If you like working up a sweat in one of South Florida’s most picturesque cities, there’s little better than exercising in Fort Lauderdale! There are plenty of parks, beaches, and running paths where you can get some fresh air while seeing some alluring sights. With so many options available, where can you catch the best sites with the most gains? Check out our list of favorite outdoor activities in Fort Lauderdale below.

The Calisthenics Park by the Beach

Walk a little south of Las Olas on A1A, and you’ll see start seeing basketball courts, pull-up bars, and incline benches aplenty at this free, public facility. The calisthenics park is a stone’s throw away from the beach, with plenty of room to challenge yourself with your favorite workouts. Once finished, reward yourself with a dip in the ocean!


Getting tired of all the workouts on foot? Pull out a paddleboard and focus on conditioning some often ignored muscle groups. Paddleboarding – whether you are standing up or sitting down – is an excellent chance to exercise your arms, legs, and abdominals. If you ever thought yourself as someone with poor balance, stand-up paddleboarding will be a new challenge! Besides the fitness benefits, many people enjoy paddleboarding for its zen qualities. You can find listings for paddleboard yoga classes with a quick online search.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Some outdoor athletes can get bored looking at the ocean all day; luckily the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a hidden gem that practically takes you to another world. Although it’s wedged between the beach and the Intracoastal, the park’s design makes it feel much bigger than it is, and the silence within park grounds is of a sort you can’t find anywhere else in Fort Lauderdale. Running and biking trails circle the area, so if you’re looking for a new exercise route or want a little place to work out on your own, give this place a try.

Looking for more new ways to stay active in Fort Lauderdale? PumpFit Club offers free first classes for anyone who wants to drop in. Schedule a free pump that’s on us; all skill levels are welcome!