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Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach in January

Are you looking for things to do at the Gulf Shores in January? Check out our blog to find out our top 6 activities to do on the Alabama Gulf Coast!

Planning on taking a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this winter? January on the Alabama Gulf Coast is an excellent time to visit the beach. The comfortable temperature mixed with fewer crowds makes it the ultimate vacation destination, and the month of January is full of indoor and outdoor activities for those of all ages to enjoy. Check out all the fun things to do in January here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

6 Things to do in January in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

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1. Channel Your Inner Lumberjack

Civil Axe Throwing is Orange Beach’s latest spot for excitement and fun. The rules are simple: just throw your axe at the wooden target! You’ll have a blast at this dangerously enticing game. Everyone over the age of 10 can participate.

2. Get Wild at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Ever wanted to hold a sloth or feed a giraffe? At the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, you can! This 25-acre zoo located in Gulf Shores is home to over 300 animals. A day spent here includes interactive shows, on-site dining, theme-park rides, and the chance to interact with some of the animals. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of the zoo’s animal encounters while you’re here for an unforgettable experience.

Gulf State Park Orange Beach

3. Explore Gulf State Park

You can enjoy outdoor activities like biking, hiking and kayaking all year round here in Gulf State Park. However, the cool weather that winter brings to the coast makes January the ideal time to experience the natural beauty of the area, and with 6,150 acres, Gulf State Park is a great place to explore.

4. Go to the Next Level 

If you’re looking for a thrilling activity to do during your stay, check out Arena The Next Level at The Wharf. This fun-filled spot features a 4,000 sq ft. laser tag arena, a high-tech laser security game for those looking to test out their spy skills, and their newest attraction, bazooka ball. It’s the perfect place for a family outing.

Cool Shots Selfie Museum Orange Beach

5. Run the Beach

Grab your running shoes and head to the beach this January for the Big Beach Marathon, Half-Marathon and 7K. This Boston Marathon Qualifier boasts delightful scenery as runners wind through Gulf State Park and along the beach road. The 7K takes place on January 29, while the marathon and half marathon happen on the following day.

6. Up Your Selfie Game

Cool Shots Selfie Museum opened at The Wharf in 2021 and is the ideal spot for your next Instagram post or TikTok. This visual gallery features over 50 unique and interactive scenes, backdrops and exhibits that take selfies to the next level. Food and drink are welcome in the museum, as well as pets. Grab your camera or phone for your next Insta-worthy selfie.


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