Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Swing Into Spring

After the cold winter, spring vacations at the beach are the perfect way to unwind, get some sun and reconnect with the people you love. The Alabama Gulf Coast has some of the prettiest sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise waters around so grab a chair and soak up some fun in the sun. While in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, check out all of the hopping springtime events and activities.

There are lots of great spring rates on Gulf Shores hotels and Orange Beach lodging. After you’ve secured your room, plan, save and share the rest of your trip via the new trip planner feature on the website. Explore the delicious restaurants and fun things to see and do for your family, couples, girlfriends or guys getaway.


Creating Memories with Your Family

Trade throwing snowballs in the cold north for the warm, inviting sugar-white sand between your toes on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Your family probably has a touch of cabin fever after being cooped up during the winter so spring is the perfect time to get out, explore and find new adventures on the Gulf coast. Perfect your family’s sand castle building skills by taking a class at Sand Castle University or listen to your children ooh and aah at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. If your children are running circles around you, take them to The Track Recreation Center for kiddie rides, bumper cars and boats, go-karts, miniature golf and more.


Little Rendezvous on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Need to get away to reconnect with your significant other? The good news is whether you want a weekend of romance or a weekend of adventure, you can find both in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Fill your days relaxing on the beach and your nights partaking in the many entertainment options. Enjoy one of the many spring events like the Waterway Village and Zydeco and Crawfish Festival, Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss or The Hangout Music Festival. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a great time with your honey on your little getaway.


Just Another Day in Paradise with Your Girlfriends

Escape to the sugar-white sands and turquoise waters with your best friends and enjoy some relaxation and long walks and talks on the beach. Imagine a weekend of massages, wine, shopping and making new and exciting memories. Check out one of the great spring events, including the 14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival where you can witness magnificent and colorful balloons from all over the country fly high into the clear-blue skies and shop until you drop at the many eclectic vendors on display. Spend a few days catching up with old friends in this slice of heaven and leave with many memories that will last a lifetime.


Let the Adventure Begin With Your Pals

No matter if you’re planning a guy’s weekend getaway or a bachelor party, our spring time events offer plenty of action to keep your adrenaline pumping. Catch the biggest fish of your life on a deep sea fishing adventure, fly high in the sky from platform to platform on the zipline at The Wharf or spend a day practicing your putting skills on one of the championship golf courses. Join us during one of our spring festivals, including the Orange Beach Billfish Classic at The Wharf for an adrenaline rushing weekend as the top fishermen in the country display some of the biggest catches on the Gulf Coast at weigh ins on Friday and Saturday nights. However, you decide to fill your time, it will be lots of adrenaline pumping fun times spent with the guys.

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Travel Bloggers’ Top
Spring Break Activities

“We love Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for spring break fun! There is something for the entire family to enjoy, whether you want to just soak up the sun at the beach or spend a more adventurous day out on the water with Sail Wild Hearts. You can also spend time on dry land enjoying the go-kart track and other fun activities at The Track. Once you've spent a family vacation at Alabama's beaches, you'll make it your go-to destination!”
~ Jamie Reeves
Blonde Mom Blog  


“Gorgeous, soft, white sand, easy back-and-forth access to your hotel or condo, restaurants that offer delicious food with a fun atmosphere . . . we absolutely LOVE Alabama’s beaches for a family spring break vacation. We can't think of any other way we'd rather spend time coming out of winter hibernation.”
~ Lesli Peterson
365 Atlanta Family 


“When we travel as a family for vacation, we look for active relaxation. I love the white, sandy beaches and emerald green water, but what I really want to show my family is what you can do off the beach. I'd love to take them on an amazing kayaking excursion and cat boat tour, just like I experienced.”
~ Fadra Nally
All Things Fadra  


“Older kids, and Mom and Dad too, will love the Coastal Segway Adventures, as well as Fort Morgan Historic Site and the Orange Beach Cat Boat Tours. Don't miss the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Children under 2 receive free admission! Kids can cuddle a joey (baby kangaroo) or interact with reptiles. It's an affordable outing families will appreciate.”
~ Paula Schuck
Thrifty Mommas Tips  


“As a homeschool mom, my mind is always on how we can fit education into our everyday lives - even on spring break. The key is to not let the kids realize they are learning. This area offers so many fun educational opportunities like the beach, nature trails, an estuarium, dolphin cruises, art classes and historical sites. Our kids always have so much fun exploring that they don't even know they are learning. It's a win-win!”
~ Marci Goodwin
The Homeschool Scientist 


“Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the perfect location for a family spring break vacation! They have amazing kid-friendly restaurants and activities on and off the water that can keep you busy all week. Not to mention the gorgeous beaches!”
~ Bryanna Royal
Crazy Family Adventure 

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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

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will offer the largest in-water display of any boat show along the upper Gulf Coast. It will showcase the latest offerings from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the Southeast.In-water displays will allow prospective buyers to test drive...

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...




April 06
Featured Event
26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.
Theodore, AL 36582
251-459-8727

Stroll among hundreds of classic and vintage automobiles displayed on the Great Lawn at the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show. Snacks and lunch will be available to purchase on the Great Lawn and in our Magnolia Café. Judging begins at...

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April 25
Featured Event

Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019

10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin'

Community Events
10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

The 10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin' will be held at the Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach. Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf's several delicious restaurants.Bama Coast Cruisin' is an absolutely...

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April 26
Featured Event

Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019

10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin'

Community Events
10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

The 10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin' will be held at the Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach. Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf's several delicious restaurants.Bama Coast Cruisin' is an absolutely...

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Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

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. Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in Apri...

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April 27
Featured Event

Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 27, 2019

10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin'

Community Events
10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 224-1000

The 10th Annual Bama Coast Cruisin' will be held at the Wharf Resort and Marina in Orange Beach. Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf's several delicious restaurants.Bama Coast Cruisin' is an absolutely...

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Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

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. Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in Apri...

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April 28
Featured Event
Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Drive
Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

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. Interstate Mullet Toss is always held the last full weekend in Apri...

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May 03
Featured Event

May 3, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Community Events
Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
Foley Soccer Complex
998 W. Section St.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-5590

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 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes more than 30 h...

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May 04
Featured Event

May 3, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Community Events
Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
Foley Soccer Complex
998 W. Section St.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-5590

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 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes more than 30 h...

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May 17
Featured Event

May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019

2019 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Fishing
2019 Orange Beach Billfish Classic
The Wharf Marina
4673 Wharf Pkwy.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 402-8190

Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and big bucks as well as a serious adrenaline rush. Nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the extremely popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series, consisting of five high-profile tournaments in the Gulf of Me...

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