9 Ways to Spend Fall Break on Alabama's Beaches

Mild temperatures, warm water and colorful sunsets are the icing on the cake for fall vacations on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, Orange Beach, AL

If you ask a local their favorite season on the Alabama Gulf Coast, fall will likely win the vote. When you’re planning your next beach vacation, take note of these nine fun ways to spend your time in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. And, remember, this list is only the beginning!

1. You won’t go hungry on Alabama’s beaches. Plan your trip during one of our many foodie festival for the best in beach eats. Don’t miss the Original German Sausage Festival, 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival and the 2018 World Food Championships. Whoa! That’s a whole lot of food!

2. When you’ve got song in your soul, you can’t miss the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival held Nov. 8-18 throughout the Gulf coast.

3. Whether you’re new to bird watching or are a seasoned pro, the 15th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest highlights the fall migration and is Oct. 3-6.

4. The high-flying precision flight team, the Blue Angels, practice most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at nearby NAS Pensacola. It’s a sight to see and one not to be missed!

5. We’re more than white-sand beaches. Go off the beaten path and bike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails. It’s a peaceful spot for walking, talking and enjoying nature. You may even spy lefty the alligator in the waters along the trail!

USS Alabama Battleship

6. Fall is the perfect time to explore the area’s history. Venture over to historic Fort Morgan for a glimpse of military life during the 1800s. Tour the USS Alabama battleship in nearby Mobile or head north from Gulf Shores to the small town of Elberta and spend the day at the Baldwin County Heritage Museum.

7. Swim! Yes, we said swim! The water is still plenty warm for swimming during a fall beach vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

8. Reel in a day of fun at the Gulf State Park pier. Spend more than a couple hours there and you may leave with a few new friends. Local anglers dot the pier each day casting off for dinner. You’re sure to meet some interesting personalities who have plenty of fishing tips to offer.

9. Tee off for Gulf Shores golf. Bring a friend and plan a weekend on one of our championship golf courses.

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