5 Fun Beach Activities for Teens and Preteens in Gulf Shores

When the children are younger, planning for your beach vacation can be a breeze:

  • Shovel & Pail, check.
  • Sunscreen, check.
  • Extra snacks, check.

However, planning for a beach vacation with older kids can be a little more daunting. But not when you choose Gulf Shores, Alabama for your next beach vacation! Here are our top 5 fun beach activities to do with the older kids when you get here Continue reading 5 Fun Beach Activities for Teens and Preteens in Gulf Shores

Reduce Stress with a Vacation!

The best gift you can give to yourself and family is the gift of a “happier and less stressed” you! Reduce stress with a vacation at the beach! Orange Beach Alabama is just a short drive to serenity for many living in the South – it’s like our side of the ocean! Never underestimate the value of a long walk in the sand along the Gulf of Mexico. Walking in the sand with bare feet is great way to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (that’s the part of the body that helps you to relax and feel engaged in life). Seriously, who isn’t due for a little rest and relaxation?

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The Snowbirds Have Landed

December is a quiet month at the beach but with the turning of the New Year the snow birds head south and bring an air of excitement. Beach Getaways welcomes about 80 snowbirds this season. Fleeing the cold and snow looking to enjoy the benefits of warmer weather and outdoor activities. Your lovely condos provide a great respite from the winter weather. Continue reading The Snowbirds Have Landed

Christmas in Orange Beach! Make it New Year’s, Too!

Ready to enjoy Christmas in Orange Beach? What’s not to love? Temperatures in low 70s, the sound of the gulf and best of all, no snow. Whether you are enjoying yourself with the family, a group of friends, Alabama’s Gulf Shores has something for everyone. Here are a few ideas to enjoy your Christmas or New Year’s vacation, courtesy of Beach Getaways.

Christmas in Orange Beach

Magic Christmas Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 22nd year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2017! In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Also, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias.

Lighted Boat Parade
The Annual Boat Parade occurs at the beginning of December. It’s a beautiful parade of boats that travel east down the Intracoastal Canal, passing The Wharf, rounding Bear Point and heading south toward Ono Island where it makes a westward turn heading toward Perdido Pass. It’s a family affair with plenty of viewing spots along the way. The fun parade is sure to become an annual tradition!

Ice Skating at The Wharf
Enjoy the feel of Winter on the Gulf Coast! Ice skate on a date or as a family. Located in the front parking lot next to Fire Station at The Wharf. The temporary ice skating rink is open Monday through Friday in the afternoons and starting at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays until January 14th.

Family New Year’s Eve Noon at Lulu’s
LuLu’s Annual Noon Year’s Eve party is pure fun for the whole family. Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, join them for a day of fun as they drop the beach ball at their annual Noon Year’s celebration! Noon Year’s is a free family event for all ages to enjoy.

Party at the Grand Hotel
Ring in the New Year in Grand style on December 31, from 7:00 pm – 12:30 am. It will be an elegant evening of reception-style dinner buffet and dancing featuring live entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters, and Dave Ellis Duo. The party continues late into the night with light food, party favors, two drink vouchers, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight. Held in the Grand Ballroom. Cash bar available. Tickets purchased in advance.

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Enjoy a weekend or longer and ring in the new year at the beach. Book your stay at Beach Getaways and enjoy Christmas in Orange Beach! It will be a holiday vacation to remember!

Say YES to a Beach Wedding

Your Guide to The Perfect Beach Wedding in Orange Beach

Imagine a beach wedding on the sugar white sands on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It’s easy to picture the warm teal blue waves lapping at your toes as you both say your wedding vows. Having a beach wedding in Orange Beach takes the pressure off of perfection and adds the serenity of a beach vacation that all your wedding guests will enjoy! As a bonus, you can spend your anniversary here every year and make new memories!

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Fall Festivities for Orange Beach in October

Looking for something different for your next fall trip to the Gulf coast? How about Halloween in Orange Beach? Many Gulf Shores businesses are putting on special events this year and many of them are the weekend before. Perfect for a 3 or 4-day weekend trip. Make it a girls or guys trip or an unusual family vacation and create some new memories! Continue reading Halloweekend