10 Best 2023 Fall Events in Gulf Shores

Each fall, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach deliver some of the best festivals and events you’ll find anywhere on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From food to music, art and other fun, there’s something for everyone. The season is a favorite for many beach visitors. Fall events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach draw visitors from near and far, while mild temperatures, warm water and dazzling sunsets keep bringing them back year after year.

2023 Fall Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

2023 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 1, 16, 22, 23, 29
Sept. 6, 12, 19

Oct. 8, 24, 25
All practices start at 10:30 a.m.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508

A Blue Angels practice is a must-see when you’re spending time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These famous aircraft perform unbelievable tricks that will leave you astonished. For more information on what you should bring and what you shouldn’t, see their website.

Labor Day Celebration at OWA

OWA’s Labor Day Weekend Party

Sept. 1-3, 2023
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Sept. 1-3 for a full weekend of less work and more play with daily activities for all ages. Start the fun on Friday with a family scavenger hunt and hot dog eating contest. Saturday is stacked with a classic car show, a live outdoor concert, and a fireworks show at the end of the night. Head back on Sunday to enjoy kids activities, more live music shows, and browse the boutique shops of downtown OWA. For more information on daily schedules, visit the event website.

2023 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 7-9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 7-9 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is a fun experience for the whole family. Up to a challenge? Ride the mechanical bull in the Flora-Bama tent to test your skills. Rides are $5 each.

Orange Beach Freedom Fest

Oct. 6-7, 2023
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you love fast cars and freedom, don’t miss the 3rd annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest and Bama Coast Cruisin’ Car Show. Head to the Wharf Oct. 6-7 to view cool and classic automobiles, enjoy live music, browse vendor booths and more. This event is family-friendly (check out the on-site Kids Zone!) and free to the public.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest. Receive a free drink upon entry for those 21 and up, free stein to the early arrivers until depleted, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet while supplies last. Food is served at 4 p.m. and the menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The stein-hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 5 p.m., followed by live music by The Brats in the Bama Dome. This New Orleans based polka band will have you laughing and dancing all evening at one of the best fall events in Orange Beach!

50th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Oct. 12-15, 2023
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
(251) 968-7200

Packed with thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp cooked every way imaginable, this four-day festival is scheduled Oct. 12-15. The National Shrimp Festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and offers lots of vendors, a 5k and 10k race, a Kids Activity Village and so much more! Admission is free so plan to enjoy food; live music from national, regional, and local artists; art and more. It’s one of the most popular fall events in Gulf Shores.

Original German Sausage Festival

Oct. 28, 2023
Elberta Town Park
13052 Main Street, Elberta, AL 36530

Hot Dog! Get your fill of authentic German sausage and sauerkraut at this tasty food festival. Thousands of foodies fill the town each year to sample yummy German cuisine, browse over 200 arts and crafts booths, enjoy live music and take part in family fun. Be sure to try Elberta’s famous sausage dog (ask for One With and Two Without) and take home a local trinket; event proceeds benefit the town fire department!

Experience the Oyster

Nov. 3-4, 2023
The Hangout
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL

You just can’t miss this seafood shell-ebration. Back for its 2nd year, Experience the Oyster is a culinary showcase of delicious Gulf Coast seafood made by renowned chefs from across the country. Feast on raw and cooked oysters fresh from local farms (be sure to try the butter babies from Murder Point Oysters), listen to live music, attend cooking demos and catch the game on the big screen. Not a fan of oysters? Shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya and more are also on the menu.

2023 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 3-4, 2023
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL

If you’ve never witnessed the Navy’s precision flight team in action, don’t let another year go by without watching the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Nov. 3-4. This event is held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Note: the museum is currently open to Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders and their guests only.

39th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

A favorite festival for locals and visitors alike, the annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival offers listening events across various venues between Nov. 9 and 19. Venue sites stretch from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida showcasing almost 200 songwriters from across the country and around the world. It’s a fun time to hear some of your favorite tunes in a listening-room setting. The best way to research venues and times is on the event website. With so many dates to choose from, it’s easily one of the top fall events in Gulf Shores.

Choose from your favorite fall events in Gulf Shores and book your weekend (or weeklong) vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.

Your Fly-In Options for a Gulf Shores Vacation

Travelers, both domestic and international, are beginning to uncover one of Alabama’s most beautiful treasures–the Gulf Coast beaches. With several airports within an hour’s drive of Gulf Shores, it’s easier than ever to experience Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

Airports Near Gulf Shores

There are great options for airports near Gulf Shores, but depending on where you are coming from and what airline you choose, pricing can be different. Below are a few choices for consideration.

