Six Things You Need to Know About a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation

For generations, families have packed their cars to the brim with sand toys and suitcases for their annual treks to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Due to Hurricane Sally on Sept. 16, 2020, some restaurants and attractions will be closed as they undergo repairs. At this time, we do not know the timeframe for all reopenings.

The summer migration is a much-anticipated family tradition for many. If you’re wondering what makes it so special, we’ve got a few things for you to consider.

1.) Crowd Pleaser. When you’re vacationing with a group filled with all ages of travelers, it can be difficult to make everyone happy. However, a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation can be a real crowd pleaser thanks to activities and attractions every member of the family will enjoy. Teens and tweens will enjoy beach volleyball and skim boarding, the littles will love building sandcastles, and you can be as active as you’d like! Whether you want to soak up the sun or throw around a Frisbee, the beaches are wide open and ready for you. Aside from beach activities, you’ll find plenty of beach attractions, including go-kart rides and miniature golf, nature trails to bike or hike, ziplining, fishing, shopping and spas. No matter the age, a vacation on Alabama’s beaches is always a crowd pleaser.

2.) Packed with Events. You’ll find a long list of festivals and events happening throughout the year. Seafood lovers won’t want to miss events like the annual National Shrimp Festival or The Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout. Music lovers should add the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival to their calendars. History buffs can get their fix at Fort Morgan where re-enactments and guided tours are held. Be sure to check the event calendar often for the latest happenings.

3.) Spacious Beaches. With 32 miles of white-sand beaches, you’ve got room to roam. Spread out and find your spot in the sand. There are 14 public beach access points throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. During early spring and fall, you may feel like you have your own private beach!

4.)  Family Friendly. Whether you’re planning a summer vacation or a spring break getaway, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are family-friendly, from the attractions and restaurants to the beaches. Kids and kids-at-heart will be at home at many beach restaurants. Spots like GT’s on the BayLuLu’sThe Hangout and more offer play areas to keep the kids entertained. This is especially helpful during the summer months when wait times may be longer.

5. Hospitality. Avoid hassles by booking directly with a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation rental management company. The people you are dealing with for your reservation are folks who live, work and play locally so they can typically offer good advice on where to eat, hot spots for sunsets, etc. There are often perks that come with booking direct rather than sites like Airbnb or VRBO. Some rental companies offer additional discounts or attraction tickets, so be sure to ask.


6. Shoulder Season. If budgets are tight in your household, you’re not alone. Lots of folks enjoy Gulf Shores and Orange Beach during the shoulder season—the bookends to summer or late spring/early fall. The weather is great, temperatures are warm and the water feels amazing. You’ll enjoy wide-open beaches and restaurants along with specials and deals on accommodations and attractions. Take a look at Why Young Families Love Alabama’s Beaches in the Fall for more ideas.

If you’re still wondering why a vacation on Alabama’s white-sand beaches should be on your radar, check out these Top 10 Reasons to Visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Things to Know About a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation

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