If you’re looking to take a break with friends or family this Memorial Day, Alabama and its many beach towns offers a breath of fresh Gulf air and a unique locale. This includes the beach towns of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan, just to name a few. You’ll find plenty of fun and exciting Memorial Day and year-round activities to create a one-of-a-kind Memorial Day trip for you and your loved ones!
You’ve planned plenty of beach time just by coming to a beach destination! Fill your days with activities like laying out and sunbathing, plant a beach umbrella and spread out a blanket and read or have a picnic, swim in the Gulf, or take a run or walk on the beach to change up your exercise routine. Get the adrenaline going with activities like parasailing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and more!
S’mores on the Shore
Summer is the season for ultimate fun in the area, and the Memorial Day holiday kicks it off. Starting May 25th, the City of Gulf Shores begins hosting the annual event. The family-friendly event is free and includes music, campfires, and all the ingredients you’ll need for delicious s’mores. Bring a beach blanket, chairs, and other beach gear for a fun and delicious day on the sand. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on the Gulf Shores Public Beach. Put a cap on summer and come back for the second event in August.
Part of your Memorial Day trip activities may include shopping, and you’ll definitely be picking up some souvenirs. While you’ll collect souvenirs from your many beach adventures and other activities as mementos, the shop has “thousands of gifts for everyone on your list” so you’re bound to find something. The shop has been a Gulf Shores staple since 1956 and is open daily.
Fort Morgan Road Trail
Lace up your hiking shoes, grab a bottle of water and your sun gear, and head out on an adventure. The 5.6-mile Fort Morgan Road Trail starts just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and stretches west through Gulf Shores. The path runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road/Highway 180, through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods, and finally ending at the Peninsula Golf Club. The trail is an easy hike or bike, as it’s mostly a flat asphalt surface, and the eastern end of the trail has only a few gentle climbs making it easy for groups of all skill levels to enjoy. Experienced adventurers can add some difficulty and continue through Gulf State Park’s Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails.
Head to the official Entertainment District of Orange Beach this Memorial Day. There are hundreds of family-friendly events throughout the year, including Memorial Day. Keep your hunger at bay in any of the delicious restaurants, score some souvenirs in the many shops, or take a ride on one of the Southeast’s largest Ferris wheels!
Gulf Shores Museum
If you didn’t know much about Gulf Shores and the surrounding area before you arrived, make a stop at the museum, and get the lowdown. The museum is in a house that dates back to before World War II and stood as the beach house of Valerie Cole’s family from Mobile. The house was originally built in West Beach, but the family donated the structure, and it was moved from that original location to its current home after Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The museum’s many permanent and temporary exhibits tell the story of area history and offers various programs and activities for all ages and many interests throughout the year.
Make time for some well-deserved and much-needed R&R during your Memorial Day respite. There are several spas throughout Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan that are ready to help you make that total relaxation a reality this Memorial Day. Choose from an array of services like mani/pedis, body wraps or scrubs, scalp treatments, and more. Some spas even offer special just-for-men services that pamper them in the ways they need most.
Plan A Memorial Day Getaway
When you and book a Memorial Day getaway with Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals, you won’t be short on amazing activities to fill your time this Memorial Day. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or experience the myriad of Memorial Day and other activities available to help build a vacation that is unique to you and your loved ones.
For an intimate stay, choose a 1-bedroom unit, or bring a larger group and spoil everyone this Memorial Day when you book a 4-bedroom unit. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal, from daily meals to the Memorial Day cookout, in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in your own private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite movie or TV show together on a flat screen TV.
Contact us today to book a Memorial Day trip to remember for a lifetime!