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The Gulf Shores area is the ultimate place for a fun, relaxing, and unforgettable beach vacation! Whether you want to spend your time on the beach or inland, there are so many great things to see and do. Since we’re locals to the Alabama Gulf Coast, we’ll give you our picks for an outstanding Gulf Shores bucket list 

After you check out our Gulf Shores bucket list, start planning your unforgettable vacation along the Gulf of Mexico. Click the link below to get exclusive rates on the best outdoor activities and lively attractions in the area.  

Activities & Attractions 

Our Gulf Shores Bucket List 

No matter what time of the year it is, there’s always something to do here. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan are filled with top-notch family-friendly activities that will keep the whole group smiling.  

Spring 

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You can’t beat the weather during the spring months in Gulf Shores. The high temperature hovers around 75-80 degrees, and by late spring, the ocean is warm enough to take a dip. Plus, most children are still in school, so the best beaches and attractions aren’t too crowded. Check out some of these fun-filled things to do in spring.  

Summer 

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The Gulf Shores area is in full swing during summer, and it’s the perfect spot for an unbelievable beach vacation. The opportunities for fun and making memories that will last a lifetime are practically endless! Check out some of our top picks below.  

Fall

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During autumn, accommodation rates are lower, and there is plenty of warm weather to enjoy along the Gulf. Plus, the kids are back at school, which means it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a well-earned, romantic, adults-only getaway. Here are some fantastic options for fall activities 

Winter  

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Don’t let the dreary winter season get you in a funk. Drive south and enjoy a serene getaway by the coast. This season attracts fewer crowds and tourists so that you can make the most out of your trip. Check out some of our picks for winter activities in Gulf Shores 

Your Dream Gulf Coast Vacation Rental 

Book Our Gulf Shores Alabama Beach rentals and Cottages

If staying in a beautiful, luxurious vacation rental is on your bucket list, look no further than Harris Vacation RentalsOur properties are out of this world. They’re located throughout Gulf ShoresOrange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Plus, they each come with an array of outstanding amenities. Whether you’re looking for oceanfront views, a private poolgame room, or a pet-friendly property, we’ve got you covered.  

As you’re planning your beach vacation, be sure to check out Tripshock. Here, you can book the best activities and things to do in the area at exclusive rates. If you’re looking for a family-friendly tour, equipment rental, or ticket to an exciting event, Tripshock has got you covered.  

Browse our availability and pick the perfect vacation rental for you. We can’t wait to host you during your incredible beach vacation!  

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Is a hassle-free holiday calling your name? Sit back and relax and spend Thanksgiving in Gulf ShoresAmazing fall weather and even better fall rates on your favorite Gulf Shores condos are just two of the perks of a holiday at the beach. What else do you need to know about spending Turkey Day on Alabama’s beaches? We have the details! 

Are you looking to spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores, but don’t want to miss out on quality time with family and friends? No problem! We offer an impressive selection of large group vacation rentals throughout Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. 

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How To Spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores 

Wide-Open Beaches and Fantastic Fall Weather 

One of the perks of the fall season is our mild weather. The humidity is reduced, and temperatures range from the low-70s to mid-80s. Plus, you’ll benefit from fewer crowds on the beach during this season. You’ll have more than enough room on the sand for a game of football, volleyball, or horseshoes before you settle in for your Thanksgiving meal 

Cook a Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Feast 

THANKSGIVING FEAST

If you love to prepare a big, traditional Thanksgiving dinner for your family, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find plenty that we offer many beach houses throughout the Gulf Coast that feature fully-equipped kitchens fit for a chef. When you stay in a Harris Vacation Rental, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect holiday with spacious living areas, accommodating dining rooms, and pristine kitchens. 

Let Someone Else Do the Cooking 

If you’d prefer someone else to take care of the cooking, you’ve got options. Plan ahead and pre-order your Thanksgiving meal at Rouses Market or Publix in Gulf Shores. Both locations are open on Thanksgiving Day and offer traditional delectable meals prepared and ready to go. Simply heat them up, and you’ve got a feast fit for the family.  

If you want to get out of the house, load the family up and head to Flora-Bama for their Annual Thanksgiving Potluck. Bring your favorite covered dish and indulge in all the turkey and ham your appetite can handle. The event is free, all ages are invited, and you’ll feel like family the moment you walk through the door. 

Shop ‘Til You Drop 

Is the day after the holiday your favorite part of Thanksgiving? You’re in luck! You can have the ultimate Black Friday shopping adventure at Tanger Outlets in nearby Foley. You’ll find more than 120 stores, including Banana Republic, Columbia, Express, and more!  

Get Active 

After eating lots of delicious food, you might be craving an active day. Rent kayaks and paddle your way around the back bays of Orange Beach, or get your adrenaline pumping on the Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf. Many of the activities and attractions you love during the summertime are still open for business during the fall months. However, days and hours of operation may be more limited. Be sure to call ahead. 

Where To Stay During the Holiday 

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As you plan your vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast, many questions might immediately pop into your head: 

Harris Vacation Rentals is here for you to take all of your stress away. With our large selection of Gulf Coast rentals, we’ve got all of those bullet points covered! Our large group vacation rentals have everything you need to enjoy the holiday and will be the ultimate home away from home. When you end Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores, a hassle-free holiday at the beach is sure to become your family’s new favorite tradition.  

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