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. 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 Hangout Music Fest and 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. During early spring and fall, you may feel like you have your own private beach!
4.) 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 Bay, LuLu’s, The Hangout, Bill’s By The Beach and more offer play areas to keep the kids entertained. This is especially helpful during the summer months when wait times may be longer.
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.