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Alabama is renowned for its scenic state parks, impressive collection of museums, and lovely sandy beaches. The picturesque cities of Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan are Alabama vacation hotspots, drawing millions of folks from all over the country. As you plan your epic summer vacation to these Cotton State gems, here’s a breakdown of the best activities and attractions.

Orange Beach

The Wharf

The Wharf is a lively entertainment hub, offering numerous thrills you and your family will love. Hop on The Wharf Express Train for a rip-roaring ride on Main Street as you explore the lovely sights, or enjoy the view aboard The Wharf Ferris Wheel as you rise 112 feet. Test your teamwork at Breakout Orange Beach as you work together to escape a room, or unleash your lumberjack skills at The Axe as you aim to hit the bullseye. Catch the newest Hollywood blockbusters at AMC Theaters, play laser tag at Arena the Next Level Arcade, or relish immersive virtual rides at Outer Limits VR.

Jet Ski Dolphin Tours

Explore the picturesque turquoise waters of the Mexican Gulf on an adrenaline-pumping jet ski dolphin tour, courtesy of Extreme Watersports. The company offers exhilarating 90-minute tours off the coast of Orange Beach on top-notch machinery. Each excursion begins with a short orientation, followed by a thrilling exploration of the best marine wildlife spots, led by a seasoned guide. If you prefer an unguided tour, rent a jet ski for one to eight hours and power across the picturesque coastline as you relish the sweeping sights of the Gulf.

Gulf Shores

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Spend the day with cute animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo as you make cute friends and learn more about the institute’s species. The zoo’s inhabitants have unique names and backstories, with some rescued from abandonment, abuse, or orphanism. Some of the animals you’ll see include kangaroos, tigers, alligators, lemurs, parrots, owls, and rabbits. The zoo has placed different species in diverse exhibits, including The Reptile House, Animal Adventure, and The Contact Barn, where your little ones can pet and feed deer, sheep, and goats.

Dolphin Tours

The Gulf of Mexico is a dolphin hub, hosting numerous species, including Risso’s, Striped, Atlantic Spotted, Spinner, Fraser’s, Rough-toothed, and Bottlenose dolphins. The best way to get up close with these lovable marine mammals is on a dolphin tour with The Sunny Lady Dolphin Tours. The company offers exciting 90-minute cruises through the scenic waters of the Gulf shoreline, where you’ll encounter dolphins in their natural habitat. Choose from an afternoon or sunset tour and enjoy a scintillating adventure aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vessel with restrooms and a concession stand for snacks and drinks.

Fort Morgan

Gulf State Park

Connect with Alabama’s beautiful outdoors in the famous Gulf State Park as you soak in the sweet rays of summer sunshine. Rent a kayak and head out on a kayaking excursion on Lake Shelby, or hire a bike and relish peddling on the 28-mile Backcountry Trail as you take in the lovely sights of gorgeous flowers inhabiting the butterfly garden. The beach pavilion features picnic tables, giving you a serene space for afternoon picnicking, while the swimming pool offers a soothing respite from the summer heat. Other popular activities at Gulf State Park include fishing, geocaching, and hiking.

Parasailing Adventures

Parasailing is an excellent way to relish the coastline’s sights as you soar hundreds of feet over the Gulf. Chute Em Up provides exhilarating parasailing adventures from Fort Morgan, giving you a unique vantage point for viewing local marine species, including dolphins, sting rays, and sea turtles. The company offers double and triple aerial adventures, allowing you and your loved ones to soar together and share the thrill. The experiences accommodate kids aged three and up, with each flight lasting ten minutes, giving you enough time to experience the sights. If you want a dip in the water after your aerial escapade, notify the captain before going up, and he’ll slow down the boat enough for you to enjoy a soothing dunk in the Gulf.

Book Your Summer Vacation Rental Early

The scenic cities of Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan offer multiple epic attractions, making them the perfect locations for a memorable summer getaway. Whether you’re a thrill seeker keen on rip-roaring experiences or a nature enthusiast looking to connect to Alabama’s majestic outdoors, look no further than these picturesque Gulfside cities. As you prepare for your summer escape to the lovely Cotton State, turn to Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals for the best lodging options. We offer multiple high-quality holiday homes, ranging from two-guest studios to five-bed properties for up to 17 people, giving you ample choice. Contact us today to secure your vacation rental early and enjoy a scintillating Alabama summer gateway in matchless comfort.

