Our Top Things to Do during Summer in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Visitors at Turquoise Place may have many onsite amenities and activities to keep the family busy, but sometimes there’s a need to explore the surroundings. Engage this list of ideas to help you navigate the best of summer activities in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Happy Trails

Gulf State Park is a fantastic place to go to get face-to-face with nature and enjoy a little exercise as well. Head over to the Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system where you will find 26 trails within nine distinct ecosystems making up over 28 miles of paved pathways. Connecting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, these trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, skating, rock climbing, watching wildlife, plant and tree identification, nature photography and more!

Aside from the trails, Gulf State Park offers adventure on the Fishing and Education Pier—the largest pier in the Gulf of Mexico and the state’s only public pier in the Gulf. Wet a line and enjoy fishing as a family knowing everything you need is available right on the pier. Purchase a saltwater fishing license, bait and tackle, snacks from the concession area and take home some neat souvenirs from the retail store. Want more? Consider attending Angler Academy, a two-hour signature experience where you’ll be thoroughly introduced to saltwater fishing.

Also check out Coastal Segway Adventures for guided Segway tours on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. It’s an exciting way to enjoy and learn more about Gulf State Park. Save time by signing waivers online and please note you must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Get on the Water

There’s no place better than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for finding things to do on the water. There are lots of places scattered throughout the area that rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, cat boats and other water toys. You can also rent watersports equipment directly on the beach at Turquoise Place!

Try your hand at something new like snorkeling. Get an close-up view of marine life thriving in Alabama’s Gulf Coast waters. You might see stingrays, crabs, jellyfish, sea turtles, and more! Don’t own a mask and fins? No worries! You can find them at retailers or local dive shops. And, don’t overlook the fun experience of a guided snorkeling tour.

Parasailing is another great way to spend time on the water and have a thrilling experience! Imagine yourself soaring high above the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters, feeling the breeze and adding a new perspective to your view of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

Take a sunset cruise, search for dolphins, or maybe go deep-sea fishing. No matter your preference, there’s a boat for you. For boating, cruising, fishing or sailing excursions, booking early is best to ensure a spot for your family. (Pro tip: Consider a concierge service like The Beach Moms to book all of your reservations from dining to activities. You’ll have one less thing to remember and peace of mind for your vacation.)

Family-Friendly Fun

History buffs will love touring historic Fort Morgan. Spend an afternoon walking the grounds, hearing the stories, climbing the walls (yes, really!) and imaging where the battles actually took place. Save some time for the onsite museum and check the Fort Morgan website for daily/weekly events.

What’s a vacation without some friendly competition in a round of mini-golf or laser tag? Visit Adventure Island for fun in the sun riding bumper boats or go-karts, or some arcade shenanigans. (Pro tip: Look for a discount coupon on their website and print it at home.)

You just can’t beat a day at the award-winning Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with exhibits, animal encounters, a carousel, and a cool new location! Make memories for a lifetime with experiences like holding a baby kangaroo, playing with a lemur, or hanging out with a sloth. Be sure to dine onsite at the Safari Club, Alabama’s first Green Certified restaurant. The décor is beautiful and fun, and the menu is spectacular.

No matter what special activities or experiences a vacation day holds, make sure your planning starts with booking a luxury condo with plenty of room for your travel party. Comfort at the end of every day is key to a successful trip.

The Hottest Orange Beach Events for Spring 2022

Spring is an important season in Orange Beach. It doesn’t only bring us better beach days, but it marks the beginning of festival season – and there are few things we love more than a fantastic outdoor festival. In fact, many loyal visitors book spring stays in Orange Beach just to attend one of the exciting spring events that offer good food, live music, interesting activities, and a great excuse to get outside and soak up the sun. If you’ve never found a favorite, check out one (or all) of these top Orange Beach events for spring 2022.

Ballyhoo Festival

March 5-6, 2022
Gulf State Park

Do you Ballyhoo? If not, you definitely should! This popular festival kicks off the spring season with 2 full days of fine art, cultural displays, local food vendors, and live music. The 8th annual event includes an exciting presentation on the history of the Poarch Creek Indians, a fiddle/banjo competition, a fun children’s area, live art demonstrations and more.

Orange Beach Festival of Art

March 12-13, 2022
Orange Beach Waterfront Park

This fine arts festival has been the area’s first rite of spring for nearly 50 years. The weekend-long event celebrates visual, performing, musical and culinary arts by showcasing the talents of over 100 artists and vendors working in a variety of media.

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

March 18-20, 2022
The Wharf in Orange Beach

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show is the year’s can’t-miss event for boating enthusiasts. Attendees can purchase a new boat or yacht, top off their fishing tackle, learn about the industry’s latest marine technology and celebrate their love of vessels with thousands of fellow fans. The 2022 show will include over $100 million in boats and marine products, exciting exhibitor displays, instructional seminars, live music, and more.

Mullet Toss

April 22-24, 2022
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar

The Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is a unique and legendary event that draws thousands to the iconic Flora-Bama each April. Participants in the Mullet Toss throw a dead mullet (that’s a really large fish) across the Alabama/Florida state line with awards going to those who can toss their fish the farthest. You don’t have to participate to join the party, which includes lots of fun activities, great music, local food and free-flowing cocktails.

Bama Coast Cruisin

Bama Coast Cruisin’

April 28-30, 2022
The Wharf at Orange Beach

If you love classic cars, cruise over to the Bama Coast Cruisin’ festival for one of the biggest auto displays in the area. This family-friendly festival includes a full weekend of amazing cars, fun events, good food and exciting entertainment. Plus, it’s totally FREE!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

May 12-14, 2022
OWA

Enjoy high-flying adventure at this fun family festival that celebrates hot air balloon aviation. Attendees can enjoy aerial activities like tethered balloon rides, twilight balloon glows, dramatic flight displays and more. Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can also enjoy live music, local arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, local food vendors and other forms of family fun.

The Hangout Music Festival

May 20-22, 2022
The Hangout

One of the last spring events in the area is also one of the biggest. This iconic beachfront music festival presents a full roster of A+ musical acts from a variety of genres. Festival-goers can also enjoy daily beach parties, beach volleyball tournaments, carnival rides, delicious local seafood and more.

The secret is out – spring is spectacular in Orange Beach. These exciting events and our beautiful beaches mean spring rentals sell out fast, so book your stay at Turquoise Place today to be sure you can spend your spring in comfort and luxury!