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Family Friendly Celebrations This New Years in Gulf Shores
Down on the beach, Lulu’s and The Hangout will have plenty of family friendly events for New Year’s. Lulu’s has plenty of activities for the kids including a sandcastle contest and a beach ball drop at noon on New Year’s Eve. Plus, there’s LuLu’s arcade and that monster climbing structure for the kids. And the entire family will enjoy The Hangout’s dance contests and cookie decorating. These two beachfront establishments have been favorites of locals and visitors alike for years and always have something going on year-round. Fresh seafood and live music at the beach can’t be beat any time of year!
Just a short drive away, The Wharf in Orange Beach has fun events and activities for the entire family – all day and into the night. After a full day of fun, including face painting, trampolines, bouncy houses, rock wall climbing, you can watch the marlin drop and fireworks at midnight. Plus, there’s shopping, a zip line, mini golf, arcades, escape rooms, and a Ferris wheel! The Wharf has plenty of eating and drinking establishments too. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant or a rowdy sports bar, you’ll find it at The Wharf. If you want to stay on the water, you can book a fishing or dolphin watching tour at the marina to start things off, then have fun with The Wharf’s full range of games and activities the rest of the day. The Wharf has a movie theater, an amphitheater and live entertainment too.
If you want to get close to nature, take the family to Gulf State Park for fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, beachcombing and geocaching; there’s something for everyone. And after the sun goes down, the New Year’s in Gulf Shores fireworks begin! You can rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards for the entire family at the marina for a day of fun on the water. Or rent bikes for exploring nine different ecosystems including wetlands, woodlands, freshwater marshes and hardwood swamps. Just keep an eye out for all the wildlife as you ride or hike the trails – gopher tortoises, armadillos and alligators are sharing the paths with you.
If there are any animal lovers in your group, take them to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The zoo always has something special planned for the holidays, and amps up their regular animal encounters. Over 22 critically endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened species make their home at the zoo, including three beautiful Bengal tigers (Rajah, Rani and Omar). And there is an entire island of lemurs just waiting to entertain the entire family with their hilarious antics.
Almost every establishment will be having some sort of New Year’s celebration. Decide how you want to celebrate Gulf Shores New Years, make a RSVP and then party the night away. If you’re having trouble selecting a venue for your celebration, give our staff at Harris Vacation Rentals a call for suggestions and help with reservations.
The Flora-Bama’s New Year’s Eve Bash always sells out, so reserve your spot early. Enjoy a dinner buffet, breakfast buffet, free champagne, and party favors. With live music on several stages, you can dance the night away. This popular beach honky-tonk is worth the short drive from Gulf Shores to nearby Perdido Key, Florida. And you can get a cool start on the New Year with their Polar Bear Dip at noon on New Year’s Day. That’ll clear your head right up! If you can fully submerge yourself in the surf, you’re all set for a free beer and Southern brunch! And if you don’t want to brave the crowds, just hit this lively spot some other night. The oyster bar and bushwackers will still be waiting for you. This is one of those places everyone should have on their bucket list.
If you’re looking for something quieter or maybe a little bit more romantic, just stay “home” in the comfort of your beachfront rental. Get cozy on your deck, watch the stars while you sip champagne and greet the new year, all while listening to the surf crash gently onshore. Spend the day fishing then grill your catch out on the deck as they sun goes down. Make things easy on yourself (and your family) and charter a fishing expedition to take full advantage of the captain’s knowledge of the area and what’s biting this time of year. Your group can spend the day fishing and watching for dolphins, then head back for to your rental to enjoy some fresh seafood. Celebrate the year’s end with a midnight walk on the beach. It doesn’t get better than this!
Enjoy the Celebrations
So, whether you’re up for partying the night away or just want to walk along the beach under the stars ‘til dawn with your sweetie, there’s a place in Gulf Shores for you. You can plan a day long family adventure, a dusk to dawn party, or stay in and watch the ball drop in Times Square on one of the large flat screen TVs in your rental. Ask one of our knowledgeable staff if there is an available rental close to area fireworks and watch from your own private deck. Give us a call today so we can help you find the perfect rental for your celebration!