Summer may be ending, but it’s always vacation season along the lovely Gulf of Mexico! Some people argue that beach towns are all about summer, but we disagree—with unbeatable temperatures, magnificent bird species, no crowds, and plenty of room to oneself, autumn is perfect for a Gulf Shores vacation!
Most people prefer to keep their settings in a temperature range between 68° and 74°. Would you believe that’s just what you will get in Gulf Shores in the fall? Our September averages have highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, with October and November enjoying lows in the 50s but highs in the 70s. Just bring along a light jacket and the weather is too perfect to miss out on!
With humidity from the Gulf, sometimes summer outings can reach an uncomfortable heat. Early afternoon outings in August can be stifling, creating a dead-zone of time for your activities or leaving you chained to shady spots or desperate for a breeze. Thankfully, once the temperatures drop, you’ll feel fine outside all day! If you want to enjoy the amenities at Gulf State Park or take an eco-tour to look for dolphins, then try going in autumn, when the outdoors are welcoming all day!
If you love visiting Gulf Shores for our nature trails, then come in fall and see a new variety of wildlife. The Gulf Coast is a popular stop for migrating birds heading south, and areas like Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge have been set aside as a safe repose for these enchanting avians. Get a glimpse of the hawks which pass through Fort Morgan, or spot other colorful birds en route on their own vacation!
Many people’s vacation schedules follow the school year, taking time off work while the kids are out of school. This means that, despite all the benefits above, the crowds die down during autumn. You’ll have plenty of beach to yourself. September and October are perfect times before the waters are too cool for swimming and play to your heart’s content!
We know that fewer people can get away from work during the fall, so we’re sure to offer competitive pricing. Gulf Shores in the fall is simply wonderful, and we don’t want you to miss it, or break the bank for it!
For a beautiful vacation getaway that’s great all year around, call 1-877-446-4853 to book a stay with Harris Properties!
There are plenty of reasons to visit Gulf Shores all year long, but planning your vacation during the Halloween season adds a special touch of spooky fun to your stay. Read on to learn more about celebrating Halloween in Gulf Shores!
With average temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s during the month of October, you and your guests will be reveling in the nice temperatures while the rest of the country starts to get chilly. Even the water stays warm, meaning you can plan a beach day in the middle of fall!
Located in the nearby city of Foley, OWA is an entertainment destination that hosts the Town of Terror on weekend nights throughout October. The Town of Terror has a haunted house, bloodthirsty butchers, insane asylum escapees, and more. They even have special Flashlight Nights, where you can explore the park guided only by the light of a flashlight for extra scares. Flashlight nights are held on Thursdays and Sundays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, while regular Town of Terror hours are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00pm to midnight. Admission ranges from $10.00 to $44.95. Town of Terror is open from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on the nights of October 30th and 31st.
Perfect for a fall-themed steam train ride during the day or a haunted thrill ride at night, the Wales West Light Railway Pumpkin Patch Express runs in the nearby town of Silverhill from the end of September through October 31st. The train rides are only scary after 7:00pm. Other attractions and activities on-site include pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a pumpkin cannon, pumpkin decorating, a haunted barn, and more. Admission is $15.00 per person plus tax, with children two and under admitted for free.
Taking place at Caribe Marina & Watersports in Orange Beach on select days during October, the Caribe Marina Ghost Cruise invites visitors to experience Halloween in a uniquely coastal way. Cruise around Perdido Bay on a moonlit cruise while listening to ghost stories and being haunted by ghouls. The forty-five minute cruise departs twice per night at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Admission is $15.00 per child and $20.00 per adult.
An alternative to trick-or-treating by going door-to-door, Trunk R Treat at The Wharf is a family-friendly event where people can dress up, kids can have fun doing activities like face painting and riding camels, and Main Street plays host to cars and trucks filled with candy. This event takes place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on October 31st.
For more information on what Gulf Shores has to offer for your vacation during Halloween and beyond, contact our reservation specialists and book your lodgings in one of our incredible vacation rental properties today!
