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Are you craving a spring getaway at the shore? Head to Gulf Shores along the Alabama Gulf Coast! When you visit Gulf Shores in April, you can enjoy beautiful weather, fewer crowds, and fun-filled attractions. Keep reading, and we’ll tell you all about it.  

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All About the Best Vacation in Gulf Shores in April 

The following events/activities might be postponed or altered due to COVID-19. Be sure to check event websites.  

Gorgeous Weather 

When you visit the Gulf Coast in April, you’ll enjoy fabulous weather. The temperature typically hovers between 72 and 78 degrees—you can’t beat that! This is perfect weather for strolls on the beach, enjoying outdoor activities, and watching the sunset from your spacious porch. By late spring, the ocean is warm enough for swimming!  

Exciting Events 

There’s always something exciting going on along the Alabama Gulf Coast! If you’re visiting Gulf Shores in April, you’ll want to attend the Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival and 5K Run. You can enjoy mouthwatering crawfish, lively music, unique art vendors, and more. To get your hands on more fascinating art, check out The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. This event has been a staple of the Gulf Coast for over 60 years and features pieces from all the best local artists.  

Easter Celebrations 

If attending a church service is an important part of your Easter traditions, you can attend a sunrise service on the pristine white sandy beach. Each year, The Hangout hosts an Easter Sunday church service and the public is invited. If you’re traveling with children for the Easter holiday, treat them to an unforgettable morning having breakfast with the one-and-only Easter BunnyFamilies of all ages are invited to the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, and pancakes before having pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. 

Attractions and Activities 

When you visit Gulf Shores in the spring, you can enjoy fewer crowds at local activities and attractions, which is perfect for social distancingIf you want to indulge in some friendly competition, try your hand at a round of miniature golfIf you want to get up close and personal with resident wildlifehit the water with a thrilling dolphin tour. Or, you could visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and feast your eyes upon 600 captivating species.  

Stay With Harris Vacation Rentals 

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It’s time to start planning your unforgettable getaway to Gulf Shores! Here at Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re happy to offer luxurious vacation rentals in Gulf ShoresOrange Beach, and Fort MorganOur homes feature an array of excellent amenities, such as fully-equipped kitchens, private pools, game rooms, covered porches, BBQ grills, and more! It’s easy to find the perfect home away from home for you and your group

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Are you guilty of letting your paid time off go unused? According to the Washington Post, 55 percent of Americans did not use all their paid vacation time last year. You may be busy with work, and you feel that you can’t leave the office for a full week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embark on a partial-week beach vacationDon’t let life get in the way of living and soaking up the sun on Alabama’s whitesand beaches. We’ve got the best ideas on how to spend a three-day vacation in Gulf Shores. 

Don’t forget to book your Gulf Shores vacation home with Harris Vacation Rentals. We’ve got the best properties around!

Your Three-Day Vacation in Gulf Shores 

Day 1 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

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You’ve arrived in Gulf Shores! Most Gulf Shores vacation rentals have afternoon check-in times, but don’t let that stop you from getting a jump start on your vacation. Call ahead and make arrangements to use your rental home’s amenities like pools and beaches. Nothing will melt away stress like taking a refreshing dip or listening to the waves roll in. 

Afternoon 

If you’re still looking to kill some time, take a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Visitors young and old will have a blast getting up close and personal with an array of fascinating animals. Their family of fascinating species includes kangaroos, tigers, lions, monkeys, amphibians, and more! 

Evening 

After you’ve settled into your home away from home and worked up an appetite, head out for dinner at Luna’s Eat & Drink. You don’t want to miss out on the appetizers at this cherished Orange Beach restaurant. Wet your whistle with one of more than 30 local and regional craft beers and pair it with an order of Luna’s Beer Cheese Dip served with soft pretzel bites. This is the perfect start to your three-day vacation in Gulf Shores.   

Walk off that cheesy delight with a stroll on the beach near your vacation home. Bring your flashlights and watch tiny sand crabs scurry through the sand. When you’re done, enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds from your Gulf Shores vacation rental balcony or deck. 

Day 2 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

Kickstart your first full day in Gulf Shores by making a homemade breakfast and enjoying it outside while the salty sea breezes flow through your hair. Take in the view and relax. This is YOUR time! (Until the kids get up, that is!) 

Afternoon 

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Explore the backwaters of the Alabama Gulf Coast with Coastal Kayak Excursions, a tour company unlike any other around. Choose their Paddle and Play Tour to be transported from Caribe Marina to Walker Island via pontoon boat and spend the morning paddling around Robinson and Bird Islands at your leisure. You can also take an Eco-Kayak Tour. The captain will motor you to the backwaters of Wolf Bay, where you will be guided through the area. This private kayak tour is perfect for families and provides memories that will last a lifetime.  

After your day exploring the water, you’ll be hungry for a delicious lunch. No Gulf Shores vacation is complete without a visit to LuLu’sThe restaurant owner, Lucy Buffett, is famous in her own right as a creative culinary master and author of several top-selling cookbooksLucy is sister to legendary singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who has been known to drop in and perform an impromptu concert for Lucy’s restaurant guest! Both the young and young-at-heart enjoy a stop at LuLu’s. There’s a large sand area for the kidsa sand volleyball courtand an exciting ropes course. Ask for a table by the water and watch the boats float by on the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Evening 

Tonight is the night to get your seafood fix at one of the area’s longestrunning restaurants in Gulf ShoresOriginal Oyster House. Order up one of the restaurant’s signature dishes like the Shrimper’s Delight, which features fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, stuffed shrimp, fried flounder, and a delicious crab cake! Don’t forget to save room for a mouthwatering dessert like their Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie! This decadent dessert has a hint of Kahlua and is big enough to share (or not). If you just can’t get enough, you can buy a whole pie to go! 

The night doesn’t have to end after dinner. Chase the sunset and set sail on an evening dolphin cruiseWild Hearts offers a dolphin cruise through Orange Beach, where you’ll sail through the Gulf of Mexico in search of resident bottlenose dolphin pods and, of course, a magnificent sunset. 

 Day 3 of Your Gulf Shores Vacation 

Morning 

It may be the last day of your Gulf Shores getaway, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop just yet. Have a leisurely morning, and take your time getting packed before checking out of your Gulf Shores rental. If you don’t want to worry about cleaning up dishes in your kitchen, grab your daily cup of Joe at The Southern Grind Coffee House in Orange Beach.  

Afternoon 

biking

After you’re all packed up, rent some bicycles and go on an expedition through the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. There are 27 miles of paved trails and lakeside boardwalks that are ideal for getting a glimpse of beach nature. The kids will also enjoy climbing the rocks at Boulder Park along the trails, as well as the Butterfly Garden. 

Evening 

Before you drive back to your hometown, you’ll want to leave with a full stomach. Feast on deepfried oysters cooked to perfection at Bahama Bob’s, a seafood shack that’s a favorite among locals. Take in the views from this beachside eatery and know that you’ve had three days well spent on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Hopefully, it’ll hold you over until your next weekend getaway. 

Pick Your Perfect Vacation Rental 

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When it comes to picking the perfect vacation home for your group, look no further than Harris Vacation Rentals. We’re happy to offer many homes varying in sizes throughout Gulf ShoresOrange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Whether you’re looking for pet-friendly rentals or beachfront properties, we’ve got you covered.  

Browse our properties and book your dream vacation home today. We can’t wait to welcome you! 

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Nothing compares to the sweet feeling of summertime. If you’re searching for the best summer getaway, look no further than the Alabama Gulf Coast. With breathtaking white-sand beaches, fantastic restaurants, and a plethora of things to do, Gulf Shores is your headquarters for summertime fun. Read on to find out our picks for the best summer activities in Gulf ShoresOrange BeachFort Morgan, and other nearby towns. With our help, it’s easier than ever to create the ultimate summer vacation bucket list.  

It’s time to start getting excited about your Gulf Shores vacation this summer! Browse our collection of luxurious vacation rentals and find the perfect one for your group. 

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The Best Summer Activities in Gulf Shores 

The fun never stops on the Gulf Coast! Discover the best summer activities in Gulf Shores and give yourself something to look forward to.

1. OWA 

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OWA is an amusement park and entertainment destination with over 20 rides and an interactive splash pad for hot summer days. The area also features restaurants, shops, and fun-filled events. You can easily spend an entire day getting an adrenaline rush and feasting on good eats just north of the beach in Foley, Alabama.    

2. Waterville USA 

Waterville is an amusement park and waterpark consisting of 20 acres of pure fun. Whether you want to sit back and relax while floating down a lazy river or pick up speed on the Dune Racer, there’s something for all levels of adventurers here at Waterville USAThere’s also a Flowrider surf simulator, arcade, mini golf course, concessions, and more!  

3. Kayaking 

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If you want to combine an adventure in the great outdoors with a bit of healthy exercise, why not try kayaking? Guided kayaking tours in Gulf Shores are a great way to discover the coastal ecosystem and backwaters of this gorgeous area! Some of our favorite nearby kayaking outfitters include Wild Native Tours and Coastal Kayak Excursions. They offer nature tours, sunset tours, dolphin tours, and more! You’ll fall in love with the natural beauty of this stunning environment.  

