Hot Ways to Ring in 2016 on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Out with the old year and in with the new with the promise of fun times and great food on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

If you're ready to make plans for your New Year's holiday, we have a few tips to start you on your way.

Many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants offer New Year’s Eve menus or special events. Check our restaurant directory or calendar of events for the flavors you love and see how they’ll be ringing in the New Year. Want to make a party of your own? Get some Alabama Gulf Coast seafood and prepare a dish like Shrimp-n-Grits or Grilled Gulf Shrimp for a delectable addition to your New Year’s meal in your beach condo.

Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Bash is always a good time. Food, party favors and champagne are all included in the ticket price, as well as entertainment provided by live bands on three different stages. And, don’t forget the breakfast sandwiches served to go from the gift shop beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. It’s a can’t-miss way to welcome 2016. Perdido Beach Resort will also host a New Year’s Eve party, beginning at 7 p.m. with dinner, champagne and live music. Get back to the Flora-Bama by noon on Jan. 1 for the Polar Bear Dip. Those who take the plunge are treated to a traditional New Year’s meal of black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more.

A non-traditional Slip & Slide Polar Bear Dip will be held at high noon on Jan. 1 in Gulf Shores. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the City of Gulf Shores and The Hangout, participants will have the opportunity to slip and slide into the Gulf on a 33-foot two-lane slip and slide. Swimmers can also take the more traditional route of entering the Gulf, if they choose, and there is no cost for participating. Participants are invited to continue the fun at The Hangout for a post-dip party.

Begin your 2016 with your toes in the sand. Find hot deals on cool Gulf Shores condos and Orange Beach hotels for your New Year’s beach getaway on our website.

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