Spring officially ushers in the high tourist season along the Alabama Gulf Coast – and Alabama’s very own Pleasure Island. By early May, the island will be teeming with vacationers. It’s likely you’ll require more than a week to see all the attractions, eateries, bars, and things to do and events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, but if a week is all you have, that’s ample time to hit the must-do’s.
When it comes to beach grub, there’s the iconic establishments like Bubba’s, Lulu’s at Homeport, Tin Top, Tacky Jacks, The Hangout, Mikee’s, Sea ‘N Suds, DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, Doc’s Seafood Shack, and of course, the infamous Flora-Bama. But there are some off-the-beaten path restaurants like Anchor, Flippers, Our Cigar Bar, Coastal Kitchen, O’Choppers, Snappers Lounge, Barefoot Island, and Our Cigar Bar, just to name a few. When it comes to imbibing in a bushwhacker or cocktail with an umbrella, there are dozens of juke joints, honky-tonks, and thatched, pool-side tiki bars to get your drink on. Cheers!
Got a condominium full of little ones? Pleasure Island offers things to do away from the beach like Waterville U.S.A., The Track, Adventure Island, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, The Hangout and much more. If you’re on a budget, there’s plenty to do on the cheap with the kids like Waterfront Park, Gulf State Park Pier, Fountain of Youth at Lulu’s and, naturally, the beach! Yeah, we got beaches—dozens of miles of powdery, snow-white sand. From West Beach to Gulf Shores to Cotton Bayou and Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, it’s endless beach as far as the eye can see.
April and May also means the shoulder season, which means festivals like the Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. What’s that? Glad you asked. It’s an intimate beach bash for three days at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package along with tens of thousands of folks from across the country gathered for one purpose: to toss a lifeless mullet from Florida into Alabama and to party in paradise.
Like classic Southern muscle cars? In late April, The Wharf holds its annual Bama Coast Cruise. In May is The Hangout Fest, a three-day music fest held right on Gulf Shores Public Beach, featuring a variety of live music from Friday to Sunday night. Got wine? The Orange Beach Wine Fest in mid-May offers a plethora of crushed grapes at Caribe the Resort, while the Hot Air Balloon Festival in neighboring Foley in early May gives tourists a bird’s-eye-view of Baldwin County.
Lodging options run the gamut from small beach cottages to plush beachfront homes to cozy condos and swanky penthouses. Depending on your lodging budget and needs, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers all kinds of price points. Whether you’re looking for lodging for a romantic getaway for two or a large home for a family reunion or a baseball team, the area can accommodate your needs. But keep in mind, rates don’t dip in the high season.
The beautiful beach communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are no longer a secret, and with good reason. The beaches are some of the most pristine and stunning in the country, while the culinary and entertainment landscape captures the best of the Deep South. So, come on down, y’all. What are you waiting for? The Alabama Gulf Coast is waiting for you.
When you visit Gulf Shores, you won’t want to skip out on enjoying our phenomenal weather—especially during the temperate months of the spring season. Take full advantage of the warm and cheerful Gulf Coast sunshine by planning a picnic in one of the city’s many distinctively beautiful spots that are perfectly suited for such activities. Read on below to learn more about some of Gulf Shores’ best places to picnic.
Pair your picnic with a side of history at the Fort Morgan, where visitors can explore the ruins of a key battle site of the Civil War (sometimes with the added effect of costumed reenactments), as well as the rugged bluffs overlooking the scenic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico. You will likely get a glimpse of some of the huge cargo freighters that deliver goods from around the world to the Port of Mobile each day!
Consisting of over fifteen miles of trails interspersed amid six different ecosystems, each trail in this extensive network offers distinctive sights for your viewing pleasure, from towering sand dunes to aromatic magnolias and a butterfly garden. You can hike off your meal as you go!
Shaded by immense oak trees, Lake Shelby offers serene picnicking conditions for those who wish to take their meal next to the idyllic backdrop of a 900-acre freshwater lake. Beyond sitting on the grass or by the shoreline, pavilions are also provided for picnics. Activities like kayaking and paddle boarding make for fun post-meal pursuits. Remember to bring your pooch because the waterfront dog park at Lake Shelby is just a few steps away!
