Gulf Shores Alabama
This family-friendly destination has seen generations return year after year, and with so much to see and do, it’s no wonder why Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, together referred to as Pleasure Island, are becoming two of the top vacation destinations in the U.S.
Thirty-two miles of sugar white sand, crystal clear water extending to the horizon and the smell of fresh Gulf seafood. This is what visitors experience upon first arriving to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. These Alabama beaches are home to colorful condos, unique adventures, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Throughout the year, the area hosts multiple festivals and events that include activities for all ages. Wharf Uncorked, held from September 24-26, gathers the best chefs on the Gulf Coast, 150+ wine labels, and live music all weekend. This year’s benefactor of Wharf Uncorked is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In October, the Annual National Shrimp Festival will be celebrating its 44th year in Gulf Shores. Bringing in over 300,000 visitors to the area, this three-day festival offers over 80 hours of live music, 800 pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp, several competitions including a sand castle building competition, and many other activities for the whole family. Then in November, the Annual Oyster Cook-Off will be held at The Hangout. From a craft beer festival featuring over 60 brews, fresh oysters cooked in an assortment of ways by the nation’s finest chefs, to live music from local artists every night, this festival embodies the Pleasure Island lifestyle.
Along with the beautiful beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast, there are also many sites and activities around the area to keep both locals and vacationers busy year-round. From diving excursions at Poseidon’s Playground to zip lining and paddle boarding at the Gulf State Park, there is fun around every corner. For the adventure-seekers, snorkeling expeditions, dolphin cruises, and walking and biking trails leave much to be discovered. Theme parks, putt-putt golf courses, and souvenir shops are perfect stops for young adults and children; while Fort Morgan makes for the ideal place to bring a history buff.
No matter the season, a stop at the beach cannot be complete without one thing: seafood. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, fresh Gulf seafood is the star of the dining scene. Local restaurants and eateries in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been featured in nationally acclaimed magazines and television shows. With waterfront locations and open-air restaurants featuring live entertainment almost every night, a dining experience itself can instantly become an adventure.
Along with the large variety of activities, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a wide selection of accommodations. From beachfront condos and national hotel chains to private beach houses and full-service resorts, there is something for everyone. Some properties have amenities which include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and basketball courts, lazy rivers, hot tubs, and full-service spas. Whether a five-star resort or a quaint beach house, an incredible view can always be expected.
For more information about upcoming festivals and events and all there is to see and do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach visit:
GulfShores.com or OrangeBeach.com
While there, request a copy of the free 2015 vacation guide, a must-have for anyone planning their fall vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Upcoming Festivals & Events
September 24th – 26th
The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event
4th Annual Alabama Festival of Flavor 2015
Oktoberfest held at Flora Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
October 8th – 11th44th Annual National Shrimp Festival
The Original German Sausage Festival
November 6th – 8th
8th Annual Oyster Cook Off at The Hangout
Flora-Bama Annual Thanksgiving Potluck