With moderate temperatures and low humidity (if any), spring is a great time to plan your visit to Gulf Shores. Here are some suggestions as you plan for your spring trip. Don’t forget: Gulf Shores for spring break can mean more crowds and noise, so schedule your visit accordingly.
DAY 1 – Dolphin Cruise- Things To Do In Orange Beach Gulf Shores
Spend a relaxing day out on the water looking for dolphins and other marine life while you cruise the coast. Book a dolphin and nature cruise, dolphin eco-tour or a sunset tour from one of the many local charters. Any time of year, this is a great way to do some dolphin spotting while enjoying the beautiful waters of the gulf. Click here to check out amazing dolphin at sunset tours!
4673 Wharf Parkway West
Orange Beach, AL
DAY 2 – Beach Day
Enjoy a day on the beautiful pristine beaches of the gulf coast. Leisurely stroll along the beach collecting shells and watching the pelicans, seagulls, and dolphins. Sit on the deck of one of the beachfront restaurants and bars, dining on fresh seafood and indulge in a few of your favorite adult beverages while people watching. This is your time to chill out.
DAY 3 – Golf
Take advantage of the pleasant temperatures and get in a few rounds of golf. There are many area courses to choose from. Alabama’s highest ranked public golf course is Kiva Dunes, which incorporates natural dunes for a coastal feel. This windy course is sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay and gets the breeze from all sides. This is one of the most popular things to do in orange beach and gulf shores in the springtime.
Kiva Dunes Resort
815 Plantation Drive
Gulf Shores, AL
DAY 4 – Kayak Tour
Picture yourself on the water, silently gliding along while you get ‘up close and personal’ with the local birds, mammals, and marine life. Experience the beautiful gulf waters from a new perspective in a kayak. Book a tour that explores areas of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge not accessible to vehicles and observe belted kingfishers, great blue herons, and cormorants. There are many nature kayak tours in the area. Give the Wildlife & Dolphin Tour from WildNative Tours a try. So, get some exercise without getting too hot, and take advantage of the great weather to explore the local waterways.
DAY 5 – Festival of Art
If you’re in the area in March, plan on attending the Festival of Art, one of the first spring festivals. More than 100 artists will display their work and compete in a juried art show. As you browse their booths, you’ll be amazed at the wide variety of styles and mediums represented. Enjoy local eateries’ goodies while you listen to live music on several stages. And, you can visit the center at any time of the year to get a great souvenir – jewelry, paintings and many other crafts made by local artists.
Festival of Art
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL
DAY 6 – Hiking
Some of Alabama’s last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat has been incorporated into the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in 1980. The sanctuary is a resting spot for migratory birds and over 360 different species of birds have been documents on the grounds, including hummingbirds, the snowy plover and occasionally a burrowing owl. Several nature trails wind through various habitats – beaches, dunes, wetlands, maritime forests, and scrubs. Spring is the perfect time (little to no humidity or bugs) to explore the various habitats and their inhabitants of this coastal region. Click here to see some of the most popular hiking and nature trails.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Highway 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
DAY 7 – Hangout Music Festival
Usually held on the third weekend in May, Hangout Fest is a three-day festival held on the Gulf Shores’ public beaches. The beach bar, The Hangout, serves as the anchor for the festivities. Various musical genres are featured, and past performers include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, Florence, and the Machine, and The Avett Brothers. Besides three long days of constant music, food and drinks, you can also try some beach volleyball, the roller disco rink or hit the puppy kissing booth. If you miss the festival, head on out to the Hangout anyway; it’s a great beach bar. This is a very popular place to visit in Gulf Shores for spring break!
Hangout Music Festival
101 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL