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Are you craving an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Make the trip from Atlanta, Georgia, to Gulf Shores, Alabama. With its white sandy beaches, family-friendly atmosphere, and fantastic vacation rentals. There’s nowhere better to go than Gulf Shores! Keep reading to how you can embark on a trip from Atlanta, GA, to Gulf Shores, AL 

When you arrive in Gulf Shores, you’ll want to explore everything that this charming coastal area offers. To book fun-filled activities at affordable prices in one convenient place, use TripShock. Our program makes booking Gulf Coast adventures easy!   

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Head From Atlanta, GA, To Gulf Shores, AL 

The distance from Atlanta to Gulf Shores is approximately 348 miles. This makes it the perfect spot for a convenient getaway with manageable travel times. Whether you prefer to fly or drive, there are options to make this trip perfect for you.  

Road Trip 

Pack the car and take a road trip down south. The drive from Atlanta, GA, to Gulf Shores, AL, only takes about five and a half hours. The route is relatively straight and follows along I-85 South and I-65 South.  

If you want to break up the trip, Montgomery, AL, is the perfect place for a pit stop. After leaving Atlanta, you’ll reach Montgomery in just under two and half hours. As the capital of the state, there’s plenty of things to see and do in this city. Some of the most popular things to do in Montgomery include visiting the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Montgomery Zoo, and Hank Williams Museum.  

Flying 

If you’d prefer to fly instead of driving, that’s a viable option. You can fly out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and into the Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The flight only takes a little over an hour. Once you land, you can rent a car or take a transportation service to Gulf Shores. That car ride is approximately one hour long.  

Explore Everything That Gulf Shores Has To Offer 

You did it! You’ve made it to the Gulf of Mexico. Make the most out of your vacation and explore everything that this one of a kind area has to offer.  

Hit the Beach 

Gulf Shores is famous for its white sand beaches and great weather

When you live in Atlanta, you’re landlocked. Luckily for you, Gulf Shores isn’t far away, and it’s home to incredible beaches. Voted one of the best beaches by Coastal Living magazine, Gulf Shores Beach is famous for its unbelievably sugary-white sands. Spend your days relaxing by the shoreline, building sandcastles with your family, or taking a dip in the ocean. From jet skiing to parasailing to beach volleyball, there’s always fun to be had at the beach!  

Experience Alabama Gulf State Park 

One of the most gorgeous places to visit in Gulf Shores is Alabama State Park. The park has a variety of incredible sights and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Gulf State Park is home to Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail, the largest paved trail network in the United States. It weaves its way through the town and links to a series of hiking and biking trails. The park also features a scenic golf course where you can practice your swing.  

Have a Blast at an Amusement Park 

Head just a few minutes up the road and make your way over to The Park at OWA. This unbelievable amusement park features 23 different attractions, thrilling rides, can’t miss events, and some of the most delicious park food you have ever experienced. It also offers 10000 square feet of water park fun. Whether you’re young or old, The Park at OWA has something for everyone.  

Gulf Shores is home to more than one amusement park. Since its opening, Waterville USA became one of the premier entertainment destinations for families vacationing along the Alabama Gulf Coast. The excitement never stops at this park. One of the most popular attractions is the Flowrider. Channel your inner surfer and ride over a continuous wave. You can practice all your tricks on a perfect wave with no fear of falling or injury! If you’re a thrillseeker, then you’ll want to get in line for Great White. This world-class one, two, and three passenger tubing adventure sends you through the jaws of a Great White Shark, a tunnel, a waterfall, and a quick drop to the lagoon below. This ride is the Gulf Coast’s most awesome tube ride. 

Stay in a Luxurious Vacation Rental 

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When you arrive in Gulf Shores, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head and make your home away from home. Here at Harris Vacation Rentals, we’ve been making dream vacations a reality for over three decades. We’re happy to offer vacation homes of all shapes and sizes and varying amenities for whatever your group needs. We provide pet-friendly rentals, homes with private pools, and more. We even offer properties in Fort Morgan and Orange Beach, in addition to Gulf Shores.   

One of our standout properties is 50 Shades of Blue. This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is perfect for any beach lover. Located right in the heart of Gulf Shores, guests will be able to access the area’s best attractions easily. It’s situated directly across from the beach and features two decks, giving it the ultimate coastal appeal. This pet-friendly home offers a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious bedrooms, a laundry room, and more!   

There’s no time to waste! Check our availability and find the perfect vacation rental for you. We can’t wait to see you in Gulf Shores!  

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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 kayakingGuided 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 TourThese 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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