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17 Aug 2021
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Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and there's no better place to celebrate than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for a last minute beach vacation before fall season begins. Whether you're looking for exciting events, family-friendly activities, or just a relaxing time by the sea, our guide will help you plan the perfect Labor Day getaway. Gulf Shores Rentals offers the ideal accommodations to make your stay unforgettable.

Top Things to Do in Gulf Shores for Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy Spectacular Fireworks at The Wharf

One of the highlights of Labor Day weekend in Gulf Shores is the spectacular fireworks show at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The celebration kicks off with a DJ at 6 PM, followed by an impressive fireworks display at 8:45 PM.

The night wraps up with the Spectra Laser Light Experience, making it a fun-filled evening for the whole family. Best of all, parking and entry are free, so it's a budget-friendly event you won't want to miss. Location: The Wharf, Main Street. 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Participate in the MBGFC Labor Day Invitational

For fishing enthusiasts, the MBGFC Labor Day Invitational is a must. This annual big game fishing competition attracts anglers from all over. Registration includes meal tickets and merchandise for up to four anglers, ensuring a thrilling and well-catered event. Whether you're participating or just watching the weigh-ins, it's an exciting way to spend Labor Day weekend.

You can also explore the beautiful Gulf waters, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow anglers, and maybe even reel in a prize catch. The event is not just about fishing; it’s about the experience and the community it fosters. Event Date: Early September

Run the Tacky Jacks Bloody Mary 5K

Kickstart your Labor Day weekend with some healthy fun at the Tacky Jacks Bloody Mary 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. This event has quickly become a Gulf Shores tradition. Participants can enjoy a scenic run followed by a post-race celebration featuring free beer, food, Bloody Marys, and live music. Don your favorite football team’s colors for a chance to win the team spirit award!

The race is open to all ages and fitness levels, making it a perfect family activity. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking for a fun way to stay active, this event offers a unique and enjoyable experience. Location: Tacky Jacks, 240 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Event Date: Early September

Additional Fun Activities

Beach Activities

No trip to Gulf Shores is complete without spending time on the beautiful beaches. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and sandcastle building with your family. The warm Gulf waters are perfect for a refreshing dip. The soft, white sand is ideal for relaxing under the sun or engaging in a game of beach volleyball.

Take a leisurely walk along the shoreline, collect seashells, or simply enjoy the stunning views. Our gulf front vacation rentals offer easy access to the shore, ensuring you can make the most of your beach time.


For the more adventurous, try watersports like jet skiing, paddleboarding, and parasailing. These activities offer a thrilling way to experience the Gulf Coast. You can also go kayaking or take a dolphin-watching tour for a closer look at the local marine life.

Our water activities guide provides more information on where to rent equipment and book tours. Exploring the waters of Gulf Shores can be both exhilarating and serene, providing unforgettable memories for you and your family.

Exploring Local Nature

Discover the natural beauty of the area by visiting the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge or hiking the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. These spots offer stunning views and the chance to see local wildlife.

Bird watchers will be delighted by the variety of species that call this area home, while nature enthusiasts will appreciate the diverse ecosystems. Don't forget to check our nature attractions for more details. Nature lovers will find plenty to explore, from pristine beaches to lush forests.

Historical Sites

Step back in time with a visit to the Fort Morgan Historic Site or the Gulf Shores Museum. These sites provide fascinating insights into the area's history and heritage. Fort Morgan offers guided tours and reenactments, bringing history to life for visitors of all ages.

Learn about the strategic importance of this site during the Civil War and explore the well-preserved fortifications. The Gulf Shores Museum features exhibits on local history, including the area's maritime heritage.

Family-Friendly Attractions

Waterville USA

Cool off at Waterville USA, a waterpark with something for everyone. From thrilling slides to a relaxing lazy river, it's a perfect destination for family fun. Younger children will enjoy the splash pads and kiddie pools, while older kids and adults can brave the wave pool and water slides.

The park also offers mini-golf and go-karts for even more entertainment options. Spend a full day here and create lasting memories with your family.

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

Challenge your family to a game of mini-golf at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf. This attraction offers a fun and competitive way to spend an afternoon. The beautifully landscaped course features pirate-themed obstacles and decorations, making it an engaging experience for all ages. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a novice, you'll enjoy the playful atmosphere and the opportunity to bond with your family over a friendly game.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Meet the animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. This family-friendly attraction is home to a variety of wildlife and provides a fun and educational experience. The zoo features interactive exhibits and opportunities for up-close encounters with some of the animals.

Children and adults alike will enjoy learning about the different species and the zoo's conservation efforts. The zoo also hosts special events and educational programs, making it a must-visit destination during your stay.

The Wharf

The Wharf in Orange Beach is a hub of activity with shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Spend a day exploring the area and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. The Wharf features a variety of shops, from boutiques to souvenir stores, ensuring you can find the perfect memento of your trip.

Dining options range from casual eateries to fine dining, offering something for every taste. The entertainment options are also diverse, with a Ferris wheel, movie theater, and live music performances. The Wharf is a great place to relax, have fun, and experience the local culture.

Where to Eat

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a variety of dining options to suit every palate. Here are some recommendations:

  • Tacky Jacks: A favorite among locals and visitors alike, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don't miss the grilled chicken BLT and crab cake dinner. The relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere makes it a great spot for any meal.
  • Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Perfect for a romantic dinner with high-quality seafood, sushi, and more. Enjoy dishes like parmesan truffle fries and pan-seared sea scallops with a view of the Gulf. The upscale setting and creative menu make it an ideal choice for special occasions.
  • Matt’s Ice Cream: Treat yourself to homemade ice cream, floats, sundaes, and banana splits at this local favorite in Fort Morgan. The delicious, creamy treats are a perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Lulu’s at Homeport Marina: Known for its fun atmosphere and live music, Lulu’s offers a menu full of Southern favorites and seafood dishes. Kids will love the arcade and sandy play area.
  • The Hangout: A lively beachfront restaurant with a diverse menu, live entertainment, and plenty of activities for kids. The Hangout’s annual Labor Day weekend party is a must-see event.

Where to Stay

Booking your accommodations early is crucial for a busy holiday weekend like Labor Day. Explore our variety of vacation rental homes. No matter the group size or budget you have, there is a vacation home or condo that is available for your perfect labor day weekend with Gulf Shores Rentals. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of staying in one of our well-appointed properties. Whether you prefer a cozy beachfront cottage or a spacious family home, we have the perfect rental for you. Our properties come with a range of amenities, including fully equipped kitchens, private pools, and easy access to the beach. Book Your Stay and enjoy a relaxing vacation with all the comforts of home and the beauty of Gulf Shores right outside your door.


Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the perfect destinations for a memorable Labor Day weekend. From exciting events and activities to relaxing on the beach, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Book your stay with Gulf Shores Rentals and start planning your ultimate end-of-summer celebration today!

Contact us for help with planning and preparation to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable vacation.