Orange Beach Waterfront Park at Sunset

My Top Winter Activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Winter is a time of year I love visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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

Any season is a great time to visit the 32 miles of pristine beaches in Alabama, but winter does hold a special place in my heart. It offers a fantastic getaway from the cold that Old Man Winter likes to dish us in the Midwest.

Hummingbird Zipline


The crew of the Hummingbird Zipline over at The Wharf is sure to welcome you all year long. In fact, winter, is in my opinion, the best time of year to do this. The temperatures are milder and your chances of ziplining with a smaller crew are greater than during the middle of summer. The best tip I can give you is to be ready to have fun! You will literally zip through a canvas of trees, while a few yards from one of the most visited areas along the Alabama coastline.

Glass Blowing Lesson at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach


A simple, yet creative way to spend a winter day in Orange Beach is to sign up for a class at The Hot Shop at The Coastal Center in Orange Beach. The staff here is patient and they will make sure you create a glass project that you are proud to claim as yours. A tip I can give you, is to be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. This is a working glass studio and it’s important to remain safe.

Coastal Segway Tours


There’s something extra special about connecting with nature while riding on a Segway. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails offer miles of opportunity to hop on one. I love the fact that there are trustworthy guides in the area to show visitors the best trail experiences possible. I have ridden a Segway through the trails with Coastal Segway Adventures and loved every moment of it. From the birding opportunities and unique bridges along the way, it’s a memorable way to see the area. The trails here are endless and you are sure to find a quiet spot you can claim as yours.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will not disappoint you when you visit during the winter. I’m a huge fan of visiting this time of year and would love to see you along the Alabama Gulf Coast this season.

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