Summertime is finally here, which means it’s time to start planning a trip to the beach! Alabama’s beaches are the perfect family-friendly destinations for your summer vacation, a family reunion, or a weekend getaway with the kids. Nestled on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants, and plenty to do for the entire family.
You’ll be in beach mode from the moment you arrive until your final minutes there. The 32 miles of sugarwhite sand beaches spread across the two beach communities provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable trip. If digging your toes in the sand and hearing the waves crash against the shore is what you’re looking for in a vacation, Alabama’s beaches are the destination for you.
You’ll find endless entertainment in the area with exciting attractions and activities, which those of all ages will enjoy. Get wild at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, make a big splash at Waterville USA, or shop until you drop at The Wharf. The fun doesn’t stop there as the area offers watersports such as jet skiing, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking, and even more water activities like boating, sailing, and cruises. Reconnect with the natural beauty that surrounds you in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The Alabama Gulf Coast is ready for you to explore, and so many opportunities to discover the area await you. Gulf State Park is the ultimate destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. Inside the park, you’ll find over 28 miles of trails perfect for biking, hiking, and running. Guided Segway tours are also available and provide a unique way to explore the park and learn about its environment. If you’re looking for an even more exciting way to experience the destination, embark on a dolphin cruise or go on a parasailing excursion for a one-of-a-kind look at the area. The warm weather and relaxing breeze that summer brings to the coast makes this time of year perfect for experiencing the area.
You’ll find various fun, family friendly events all summer long on Alabama’s beaches. Spend a night listening to music under the stars at The Wharf Amphitheater. Here, you’ll catch artists like Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, and more as they perform in Orange Beach this summer. Head to the iconic Flora-Bama Oyster Lounge and Bar on June 10-12 for the “funniest” fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast, the Annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo.
You’ll find various other fishing tournaments in the area as well as concerts at The Wharf and exciting Fourth of July celebrations. Endless amounts of fun and exciting activities aren’t the only things to love about the area. You’ll also enjoy the excellent meals, delectable desserts, and novelty drinks that make up the unique taste of the Alabama Gulf Coast at any of the area’s more than 200 restaurants. Fresh seafood, mouthwatering burgers, and finger-licking barbeque are just a few of the delicious eats you’ll find. Not only is the food
incredible, but so is the dining atmosphere. With waterfront dining, live music, and amazing views of the Gulf, dining out in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is unparalleled. Whether it’s feeling the waves wash over your feet, biting into a delicious meal as you overlook the water, or watching your children build sandcastles, memories are waiting to be made on Alabama’s beaches. Start planning your next family trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this summer and get ready to relax, indulge and explore the stunning white-sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.