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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 

snorkeling

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 

beach day

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

boat rental

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  

fishing

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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Nestled between windswept coastal dunes, snow-white beaches, and the glittering waves of the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores is an incredible vacation destination for people who want to escape into the beauty of a tropical paradise. However, even beyond its stunning environment, Gulf Shores has an abundance of things to do for recreation and leisure—including playing a round of golf on each of its many renowned courses.

Play your way through Gulf Shores and experience the area in a completely unique fashion that no tour could offer you! Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a handful of the many great golf courses in Gulf Shores that have earned Gulf Shores its reputation as a top-tier destination for golfers of all skill levels. Harris Vacation Rentals even has special pricing available for eight local courses; be sure to contact us at 877-446-4853 for more information before you hit the course!

Kiva Dunes Golf Course

Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 100 Public Courses in the country, the expansive Kiva Dunes stretches across 7,092 yards and features an excellent course coupled with exquisite scenery. Situated along the shore, this course is much windier than others in the area. The opening hole gives you a relatively easy par 4 before launching into the more difficult holes. In particular, hole 9’s shot across the water can be challenging! Anyone looking to play this course will certainly want to take a look at our 19th Hole property, which overlooks the 9th green of this course!

Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend Courses at Craft Farms Golf Club

One of the two courses at Craft Farms that was designed by Arnold Palmer himself, is Cotton Creek, which consists of a massive 7,127 yards. Twelve of the holes on this course are framed by water, while the flat sites are given definition through the mounding along the fairways. Hole 6 is where you’ll really have to step up your game, with the first shot requiring carry over water just to reach the fairway, and then a second shot over water to land on the green. Anyone who walks away with a birdie on this hole can consider themselves a pro!

Rated four-and-a-half stars by Golf Digest, Cypress Bend is the newer sister course to Cotton Creek, both of which are located at Craft Farms Golf Club and were designed by Arnold Palmer. It’s widely known for its playability for golfers of all skill levels. The toughest challenge at Cotton Creek will be found at hole 4, where a well-placed initial drive sets you up for a tough approach over the water to the green. This 4.5 star course is sure to delight all players!

Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club – Golf Courses In Gulf Shores

Located near Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve, this Earl Stone-designed golf course showcases twenty-seven holes and a stunning natural backdrop. The three different 9-hole courses—Cypress, Lakes, and Marsh— combine to make one of the most unforgettable golf experiences in the country! Each of the 9-hole courses offers completely different challenges, so you’ll need to break out all your skills (and maybe some luck!) to come away with a low score.

Gulf Shores Golf Club

Established in 1960’s, The Golf Shores Golf Club was the first golf course in Gulf Shores. It underwent renovations in 2005 that added bunkers, upgraded fairways, and water features, as well as raised the total yards to 6,812. This beautiful course is also home to an abundance of wildlife. It creates an experience that no golf enthusiast will want to miss.

Plan the Tropical Vacation of a Lifetime with Harris Vacation Rentals

Even though Gulf Shores is an amazing destination for lovers of golf, we also recognize that Gulf Shores is a paradise for all visitors—not just for golfers. Contact our team of reservation specialists to learn more about all that Gulf Shores has in-store for you during your time here when you book your trip accommodations through Harris Vacation Rentals today. Browse our beautiful cottagescondos and deals today!