Jack Edwards Airport

Gulf Shores International Airport (JKA)

The closest airport to Gulf Shores is Gulf Shores International Airport – Jack Edwards Field (JKA), only 2.5 miles from Gulf Shores. JKA is a small airport with fewer airline options, mostly private flights catering to business travelers and those with a second home in the area. However, JKA is currently working with TBI/VINCI Airports to construct a new commercial terminal that could welcome flights by late summer 2023. JKA offers three car rental companies including Hertz and Enterprise, limo and taxi service, as well as ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Pensacola International Airport (PNS)

Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is an hour away from Gulf Shores (37 miles) via FL-292 W and AL-182 W. Most major airlines fly to Pensacola from a variety of U.S. cities, and you will find eight rental car companies at PNS including many popular ones like Hertz, U-Save, National and Budget. Also available is the Pensacola Airport Shuttle to or from Gulf Shores for a flat rate of $85.

If you want added convenience, PNS offers nonstop flights to more than 15 U.S. Cities:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Queens, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) is an hour and 23 minutes from Gulf Shores (70 miles) via I-10 W. American Airlines, Delta and United all fly into MOB, with nonstop flights to four major hubs. Once you arrive at MOB, there are multiple options for ground transportation including seven rental car companies, taxi and limo service, and ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Non-stop flights to Mobile Regional Airport (MOB):

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas

Mobile International Airport (BFM)

Mobile International Airport (BFM) is the Gulf Coast’s newest airport terminal, located an hour and 9 minutes from Gulf Shores (57 miles) via I-10 W. With a convenient location near downtown Mobile, BFM makes it easy to access Gulf Shores with six rental car companies and ride share service on-site. Although the site is still under construction, plans are underway to relocate all commercial flights from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to BFM by mid 2025. And flights are already in the works – starting May 1, 2023, Avelo Airlines will offer exclusive nonstop service to Orlando, Florida (MCO) from BFM two days per week.

Non-stop flights to Mobile International Airport (BFM):

  • Orlando, Florida

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Another option is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), located almost 200 miles away (3 hours and 6 minutes) via I-10 W. Major airlines fly into MSY and ground transportation is plentiful with taxis, buses, shuttles and major rental car companies (Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz, to name a few). Many travelers take advantage of sometimes lower rates to fly into New Orleans and enjoy a little time there before making their way to Gulf Shores.

MSY hosts 16 airlines that serve over 50 nonstop destinations, including:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • New York, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois

For a full list of nonstop flights to MSY, visit the airport website.

For more detailed information on nonstop flights in the area, visit our blog.

Before Flying into Gulf Shores

Take the hassle out of your vacation by utilizing the Beach Moms concierge service available to Spectrum Resorts guests. The Beach Moms are well-known in Gulf Shores for their attention to detail. Services they offer include grocery shopping and putting away prior to arrival, and restaurant and excursion reservations. The Beach Moms will act as your personal concierge throughout your trip including making reservations for popular resort activities like reservations at Coast (onsite restaurant), beach chair rentals, Aqua Fun Tails mermaid/pirate photoshoots and spa reservations.

Getting Around Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores offers big-city amenities when it comes to local transportation. There are rideshares like Uber and Lyft, taxi services and, the most convenient, rental cars at the airport when you fly in.

Beach Club Amenities

The Beach Club Resort and Spa in Gulf Shores (on the Fort Morgan peninsula) offers visitors access to a beautiful 86-acre village with upscale 1- to 5-bedroom beachfront condos and lakeside cottages. Each includes fully appointed kitchens, spacious room designs, washer/dryer units, and lots of on-property perks like restaurants (casual and upscale), tennis courts, pools, hot tubs and a full-service spa. The beach itself is such a gem with five football fields of white-sand beaches juxtaposing amazing turquoise waters. You’ll never want to leave!

Book direct with Spectrum and eliminate the risk factors with the only 100% Satisfaction Guarantee in the area. Visitors can enjoy a no-worry experience creating peace of mind that’s simply irreplaceable.

Search our available Gulf Shores rentals today and see why The Beach Club Resort and Spa continues to be a favorite among travelers.

2023s Can’t-Miss Beach Events in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Have you turned on your 2023 vision and seen yourself lounging on the beautiful beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast? Us, too! Though we love a good beach day, the beach offers guests a variety of can’t-miss events in Gulf Shores. Whether you’re tantalizing your palate at a seafood festival or gazing at masterful art exhibits at a craft show, there’s something new and exciting to experience on our beaches year-round. So mark your calendars and book your Gulf Shores condo rental, because here are your can’t-miss beach events in Gulf Shores for 2023.