Nestled against Wolf Bay, Orange Beach Waterfront Park has a number of amenities that are ideal for a picnic excursion, including shelter areas with grills, walking paths, a fishing pier, and a park for children.
Situated slightly east of Perdido Pass Bridge within the boundaries of Gulf State Park, this breathtaking locale includes pristine beaches, impressive sand dunes, tranquil boardwalks, and areas designated for picnicking, though just about any spot along Alabama Point East will provide stunning visuals to go along with your meal.
Contact our reservations team to find out additional information on what you can expect during your time in Gulf Shores when you book your trip accommodations in one of the lovely vacation rentals that Harris Properties has to offer for your stay today!
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 that have earned Gulf Shores its reputation as a top-tier destination for golfers of all skill levels. Harris Properties 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!
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!
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!
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.
Established in 1960’s, The Golf Shores Golf Club was the first course established 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.
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 Properties today.
Everyone dreams of escaping to a tropical paradise like Gulf Shores, Alabama, but how many people actually plan out what they’re going to do before they get there? Whether you’re the type of person who plans ahead or the type who likes to “go with the flow,” chances are good that you’ll want to do something fun and active at least once during your vacation.
A healthier you is a happier you, and nothing inspires confidence on the beach like keeping your body toned. With that in mind, we present to you our handpicked list of some of the best fitness-related activities that you can do during your time in Gulf Shores!
Below, we’ve put together a list of a handful of fun and exciting activities that you can do to keep in shape and not let your vacation derail your fitness routine. We hope that you enjoy these suggested activities as much as we do!
One of the most extensive networks of paved trails in not only Gulf Shores but the entire United States, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is the perfect place to get your run on while exploring and sightseeing around Gulf Shores. Several trails are even pet-friendly, meaning your dog can join in on the fun!
A fun and lengthy biking path, the paved trail along Highway 180 is ideal for people who want to soak up the gorgeous sights of the Gulf of Mexico while pushing themselves. The trail begins at Gulf State Park and goes five miles westward through Gulf Shores, ending in secluded Fort Morgan.
Gulf Shores has a ridiculous amount of options for watersports enthusiasts. There’s always swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, but you can even take it a step further by trying your hand at kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding!
Orange Beach Dog Park permits dogs to run off-leash, but Gulf Shores Dog Park and The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby do not. Gulf State Park also has a number of dog-friendly trails that require leashes, while Orange Beach Waterfront Park is a great place to walk your dog.
Gulf Shores is home to a variety of fitness events, including 5Ks, half-marathons, triathlons, and more all year long! From For a-Bama’s Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors in late March to the Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon in September, it’s easy to sign up for a fun fitness event during your vacation!
If you’re looking for an activity that offers a bit of relaxation, check on some of the Gulf Shores Glow Yoga options. It is a style of Vinyasa Yoga, that focuses on establishing synchronization of both breath and movement. During this type of yoga, a specific arc form is followed, and while classes may be challenging, they are a great option for both beginners and novices. It should also be noted that rooms are heated during this particular style of yoga! It is a great option for a beach vacation activity!
In the event that you’re not around the Gulf Shores area for long, there are some great day pass options available! For under ten dollars, you can spend a whole day at the Gulf Shores recreation center, getting your much needed workout in. For a day pass that includes aerobic classes, the fee is a mere $8. All other day passes are $5, and children under the age of 2 are free. If you’re in Gulf Shores for longer than a week, fear not! There are options for that as well. Not only are there weekly passes available, but there are monthly options as well. You can check online for more details on pricing! So even if you get the vacation lazies but know you have to do something, or even if you really just need to get some exercise in, there are always some great options available at Gulf Shores!
Curious to learn more about what there is to do and see during your time in Gulf Shores? Our friendly reservation specialists can help! Contact our office to find out further information on the awesome attractions and activities that are waiting for you here when you book your stay in one of the incredible vacation rental properties that are available through Harris Properties today!
