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Fantastic 40 Beach Birthday

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Haven't you heard? The 40s are the new 30s! That means you're primed and ready for a 40s birthday beach getaway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. This is the year you'll hear your friends say they really "came into their own." We're inviting you to do the same on Alabama's white-sand beaches. Not sure what that means? It means doing what makes you happy. We've got a few ideas in our Fantastic 40 birthday itinerary that'll help you kick-start your beach birthday weekend and make it unforgettable.

Day 1

Ruby Slipper breakfast

Breakfast

Today it's about indulgence. Savor your birthday and savor the flavors of a delish breakfast at The Ruby Slipper Café in Orange Beach. Toast your day with a Morning Margarita. Sip on a cocktail of agave tequila blanco, fresh seasonal juice and triple sec. Follow it up with French Toast Batons and an order of heavenly Pig Candy Bacon.

Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf

Morning

Get your adrenaline pumping with a ride on the Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf. With more than 6,000 feet of flying fun, it's Alabama's longest zipline course.

The Gulf Orange Beach

Lunch

Follow up an exhilarating activity with breathtaking views of Alabama Point at The Gulf. Made entirely of shipping containers, The Gulf is a unique spot to relax and enjoy the company of your closest friends.

Older couple walking along Orange beach

Afternoon

Take time to relax and reflect with an afternoon on the beach. Grab your beach towel and your favorite book and spend a few hours in paradise. Or discover your favorite beach bar and sip on a craft cocktail

Coast Restaurant Fort Morgan

Dinner

Take a scenic drive down Highway 180, also known as Fort Morgan Road, to Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club. This casual-but-upscale restaurant offers views of the Gulf and will satisfy your seafood craving. In fact, Coast offers a complete sushi menu.

Day 2

BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets

Breakfast

Get your caffeine fix at BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets. Don't miss out on pastries made by BuzzCatz's own pastry chef. Locally roasted coffee will put some pep in your step for day two of your beach birthday weekend.

Kayak Gulf Shores

Morning

Get back to nature and enjoy a quiet morning kayaking and boating with Coastal Kayak Excursions. Don't forget your camera - you may spot dolphins swimming nearby!

Raw Oysters Gulf Shores

Lunch

When you return from your kayaking and boating tour, drive to Gulf Shores for fresh, local oysters. The Royal Oyster serves up locally grown Shellbank Selects. Order a flight and try them prepared a myriad of ways. Toast your birthday with one of the bartender's signature cocktails.

Helicopter Orange Beach

Afternoon

Get a bird's-eye view of the beach with a helicopter tour by Lost Bay Helicopters. What better way to see your favorite birthday spot than in the air!

Fisher's Shrimp

Dinner

The 40s are fabulous and so is Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina. Make reservations and prepare to enjoy farm-to-fork menu selections. Fisher's comes recommended by Southern Living magazine and is home to James Beard nominee Chef Bill Briand.

Day 3

Balcony breakfast

Breakfast

Enjoy coffee on your balcony and relish the views of the beach and the sounds of the surf. Take it easy this morning. Okay, take it easy until it's time to head out for your action-packed day.

Sailfish Orange Beach

Morning/Afternoon

Now that you've had your coffee, make your way to the marina for an Orange Beach charter fishing trip! Bring home a souvenir of fresh-caught fish and fun memories. You can opt for a four-hour charter or go all out with a full-day deep sea fishing trip. It's your birthday. The choice is yours!

Original Oyster House

Dinner

Wow! What a day! Wrap up your birthday weekend at Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores. The Original Oyster House has been a vacation tradition for more than 35 years. It's seen its share of birthdays and knows exactly how to celebrate. Get your seafood fix with house specialties like the Pleasure Island Stack: fried green tomatoes piled high with blackened white fish and topped with parmesan cream sauce and popcorn shrimp. Top off your birthday dinner with a slice of peanut butter pie. You're only 40 once. Enjoy it!