Planning a long weekend away with your BFFs, a bachelorette party, or maybe a college reunion? Come on down to Gulf Shores. It’s a great place for a girls’ getaway whether you want to be pampered, shop-til-you-drop, or hit the beach. Here are a few suggestions to get your planning started.
DAY 1 – Beach Day- Fun Things To Do In Orange Beach And Gulf Shores
Spend the day at the beach. Work on your tan while catching up with your friends. Walk along the pristine white beach collecting shells and great memories. Sit on the deck of one of the beachfront restaurants, dining on fresh seafood and indulge in a few of your favorite adult beverages.
DAY 2 – Dolphin Tour
Take a relaxing tour while watching the beautiful scenery and looking for dolphins. There are many tour companies in the area, but try Cetacean Cruises’ Dolphin/Nature Tour. Watch the resident dolphins play in the bay, learn about the dolphins and their habitat, and then head into the bayous for an Eco tour. Sit back with your group and watch for the local wildlife and marine life; dolphins, sharks, osprey, eagles, deer, and alligators are just some of the wildlife you may encounter. This is one of our favorite fun things to do in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
4673 Wharf Pkwy West,
Orange Beach, AL
DAY 3 – Kayak Tour
Take a guided tour of the local waterways in a kayak. Wild Native Tours offers tours that wind through the beautiful Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Imagine silently paddling through the calm waters alongside turtles and dolphins while watching egrets and pelicans search for food. Get up close and personal to nature, and get in some exercise while bonding with your girls on a kayak tour.
Wild Native Tours
4159 County Road 6
Gulf Shores, AL
DAY 4 – Shopping
Shop ‘til you can’t go on anymore. At The Wharf, you can shop, eat and drink, and take in a movie or concert at the amphitheater. The Wharf has a wide variety of shops and dining establishments, which are some of the best things to do in Gulf Shores at night. There will be something for every taste here. And, there are a wide variety of bars too, from daiquiri bars to boat bars, live music venues and sports bars – whatever your girls are in the mood for. The nightlife is great and there are plenty of things to do in Gulf Shores at night. Try a ride on the Ferris wheel for a fun end to the day! Click here and check out the best shopping spots in Gulf Shores.
23101 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL
DAY 5 – Art Galleries
Visit the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance for a variety of art-related activities. Browse through the gallery and gift shop representing more than 50 local and regional artists with paintings, pottery, jewelry, and other items for sale. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, find unique handcrafted items aplenty here. The Alliance also sponsors weekend Art Markets, where artists display and sell their work.
Gulf Coast Art Alliance Gallery
225 East 24th Avenue
Gulf Shores, AL
DAY 6 – Hiking
Gulf Shores is home to several parks with hiking and biking trails. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is the state’s last remaining undisturbed coastal barrier habitat. Several trails wind through maritime forests, wetlands, dunes and scrub habitat, a saltwater lagoon and the transitional habitats in between. You can wander the refuge with your group, or take one of the many guided bird walks, dune hikes or night prowls offered year-round. Or climb up the observation tower to get closer to those high soaring hawks. Bird watch or just enjoy the scenery while wandering along paths in different habitats or along the beach road.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
State Highway 180 on the Fort Morgan Peninsula
Gulf Shores, Alabama
DAY 7 – The Flora-Bama
End your get-away with a bang at the world-famous Flora-Bama. Opened in 1964, this down-home waterfront bar & grill offers oysters, bar grub and live music every day. A Gulf Shores tradition, you have to head out to this world famous beach bar for live music and beach-related fun, honky-tonking, lots of adult beverages, oysters and maybe even Kenny Chesney.
1704 Perdido Key Drive