Fort Morgan Oyster Fest

The Beach Club Resort & Spa, Gulf Shores AL
Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 10am to 4pm

Shell-ebrate your love of fresh Gulf Coast oysters as you sample a pearl-fect selection of locally-farmed oysters prepared in a variety of delicious ways. We’re hosting this years’ event right here at The Beach Club, where you can dine on oysters from Navy Cove Oysters and other Fort Morgan farms that are just minutes from our resort (it doesn’t get fresher than that!). Attendees can also enjoy live music, browse arts and crafts vendors, play in the kids’ area, and enjoy tons of family fun. Tickets are $25 and include 10 food and drink tickets. Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased on EventBrite. The event is sponsored by Spectrum Resorts, Sassy Bass, and Navy Cove Oysters.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 10am to 4pm

The 31st anniversary of this local tradition brings you delicious food, live music, classic cars, and more than 100 local vendors showing off their unique Gulf Coast arts and crafts. Stroll through the boutique shops and craft tents at The Wharf as you sample local delicacies and tap your toes to jams by some of the best area bands. The kids will love playing in the full-scale Kid Zone as you make your way among the unique classic cars lined up for your viewing pleasure. All proceeds benefit local schools and sports teams, so bring the whole family (even your furry friends are welcome!)

Mardi Gras

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
February 202

Mardi Gras is a famed local tradition that began in Mobile in 1704. This rowdy yet fun holiday features street parades full of intricately designed floats from which members toss beads, candy, pies, and other festive trinkets to those watching below. It’s a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike, so don’t miss your chance to join in the fun and catch a Moon Pie! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach both boast a family-friendly Carnival season.

In Gulf Shores, you can attend the city’s annual parade at 10am on Tuesday, February 21 at 10am. At 3pm, head over to LuLu’s for the annual Mardi Gras Celebration and Boat Parade, where you’ll enjoy live music, delicious local seafood, and signature cocktails as you catch beads from the waves of the bay. It’s one of the most-anticipated Mardi Gras events in Gulf Shores!

The City of Orange Beach will hold its annual parade on Tuesday, February 21 at 2pm along the same Perdido Beach Blvd. route. For a family-friendly Mardi Gras event, head over to The Wharf on Monday, February 20 for “Moon Pies On Main”, an evening festival that begins at 4pm with a kid and pet parade and is followed by a full-fledged Mardi Gras street party at 6pm.

Festival of Art

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, Orange Beach AL
March 11-12, 2023

Welcome in the spring season at the 49th annual Festival of Arts in Orange Beach. This free festival tantalizes the senses by offering a large variety of local arts and crafts in mixed mediums that are sure to give festival-goers plenty of things to see, touch, hear, and experience. From live music by local songwriters to a culinary arts section and a full kids’ art area, there will be plenty of fun activities here for the whole family.

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach AL
March 17-19, 2023

This three-day boating bonanza features over $100 million in boats and marine products from more than 120 exhibiting companies. Located at The Wharf Marina, the show features a stunning array of wet slip boats and yachts, sport boats, and consoles for those with an eye for vibrant vessels. Visitors can also enjoy live music, boating seminars, kids art classes, and more.

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

Flora-Bama, Orange Beach, AL
April 28-30, 2023

This legendary beach party sees thousands of beach-lovers come together to enjoy listening to live music, relaxing on the gulf coast beaches, and throwing mullets (the fish, not the hairstyle) across the Alabama-Florida state line. Attendees enjoy signature cocktails, delicious local seafood, and plenty of fun beach activities. All proceeds benefit local youth organizations, and it’s only $15 to toss a mullet (and you get a sweet t-shirt)

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
May 5-7, 2023

Serve up some fun at the 2023 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores. Named the “Best New Event” for collegiate beach volleyball by SportsTravel in 2016, this beachfront competition features 16 sponsoring schools as they serve, spike, and score their way to the championship volleyball spot. Come out to enjoy competitive fun and stunning Gulf views as you support our youth sports teams on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Don’t miss one of the most exciting events in Gulf Shores for beach volleyball-loving fans.

Hangout Music Fest

The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL
May 19-21, 202

Interested in seeing your favorite Grammy-winning artists and bands as you soak up some sun and surf on some of the most beautiful beaches in the country? Then Hangout Music Fest is for you! It’s one of the hottest music events in Gulf Shores! This renowned three-day festival features some of the most popular music groups in the country, playing live on stages that sit front-row on the sandy shores of Gulf Shores. Accommodation and ticket packages are available!

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
May 16-21, 202

The 27th annual Billfish Classic offers more than $1 million in prize money and national bragging rights to those who haul in the largest catch. Join anglers from all over the country and set your sights on your own personal Moby Dick (or at least the biggest billfish in the Gulf) as you compete in one (or all) of five high-profile fishing tournaments with your team. Even if you’re not on board, there’s plenty of food and fun to be had onshore as watchers wait to see a record-breaking catch!

