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Weather & Nature
October and November couldn’t be better for outdoor activities with daily temperatures in the mid-80s to low-70s. It can still be hot in September, sometimes reaching into the high 80s, but luckily, we’re right next to the Gulf and the perfect way to cool off! Ocean temps in September will still be in the 80s, though they’ll cool down fast.
All those beach activities you enjoyed during the summer months will still be fun in the fall. Keep parasailing, kayaking and paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and beachcombing on your schedule, especially now that the crowds are smaller. Once school starts back up, things slow down a bit, and that’s the way we like it here on the Gulf.
Fall and spring are the perfect times to take the drive and ferry ride out to Dauphin Island and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a fun ferry ride and awesome bird watching—it’s worth the trip!
This tip of the peninsula is packed with history too with Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan on the peninsula. And there’s more to Fort Morgan than just the historic masonry fort. The Fort has an Escape Room, live reenactments, and its grounds feature a fishing pier, miles of bright white beaches, picnic areas and more. And it’s dog friendly too! The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge has trailheads at the Fort and is a major stop-over for migratory birds in the fall and spring. Trek through various coastal habitats as you keep a careful eye out for the local residents – gators, raccoons, coyotes, snakes and turtles, and maybe a bobcat or fox could be watching.
Orange Beach is packed with boat rentals, charters, and touring companies too. You can rent any type of boat or vessel you want from a single-man kayak to a large double-decked pontoon boat complete with slide and ready for the party. Not into the party action? No problem, you can take a tour focusing on history, ecology, and local wildlife. And kids of all ages will love acting like a pirate for a day on the Pirate’s Adventure and/or dolphin-watching cruise. Or treat yourself and your partner to a sunset dinner cruise along the coast.
Orange Beach is known for its fishing as much as for its beach. Fish off a local pier or try landing a Redfish from a canoe or kayak. Teach the kids to fish in the surf while the crowds are thin. Take advantage of the captain and crew’s knowledge and experience and charter a fishing boat for a fishing adventure. The fishing is great year-round here in the Gulf. Fall inshore fishing in Orange Beach is the time for Redfish and Speckled Trout! Keep a few for dinner; grill them yourself or head to a local restaurant where they will cook them for you. Offshore fishing will just be starting back up. Grouper and amberjack are fun this time of year. Of course, if you have the time, go for the big guys, white marlin, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna are out there too!
Festivals & Celebrations
If you love to participate in marathons and triathlons, our beautiful beach houses in Orange Beach in the fall are where you need to be. There really are too many to mention here, but get started with the Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon in September.
Festivals seem to start up as the weather cools down, so be sure to schedule your trip around one (or all) of these annual events. Here are a few to get you started.
In October, the Annual National Shrimp Festival attracts over 300,000 people every year. Now in its 48th year, this popular four-day event takes place at the nearby Gulf Shores Main Public Beach, and with live music, arts & crafts booths, and lots of fresh seafood, there is something for everyone. If you love shrimp, you won’t want to miss it.
There are two annual events held the first weekend in November that you’ll want to check out from our beach houses in Orange Beach. The Annual Oyster Cook-off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout is full of fresh local oysters and local craft brews! What more do you need? And the Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival – held at the world-famous Flora-Bama honky tonk – is also in the beginning of November.
And, if you’re here over Halloween or Thanksgiving, Orange Beach has holiday-themed events for the whole family. Take the family to The Wharf for scary movies, costume parties and pumpkin carving. And, most local restaurants (including Gulf Shores’ LuLu’s and The Hangout) will have special menus and family-friendly events for Thanksgiving. The nearby Flora-Bama will be celebrating Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving in their own unique way. Take the family to their Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner for a holiday you won’t soon forget. There are concerts year-round at The Wharf, including Def Leppard and Brooks & Dunn this fall.
Accommodations & Amenities of Our Orange Beach Rental Homes
No matter what you have planned for your fall getaway in Orange Beach, we have Orange Beach rental homes that will fit your needs. At Harris Vacation Rentals, we have rentals right on the beach, closer to The Wharf, closer to nature trails, or with boat access so you can cruise practically to your door or over to The Wharf for all those family activities.
Whether you need a cute little cottage for two or a larger residence that can sleep twenty, we have rentals located throughout Orange Beach that can accommodate any number of guests. Romantic weekend getaway, second honeymoon or a fall family holiday, our knowledgeable staff can help you find the ideal rental. Give us a call today!