Seasonal travel can mean different things to different travelers. For snowbirds, it means heading down to the warm winters of the south while escaping the harsh weather of more northern climates. For families, it may mean those few weeks when they can plan a family vacation to the beach. Memories of the bright sun, wonderful weather, and soft, white sandy beaches are what keeps Gulf visitors who stay in our Orange Beach house rentals going throughout the rest of the year.
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Why Orange Beach?
Bounded on the north by Wolf Bay and Bay La Launch, and on the south by the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach is located just east of Gulf Shores on the Alabama shoreline. Once here, you can enjoy a variety of water-related activities, whether you are a beach fanatic, or love the quieter backwaters and bays. So many travelers come here year after year, establishing decades-long traditions and memories. Isn’t it time you found out why?
What to Do Near Your Orange Beach House Rentals
No matter the time of year, there are always fun activities waiting in Orange Beach. Orange Beach is a popular Gulf destination. Families and singles love the different opportunities here. Whether it’s enjoying nature or enjoying the night life, you can find it here in Orange Beach. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.
Originally used as Native American hunting trails, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail winds through six different ecosystems. Paths are ADA accessible and you can jog, walk, skate, and bike your way along the paths past freshwater lakes, wetlands and marshes. As you wind through the trails, be on the lookout for bobcats, white tailed deer, and of course, alligators. Don’t forget your camera!
Spend a relaxing day on the water any time of year from your Orange Beach house rental, looking for dolphins and other marine life while you enjoy the beautiful scenery. Book a dolphin and nature cruise, dolphin eco-tour or a sunset tour. Your kids will love a day on the water looking for these fun-loving creatures, and so will you! Or book a fishing charter for some casual fishing or extreme sport fishing. Here in the Gulf, fishing is a year-round sport!
And the beach is always inviting year-round, whether you spend the day beachcombing, parasailing or just people watching. It may get a little crowded during peak beach months, but sometimes the crowd can be part of the fun. It makes it easy to put together a friendly little game of beach volleyball. It’s also easy to find the best bar – just look for the crowd! And the beach is lovely in the off-season too. It’s quieter, but you can still enjoy all your favorite beach activities. The water may be a little cool for swimming in winter months, unless you’re taking part in a Polar Bear Plunge!
Do you enjoy your experiences with nature while holding a club of some kind? Golfing is enjoyable here in the Gulf year-round, but the winter months are the perfect time to practice your golf game. Kiva Dunes, Alabama’s highest ranked public golf course, is located on the peninsula for a unique coastal challenge. You can stay close to your rental and spend the day perfecting your game at the Orange Beach Golf Center and Driving Range. There are over fourteen amazing golf courses in and around Orange Beach, and you can’t go wrong with any one of them.
It can get hot here in the Gulf area, so a few indoor activities may be on your schedule. Sometimes you just have to have AC! Take your group to Breakout Orange Beach to test your puzzle and problem-solving skills and have some escape room fun. Head over to Fat Daddy’s Arcade for game day. This arcade offers over 65 games including Guitar Hero and skee ball. Arena The Next Level offers laser tag and arcade games too. And, the all-volunteer South Baldwin Community Theater has special snowbird promotions during winter months for theater groupies.
Tired of outdoor activities? No problem. Head to The Wharf where there’s something for everyone: shopping, dining, nightlife, movies, concerts and a Ferris wheel! There are plenty of activities for the kids too – mini-golf, arcade games, laser tag, escape rooms and a zip line!
Relive your spring break days or experience them for the first time! While you’re in Orange Beach, you’re right between the all the action along the coast – specifically between The Hangout and the Flora-Bama! You don’t need to look any further for a party. The Hangout has special events year-round from snowbird specials to the annual Hangout Music Festival. And, you can’t come to the Gulf without experiencing the legendary Flora-Bama at least once. This beachfront honky tonk has it all: beer and bushwhackers, live music on multiple stages, and an oyster bar!
Why Harris Vacation Rentals
If you are just beginning to make your Orange Beach memories, or have been visiting for years, let our staff here at Harris Vacation Rentals help you find the perfect Orange Beach house rentals for your seasonal travels. We have a wide range of rentals, including high-rise condos, beachfront cottages, and locations right on the beach or on the backwaters. We also have rentals that can accommodate a range of guests. Plus, you choose the amenities you want – private pool or dock, access to a fitness center or tennis court, or direct beach access. Easily personalize your Orange Beach experience, and make it as upscale or as economical as you want.
So, whether you are planning on escaping the harsh winter weather or just want to spend the weekend at the beach, Harris Vacation Rentals has a rental for you. Give us a call today!