One of the most gorgeous places to visit in Gulf Shores, Alabama State Park has a variety of incredible sights and activities for everyone to enjoy. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a handful of the many top spots and activities to check out in Alabama State Park. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do and that you find this information helpful during your time in Gulf Shores!
Alabama State Park is home to the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail, which weaves its way throughout the Gulf Shores area on a series of fantastic trails for hiking and biking. Some of the trails are even pet-friendly!
Alabama State Park is also home to the Gulf State Pier, known as a scenic place for visitors to eat and fish ‘til their heart’s content. When you stop by, you’ll find that day licenses, equipment, and bait area all available for rent or purchase here.
This beautiful lake area has paddleboard and kayak rentals for those who want to get out on the water, as well as bike rentals and segway tours for those who want to stay on dry land. Lake Shelby also has a waterfront dog park and hosts the annual Paws in the Park event every September.
The golf course at Alabama State Park has a great value on their playing prices. For beginners or players looking to improve their game, free lessons are also provided on the course on Thursdays. Golfers who are interested in lessons should call the pro-shop for details.
The Nature Center at Alabama State Park has a ton of fun educational programs that nature and animal lovers of all ages will enjoy. The center also offers guided tours, and has plans to bring on an on-site marine biologist for additional sea-based educational programs.
For further information on Alabama State Park and other must-see attractions located all throughout the Gulf Shores area, contact our reservations team and learn more when you reserve your trip accommodations in one of the lovely vacation rental properties that Harris Properties has to offer today!
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No matter what time of year you decide to come visit, there are several constants in Gulf Shores: the beautiful climate of tropical weather, the breathtaking natural environment, and the plethora of fun-filled activities and events that you can experience here.
With as many events as there are in Gulf Shores, there are some that naturally rise to the top of our list of the events you won’t want to miss. Continue reading on to learn more about five of the events that you should absolutely check out in Gulf Shores!
When: February 28, 2017 from 10:00am until 11:00am
Where: Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Each year during Mardi Gras, the city of Gulf Shores kicks off its celebrations in style with its very own parade. Beginning with the famous Pleasure Island Players and the Mystic Order of Shiners, this annual end-of-February parade—one of the oldest in all of Baldwin county—has thrills and entertainment galore.
When: March 23-26, 2017 from 10:00am until 7:00pm daily
Where: 4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561
Taking place near the end of March every year, the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show showcases the latest models from boat manufacturers and dealers throughout the southeastern United States. With vessels, marine electronics, engines, outdoor equipment, and fishing gear on display worth millions of dollars, there’s no shortage of cool items to see!
When: May 19-21, 2017 from 11:00am until 12:00am daily
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach at 101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
This annual three-day music event takes place every May, the weekend before Memorial Day, on the beach of Gulf Shores and highlights the musical talents of a myriad of artists across multiple genres. Ranging from local up-and-comers to musical giants, the lineup of this fantastic festival includes artists like Weezer, Shaggy, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Band of Horses, The Strumbellas, and more.
When: July 12-16, 2017 daily
Where: 4673 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
Each July, Orange Beach becomes the home of one of the most incredible fishing competitions in all of the Southeast. Anglers from all over gather to attempt to catch the greatest-sized blue marlin of them all, according to specifications set by the competition. Come test your skills out on the water!
When: October 12-15, 2017 from 10:00am until 10:00pm daily
Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach at 101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Attracting upwards of three hundred thousand people each fall, the Annual National Shrimp Festival brings together musical entertainment from all around the country, freshly caught seafood prepared by award-winning chefs, sand sculpture contests, activities for children, arts and crafts, fine art, car shows, 5k and 10k races, outdoor activities like fishing and hunting, and a singing competition involving local high school singers competing to win scholarships. It’s got something for everyone!
Contact our team of reservation specialists to find out information about these events and more of the exciting activities and attractions that await you in Gulf Shores when you decide to choose the lovely vacation rental properties that are available through Harris Properties for your trip accommodations today.