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
July 12-16, 2023

Recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, the annual Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is “The Greatest Show In Sportfishing!” More than 60 of the best big game fishing teams in the world are invited to Orange Beach to test their reels against the biggest Marlin in the Gulf for over $1.5 million in prize money. Thousands of fans gather at The Wharf’s entertainment district each year to watch the broadcasted weigh-ins, enjoy good food and custom cocktails, and celebrate the victors. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or just looking for a good time, you’ll find plenty of both at this one-of-a-kind event.

Shrimp Fest

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
October 12-15, 2023

Join more than 300,000 of your closest friends at this delish four-day festival dedicated to one of our favorite crustaceans. Over 10,000 pounds of shrimp will be fried, grilled, sauteed and stuffed each day, making it a guarantee that you’ll find a new favorite dish. Enjoy more than 100 hours of live music, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, a full-scale kids play village – and of course, all of the seafood you can stomach. It’s one of the biggest events in Gulf Shores, so don’t miss it!

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
November 9-19, 2023

Wind your way through some of the best music venues on Alabama’s beaches as you celebrate the talent and ingenuity of some of the best songwriters in the business. This exciting 10-day event features music from more than 200 talented songwriters in over two dozen venues all along the Alabama Gulf Coast. You’ll enjoy original songs from aspiring musicians and songwriters, as well as a unique opportunity to hear about their creation straight from the source.

Plan your 2023 vacation around some of the biggest and best events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

8 Can’t-Miss Experiences at The Beach Club

Our upscale beachfront rentals aren’t the only reason Gulf Shores beachgoers can’t resist The Beach Club. Our renowned resort is also packed with exciting experiences designed to entice and engage all of our beloved guests, from full families to cozy couples and more. If you’re visiting our sandy shores this summer (or any other season), be sure to add these can’t-miss experiences to your vacation schedule.

1. Underwater Shoot & Swim

Find your fins at this unmatched underwater adventure. Guests of all ages can dive into The Clubhouse Outdoor Pool, where our experienced instructors will help you transform into a magical mermaid or a spectacular shark (complete with your very own tail or fin). The entire experience is caught on camera and you’ll receive an official mermaid certificate, offering you a tangible reminder of this memorable family moment.

2. Resort Activities

If you need a break from the sun, sand, and surf, The Beach Club offers a daily roster of activities during the summer to amaze every type of adventurer. From kid-friendly crafts to fitness classes to evening entertainment, you’re sure to find a perfect way to play the day away.

To find your favorite events, visit our activities page. Our weekly resort guide offers an in-depth glimpse into the upcoming week, or check out our comprehensive activities calendar to get a head-start on your family fun.

3. The Spa & Salon

Retreat into The Spa & Salon to relax, rejuvenate, and restore your body and mind. You can enjoy a variety of soothing, skillful services, from full-body massages that melt your muscles with CBD-infused oil to fantastic fails to pampering pedicures. You can even get done up for dinner in our on-site salon that offers stunning hair and makeup services.

4. The Village Lawn

Find your way to The Village Lawn every night of the summer from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to experience our area’s best hub of food, family, and fun. This acre-wide area is packed full of food trucks, live music, family games, and more, offering an evening of excitement for every visitor.

5. Snag a Souvenir Shirt

Nothing says “great beach getaway” like a souvenir, and you’ll find plenty of them at The Village Mercantile. This one-stop shopping destination offers a wide range of beach attire, amazing gifts, souvenir shops, and other shore-based sundries.

6. Get Your Game On

Head to The Village Hideaway to try your swing at our state-of-the-art HD Golf Simulator. If you prefer games of chance to chip shots, our amazing arcade and billiards area includes a full array of games to delight guests of all ages.

Family at The Beach Club

7. Soak in the Sunset at Coast

Dinner with a view takes on a whole new meaning at Coast, our on-site restaurant that boasts the freshest seafood and stunning beachfront views. Dine on the veranda to soak in a skyline of spectacular color as you savor a scrumptious sunset meal.

8. Delicious Dessert

Silence that scream for ice-cream with a post-dinner trip to The Village Creamery. The sweetest shop on our shores offers treats for the entire family, from cones to cookies to cakes and more.

5 Ways Beach Vacations in Gulf Shores Brings Families Together

Whether it’s making ooey-gooey s’mores or casting a line for fun, there are plenty of ways to create happy memories on a Gulf Shores vacation with family. We’re dishing about five of them here!

1. Laugh S’more, Worry Less

Gulf Shores campfire

There’s nothing like a campfire to chase your worries away on a Gulf Shores vacation. Add in some smores, comfortable chairs, and family storytime and you’ve created a memorable experience your family will be talking about for years to come. The best part is we provide everything you need for your cozy family night. That’s right, parents, you get to relax too! Book your private campfire by calling 251-224-2582. The Spectrum Resorts team will set up chairs and the fire and provide bottled water and all your s’mores ingredients.

