For the younger crowd, Memorial Day means a three-day weekend and the start of summer, complete with cookouts and picnics. But as we get older, the significance of the holiday becomes more meaningful. This is a time for remembering and honoring all those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Here are a few suggestions for some fun on your long Gulf Shores Memorial Day weekend while also honoring our service men and women here in Gulf Shores.
Remembrances & History
There is an added layer to Memorial Day here on the Gulf: our rich military history. Honor not just the service men and women that you know but take time to learn about some you may not be familiar with.
Fort Morgan, part of the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail, played an important role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. This masonry fort was active not only in the Civil War, but also in the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. Beside the fort, this historic site has a boat launch, picnic area and beaches. To celebrate Memorial Day in Gulf Shores, the fort will have a wreath laying ceremony, weapons demonstrations and artillery firing.
A short drive from Gulf Shores will take you to the National Naval Aviation Museum at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Take the family to watch the Blue Angels practice, then follow up with a walk through the museum. Get close to over 150 restored aircraft and try one of the full motion simulators. The museum captures the spirit and determination of our flying fighters from 1914 to the present. Admission to the museum is free and is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Gulf State Park has it all for Memorial Day in Gulf Shores: miles of bright white beaches, a swimming pool, parasailing rentals, volleyball and geocaching. Fish from the pier or rent a boat, kayak or paddleboard. Hike or bike on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex with over 25 miles of trails through six distinct ecosystems. Be on the lookout for alligators, coyote, otters, white tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, heron and more.
Or, just head to the beach. Spend the day beach combing, fishing, paddleboarding or kayaking. Head to one of the great beach hangouts for great local seafood and lots of live music and fun. LuLu’s, The Hangout and the Flora-Bama always have something going!
More Ideas for Memorial Day in Gulf Shores
The gang at Harris Properties will be happy to answer questions about any of our suggestions, or suggest other Gulf Shores Memorial Day activities for your stay. We’re more than happy to help with details for your trip and help you find the best rental for your trip. Just give us a call or email us today!