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Things To Do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are where exceptional vacations happen! From relaxation to adventure, you'll find something special here for everyone in the family. With an endless array of sights, activities and natural beauty, the clear blue waters and white-sand of the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores beaches provide the ideal spot for fun and relaxation.

Looking for an off-the-beach activity? Head on over to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo’s brand new, 25-acre location in Gulf Shores. From giraffe feeding to ziplining, your family will have much to see and do.

Experience the Gulf Coast


Exhilarating Water Sports

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush while enjoying your beach time, try your hand at Jet Skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding or other Orange Beach and Gulf Shores water sports. One of our many boat marinas can accommodate all of your boating needs from fuel, supplies, rentals, repairs and directions to Gulf Shores points of interest (like the best fishing holes).


Soar into our blue skies when you go parasailing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Once you glide above the white sand shoreline and gaze in awe at a horizon where turquoise waters dissolve into the blue sky, you may never want to return to earth. Best of all, parasailing requires no special skills or training, making it an ideal family activity.

Dolphin Cruises

Take an intimate look at one nature’s most beautiful animals with one of our many dolphin cruises. Playful one instant, skimming majestically over the surface of the water the next, the native bottlenose dolphins are a marvel. You can even take an Orange Beach or Gulf Shores sailing cruise and experience the world of the dolphins under wind power.


The waters off Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide some of the best fishing in Alabama. For deep-sea fishing, try an Orange Beach fishing charter to hook a giant grouper. If you'd rather relax in the sand, cast a line off the beach in search of flounder, pompano, or sheeps head. Don't forget The Gulf State Park Pier either! With over two thousand feet of rail space to cast a line, plus concessions and shops, it's a prime destination for anglers.


Crystalline turquoise waters make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach diving a delight for all deep-water enthusiasts. Not a diver yet? You can become one on your vacation! Register for a certification course during your stay so you can dive during your current Gulf Shores trip and then next time you visit as well.

More Than Just a Beach Destination

The variety of things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is endless. So why not plan a vacation here? Bask in the year-round sun and old-fashioned Southern hospitality down on Alabama's Gulf Coast today! Plan your Gulf Shores trip, find your favorite things to do and find your ideal beach vacation rental including Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condoshotels and beach houses!


Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are also largely defined by our many points of interest! Plan a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast ZooFort Morgan, a local waterpark, or even a Segway tour. For history-lovers, you can also visit a museum or Fort Morgan to experience coastal Alabama’s past.


One of the biggest attractions in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is our boundless nature. From the moment you arrive, the magnificence of the Gulf Coast thrills your senses. Diverse ecosystems line the Alabama coastal region. From freshwater marshes where alligators bask in the sun to coastal hardwood swamps, the abundant natural beauty of the region and Gulf State Park may leave you speechless.

Experience the Sights, Activities and Natural Beauty


What are Gulf Shores & Orange Beach known for?

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are know for their 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise waters, Southern hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere.

What is the best time of year to go to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama?

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are located in a subtropical area where the temperatures are mild year-round. Popular times to visit include summer, spring and fall. Learn more about the weather in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

What are some free things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama

There are many free and inexpensive things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, including exploring public beaches, Gulf State Park, nature trails, museums and more. Browse our list of cheap and free activities today!

What is there to do on a rainy day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama?

If it happens to rain during your vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, there are plenty of things to do including escape rooms, a trampoline park, art centers, movie theatres and more. Explore our list of rainy day activities to be prepared.

How far apart are Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are adjacent to each other and an easy drive to visit restaurants and attractions in either city during your stay. View our maps for more information.