Note: Beach campfires are a Spectrum Exclusive and are only available to guests booking direct through Spectrum Resorts.

2. Cruise for Memories

The Gulf Coast is full of fascinating plants and animals, either by land or by water. Sail away on a 52-foot luxury catamaran where you are guaranteed to see dolphins or coast on a 40-foot covered boat and explore the back bays for birds of prey,  plants, and impressive alligators. You will leave, not only with new knowledge of our area but also with a new appreciation for the ecosystem that makes our part of the country unique. Be sure to add it to your Gulf Shores vacation bucketlist.

3. Fish the Alabama Gulf Coast

Gulf Shores fishing

Grab your sunscreen, fishing hat, and your family.  Whether you are an experienced angler or just a beginner, Captain Darrell’s fishing excursion is perfect for you and your family.  Each charter can include up to six people and can be reserved for four to eight-hour trips. If you don’t have a fishing license, no worries! It’s included in the price of the charter as well as your bait and tackle. We are sure that you’ll come back with a legendary tale that’ll be talked about around the dinner table for years to come. If the fish gets a little bigger each time you tell the story, that’s okay. We’re pretty sure that’s the way it’s supposed to be! No Gulf Shores vacation is complete without dropping a line.

4. Say Cheese

Mermaid photo shoot in Gulf Shores

Our white, sandy beaches make the perfect backdrop for breathtaking family photos that you will be able to show off for years to come. Be sure to stop in The Village Mercantile for accessories and a great selection of boutique clothing on your Gulf Shores vacation. Gulf Shores offers plenty of shopping opportunities, and you are sure to find the perfect resort wear for your photo session. It’ll be easy to get a smile out of everyone after the vacation you’ve experienced. If your children need a little extra motivation, schedule mermaid or pirate photos on the beach! Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

5. Hangout with Toby the Turtle

Toby the Turtle

Toby the Turtle is our resident mascot at The Beach Club and he’s planned a lot of fun activities for your vacation. Get ready to color, craft, play games and line dance. He’ll also share fun make-at-home crafts to keep the kids entertained when you’re not at the beach. Visit our Camp Toby page for downloadable activities. You can’t miss Toby on your Gulf Shores vacation!

Spending time together as a family is a real treasure, and The Beach Club is the perfect place to create memories that will last a lifetime. Plan now and play later.

6 Things We Are Thankful for at The Beach Club

The Gulf Coast is no stranger to the challenges of hurricane season and our little part of the coast is no exception. The Beach Club is working hard to prepare for our reopening in March 2021. Despite the unexpected circumstances, we have so many things to be thankful for as our team works hard to welcome our beloved guests back to our sandy shores.

1. Dedicated Team Members

At The Beach Club, our team members are the have the best of the best. After the storm passed, we watched our team shine as they willingly accepted new tasks and traded their dress shoes for work boots and hard hats. Their commitment to reopening was reflected in their hard work and determination to welcome you back as soon as possible.

2. Safety of Our Team Members

You never truly know what to expect when a hurricane is coming your way. If you are a local on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you know the basics of storm preparation. However, storms don’t always follow the forecast and that was certainly the case when it came to Hurricane Sally. The hurricane made landfall as a much stronger storm than anticipated and moved slowly over our area causing more damage than was expected. Some team members remained onsite throughout the storm, and we are grateful for their safety and the safety of our guests. Team members rose to the occasion, assisting guests who rode out the storm onsite. After Hurricane Sally, our team quickly adapted to new job requirements. These new tasks came with new hazards while working in a construction zone. We are so grateful for the safety of our team members and those who are working hard to welcome you back to Gulf Shores.

3. First Responders, Utility Workers, and Construction Crews

This year has had more than its fair share of challenges, but one thing we can say for sure is that we have an immense level of love and appreciation for our essential workers and first responders. The eyewall of the storm had barely passed when we started to see first responders, utility workers, and construction crews rolling in to assist us and our neighbors. It was a beautiful sight to see and reassuring to know that these workers were prepared and ready to help. Many of these people worked long hours for weeks after the storm to help get businesses up and running. These dedicated workers deserve our sincerest thanks!

4. Compassionate Owners

Our condo and cottage owners are the very best you’ll find. Many of the owners personally donated funds to help our displaced team members. We are in awe of their kindness and compassion and are truly blessed to be connected with such thoughtful people.

5. Loyal Guests

Family plays on Alabama's Beaches

We love to see our loyal guests return each year for their family vacations and nothing is more disappointing than having to postpone those vacations. As you can imagine, there is nothing that makes us happier than to see our guests rescheduling their vacations after patiently waiting during the COVID beach closures and the recovery of Hurricane Sally. We can’t wait to see you again beginning March 31, 2021, when the resort will reopen in all her splendor!

