topsail Beach Town Center, 624 S. Anderson Boulevard
17. Play volleyball
North Topsail Beach Town Park has volleyball nets for community use. Surf City Recreation has indoor volleyball you can sign up for. And then of course, you can always play beach volleyball with friends and family.
18. Take a guided tour
Stay active and get to know Topsail Island better by doing a guided tour, either by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Paddle NC in Topsail Beach offers personalized tours of Permuda Island Nature Preserve, which is only accessible by watercraft so it's a guided adventure worth exploring. These guided tours are ideal for families or small groups at all skill levels. Enjoy the calm soundside waters, watch the shorebirds and meet some of the resident coastal wildlife on your travels.
19. Go rollerskating
Go a little retro and strap on some wheels for a rollerskating adventure at the Topsail Beach Skating Rink located at 714 S. Anderson Boulevard. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, rollerskate the old fashioned way while listening to music from the record player (you might have to explain what that is to your kids). Come see this historic and happening time capsule, have some family fun and get active together. They're open every night during the season.
20. Workout in your Topsail Island rental
Well, there you have it. See how easy it is to stay active while on a Topsail Island beach vacation? Who knows, you may come home in the best shape of your life! Vacations are good for the mind, body and spirit. Time to start planning your next one.