Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Keep on Summering with a Family Beach Vacation

It’s easy to Keep On Summering on Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches. Don’t pack away your swimsuits or beach umbrellas yet. Experience the Alabama Gulf Coast’s second summer with your family. Warm weather, blue skies, soft sand beaches and turquoise water are calling your name. There’s still plenty of time to splash in the surf, but that’s not all. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with activities and events ideal for vacationing families during the fall season. Off-season rates on beach houses, condos and hotels make a “second summer” vacation even more affordable.

What are you waiting for? Get back to the beach and keep on summering this fall.



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Travel Bloggers’ Top
Keep On Summering
Activities

“The Sail Wild Hearts sunset cruise is the perfect evening family activity! The kids will enjoy watching for dolphins and the view of the sunset from the water is truly unforgettable.”
~ Pam Wattenbarger
Simply Southern Mom 


“Eating on the water is one of my family’s favorite ways to spend a meal. We don’t always get yummy food with a view in Nashville. So, when we’re at the beach we try our best to eat every meal within eyesight of the water, including LuLu’s, Tacky Jacks, The Gulf, Ginny Lane Bar & Grill and Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.”
~ Samantha Nelson
Those Crazy Nelsons 


“The dolphin and nature cruise by Cetacean Cruises was a big hit with my family! The captain took us out on Wolf Bay, which is home to a resident dolphin pod, and the dolphins have been identified and named by each one’s unique dorsal fins. He also gave us a little history on the area.”
~ Scarlet Paolicchi
Family Focus Blog 


“I’ve been to many zoos across the country, and the care provided at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo rivals the world’s best. If a zoo was measured by heart rather than acres or number of animals, “the little zoo that could” would be among the largest in the world! Kangaroo Encounters allow guests to enter the enclosure and interact with baby kangaroos. Our whole family loved this experience! Loved it!”
~ Karen Dawkins
Family Travels on a Budget 


“In the fall, it almost felt like we had the coastline all to ourselves at times. The water was still warm enough to swim, the sand was soft and perfect for digging and the sunsets were unforgettable. Make sure to plan to spend time on the beach.”
~ Britni Vigil
Play Party Plan 

DISPLAY EVENTS FROM 07/22/2018 to 08/21/2018

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2018 Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(615) 415-3520

Enjoy a beautiful gulf swim and a fast, flat bike and run course at a great venue!Team Magic is very excited to partner once again with the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, the City of Gulf Shores, the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park to bring you th...

Sep 13, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018

The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event 2018

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The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event 2018
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

We’re excited to announce that early bird tickets are now on sale for our 5th annual The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival September 13-15! Help us raise funds for a good cause and enjoy great local food and 100+ wine labels while you’re at it.•    Sampl...

The 15th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. Always the first full weekend of October, birders know the Alabama ...

Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival

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47th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-7200

Savor fresh from the Gulf seafood at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event from October 11 - 14 that attracts over 300,000 people. This year the festival will play host to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment featuring a lineup of nation...

Nov 7, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018

2018 World Food Championships

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2018 World Food Championships
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(615) 297-6886

Want to take a bite out of the World Food Championships?! Trying to figure out what Food Sport really is? Join us for the biggest event in the industry as we surround the MAIN EVENT with countless fun foodie activities! While more than 1500 chefs and home cooks battle it out...

34th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters
9465 S. Loop Rd.
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-7664

This annual songwriters and listeners event runs from November 8 - 18, 2018 across multiple venues at different times. To be sure you don't miss one of your favorites, please be sure to research venues and times at the FBISF website. Festival attendees enjoy an up close and ...

2018 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(615) 460-9927

Join us for the 11th Annual Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon, 5k and One Mile run!Shed your turkey with us at the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Bring the whole family to enjoy the weekend on Alabama's beautiful Gulf Coast. From a one mile fun run to a 5k run to a hal...

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
LuLu's to Cobalt

(251) 968-6091

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included blow for you. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted...

27th Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1524

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival features a full day o...

Mar 9, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019

45th Annual Festival of Art

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45th Annual Festival of Art
Orange Beach Waterfront Park
26389 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-981-ARTS (2787)

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fi...

Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

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2019 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show
4550 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(850) 348-1498

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will offer the largest in-water displ...

2019 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run
Waterway Village in Gulf Shores-Under the Intracoastal Bridge (North & Sout... (more)
225 E. 24th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1174

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup of fun on Saturday, Apri...

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

As you make plans to attend this event druing these confirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. May 3-Open Practice, No Gate Fee. Check out the NCAA National Colle...

May 17, 2019 - May 19, 2019

The Hangout Music Festival 2019

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The Hangout Music Festival 2019
Gulf Shores Public Beach
101 E Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. The Hangout Music Fest is known for sugar white beaches, starry nights and red hot music. The ...

2019 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
4673 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1900

As you make plans to attend this event during these conirmed 2019 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, last year's details are included below for you. So, what makes the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf such a...




September 07
Featured Event
Bulls on the Beach Professional Live Bull Riding
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

Bring the family to the Flora-Bama September 7 and 8 for the 7th Annual Bulls on the Beach for two nights of adrenaline-filled bull riding! Both night’s high-energy, rock-and-roll rodeo will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast. Ride the mechanical...

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September 08
Featured Event
Bulls on the Beach Professional Live Bull Riding
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

Bring the family to the Flora-Bama September 7 and 8 for the 7th Annual Bulls on the Beach for two nights of adrenaline-filled bull riding! Both night’s high-energy, rock-and-roll rodeo will feature professional bull riders from across the Southeast. Ride the mechanical...

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September 29
Featured Event

Sep 29, 2018

Shindig on the Sand

Concerts
Shindig on the Sand
17401 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

Featuring 70 musical acts and over 200 musicians the festivities kick off at noon daily. The Flora-Bama Yacht Club will be offering flip-flop fine dining and the Ole River Bar will be serving up scrumptious crawfish and ice-cold craft draft on its spacious "Sunset Deck"; bot...

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November 02
Featured Event
10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout
The Hangout
101 E. Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-3030

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday, November 2 from 6 -11 p.m.Enjoy tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music. Th...

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November 03
Featured Event
10th Annual Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout
The Hangout
101 E. Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-3030

As you make plans to attend this event during these confirmed 2018 dates, we will update this section with more details as soon as we learn of them. Craft Beer Festival will be held Friday, November 2 from 6 -11 p.m.Enjoy tastings of dozens of craft beers and live music. Th...

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November 26
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 27
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 28
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 29
Featured Event
2018 NAIA Women
Orange Beach Sportsplex
Orange Beach Sportsplex
4385 William Silvers Pkwy
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(816) 595-8153

We anticipate this event occurring around these estimated dates. Once we learn the confirmed dtates, we will update this page. Meanwhile, read about last year's event details below. Women's college soccer excitement comes to Orange Beach. Don't miss the action as 16 teams fr...

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November 30
Featured Event
12th annual Taste of the Islands
Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf
4671 Wharf Pkwy.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 979-0359

The Mystical Order of Mirams is proud to announce the 12th Annual “Taste of the Islands" to be held on Friday, November 30. This year our culinary extravaganza will host over 30 restaurants from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and surrounding areas. The Orange Beach Event Cen...

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9/3/2018 - 10/31/2018
Young's Suncoast Realty & Vacation Rentals
Category: Accommodations

(251) 968-7158
(800) 826-1213
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Fall Bargain $30 Guest Per Night, Sleep Up To 170

9/4/2018 - 10/31/2018
Gulf Shores Beach Retreat
Category: Accommodations

(251) 948-8800
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Elevator Maintenance (November 2018)

11/1/2018 - 11/30/2018
Alpha Ventures Tropic Isles Condo 602
Category: Accommodations

(601) 504-5415
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3-7 Night Sizzler Rate

9/4/2018 - 11/30/2018
Magnolia Springs Bed & Breakfast
Category: Accommodations

(251) 965-7321
(800) 965-7321
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9/9/2018 - 11/30/2018
The Beach Club
Category: Accommodations

(251) 224-2500
(888) 260-7263
EmailWebsite

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