6. White Sandy Beaches

Even as we work to reopen, we are grateful for the beautiful views and tranquility offered by our white-sand beaches. We invite you back to put your toes in the sand this coming spring and summer and continue creating happy memories at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.

There is always something to be thankful for and, at The Beach Club, we know that it is impossible to include everything on this list. As we move into the holiday season, there won’t be anything we’re more thankful for than our beloved guests returning. We can’t wait to see you!

6 Ways to Make the Beach Your Classroom

If you’re distance learning, virtual schooling, or homeschooling or roadschooling this year, things probably look a lot different for your family. Maybe you’re searching for creative ways to teach the kids, or maybe you just need to get outdoors for a while. Regardless of how you school, there’s no better place to do it than on Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

If you’re wondering how to pull off schooling your kids in a non-traditional environment, check out this list of 6 Ways to Make the Beach Your Classroom.

1.  Take Your Kids on a Guided Pier Walk

Gulf State Pier (handicap accessible) is a must see when visiting Gulf Shores, so why not make it educational? Gulf State Park offers tours free of charge, though you will have to pay to access the pier. During this tour you’ll learn about the eco-systems of the Gulf, observe fisherman, be educated on species of birds and fish, and so much more! The pier is a half-mile walk there and back, making it accessible to even the littlest of learners. If you’ve got older kids, check out Gulf State Park’s Angler Academy, where you’ll learn how to saltwater fish!

*Note: The pier is undergoing renovations currently, but is scheduled to reopen in August 2020.

2. Visit Historic Fort Morgan, Alabama

Just a short drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Historic Fort Morgan is rich in history and fun! Fort Morgan was used throughout several wars, making it a unique destination to learn about those who came before us, and the battles that were fought to protect our area. Be sure to stop in the onsite museum and talk with historians, as well as pick up a map of the grounds. Guided tours are also available. The Fort has several areas where you can picnic, as well as let the kids play. If you decide to visit the Fort, plan to stay all day; it’s a wonderful experience to be able to watch the sunset over beautiful Mobile Bay!

3. Take a field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The beach is the ideal location to dive deep and learn about marine biology. At Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the public aquarium is a great place to learn everything you need to know about the critters you’re swimming with in the Gulf! If you’d like to go a little more in-depth, join one of their Boardwalk Talks where you’ll learn how you can help preserve coastal and oceanic ecosystems.

*Note: As of August 2020, due to Covid-19, guests are required to wear a mask and must schedule their tour ahead of their visit.

4. Embark on a Dolphin Cruise

Though a dolphin cruise may just sound like another activity to entertain the kids, it’s far from it! Dolphin cruises are a wonderful opportunity to explore the calm back bays of the area and learn about local wildlife. Most captains are happy to answer any questions you may have, and some even have information and facts they will share throughout the journey! Dolphin cruises are family-friendly, and oftentimes have bathrooms on-board if you’re worried about younger kids. Most cruise staff welcome small coolers with drinks and snacks for your convenience. These cruises are a fun and engaging way to learn about aquatic animals, and you and your kids will no doubt have an amazing time!

5.  Stop by Alligator Alley

If your kids want to learn a little more about the reptiles that call our sunny climate home, check out Alligator Alley. Your journey begins on an elevated boardwalk that will lead you to the habitat of more than 450 alligators! What’s the first thing you see? Baby gators! These cute little creatures are so much fun to watch, and you’ll even have the opportunity to hold one, if you’d like. As you continue down the boardwalk, you’ll see adult alligators, and you won’t believe how big they are! Along with these creatures, you may also see turtles, snakes, Osprey, Bullfrogs and even owls. If you’d like to see the alligators feed, you can watch at 11 a.m., at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. This activity is handicap accessible.

6.  Visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is one of the most popular family attractions in the region. Also known as the “Little Zoo” for its starring role in the 2006 hit documentary series, “The Little Zoo That Could” on Animal Planet, this non-profit zoological park is not just a little community zoo; it’s home to more than 199 species, 31 sub-species, and haven to eight endangered species. The zoo is about a mile from the beach and sits adjacent to a protected nature reserve. Tucked just off the main highway, visitors feel like they have entered a tropical urban oasis filled with intriguing sounds from their rich diversity of exotic animals. Whether it’s the distinctive call from their peacocks, chatter from the monkeys, or the occasional roar from one of their lions, you are instantly transported out of life’s hustle and bustle and into a peaceful nature setting. With wide pathways spread out over seven and a half acres, the zoo has shaded picnic areas, rest stops and benches, a seasonal concession stand, and a gift shop filled with awesome animal-themed merchandise. Voted the “#1 Zoo in Alabama” two times, they offer more than your typical zoo experience. Their friendly staff wants your trip to be as educational as possible, so they are always available to answer your questions. A trip to The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is a field trip like no other!

