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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.  



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.  


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.  


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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 



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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Gulf Shores is one of the greatest places in Alabama to enjoy the sand and the surf, but there’s nothing like a sunburn to ruin a vacation! If you’re planning on enjoying the best of Gulf Shores, make sure you’re protecting yourself from the sun while you do it.

Make sure that you apply sunscreen several times for longer days out, especially if swimming. Even if the product boasts a high SPF and a water-resistant label, total protection is too important to compromise!

Coppertone WaterBABIES

Coppertone has been a staple name in sunscreen for a long time, and this product is one reason why! While granting a strong SPF, WaterBABIES is also designed to be better for toddlers and infants than other options. It is not only hypoallergenic, but also has a gentler formula that’s less likely to upset your youngster; pediatricians recommend this sunscreen. (Please watch your kids around water!)

Equate Sport Sunscreen Lotion

Equate is Walmart’s store-brand sunscreen lotion—while some people are wary of store-brand products, Equate boasts the same quality as many popular brands, and its low price makes it a popular buy. Their Sport lotion is an excellent choice for a day of activity—its water-resistant, non-runny formula makes it just as good for surfing as for volleyball!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in

La Roche-Posay is a French company that specializes in studying ways to keep skin healthy. Their line of sunscreen is called “Anthelios”—an abridged Greek meaning “against the sun.” Beauticians have commended the line of Anthelios products for protecting users from the sun as well as reducing the appearance of sun damage—the fast-absorbing lotions can even be used under make-up. Anthelios by La Roche-Posay is the perfect option for those who want to stay beautiful in the sun.

Ocean Potion

Ocean Potion started in 1989 in Virginia, and has spread throughout the south ever since thanks to its innovative approach to creating sunscreen lotions. The name comes from their use of sea plants in their products. Their lotions aim to not only protect against sun damage, but also supply vitamin D3 and vitamin E.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate comes in several degrees of SPF, its most popular being SPF 30. As a company, Aveeno specializes in skin lotions of various sorts, so many people with dry or sensitive skin may gravitate toward their sunscreens as well. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate gives water-resistant sun protection designed to not block pores and to keep skin feeling soft.

Harris Vacation Rentals Has It All to Enjoy the Best of Gulf Shores!

If you want the best access to the beach, stay with Harris Vacation Rentals. Call us at 1-877-446-4853 to learn more about how you can create your ideal Gulf Shores vacation! Explore our condo rentals and deals today!