Bike riders compete in Alabama Coastal Triathlon in Gulf Shores AL

How Alabama’s Beaches are an All-Season Sports Destination

Winter, spring, summer or fall: the perfect time to play some ball . . . Or tennis, or golf, or even a run a marathon.

Year-round mild temperatures make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach a “hot spot” for all kinds of sporting events throughout the year. Let’s start planning your SPORTcation!

Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf


Winter isn’t so scary when temperatures average in the mid to high 50s. January brings the Big Beach Marathon and February typically features collegiate softball action and a variety of races, including the Sea Turtle Half Marathon. But, it also helps to have great indoor venues. If outdoors isn’t an option for your event, check out the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, which boasts more than 18,000 square feet of flexible space, making it perfect for events like karate, powerlifting, gymnastics and cheerleading.


When spring has sprung, you’ll find the Alabama High School Track Championships and the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex, along with a multitude of other sporting events such as the NCAA Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, softball and baseball tournaments, and spring soccer. Sometimes spring break isn’t just about relaxing…it’s about competing. The temperatures are warming, but the competition is hot!

Orange Beach Sportsplex


On most summer weekends, you’ll find volleyball nets lining the main beach as junior beach volleyball players from all over the country come and compete on the beautiful beaches. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is also home to the USSSA Global Sports World Series for baseball and softball, where hundreds of players and their families travel to compete with some of the best teams in the country. Summer sporting events at the beach allow families to travel for tournaments AND extend the trip into summer vacations, making the beach an ultimate summer sporting destination.


As the temperatures begin to fall, autumn means you’ll find racers from all over gearing up for popular runs and triathlons in Alabama’s coastal communities. Fall also typically brings events like the SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament and the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The Orange Beach Sportsplex has been home to many large tournament series since 2003. The Sportsplex offers baseball fields, softball fields, soccer and football fields, as well as running courses by way of the Gulf State Park Backcountry Trail at the complex. It’s conveniently located near main attractions and accommodations, making it a great spot to host your sporting event. Late fall temperatures average in the 60s to low 70s, proving it’s a great time of year to host outdoor sporting events here on the island.

It’s easy to see why Gulf Shores and Orange Beach host so many sporting events throughout the year. With mild temperatures, quality facilities and accommodations to fit any size group and budget, we are your all-season sports destination.

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