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Our Guide to Waterville USA

Since opening, Waterville USA in the heart of Gulf Shores has become one of the premier entertainment destinations for families vacationing along the Alabama Gulf Coast. From the start of the season in late May to the end of the season in mid-August, Waterville is a favorite for those looking to break from the pristine beaches for a change. So, what’s there to do at Waterville? Well, there’s the water—bucket loads of it! This may be the best place to spend a day more »

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The Hangout – Gulf Shores’ Top Hangout Spot!

These days, The Hangout has become the heart and soul of downtown Gulf Shores. What many folks don’t know is The Hangout was a meeting place for surfers during the beach-blanket-bingo-era of the’50s and early ’60s, when it was a little joint that served as a gathering point for young folks enjoying the local beaches. The Hangout occupied a prime piece of beach at the foot of Ala. 59 more or less continuously until Hurricane Ivan came along in 2004. But in 2008, more »

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Enjoy Fantastic Live Music in a Beautiful Tropical Locale

Nothing pairs better with a relaxing getaway in a gorgeous Gulf Coast setting like Gulf Shores than awesome music played by talented local artists. One of the best parts of visiting Gulf Shores is the city’s abundance of laid-back bars and music hotspots. See some of the greatest up-and-coming musicians around for yourself firsthand at the neat places we’ve listed out below! The Wharf Amphitheater Perhaps the most obvious choice to start off this list would be the Wharf Amphitheater. As the number more »

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Welcome to Paradise – Wish You Were Here!

Spring officially ushers in the high tourist season along the Alabama Gulf Coast – and Alabama’s very own Pleasure Island. By early May, the island will be teeming with vacationers. It’s likely you’ll require more than a week to see all the attractions, eateries, bars, and things to do and events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, but if a week is all you have, that’s ample time to hit the must-do’s. Eat and Drink When it comes to beach grub, there’s the more »

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Orange Beach’s Top Must-See Attractions

A place for strolling and taking in the gorgeous sights of the beach and the ocean alongside a number of fun-filled things to see and do, Orange Beach deserves to be on every vacationer’s Gulf Shores itinerary. Read on below to learn more about what Orange Beach has to offer! Explore a Unique Side of Gulf Shores in the Serenely Beautiful Orange Beach! To begin, no trip to Orange Beach is complete without stopping at The Wharf. Here, you’ll find a variety of more »

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The Greatest Pet-Friendly Activities in Gulf Shores

Your most loyal and lovable four-legged family members shouldn’t be left out of the fun on your vacation in tropical Gulf Shores, Alabama! Now you can bring them along and check out the handpicked pet-friendly activities that we’ve picked out for you and your pets to try together! Treat Your Pet (and Yourself) to the Vacation of a Lifetime To begin, if you’re bringing your dog, you should definitely stop by The Dog Pond. A popular local dog park with scenic views, The more »

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Get the Jump on Celebrating Spring in Gulf Shores

March is not only one of the most beautiful months that you can spend in Gulf Shores, but also one of the most entertaining! Between concerts, festivals, and more, visitors who decide to come to Gulf Shores during March will have no shortage of fun and fantastic things to do while they’re here. Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a handful of the many events that will be taking place in Gulf Shores during March that you won’t want to more »

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The Top 5 Extraordinary Spots to Go Picnicking in Gulf Shores

When you visit Gulf Shores, you won’t want to skip out on enjoying our phenomenal weather—especially during the temperate months of the spring season. Take full advantage of the warm and cheerful Gulf Coast sunshine by planning a picnic in one of the city’s many distinctively beautiful spots that are perfectly suited for such activities. Read on below to learn more about some of Gulf Shores’ best places to picnic. Fort Morgan Historic Site Pair your picnic with a side of history at more »

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Where to Go for the Best Golf in Gulf Shores

Nestled between windswept coastal dunes, snow-white beaches, and the glittering waves of the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores is an incredible vacation destination for people who want to escape into the beauty of a tropical paradise. However, even beyond its stunning environment, Gulf Shores has an abundance of things to do for recreation and leisure—including playing a round of golf on each of its many renowned courses. Play your way through Gulf Shores and experience the area in a completely unique fashion that more »

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The 43rd Annual Orange Beach Festival of Art is Coming!

For the last 43 years in Orange Beach, Alabama, you always knew that spring had arrived when the incredible festivities of the Orange Beach Festival of Art ensued. Well, it is about that time of year again, and the festival goers around here can barely contain their excitement because they know that 43rd annual celebration will be just as memorable as each one before it! Here is what you can look forward to at this year’s two-day celebration on March 11th and 12th, more »

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Get Your Blood Pumping and Maintain that Beach Body During Your Gulf Shores Vacation!

