Forget Vegas. If you’re helping to plan a bachelorette party for a future Mrs. who loves staying active, celebrate her upcoming nuptials with a fitness-focused getaway. The best part: You’ll be able to enjoy all those drinks without worrying about your bridesmaid dress feeling a little too tight afterward.
Ballooning and Biking in Yountville, California
The bride’s probably already in pretty high spirits, but you can lift them even more by taking her on a one-hour hot air balloon overlooking the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley. Groups of up to 12 can share a balloon, then continue the adventure by bike: After you’re back on solid ground, you’ll pedal to various boutique wineries in Napa Valley, learning about locally made vino. Also included: a picnic lunch overlooking more vineyards in Yountville.
$354 per person for local transportation, a one-hour balloon flight, a post-flight Champagne breakfast buffet, bike and helmet rentals, a tour guide, and lunch. Winery tasting fees not included.
White Water Rafting in Weatherly, Pennsylvania
Strapless wedding gown? No problem. The bride can row her way to super buff arms and shoulders on a rafting adventure down the Lehigh River Gorge in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Each raft holds up to six people, and the 10-mile journey lasts about six hours (that includes a picnic break on the shore). Pack her favorite foods, and prove you’ve got her back as you work together to paddle through choppy Class II and III rapids together.
Starting at $65.55 per person (depending on the season) for gear and transportation back to the starting point
Tightrope Walking in Monroe, North Carolina
After the nerve-wracking-in-a-good-way experience of completing a high-ropes course, walking down the aisle will seem like a breeze. At the Xtreeme Challenge park (about 45 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport), a guide will help your private party climb 28 feet into the air so you can make your way across a swinging 50-foot-long bridge strung between oak trees. At the top, you’ll navigate a horizontal rope ladder, sidestep along a tightrope cable, swing between platforms on a rope a la Tarzan, and zip line over a lake at up to 35 miles per hour. Women of any age and fitness level can participate…or opt out at any point in the course. If you stick it out for the full two-hour journey, you’ll work your core, upper, and lower body. Even better: It’s BYO (food and booze), so you can pop a bottle of champagne in honor of the bride after you complete the course.
About $100 per person for a private, 2-hour adventure with training and a professional group photo keepsake
Butt-Busting in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Want to make sure the bridal party really bonds? Head to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a five-day bachelorette trip with Tiger Athletics Fit Camp. You’ll stay in a villa together (each one fits up to six people) and complete twice-daily group workouts—60 to 90 minutes of cardio and strength-training on the beach in the a.m., plus paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga, core work, or a pool workout when you reconvene in the late afternoon. But don’t worry—it’s not all work and no play. The resort is 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen’s hopping nightlife, so you can still take the bride out on the town.
Starting at $1,500 per person for five days of accommodations, healthy breakfasts and snacks, training, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and a token T-shirt. Flights not included.
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