There’s never been a better time to get in shape than today. And if you’re in Louisiana, that’s especially true, as you are lucky enough to have a diverse body of sports centers within driving distance. We’ve narrowed down eight of our favorites below to make your decision a little easier. Let’s get moving!
The Lambright Sports and Wellness Center is technically part of Louisiana Tech University, but don’t let that stop you: It’s facilities are open to the public for a small fee. The amenities are plentiful, and include two three-court basketball gyms, two fitness areas, a six-lane bowling alley, an outdoor pool, steam rooms, billiards, saunas, and more. In addition, you’ll find a rock wall, everything you’d need to set up a paintball arena, and all the aerobics and weights you could ask for. Whether you’re a student, alumni, or a member of the Ruston community, consider the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center to get your game on.
The mission of Chappapeela Sports Park is simple: “To provide the finest recreational facilities and programs while offering an exceptional family environment.” To those ends, the sports park offers adult and youth co-ed softball, men’s softball, flag football, pickle-ball and more. The facilities include football fields, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and walking trails, as well an indoor gymnasium and several outdoor playgrounds. Register on their website or stop by in person.
Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Center is a sports facility designed to “establish, acquire, construct, improve, extend, and maintain recreational parks and facilities for the benefit of all citizens.” They provide fitness, sports, senior, and youth programs, in addition to summer camps and swimming lessons. Sign up for baseball, softball, basketball buddy ball, football, golf, soccer, and pickle ball leagues, or check out their website for a full list of offerings.
Youngsville Sports Complex styles itself as “Louisiana’s Premier Sports and Recreational Facility.” The complex offers a wide variety of sports programs, including youth and adult softball, soccer, and tennis, as well as youth baseball, tee ball, basketball, pickle ball, and volleyball. The complex boasts six soccer fields, four softball fields, five baseball fields, and seven batting cages, with concessions stands, pro tennis shops, and other amenities galore.
Mandeville Sports Complex in Mandeville, Louisiana, provides the surrounding citizens with easy access to a fitness center, pool, and gymnasium. Interested in cheerleading? The sports center has you covered. Sign up for a group exercise class, sand volleyball, or basketball while you’re stopping by. Don’t forget to pick up a brochure to learn more about their summer camps, holiday camps, and birthday party offerings, too.
The Big Easy Sportsplex in Jefferson, Louisiana, offers Zumba classes and is home to the Sportsplex Baseball Academy. The Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy is a new addition. Day rates are available, as are team rates for batting cages, indoor and outdoor fields, and the volleyball and basketball courts. The Little Sluggers program is perfect for kids 6 to 7 years-old who are interested in being introduced to baseball. Other programs for 2 to 7 year-olds are available, too.
The Leaps and Bounds Sports Center in Denham Springs, Louisiana is a complex designed to foster potential in each child that comes in. They “believe that sports should serve as a springboard for lifelong health and fitness, as well as an enduring source of validation and pride.” To those ends, Leaps and Bounds offers gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, their Einstein Academy, tumbling, and much more. Check out their website or Facebook page for a closer look at everything they offer.
Cross Gates Family Fitness has three locations in Slidell, Louisiana: one on Military Road, one on Gause Boulevard, and a third on Pontchartrain Drive. Their mission is to offer a truly family-oriented fitness experience. They offer childcare, taekwondo, dance, basketball, tennis, aquatics, and even drama. Sign up for a school year or summer camp. Adults, come in and enjoy personal training, massages, the spa, cross fit, senior programs, and much more.