Everyone dreams of escaping to a tropical paradise like Gulf Shores, Alabama, but how many people actually plan out what they’re going to do before they get there? Whether you’re the type of person who plans ahead or the type who likes to “go with the flow,” chances are good that you’ll want to do something fun and active at least once during your vacation. A healthier you is a happier you, and nothing inspires confidence on the beach like keeping your body more »

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The 5 Best Things to Do During Your Visit to Alabama State Park

One of the most gorgeous places to visit in Gulf Shores, Alabama State Park has a variety of incredible sights and activities for everyone to enjoy. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a handful of the many top spots and activities to check out in Alabama State Park. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do and that you find this information helpful during your time in Gulf Shores! Walk Along the Largest Paved Trail Network in the U.S. more »

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The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events in Gulf Shores

No matter what time of year you decide to come visit, there are several constants in Gulf Shores: the beautiful climate of tropical weather, the breathtaking natural environment, and the plethora of fun-filled activities and events that you can experience here. With as many events as there are in Gulf Shores, there are some that naturally rise to the top of our list of the events you won’t want to miss. Continue reading on to learn more about five of the events that more »

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Plan your Wedding in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Celebrate the Beginning of Your “Happily Ever After” in a Tropical Paradise Nothing puts you in the perfect carefree mindset for the happiest day of your life quite like having your wedding somewhere warm, tropical, and lovely. No matter what time of year you decide to plan your special day, chances are good that the weather and the scenery in Gulf Shores, Alabama is better than any other venue you might be considering at home. Situated along the pristine white sand along the more »

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Gulf Shores Romantic Getaway

  A Romantic Paradise Awaits You in Gulf Shores, Alabama A place of great beauty can inspire equally beautiful memories, especially when you share the experience with someone you love. Between its warm weather and plentiful sunshine year-round, Gulf Shores is a perfect example of this truth, making it the ideal vacation destination for those times when you just want to sweep up your loved one on a whirlwind romantic escape into the serene and carefree spirit of a tropical escape. In Gulf more »

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Make the Resolution to Travel More and See the Splendor of Gulf Shores This Year!

As people around the world begin to tally up their list of New Year’s resolutions, you may find yourself searching for a resolution that will provide you with the change of pace that you need to make life more exciting and enjoyable. This year, instead of focusing on just losing weight and living healthier physically, why not resolve to treat yourself to something fun and good for the soul as well? Weight-loss, exercise, and living healthier are fine and all, but nothing beats more »

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5 Reasons to Vacation in Fort Morgan

Just a short drive west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is a lovely undiscovered area that is steeped in both natural beauty and history. This area has ruins to explore, white sand beaches, and big fish to catch—and that’s just for starters. Below, we’ve put together a list of a handful of reasons why Fort Morgan is a great place to spend your vacation. We hope that you enjoy all that Fort Morgan has to offer during your time here! Fishing and Wildlife more »

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Gulf Shores, AL Travel Guide: The Best Places for Eating, Sightseeing, and Hitting the Beach

Nestled along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Gulf Shores is a lively beach town with plenty to do and see, making it the ideal vacation destination for when you want to escape to the beach for a long weekend. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the area’s best restaurants, sightseeing hotspots, and scenic beach locales! Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a few of the many great places that you should visit when you want to more »

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Museum Day Trips in Gulf Shores, AL

Top Gulf Shores Museum Day Trips Gulf Shores, Alabama is a treasured stretch of acreage, filled with white sand beaches framing turquoise waters, charming architecture, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet! We love our small town and aren’t afraid to show it, and one of the many things that makes Gulf Shores so wonderful is its proximity to other larger towns. We can spend a day in the city, eating gourmet meals, shopping at high end boutiques, exploring museums more »

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The Top Restaurants in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

Eat in Style at these Must-Visit Restaurants! We’re about to let you in on a little secret: We love to eat! As a matter of fact, we consider eating one of our favorite hobbies! There is nothing we love more than finding a sweet little restaurant that no one else has discovered and telling all our friends. It makes us proud when a new restaurant starts to do well, and when it starts earning awards, well, we just about burst our buttons—and then more »

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Top Local Restaurants in Orange Beach, Alabama

Sunny and warm, there are few elements beyond the climate alone that could make your stay in the Gulf Shores area any better. However, the local restaurants in nearby Orange Beach just might give the weather a run for its money! For those times when you’re hankering for a bite to eat while you’re out and about, we’ve put together a short list with a few of our favorite Orange Beach culinary establishments. Below, you’ll find some of the greatest restaurants in Orange more »

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Come Experience the Warm Sun and Holiday Cheer of Gulf Shores, Alabama!

As temperatures drop and the rest of the country begins to turn chilly, the lovely beach town of Gulf Shores is far, far removed from the frigid winds, icy rain, and slowly building snow you might see elsewhere. Our temperatures may feel more like a summertime beach, resting comfortably in the 60s to mid-70s and dropping to the low 50s to high 40s at night for the majority of the season, but we still celebrate the winter season in style. Read on to more »

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