The Alabama Gulf Coast is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the summer. Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach are all top-notch cities with a plethora of things to do. We don’t think you should overlook this area if you’re looking to get away in the fall, though. We’ll tell you about some of the best things to do in Gulf Shores in November and other surrounding areas.
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The Best Things To Do in Gulf Shores in November
Dine at Outstanding Restaurants
It isn’t out of the norm in July and August to wait an hour for a table at local restaurants. Although we think it’s worth the wait, you can also avoid the crowds and visit in the off-season. In November, you won’t have to wait for your name to be called while your stomach is growling. Some of our favorite mouthwatering eateries are:
Taste Delicious Oysters
If you’re a fan of oysters, you know that you’re not supposed to eat oysters unless it’s during a month that ends in the letter “r.” That means November is the perfect time to slurp down this seafood delicacy. Some fantastic spots to get your hands on fresh oysters from the Gulf of Mexico are:
Visit Alabama Gulf State Park
Temperatures in Gulf Shores in November usually sit between 60 and 70 degrees. Although that means it’s too chilly to swim, it’s still an ideal climate to enjoy outdoor activities. At Alabama Gulf State Park, you’ll find a plethora of things to do, including:
- Paddleboard and kayak on Lake Shelby
- Play a round of golf
- Explore the Nature Center and take a guided tour of the park
- And more!
Participate in the Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon & 5k Run
There’s no better way to burn off those turkey and mashed potato calories than with a fun-filled race during Thanksgiving weekend. You’ll run through the scenic Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system and be surrounded by breathtaking scenery. With three different courses/distances, there really is something for everyone!
- 1-mile fun run
- 5k run
- Half marathon
Finish Your Christmas Shopping
If you visit Gulf Shores in November, Christmas is right around the corner. Make a dent in your Christmas shopping list and head to the outlet mall in Foley, AL. You’ll head north and drive for about 20 minutes, and then you’ll arrive at Tanger Outlets. Shop until you drop and receive significant savings on many name brands, including:
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Vera Bradley
- And more!
Don’t forget to check out these stores on Black Friday for even bigger discounts!
Enjoy a Memorable Thanksgiving
What’s the best part about November? Thanksgiving, of course! When you stay in one of our Alabama Gulf Coast vacation rentals, you’ll have everything you need for a magical holiday. Our homes offer cozy living rooms where you can watch the parade, fully-equipped kitchens for preparing a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, and spacious dining areas where you can gather to enjoy your meal together. If you want to get out of the house and let someone else do the cooking, there are plenty of things going on in the area during Thanksgiving, such as:
- Flora-Bama Annual Thanksgiving Potluck
- Traditional Thanksgiving menu served at Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar
- Thanksgiving buffet at The Hangout
We Offer the Best Vacation Rentals Around
Now that you know about the best things to do in Gulf Shores in November, it’s time to book your vacation home. Harris Vacation Rentals offers outstanding rental properties throughout coastal Alabama. Many of our rentals are pet-friendly and offer an array of amenities, such as private pools, hot tubs, game rooms, and more!
Check our availability and start planning your fall trip today. We can’t wait to have you!