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Why Fall is a Great Time to Visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

The Weather

While the summer might seem like the best time to visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast, nothing can beat that crisp fall weather at the beach. With cooler temps, you’re able to stay out longer and not enjoy the salty breeze coming off the gulf waters. 

Beaches are less crowded – meaning more time and more room for you to relax! 

The Shopping

People from all over make their way down for to shop until they drop, and fall months are no exception. With all the locally owned boutiques to choose from, shops at The Wharf in Orange Beach, and Tanger Outlets in Foley, there is plenty to choose from. 

Trendy items and one-of-a-kind pieces are always available and no matter your interest you’ll be sure to find something you love. 

The Food

You can’t make a trip without tasting a little bit of everything while you’re here, right? Luckily, there’s never a shortage of delicious options around here. 

If you’ve always wanted to make a trip to LuLu’s, but didn’t want to wait that long for a table, you’ll find restaurants in the fall bring smaller crowds and less wait time which is perfect for trying something new.

Bring your family and check out fan favorites like the aforementioned LuLu’s in Gulf Shores or The Hangout, located right on the beach. Both have great food and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. 


The Gulf is another ideal spot where you can enjoy unique cocktails and fresh seafood, all while basking in the sun at one of their many outdoor picnic tables. There’s nothing like sipping on a blueberry mojito with a group of your closest friends.

Looking for something classic but with twist? Look no further than Bleus Burger in Gulf Shores. Their selection of unique burgers is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Go for the blueberry burger, piled high with white cheddar cheese curds, bacon, blueberry compote, and baby arugula. Or you can’t go wrong with their triple cheese burger – we think the name speaks for itself!

Events & Things to Do

Sometimes cooler weather brings more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and we can’t get enough of it! In October you’ll find events like the John L. Borom Alabama Coastal Birdfest, where nature lovers from all over can come and watch out for their favorite species found on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

Or we have multiple Oktoberfest events that take place where you come in costume, visit with the local vendors, and enjoy some traditional German food and beer. 

If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, taking a stroll through Gulf State Park is the perfect way to spend a day getting back to nature. With over 20 miles of paved trail and the option to bike, walk or even kayak, you’ll never find yourself with nothing to do. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Book your next vacation rental to stay in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach AL with us today and see for yourself!


Good Times