Vacation Ideas for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Locals and vacationers continually describe the beaches of Gulf Shores as "magical" due to the sand as white as snow that squeaks underfoot and water that sparkles like an emerald. The cool Gulf breeze permeates every nook and cranny—from the golf courses with Gulf views to the tantalizing seafood restaurants. Watch as the dolphins share a great wave with surfers and herons float next to parasailers—it’s obvious that even the wildlife radiates a carefree spirit.
Gulf Shores is home to an astonishing number of outdoor activities all within close range to one another. Let its impressive fleet of fishing charters care for every need while guiding the way to schools of mahi-mahi and tuna, play one of the nine signature golf courses like Arnold Palmer’s Cotton Creek or learn to stand-up paddleboard at one of the local beaches. Renting a pontoon boat and docking at Lulu’s on the boardwalk for a succulent seafood dinner and live music is another surefire way to create an unforgettable Gulf Shores vacation.
Apart from lounging on the beach with a cold drink and becoming a sandcastle architect, Gulf Shores features exciting events and attractions for all ages. Waterville USA lets families enjoy all of the sun with none of the sand, The Track has rides where go-carts meet roller coasters, and down at the Wharf sits the tallest Ferris wheel in the southeast. Performances by chart-topping bands at the annual Hangout Fest, the dolphins entertaining guests aboard daily dolphin cruises, and the lively monkeys at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will fill in any gaps that other beach destinations are lacking.
Why not peruse our Gulf front condos and vacation rental homes, and begin daydreaming about the sunshine and soft sand of a Gulf Shores vacation.