Explore the best of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, from Gulf Shores State Park and lounging on the beach to dining on fresh seafood and taking to the gulf for watersports. To take the stress out of vacation planning, use this ready-to-go guide put together by locals who know the destination best. You’ll strike the perfect balance between downtime and “go” time too.
Here’s a preview of one of the days:
7:30am: Take the family to The Hangout for their Pirates & Princesses Breakfast! This family-focused, themed breakfast occurs daily during the summer. Enjoy eggs, bacon and pancakes while actors perform skits.
9:30am: Head a few minutes north to the Tanger Outlets in Foley. This outdoor outlet mall has favorites like Polo Ralph Lauren, Sunglass Hut, Nike and Carter’s. Stock up on back-to-school essentials - or treat yourself!
1:30pm: Grab some grub on your way back to the beach at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. Fun activities like their “Fountain of Youth” ropes course will occupy the little ones, while the market offers southern souvenirs.
3:00pm: After a full day of activities, it’s probably time to unwind on the couch or enjoy some ZZZs on the balcony before dinner. Spend an extra hour pampering yourself before a great night in!
5:00pm: Prepare an amazing dinner in thanks to your fully-equipped kitchen. If your rental has a grill too, throw on some steaks or chicken and create some delicious side dishes inside.
7:30pm: Grab some after-dinner refreshments (in plastic cups of course!) and head down to the beach with the crew for a memorable walk during sunset. Don’t forget your camera!