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Nothing says summer is here” like a vacation to the beach in July! Head to the Alabama Gulf Coast and spend the hot summer days on serene white-sand beachesWe’ll let you in on the best local tips so you can make the most out of your getaway to Gulf Shores in July 

No beach vacation is complete without an amazing rental that you can turn into your home away from home. Harris Vacation Rentals is happy to offer top-notch properties throughout Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan 

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Your Guide to Gulf Shores in July 

What’s your favorite summer month? We can’t help but favor Gulf Shores in July. Keep reading to find out how you can have the best vacation ever! 

Gulf Shores Weather in July 

It’s no secret that the weather heats up during July in Gulf Shores. The high temperature is typically around 90 degrees, with the low being around 75 degrees. The water temperature hovers at about 84 degrees, perfect for taking a dip during a fun-filled beach day.  

Rainy Day Activities 

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When you vacation by the coast, there’s always a chance you might encounter some rainy days, especially in July. That’s no problem! Our area is filled with exciting things to do, no matter what the weather brings 

Celebrate the Fourth of July  

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Take advantage of a three-day weekend and celebrate July 4th in Gulf Shores. There are lots of dazzling fireworks displays and lively celebrations that will make this day unforgettable.  

Pick the Best Beach House in Gulf Shores 

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It’s time to plan your best summer vacation yet. When it comes to luxurious vacation rentals along the Alabama Gulf Coat, Harris Vacation Rentals has got you covered. We offer homes with top-notch amenities, such as oceanfront viewsprivate pools, community pools, hot tubs, beach access, game rooms, and more! For years we’ve been helping families have memorable beach vacations, and we can’t wait to do the same for you.  

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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 kayaking? Guided 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 Tour. These 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!  

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You’ve spent the week relaxing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches, but now you need some adrenaline-pumping fun for one last vacation hoorah. What do you do? We’ve got ideas to give you the thrills and chills you’re seeking with these unique Orange Beach and Gulf Shores activities.

Charter Fishing  I  Orange Beach

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We’re not talking about the kind of fishing your grandpa did. We’re talking rod-bending, arm-aching charter fishing 30 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. As the charter fishing mecca of the Southeast, Orange Beach boasts more than 100 experienced charter fishing captains. Connect with Reel Surprise Charters for tall fish tales and a fishing experience to write home about. Reel Surprise Charters offers shared-expense charters, as well as private fishing trips. Their head boat (a boat accommodating 20 or more anglers) is one of the most popular charter fishing trips in Orange Beach.

The Park at OWA  I  Foley

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Just north of Gulf Shores in Foley, Alabama, is the newest amusement park on the Gulf Coast. With 21 spine-tingling rides, thrill seekers will love a day at OWA. The park also added Wacky Waters, an interactive splash pad for the smaller thrill seekers in your group. Spend the day zipping and zooming on your favorite rides and then finish up with dinner in Downtown OWA at Wahlburgers.

Waterville USA  I  Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores attractions

For a wet and wild ride, visit Waterville USA, one of the most popular Gulf Shores attractions. The 20-acre waterpark and amusement park boasts a wooden roller coaster, go-karts and, of course, numerous waterslides and water attractions. See how well you can ride the waves on the Flowrider or race your family down Rainbow Falls. The really adventurous should ride the Screamin’ Demon. Not for the faint of heart, you’ll drop 60 feet in this white-knuckle scream machine. The Screamin’ Demon is a high-speed body slide.

BeachFlight Aviation  I  Gulf Shores

Touch the sky with a personal flight aboard BeachFlight Aviation. Soar above the beaches and Gulf of Mexico with an experienced pilot on a trike, also known as a powered hang glider. Packages for these Gulf Shores attractions start at $150 for a one-on-one flight experience.

Hummingbird Zipline  I  Orange Beach

Orange Beach Zipline

This list wouldn’t be complete without the Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf. Soar 115 feet above the ground on the Orange Beach zipline course. The course offers eight ziplines and has been ranked as the number one attraction on TripAdvisor for three years. You’ll fly high at more than 30 miles per hour during a two and a half-hour tour over the Intracoastal Waterway and through wetlands. The less-adventurous in your crowd can browse the shops at The Wharf, play miniature golf or go for a ride on the tallest Ferris wheel in the Southeast.

 

How do you get your kicks on an Alabama beaches vacation? Explore these top thrill-seeker, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores attractions to put the finishing touches on your annual vacation.

                                                                                                   

Contact us today to learn more about Gulf Shores activities and to book your next vacation rental!