1. Charter a fishing boat
Fishing is world-class on Alabama’s Gulf Coast and our seasoned charter boat captains are experts at putting you on the fish. Alabama has the largest artificial reef system in the country and your captain will know which ones to target for the best experience. There are also cook your catch restaurants throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor the same day. It truly doesn’t get any fresher than that!
2. Take a tour
An experienced guide can show you the natural beauty of coastal Alabama from the seat of a kayak. Forget the bustle of the workday world and take a meandering float through the scenic Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Other great water activities include sunset dolphin excursions or the new Gulf Coast Ducks adventure where hear local knowledge while enjoying an amphibious land/water vehicle.
3. Explore Historic Fort Morgan
Discover Fort Morgan’s pivotal role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. The kids will enjoy climbing to the top of the ramparts and exploring every nook and cranny below. You could also hop a ride on the Mobile Bay Ferry over to Dauphin Island. You’ll see some wildlife and lots of birds, and you just never know what else.
4. Plan ahead
Start planning your action-packed Alabama beach holiday now by ordering or downloading a vacation guide. Be sure to check out our deals page to catch a bargain on fresh Gulf seafood, attractions and accommodations on throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Enlist the help of a concierge service such as The Beach Moms to do grocery shopping in advance of your arrival—you’ll be on the beach much faster if you don’t have to visit the grocery store first thing. If golf is on your radar, be sure to pre-book your tee times. Holidays are usually busier on the greens and throughout the beach.
5. Experience the off-the-beaten-path side of Coastal Alabama
Hiking and biking have long been popular in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach with beautiful trails like Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Now there’s an additional way to see all that Mother Nature offers with Coastal Segway Adventures. You’ll have an expert guide creating a safe and comfortable experience for you during your visit. Again, with busy holidays, you’ll want to book this in advance.
The best tip for packing fun into your Labor Day weekend is to be prepared, know what you want to do and make those preliminary plans and bookings well in advance. Are you ready?