How to Plan a Family Reunion at the Beach

Reunions are events in themselves, and when it’s for family members it takes it to a whole different level of planning.

Family reunions can be detail oriented, time consuming and stressful. Accommodations, travel, meals, entertainment and all the details associated with planning a family event can be done with ease on Alabama’s beaches.

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Before booking accommodations for a reunion, research lodging options to see who offers the best group rates. If you are on a conservative budget, fall is a great time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The weather is wonderful and rental rates drop for the shoulder season.

If budget is not a concern, consider planning a summer reunion. Alabama’s beaches are in full swing with summer entertainment including concertsWaterville USA,  watersports and much more.

The Alabama Gulf Coast is an easy drive-in destination. Interstate 65 and Interstate 10 allow access to Alabama’s beaches, and the Baldwin Beach Express is one of the fastest and most direct routes to Orange Beach. If flying, Mobile Regional Airport is just over an hour from Gulf Shores and Pensacola International Airport is less than an hour away. A family reunion at the beach is definitely worth the commute.

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Dining together is one of the most memorable experiences of any gathering. Spending quality time around the table with relatives is a bonding experience filled with fun. Choose unique dining options when planning a family reunion. The Village Lawn on Fort Morgan Road is Gulf Shores’ only food-truck food court. It offers a variety of food and unique beverages in a fun, family environment. Each person can choose what they like and still dine together while listening to live music, and the outdoor games keep everyone entertained. Restaurants such as Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s offer online get-in-line options to decrease your wait time. And if you do have to wait, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained, including live music, a beach area with buckets and shovels, beach volleyball and more. Some restaurants, including Cobalt in Orange Beach, also offer event space for private parties.

Beach days are highly recommended. But when looking for activities on and off the beach, plan some team games including beach volleyball and scavenger hunts. Entertainment that requires interaction strengthens the bond between family members.

Start planning your family reunion at the beach with the official Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation Guide. Handle it all with ease when you choose Orange Beach, Gulf Shores or Fort Morgan as your next reunion location.

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