Boy building sand castle on Alabama's Beaches

Top Activities During Your Spring Break Getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Golfer in Gulf Shores

Downtime during your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach trip will be far from boring when you choose any of the activities available in this scenic coastal area.

1. GolfAre you an avid golfer or even a just-for-fun hacker? Pack your clubs when you head to Alabama’s Gulf Coast where you’re sure to have a swinging good time from the moment you step onto the greens until the last putt of the day. Play signature, award-winning courses designed by golf greats such as Arnold Palmer, Earl Stone and Jerry Pate. You’ll be challenged while playing a unique, yet fun round of golf. Not into swinging the club? You’ll also find related games here, including disc golf and foot golf.

2. Fishing.  Anglers who want to hit the high seas with a rod and reel should bring their fishing gear along on any Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation. Offshore and inshore vessels are available for charter during your stay with captains who are knowledgeable about the best place to drop a line. There's also shore fishing, which can be done just about anywhere on the beach!

3. Water sports. If fishing isn’t your thing, no worries! There are plenty of other opportunities to get out on the water in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Water recreation is in abundance including kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and paddleboarding. Catch a wave of excitement when you try one or all these thrilling activities.

Alabama's Gulf Coast Seafood

4. Eating. Pack your appetite and set your sights on fresh seafood right out of the Gulf of Mexico. With some of the country’s most renowned chefs, you’ll be pampered with mouthwatering dishes and creative culinary treasures the likes of which your taste buds have never seen. And, don’t worry if seafood isn’t your cup of tea. There are plenty of other dining options including great waterfront locations.

5. Beach. This one may sound like a no-brainer to those who are beach lovers. We are truly proud of the sugar-white sand and the brilliant blue water here on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Whether you take a stroll beside the waves, toss a football on the beach or simply bask in the sun, it’s certain this idyllic place to unwind at the end of the day.

The Wharf Ferris Wheel

6. Build a sandcastle. Enjoy family-fun with a private class on building sandcastles. Sand Castle University comes to you wherever there is sand and water to teach this hands-on class.

7. The Ferris wheel. The Wharf at Orange Beach is a terrific place to hang out anytime thanks to a myriad of activities from shopping and dining to mini-golf and a fun Ferris Wheel ride offering a bird’s eye view of the area. (Tip: it’s even better at night.)

Backcountry Trail biking

8. Dolphin Cruises. Gaining in popularity and certainly worthy of a family outing, dolphin cruises offer exposure to wildlife, relaxing atmospheres, and the thrill of the chase for sunsets and dolphins.

9. Hike or bike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Explore Gulf State Park’s trail system on foot or bike and you’ll find 26 trails winding through distinct ecosystems and spread across 28 miles. Winding through the park and connecting Gulf Shores to Orange Beach, visitors also enjoy skating, rock climbing, viewing wildlife, identifying plants and trees, and much more.

10. Visit. Incorporate some history into your vacation with a visit to historic Fort Morgan. Launch your kayak or explore the Fort. Both are interesting ways to spend time on the Fort Morgan peninsula.

What activities are you most looking forward to while visiting Gulf Shores & Orange Beach?


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