9 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
Sometimes holidays give folks an opportunity to get away and enjoy family time.
The beach cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a little less crowded after kids go back to school, yet still attractive thanks to great weather in November. If you’re wondering what you can do during Thanksgiving weekend on the Alabama Gulf Coast, consider these nine fun ideas.
1.) Shop! Known as the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Thanksgiving weekend brings sales and deals to the Gulf Coast and beyond. It’s a great time for marking those items off your gift-giving list. Places you shouldn’t miss include the unique shops at OWA, The Tanger Outlet Center in nearby Foley, boutiques and specialty stores at The Wharf in Orange Beach, and SanRoc Cay’s lovely selection of shops.
2.) Participate in the Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run on Nov. 28, 2020. There’s no better way to shed those extra turkey pounds than a run along scenic paths in Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. There is also a One-Mile Fun Run if that’s more your speed.
3.) Follow a food trail. Literally, you can eat your way across the Alabama Gulf Coast by following suggestions included in the Beach Burger Trail, Bread Pudding Trail, Gumbo Trail, Shrimp Trail, Sweet Treats Trail and many more.
4.) Visit a museum and learn a little about Alabama’s history. Many educational and exciting ideas for heritage and cultural tours and exhibits are available in the Alabama coastal region. Spend some time at Fort Morgan (which played a critical role in the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay), the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum (showcasing the area’s Native American and fishing heritage) and the Gulf Shores Museum (including a technology-based interactive display of “Hurricane Hunters”).