Visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores, AL is a popular, award-winning vacation destination on the Gulf of Mexico and was named one of Family Fun Magazine's top ten travel spots in America. Gulf Shores condo rentals and Gulf Shores beach house rentals are available by owner. Plan a long weekend, a full week, or the entire summer relaxing on the white sand beaches, fishing in Gulf State Park, or visiting popular area attractions.
With so many attractions in the area, families should start planning their trip ahead of time by researching the various attractions and events that take place in the area. By planning your stay in Gulf Shores' rentals to coincide with exciting events and seasons you can ensure a fun time will be had by your entire family or traveling party. Determine which attractions and sites to see before making reservations so that you can plan to stay in a rental that is only a short distance to the numerous attractions you hope to see. If you plan to rent condos in Gulf Shores during October the beach won't be open for swimming, but the Annual National Shrimp Festival is a four-day event on the beach that is an entertaining, and delicious event for families to attend.
Beaches are a popular tourist attraction. Find many Gulf Shores condo rentals that are conveniently located near one of three entrances to the city's public beach. Lifeguards are on duty daily from March to September.
Sightseeing in Gulf Shores, Alabama & Things to Do
There is no shortage of fun activities available to enjoy in Gulf Shores. Animal lovers should make sure they take the time to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
which is home to over 500 animals. It's open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The same is true for theme parks. Waterville USA
is a seasonal amusement and water park.
Fresh and saltwater fishing is a popular vacation activity in the region as well. Visitors should pay attention to the fishing season. Summer fish varieties include crab, brown shrimp, red snapper, king mackerel, and flounder. Don't skip the 7,000-acres of protected land at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
. Here visitors can hike, bike, fish, or observe and photograph protected wildlife year-round, from dawn until dusk.
Regional Foods & Dining in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Many Gulf Shores vacation rentals are close to regional dining establishments. Signature dishes in the southern U.S. destination are all about the fish. Cajun style foods such as shrimp and sausage gumbo are found throughout the area. Creole jambalaya utilizing local ingredients can also be found in the region.
Gulf Shores, Alabama Weather and Climate
Families staying in Gulf Shores beach rentals probably won't see snow, but they might want to stay out of the ocean if they visit in December, January, or February. During these months, the average daytime high temperature rarely goes above 62-degrees Fahrenheit and the nights drop low enough to warrant the lighting of a fire in the fireplace, dipping to 45-degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer months, temperatures range from an average daytime high of 87 degrees to 89 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August. The rainiest month is August, with an average of 7.19-inches. The rest of the year rainfall averages less than 5.5 inches per month.
When to Visit Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores rentals are available year round. Peak season is during the summer months. Families who want to avoid the busy season can visit the Gulf region in early October. Visitors will find the rent is lower, the crowd is thinner, and the air is slightly cooler during this time of year.