HomeThings to Do in Gulf ShoresGulf Shores Activities for the Fall and Winter

“Summer” and “vacation” go together like peanut butter and jelly, but there are plenty of great reasons to get away for the cooler months as well. Plenty of snowbirds flock to Gulf Shores to escape the chill, while folks from closer-by take advantage of the lower seasonal rates. Either way, there’s plenty of things to do in Gulf Shores, even as the temperatures drop!


The water’s too cold to swim in, but that doesn’t make the beach useless! There are plenty of fish in the sea, summer and winter alike. Put on a jacket and you’re set to go fishing as usual. In fact, fishing charters such as AAA Charters still run during the off-season!


From Craft Farms Golf Club north past Cotton Creek to Kiva Dunes out in Fort Morgan, golfing season never ends here. So if your own courses are snowed out, take a vacation to Gulf Shores, where it’s sunny all year long! Golfing is, after all, one of the other quintessential vacation activities, thanks to its leisurely pace and choose-your-challenge style of playing. Bring your clubs along!


Up for a stroll? The highs don’t dip below the 60s in Gulf Shores, so go out and enjoy the weather. For the nature lover, there are plenty of things to do in Gulf Shores. The lovely nature trails in Gulf State Park and Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge and around Fort Morgan are great for exploring the beauty of the Southern wetlands.

Gulf Shores Activities and Events

As the weather cools to amicability, it’s the perfect time to draw folks in from around the region with some of the things to do in Gulf Shores. November is an especially fine time to celebrate the finer things in life: food and music!

Early November hosts the Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend. Held at The Hangout (a restaurant near the intersection of Gulf Shores Parkway and Beach Boulevard), this weekend brings in exceptional chefs from across the country. If you’re a selfish with shellfish, this is the festival for you—and if you don’t think you’re a fan of oysters, this is the place to change your mind! More Gulf Shores activities include live music and chef demonstrations spice up the weekend.

The Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival also happens in November. If you’ve wondered about the thought process behind songwriting or the deeper meaning hiding in lyrics, this is a great chance to hear songwriters reveal the ins and outs of their trade. Often overshadowed by the singers who bring their work to life, you may be surprised to discover just how much a songwriter has touched you. The 11-day festival happens throughout the region, but several venues in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, including Florabama, play host.

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And of course, simply living next to the beach is pretty exciting every day of the year. Don’t settle for a cheap hotel when you can have luxurious beds, your own kitchen, and more! Browse the offerings of Harris Vacation Rentals, especially our Fall rentals, or call us at 1-877-446-4853 and discover properties and amenities that create a perfect vacation year-round!