As the summer draws to an end, we just aren’t ready for the carefree days and vibes to stop. Even in the hottest places on earth, there is a magic that accompanies a summer’s day and we still have a deeper tan to achieve, a greater peace to discover, and more tropical beverages to imbibe! We at Alabama Beach Vacation Resort can’t do anything to slow the passage of time, but we can provide the most comfortable and luxurious escapes in which to enjoy the final holiday of the summer, Labor Day with its long weekend and one last opportunity to play, relax, and celebrate the joys of the season! Falling on September 4th this year, the summer in our little section of paradise will still feel like summer and as you explore the activities you can enjoy in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan, coming home to our holiday hideaways will help expand the opportunities for fun and relaxation! This guide to the best way to enjoy an Alabama vacation over the long Labor Day weekend will give you a little something extra to look forward to in the waning days of the season! 

Tacky Jack’s Bloody Mary 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, September 2 in Gulf Shores 

A joyful run on a beautiful summer’s day is an activity many people can get behind and Tacky Jack’s Bloody Mary 5K & 1-mile fun run offers a fantastic way to enjoy the long weekend! Starting at 7:30 in the morning (when it is still cool!) and offering a variety of cash prizes, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite football team colors as our football-obsessed coastal village acknowledges this weekend as the kickoff to the season! 

Turnpike Troubadours, September 2, The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach 

Music and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly and when you get to enjoy live performances outside under the summer’s sky, well, there’s no better way to celebrate this holiday dedicated to not working! The Turnpike Troubadours, a country band based out of Oklahoma, is coming to town this Labor Day weekend and with ticket prices starting at $72 (increasing as the seats and the views get better!) this fun event will fit into most travelers’ vacation budgets! 

Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 110 AL-180 

There’s no reason you have to participate in an organized event to have a perfectly wonderful time and the history buffs in our midst will obsess over the opportunity to explore a spot that took a major role in the Civil War and was prominent in 4 wars altogether! Fort Morgan State Historic Site offers a glimpse into the history of war time while also paying homage to the skills of local bricklayers; built of over 40 million bricks, many of which were laid by enslaved Americans, this site will be an interesting addition to your summer adventures in coastal Alabama! 

This Way to the Beach! 

White sands, turquoise waters, and sea oats swaying in the sea breezes come together to create the perfect playground for your holiday excitement in both Gulf Shores AND Orange Beach. Check out the public beaches of Gulf Shores, staking your claim on the section of beach you have been eyeing from your Alabama Beach Vacation Resort oceanfront condo, and spending the day frolicking in the surf, enjoying sandwiches you packed in the cooler, and relaxing under the slightly cooler September rays of the sun. Or, for those who chose one of our Orange Beach cozy condos, do the exact same thing on the beaches of Orange Beach! In both cases hanging around until the sun sets in a fiery ball over the Gulf is highly recommended, but if you can’t hang that long, be sure to pour yourself a chill beverage and enjoy the same views from the patio or balcony of your Alabama holiday hideaway!

At Home with Alabama Beach Vacation Resort 

Your best adventures may take place within the confines of our holiday havens, offering comfort, style, and that beachy vibe that convinces guests that summer can last forever, at least in Alabama! Providing spaces that are light and bright, walls of windows offer unobstructed views of one of the most beautiful regions on earth! Start your days with a sunrise walk along the shorelines of the Gulf of Mexico, returning to your comfy bed when the sun is golden against blue skies, and end every evening raising a toast to Mother Nature’s second-best performance! Hanging out by the resort pools, grilling freshly caught fish on community barbecues, and even ensuring you continue looking fit in your brand-new bikini by working out in the fitness center; these activities and so much more can be enjoyed during your celebration of the holiday in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, or Fort Morgan! Contact us and reserve your favorite escape today!