With so many unique learning experiences, there are plenty of ways to roadschool when you book it to the beach. Enjoy a whole different kind of recess when you bring your family to The Beach Club Resort & Spa in Gulf Shores. The resort is just a short drive from every activity listed, making it easy for you to make the beach your classroom. So, what are you waiting for? School is in session!

6 Ways to Treat Yourself in Gulf Shores

Everyone needs a getaway to rest and relax. That’s just one more reason to love The Beach Club Resort & Spa. When you visit, you’ll feel like you can truly unwind. Whether you want to shop, lay in the sun or relax at The Spa for a day, once you arrive, you really never have to leave. But, if you do want to venture out, we’ve listed six great ways to treat yourself in Gulf Shores, both at The Beach Club and away.

1.  The Spa and Salon at The Beach Club

The Spa at The Beach Club will have you feeling your best in no time. Tired muscles don’t stand a chance. The top-rated Aveda spa offers a variety of services including hot stone massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, a hair salon, and professional makeup stylists for special occasions. The Spa also offers a number of packages to choose from, whether you want to stay for an hour or the entire day. Plan to arrive early to grab a Mimosa and lounge in the relaxation room. Robes, lockers, and slippers are provided during your visit. A visit to The Spa is the ultimate way to treat yourself in Gulf Shores.

2. Shopping in Gulf Shores

Stop by The Village Mercantile at The Beach Club for a dose of retail therapy. All of the latest styles in swimwear, resort wear, and jewelry are all easy to find here! You’ll even find great sandals and handbags in all your favorite famous brands. The best part? The Village Mercantile is located next to The Village Creamery. A decadent ice cream dessert topped with cheesecake or melted fudge is the perfect way to indulge and treat yourself in Gulf Shores.  

3. Coast Restaurant

Find decadent dishes to enjoy in a laid back, resort atmosphere at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Get a taste of the Alabama Gulf Coast with the Gulf Coast Platter, a variety of seafood including crab cakes, shrimp, catch of the day, and U-10 oysters, fried or bronzed. Or, if you seafood isn’t your culinary jam, try the Beef Tenderloin Filet, Certified American Beef grilled to perfection with basil and garlic roasted tomatoes and house-recipe steak butter. If you’d like to enjoy your meal with a beautiful Gulf view, ask the hostess for a table on the veranda.

4. Beach Seating

You may have not thought about this one, but renting beach chairs at The Beach Club is one of the best ways to treat yourself. If you book with Spectrum Resorts, you receive a discount on your chair rentals! Not having to lug chairs and equipment down to the beach is a win, and The Beach Club makes this so easy. Just remember to book ahead!

Ways to Treat Yourself in Gulf Shores

5. Kayden’s Candy Factory

Kayden’s Candy Factory is one of the most unique ways to treat yourself in Gulf Shores. It’s a candy shop but also functions as a bar of sorts. Kayden’s offer wine and beer floats, made with their rich ice cream and the wine or beer of your choice. They also offer a truffle and wine pairing that you’re sure to love! For the kids, their selection of delicious candies, ice cream, and doughnuts will please even the pickiest of eaters! If you have an allergy or sensitivity, Kayden’s has a list on their website of ice creams that are safe for you to eat. For a truly unique experience, opt for the Chocolate and Wine Tasting.

6.  High Cotton Bath Company

High Cotton Bath Company combines creativity with a dose of luxury. Create a customized scent that their skilled technicians will use to make the bath products of your dreams. When you’ve finished combining the scents you like, you’ll be able to pick which products you’d like created, whether it be a lotion, bubble bath, or any of the other 50+ options available.

Whether you’re here for two days or two weeks, Gulf Shores has endless opportunities for you to de-stress and unwind, and of course, there’s no better place to do it than at the beach! Treat yourself at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.

5 Instagram-Worthy Photo Ops in Gulf Shores

With summer going at full steam, everyone is going to be posting those amazing vacation photos. You know, the ones where they’re at this incredible destination and sporting a fabulous new bikini? You’re either the person in the picture or the person admiring it. Last year, I was the girl admiring all of those cool photos. As my mom would say: “You got left in the dust.” But not this year. I’m determined to get my Instagram feed up to speed. While visiting The Beach Club a couple of weeks ago, I found the perfect places to take trendy and fun photos. If you were the person behind the lens last year, I’m here to help with that. Read on for some inspiration on Instagram-worthy photo ops at the beach.

1. The Beach

If you’re an early bird, head down to the beach around 7 a.m. The sun has just risen, and there won’t be many people out to disturb you. The Beach Club chair and umbrella rentals will be nice and neat that early in the day, and when they are all lined up, they make for one of the most unique Insta-worthy photo ops.