As people around the world begin to tally up their list of New Year’s resolutions, you may find yourself searching for a resolution that will provide you with the change of pace that you need to make life more exciting and enjoyable. This year, instead of focusing on just losing weight and living healthier physically, why not resolve to treat yourself to something fun and good for the soul as well?
Weight-loss, exercise, and living healthier are fine and all, but nothing beats the experience of sharing fun-filled vacation memories with your loved ones in a beautiful tropical locale like Gulf Shores, Alabama. Now more than ever, Gulf Shores is the perfect place to plan the vacation of a lifetime. Continue on to learn more about why 2017 will be the best year to visit Gulf Shores!
Below, we’ve put together a list of just a handful of the many reasons why this year will be an exciting time to visit Gulf Shores. If you’ve been waiting for the right time, consider these reasons as a motivation to plan your vacation here now instead of later!
No matter what time of year you decide to come visit, 2017 has plenty to offer in terms of Gulf Shores entertainment. Watch college football at the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl, live it up at the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade, or angle your biggest catch yet at the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. The options are endless!
All year long, Gulf Shores experiences fantastic weather, complete with sunshine-filled days and clear, breezy nights. Never too hot or too cold, it’s the ideal place to make your tropical getaway. Book your stay in September or October and see why the locals call this the best time to be at the beaches. The fall season features weather in the mid 80’s, low humidity, and lower prices!
In such a warm and sunny place, you’ll find that there are all sorts of fun things to do outside. Boating, fishing, kayaking, and lounging in the sand are some of the best ways to take advantage of the wonderful weather.
You don’t have to drive all the way to Coachella to encounter good times and great tunes! With musicians like Luke Bryan coming into town this March, Gulf Shores will be a concert hotspot. The annual Hangout Music Festival held each May is also a hit. This year’s lineup will feature artists like Weezer, Band of Horses, MGMT, Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Young the Giant, Bishop Briggs, Joseph, The Strumbellas, and Franz Ferdinand.
Gulf Shores is home to a multitude of incredible vacation rentals, such as those offered by Harris Properties. In a vacation rental, you can have more space and privacy than a single hotel room could possibly offer, all situated in the tropical beauty of Gulf Shores.
Contact our reservations team to find out more information about what you can expect during your time in Gulf Shores when you book your stay in one of the fabulous vacation rentals available through Harris Properties today!
Nestled along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Gulf Shores is a lively beach town with plenty to do and see, making it the ideal vacation destination for when you want to escape to the beach for a long weekend. While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the area’s best restaurants, sightseeing hotspots, and scenic beach locales! Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a few of the many great places that you should visit when you want to have a great time in Gulf Shores. We hope that you enjoy these spots as much as we do!
Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Café has some of the freshest, most delectable seafood around. When you’re feeling peckish for cuisine straight out of the ocean, try Bahama Bob’s coconut shrimp, fried crawfish, or the fresh shrimp salad po’ boy sandwich. Wash it all down with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the Bahama Bob.
If you’re in the mood for something other than seafood, try the hearty breakfast and brunch options at Kitty’s Kafe. Their eggs benedict and country breakfast dishes are to die for, and their Bloody Mary cocktails are a steal for only two dollars.
For a taste of local natural environment of the Gulf Coast, you’ll want to visit the beautiful and tranquil Wade Ward Nature Park. Between its breathtaking views of the wetlands from the boardwalk and its fascinating wildlife, Wade Ward Nature Park is a fun way to experience Gulf Shores outdoors. If you have your pet with you, you may also want to check out the Gulf Shores Dog Park, where your furry companion can explore to their heart’s content.
No trip to Gulf Shores is complete without soaking up the warm Alabama sunshine on the beach! Gulf Shores Public Beach is renowned for its pristine, soft white sand and its idyllic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Stretching for over six miles, this beach connects to West Beach, both of which provide unbeatable sightseeing opportunities. Here, you can gaze out over the crystal-clear waters and let the tide wash your cares out to sea.