Tuscaloosa Invites Residents To Get Outside

By Kimberly Daly on May 30, 2012 at 2:58 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young

In Tuscaloosa, there’s no excuse for being a couch potato. Whether it’s a leisurely walk through the University of Alabama Arboretum or training with the Tuscaloosa Triathletes, there’s an activity to suit every age and fitness level in the Druid City.

Visitors to the arboretum can meander down trails through native woodland, wildflower and children’s gardens. The arboretum sponsors a walking tour on the third Wednesday of each month.

In Tuscaloosa, it seems there’s water, water everywhere. The Black Warrior River and Lake Tuscaloosa offer boaters, anglers and those who enjoy aquatic sports plenty of opportunities to enjoy the good life on the water. And Lymanland USA is a world-class water ski facility that hosts tours and competitions.

The Druid City Bicycle Club promotes recreational cycling through the rolling countryside of Tuscaloosa, whether one is a mountain biker, road racer or a casual cruiser. The club also helps promote bicycle friendly facilities and activities in the city.

Runners can join in the fun with the Tuscaloosa Track Club for group runs and competitions.

For those who want to put it all together, there’s no better place to turn than the Tuscaloosa Triathletes, a group devoted to training for the traditional swim-bike-run competitions known as triathlons, which have gained more popularity in the area since the U.S. Olympic triathlon trials were held here in the spring of 2008.

Those runners and bikers have plenty of places to hit the roads or trails in Tuscaloosa’s many parks. In fact, Tuscaloosa County has more than 36 parks, including the three state parks of Lake Lurleen, Tannehill State Park and Moundville Archaeological Park.

Even dogs get their own place for fitness in Tuscaloosa. At the Tuscaloosa K-9 Camp, hounds can lead happier, healthier lives through exercise and obedience training. The camp even holds summer camps on their 60 acres that include walks on nature trails beside babbling brooks.

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