Paddleboarding in Gulf Shores

10 Things to Add to Your Beach Bucket List

When you’re ready to make the annual trek to Alabama’s beaches for vacation, start writing your beach bucket list.

Orange Beach Waterfront Park

Oftentimes, people stay in the same place, eat at the same restaurants and do the same activities. This year, why not break out of the mold and add an activity you haven’t experienced before? Use our beach bucket list for inspiration.

1.) How about a beach concert? Discover several opportunities for concerts in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, from The Wharf Amphitheater to the annual Hangout Music Festival on the public beaches of Gulf Shores.

2.) Rustic camping is a great experience - and the facilities at Gulf State Park are ideal. With modern bathhouses, spacious pads and lots of amenities - including a pool, bike trails and tennis courts - you’ll wonder why you haven’t done this before.

3.) Take surfing lessons! The talented team at Perdido Beach Services offers exciting group surf lessons the whole family will love.

4.) Along the same lines, try the newest beach craze of standup paddleboards (SUP). Rent a board and enjoy an afternoon of fun on the water.

5.) The beach is perfect for picnicking. Pick up some sandwiches and ice-cold fruit and head to Orange Beach Waterfront Park. Open year-round, this family-friendly park is located by beautiful Wolf Bay and offers a 400-foot fishing pier with covered pavilions, picnic shelters with grills, restrooms, a paved walking path and parking. Let the kids play and relax.

Ferris Wheel at The Wharf in Orange Beach

6.) Have you ever wanted to be THAT person who could build the absolute best sand castle? There’s a class for that at Sand Castle University in Gulf Shores. Learn the best tools, tips and tricks to create the ultimate sand castle and dazzle your friends. Classes are for all ages and skill levels. They even come to you!

7.) It’s no secret that sunsets on Alabama’s Gulf Coast are spectacular, but what about sunrises? Grab your coffee and start the day by watching the sun emerge from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s truly magical.

8.) Stop at a dollar store and buy some kites for the family. The beach is a wonderful place to fly!

9.) Ride the Ferris wheel at The Wharf. Get a bird’s-eye view of the area from high above the trees while enjoying gentle Gulf breezes.

10.) Join in the geocaching trend. Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants combine technology and adventure to hunt down hidden treasures. Once the container is located, log your visit and you may trade one of the goodies inside for one of your own. Download the app to a smartphone and visit geocaching online to get started.

What other beach bucket list items have you enjoyed? These are only a few suggestions, but they will raise the bar on your beach trip.

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