4. Lost Bay Helicopter Tour 

Get an out-of-this-world bird’s eye view of the beach on a Lost Bay Helicopter Tour. These tours are perfect for seeing miles of our famous white-sand beaches and turquoise water. You can even see schools of fish from up above. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures! 

5. Holmes Medical Museum 

If you’re a history buff, you need to go back in time and visit the Holmes Medical Museum. The museum was Baldwin County’s first hospital and operated from 1936 to 1958. The museum is arranged as it was an operating hospital, and most artifacts and machinery are original. This unique piece of history has remained virtually unchanged for the last 60 years! 

6. The Dog Pond 

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Here at Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re proud to offer pet-friendly vacation rentals. If you want to take your pup’s vacation up a notch, head to The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby for swimming, running, and playing with other fur kids. Then, visit one of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants.    

7. Cat Boat Tours 

Are you ready to take things up a notch? Cat Boat Tours are like water sports, but better! You can glide over the back bays in personal watercraft. The boats sit low and zip through the water. You choose to embark on your own expedition or take a guided tour and hear about celebrity homes on Ono Island.  

8. Big Beach Brewing Company 

Quench your thirst and order a flight of the bartender’s favorite craft brews, like the Hundred Daze IPA, at Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores. This fun spot is kid and dog-friendly—another reason we love it! Be sure to get there before sunset and watch the sun sink from the brewery’s deck. 

9. Sand Castle University 

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If your sand castle skills aren’t what they used to be, give Sand Castle University a try! You’ll learn all the tips and tricks for building a spectacular sand structure. You’ll even be provided with a video from your lesson. It’s a great souvenir and fun way to share your experience with friends and family. 

10. Gulf Shores Beaches 

No beach vacation during the summer is complete without spending some days in the water and sand. The Alabama Gulf Coast public beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and once you visit, we know you’ll agree!  

11. Flora-Bama Marina 

What better way to experience Gulf Shores than on the water? Live the life of a local for a day and rent a boat from the Flora-Bama Marina. They offer luxury pontoon boats, as well as pontoons with slides. You can also rent jet skis. After your day on the water, hit up the Flora-Bama Yacht Club for icecold Bushwackers and fire-grilled oysters. 

12. The Wharf 

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With its plethora of delicious restaurants and exciting activities, it’s easy to spend an entire day at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Treat the family to miniature golf, a Ferris wheel ride, or even a concert in the 10,000-seat arena. Satisfy your hunger with yummy eats at some of our favorite Orange Beach restaurants, including Ginny Lane Bar & Grill and Villaggio Grille. 

13. Charter Fishing 

Orange Beach is the fishing mecca of the Southeast. Head out to see, drop a line, and try your best to reel in red snapper, Spanish mackerel, redfish, grouper, and more. Some of our favorite fishing charters include Orange Beach Fishing Charters and Red Eye Charters.  

14. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 

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No trip to the Gulf Shores would be complete without a trip to the infamous Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The zoo is home to over 100 animal species, including 22 critically endangered species. During your visit, you can have the unbelievable opportunity to hold a baby sloth, kangaroo, or lemur!  

15. Shopping at Tanger Outlet Centre 

Who doesn’t love a good discount? If you’re looking for a rainy-day activity, head to Tanger Outlet Centre and shop until you drop! The outlets feature over 120 stores and a merrygoround and splash pad to keep the kids happy. 

Reserve Your Summer Vacation Rental 

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It’s time to plan the best summer vacation you’ve ever had! Harris Vacation Rentals offers the best rental properties in the area—hands down! No matter what size property you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Plus, all our rentals come with superior amenities, such as oceanfront viewsfully-equipped kitchens, game rooms, private/community pools, hot tubs, elevators, and more!  

Browse our availability and pick the perfect home for you! We can’t wait to host you this summer.  

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Gulf Shores is a superb place for a family vacation. Beautiful white sand beaches, fun outdoor activities, and lively waterfront restaurants abound on the Gulf Coast. From mini golf to indoor arcades to ferry rides, the whole family is guaranteed to be entertained! Read on to discover our favorite attractions for family fun in Gulf Shores! Then, browse our wide array of vacation rentals and start planning your trip with Harris Vacation Rentals today!

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These Are the Best Places for Family Fun in Gulf Shores

It’s no secret that there are limitless options for family-friendly Gulf Shores attractions! Here are some of our favorites.

