SPECTRA Light Show at The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL

How to Spend Those Spring Nights on Alabama’s Beaches

If you’re planning a spring vacation to our sandy shores, you probably have your days figured out.

Balmy weather and spacious beaches make spring a perfect time to lounge on the beach, take a secluded nature walk, schedule a last-minute fishing charter and more. But what about when the spring sun goes down? What will you do then?

Luckily, you still have plenty of options! Spring nights on Alabama’s beaches can be built to suit any style, from friendly chats in front of a cheerful fire to lively local music shows. To help you plan the perfect vacation from sunup to well past sundown, here are some fun ways to spend those spring nights in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores, AL

In Front of a Fire

When the sun goes down in spring, the temperatures follow suit. That makes spring nights at the beach perfect for gathering with friends around a warm and toasty fire! While private fires aren’t allowed on our beaches, there are a few great places around the area for fireside chats and cocktails. 

  • Big Beach Brewery is a 10-barrel brewhouse located in the heart of Gulf Shores. Their open-air taproom features a roaring fireplace, multiple large tv’s, and 12 fresh taps flowing with the best local craft brew available. They don’t serve food, but you can bring your own or visit one of the food trucks that flock to the location during weekend nights while live bands offer up your favorite local tunes. 
  • If you want to stay near the sand, head to The Gulf. This unique Orange Beach restaurant is built from recycled shipping containers and boasts beachfront fire pits complete with mood-setting festival lights. Try a dish from their Gulf-inspired seasonal menu or sip a craft cocktail as you enjoy a starry ocean view. 

Navigating the Nightlife

When the sun goes down, the fun is just beginning, thanks to the area’s fun and lively nightlife scene. Your favorite bars and entertainment venues are just as fun during the spring, but fewer people and lower temps mean you can paint the town in comfort all night long. From karaoke to party games to live shows and more, there’s no shortage of nighttime entertainment all year long. Head to Live Bait for an exciting dueling pianos show, try some shuffleboard at Snappers Lounge, or cocktail in class at Ms. Nancy’s Lobby Lounge

Live music at the Flora-Bama in Orange Beach, AL

Enjoying Live and Local Music

When you come to the Alabama Gulf Coast, it’s not just the rolling waves that will serenade you. Our local music scene is as lively and inspiring as our coastal scenery and makes a perfect excuse to hit the town after the sun sets. Check out our live music calendar to find all the happenin’ spring shows or head to one of these local mainstays where regional and national bands play nearly every night of the year!

  • The Flora-Bama is a must-visit attraction, and spring is a perfect time to visit. With live music 365 nights per year and some of the best cocktails on the coast, it’s a great way to spring into a night of toe-tapping excitement.
  • If the whole family is visiting, head to The Hangout. While the adults enjoy live music and delicious coastal cocktails in front of the main stage, the kids will stay busy playing in the courtyard’s ton-of-fun sandpile, foam pit, games, and more.
  • LuLu’s is another great venue for a family night out. They offer nightly live music and great Happy Hour specials for the adults with plenty to do for the kids, from a three-story climbing rope adventure to a fully stocked arcade.

Wind Down at The Wharf

If you want to park and play, The Wharf combines everything you need for a fun spring night out in one place. Enjoy a delicious dinner, then catch an after-meal movie or a round of fun night mini-golf. When the sun sets, head to Main Street for the SPECTRA Laser Light Experience, a mesmerizing light show combining choreographed lasers and music. Finish off the night with a turn on the Ferris Wheel, an even better experience thanks to spring’s stunningly clear skies and vibrant stars. 

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