Summertime on the beach can seem be heavenly: the warm sand between your toes, the entrancing rustle of the waves as you soak up the sun. When summer comes to a close, a mass exodus occurs, leaving behind a beautifully deserted oasis. Even through the weather changes, the tranquil scene of the ocean remains forever constant. Do not let the change in the weather change your mind about making Gulf Shores, Alabama your vacation destination!
With a new season comes new things to explore. Known for its beautiful sub-tropic climate, Gulf Shores attracts many different types of adventurers. From our wonderful state park to our lush, green golf courses, nature has a little bit to offer to everyone.
#1 - Explore the Gulf State Park
Make your vacation a memorable one for your whole family by visiting the Gulf State Park! Offering hiking/biking trails, a nature center, lakes for fishing, and much more, good times are practically unavoidable. Not prepared for a date with Mother Nature? Gulf State Park rentals for bikes, kayaks/canoes, boats, bait, and tackle. Stop by the camp store for snacks or have a full meal at the Refuge Grill! It’s a beautiful world! Explore it!
#2 - Golf the Alabama Gulf Coast
If golf is your pastime, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place for you! Offering 16 area courses, a golfer will never want to leave. Gorgeous courses span across the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area, granting you a vast array of terrain. Experience 2 major golf courses, Soldier’s Creek and Glen Lakes, FREE with the Stay and Play Package from Gulf Shores Rentals! This comes with every reservation and allows 1 adult to golf free of charge each day of stay. So, if golf is your passion, it is almost impossible not to golf at the Gulf!
#3 - Visit Fort Morgan
History buffs rejoice! Fort Morgan showcases the evolution of land and sea combat. During the Civil War, this bastion served as defense from Union enemies entering the Mobile Bay. This eventually led to an attack on the Fort, causing the Confederates to surrender. 30 years after the attack, Army engineers maximized fortification by installing reinforced concrete barriers, and Fort Morgan became the largest permanent military base in Alabama. The expansions continued until the fort was abandoned in July of 1944. Since then, the preservation of the fort’s history appeal to curious minds and knowledgeable historians alike. Open from 8AM-5PM, Fort Morgan features tours, fishing sites, beach access, birdwatching, and an all-around eye-opening experience for all ages. Have a furry friend that likes to explore, too? Fort Morgan is pet friendly, so Fido is welcome as well!
#4 - Experience OWA Theme Park
Thrill-seekers, you are not alone! OWA is here! Located in Foley 11 miles from Gulf Shores, this brand-new amusement park opened its gates on July 21st, 2017. The park boasts 21 rides (7 thrill rides) and a variety of games, shopping, and dining. Take a ride on the colossal Rollin’ Thunder, soar through the skies on the Freedom Flyer, or watch your kids have the time of their lives on the 14 kiddie/family-friendly rides! After a day of fun, head over to Wahlberger’s and refuel, or if you’re feeling extra fun, visit The Groovy Goat for a unique bar/grill/arcade experience. Constantly expanding, OWA is sure to impress in any season.
The amusement doesn’t end there! Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you race your own go-kart at The Track! Bolstering 2 go-kart tracks, putt-putt, a full arcade, and many other family-oriented attractions, this unique amusement park is simply an unforgettable experience for your family. Accumulate points for your family to use with the Stay and Play package from Gulf Shores Rentals! At the end of your stay, redeem your points and have some free fun before you make the journey back to your home!
#5 - Shop at Tanger Outlets & The Wharf
If shopping is more your speed, do not be discouraged! This area is packed full of awesome merch from designer fashions to silly souvenirs! The Tanger Outlets in Foley offers discounted prices on the top name brands such as Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Brooks Brothers and so much more! Another popular destination, The Wharf, presents a more relaxed shopping experience with over 40 shops and restaurants, even a movie theater. The Wharf also hosts big name concerts and an event center for weddings, conferences and banquets. See the event calendar at www.alwharf.com/calendar
A trip to the beach does not have to wait for summer. Even if the water is cold, you will leave with a warm heart knowing that your family had a blast. Let Gulf Shores Rentals make your beach vacation worthwhile with our free amenities through our Stay and Play Package! Year-round activities include golfing, nature and scenic cruises, points to The Track, and unlimited DVD rentals. No matter the season, there is always a reason to come unwind in Gulf Shores!
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