Explore Gulf State Park

Look no further than Gulf State Park for a day’s worth of fun family activities! Soak up the sun on three miles of pristine beaches, and enjoy a seaside picnic at the beach pavilion. The on-site Nature Center, a living museum of native Gulf Shores plants and animals, is a great place to learn about the area’s natural habitat. They offer a weekly program that includes a guided nature and beach walk.

A trip to Gulf State Park would be incomplete without a stop at the Gulf State Park Pier. This is the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico, and the sunsets can’t be beaten. Take your kids for a scenic fishing trip atop the pier. Don’t have equipment of your own? You can rent some from the bait and tackle shop! This is one of our favorite things to do for the best family fun in Gulf Shores.

Monkey Around at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is famous for its starring role in the Animal Planet series “The Little Zoo That Could.” After being battered by three major hurricanes in the mid-2000s, the show was focused on the zoo’s reopening. Now, the zoo is back in business and will become “The Little Zoo That Grew” after its major expansion project in the fall of 2019.

For now, you can visit the zoo’s 290 animals from 9-4 every day. There is a petting zoo, reptile house, and daily animal shows in the summer. Our favorite part of the zoo is the animal encounters. Get up close to a kangaroo, stroke an alligator’s spine, and let a lemur climb on your shoulder. This is a unique experience that your kids are sure to remember. The Gulf Coast Zoo is one of the best family-friendly activities in town!

Play at The Track Gulf Shores

Amusement park, anyone? The Track is one of Gulf Shore’s most exciting attractions. This fun park has it all ‒ go-kart rides, mini golf, arcade games, and bumper boats! Our favorite activity at The Track is their famous Wild Woody go-kart course. This elevated, three-story course offers thrill seekers a drop at the bottom. You can’t miss The Track’s signature attraction! The Track is open year-round, making it one of the best off-season activities in Gulf Shores for families.

Take the Ferry to Dauphin Island

All aboard! Hop on the Mobile Bay Ferry for an action-packed day on Dauphin Island. The 40-minute ferry ride from Fort Morgan to Fort Gaines provides lovely views of the bay and saves hours in driving time.

When you arrive on Dauphin Island, take a tour of the historic Fort Gaines. This Civil War fort has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, and a museum for you to explore. We also suggest a visit to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Explore the marine education and research center, then take a closer look. The sea lab’s Estuarium offers a hands-on experience, which includes a boardwalk tour and stingray touch pool.

Make the Most of a Rainy Day

Even in a beautiful beach town like Gulf Shores, the sun won’t always be shining. Don’t worry; we know the best things to do in Gulf Shores on a rainy day. What better way to bond with your family than taking on a life-sized adventure game with them? Breakout Games in Orange Beach offers guests the chance to solve real-time puzzles and decipher clues as a team. You have 60 minutes to “escape” these themed rooms!

If you’re feeling inspired, we recommend spending the day at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach. This hot glass blowing facility gives visitors the chance to watch local artisans at work. Like what you see? You can try it out yourself! The Hot Spot offers hands-on classes by reservation. Bring home your own piece of blown glass as the ultimate vacation souvenir.

No one wants the fun to stop because it’s raining. When you plan your Gulf Shores vacation, be sure to book the ideal accommodations for rain or shine. Our Sunset Paradise condo has an indoor pool and game room to keep the kids entertained no matter the weather!

Hit the Beach

What’s the one thing you absolutely must do in Gulf Shores? Spend a day at the beach! Get in touch with your zen side, grab a book and a beach chair, and pick your spot on the sand. There’s nothing better than relaxing oceanside. There’s plenty for kids to love, too. Building sandcastles, swimming, and riding on boogie boards are just a few of our recommendations. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the stunning scenery before you pack up!

Book Your Gulf Shores Family Vacation With Harris Vacation Rentals

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The most important part of planning a vacation is ensuring you have the perfect place to stay. At Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re a family-owned and -operated business. When you book a vacation rental direct with us, we want you to have wonderful memories to look back on. Want the perfect vacation souvenir? Just ask! We’re happy to frame and mail your favorite family photo from your trip!

After a day of family fun in Gulf Shores, you’ll want a place to relax. Faxo’s Retreat is a three bedroom, two bath home with a fully equipped kitchen and spacious entertaining areas. This lagoon-front house has a private pier for boating, fishing, and kayaking adventures. The private pool is ideal for relaxing, and the attached kiddie pool is excellent for younger swimmers. Each morning, enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck overlooking the lagoon. Bring the whole family (including your furry friends) to this pet-friendly retreat!