2. Campfires at The Beach Club 

Campfires on the sand are quite possibly the easiest photo op at the beach. Although this isn’t allowed on public beaches, campfires can be arranged for guests of Spectrum Resorts on The Beach Club’s private beaches. Simply make a reservation ahead of time (guests who book directly with Spectrum Resorts get 10% off), and the Spectrum team members do all the work for you. Take some pics on the boardwalk, then head down to the campfire for s’mores. Be sure to book your campfire before sunset, so you can have the bonus of Golden Hour. Your followers will do a double-take (in a good way) when they see the pics you took at your unique beach experience!

Note: Beach campfires are available seasonally and can vary throughout the year.

3. Historic Fort Morgan 

Rich in Alabama Gulf Coast history, Fort Morgan may just be the most unique Insta-worthy photo op in Gulf Shores. According to their website, “Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, Fort Morgan Historic Site has a diverse number of activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Fort Morgan is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country. In 1946 the site was turned over to the State of Alabama as a historic site. The grounds offer more than just history, the site also has nature areas, a boat launch, picnic area, and beaches for visitors to enjoy.”

Doesn’t that sound so cool? There are endless photo opportunities there. Plan to spend your whole day at the fort and get ready for some incredible photos!

4. Souvenir City 

Souvenir City has been a family beach tradition since 1956. Not only do they sell super-cool merchandise, but the biggest draw for visitors is the giant shark. Yes, I said giant shark! Nestled in the heart of Gulf Shores, Souvenir City makes for an awesome Instagram-worthy photo op at the beach. Stand in the mouth of the shark for an unforgettable photo that will get you likes galore! Afterward, take some time to shop inside. Souvenir City has everything you’ll need for a day on the beach.

5.  The Village Lawn

The Village Lawn is by far the trendiest spot for fun photo ops throughout Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. Open during the summer months, The Village Lawn features vintage Airstream food trucks and fantastic live music. Seated under the festival style lights, there are endless opportunities for amazing photos.

Note: The Village Lawn is available seasonally.

I hope you found some fun ideas for unique photo ops at and/or near The Beach Club. Be sure to tag @TheBeachClubResortAndSpa during your next Insta-worthy vacay!

See you at the beach,

About Emily

Emily Hobbs

Born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Emily Hobbs is passionate about helping her community grow and thrive. She volunteers at her local Chamber of Commerce and is enjoying learning about the ins and outs of business and the history of the area. Emily enjoys spending time outside in nature exploring new places as well as cooking, baking, reading and freelance writing. She lives with her parents and sisters in their country home, where they enjoy hosting family and friends on their back porch. She especially loves to spend time with her miniature black and tan dapple dachshund Rudy, who always lends a listening ear when she proofreads her articles.

5 Ultra-Fun Things for Teens to do at The Beach Club

Summer is FINALLY here! This school year has been rough for me, so I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back on the beach! Hanging out at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores is one of the coolest ways to spend summer break. If you’re like me, your attention span is nowhere to be found, and that’s fine. It was a long school year! I’ve created this list with activities for the go-getter and all of you that just want to sit back and relax. Whether you’re a gamer, shopper, social butterfly, or music enthusiast, there are so many fun things for teens to do at The Beach Club.

1. The Village Creamery 

The Village Creamery is the perfect place to cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth. Last time I was at The Beach Club, I got the most amazing tan. (I still can’t forget it, ha!) I got a little hot in the process so I gave The Village Creamery a try. OH. MY. GOODNESS. What more can I say? It was super hard to choose between the 16 different, hand-dipped flavors. I finally decided on the cookies and cream sundae, and I was not disappointed! In addition to the amazing flavors, I was shocked at all the candy. I mean, I was in heaven! They literally have every candy you can think of. What a treat! If you’re a Spectrum Resorts’ guest, enjoy a free cone on Spectrum or charge your ice cream to your room number. (With your parent’s permission, of course!)

2. The Village Arcade & Billiards

If you’re a gamer, you won’t be able to get enough of The Village Arcade & Billiards. Enjoy playing Xbox One  games or race your friends in Super Bikes 2. If you don’t want to play digital games, try your luck at the claw machine or a game of pool. It’s just one of so many fun things for teens to do at The Beach Club. (Especially when it’s super hot or rainy!) The arcade is a hidden gem at the resort, and you’ll no doubt love it as much as I do!

3. The Village Mercantile

Ladies, you’re going to LOVE this place! So, funny story, one time when I was visiting The Beach Club, I forgot my swimsuit. Yep. that’s me. It’s not the first time it’s happened either, yikes! Anyway, my mom took me to The Village Mercantile and their fashion game was on point! Hats, flip flops, sunglasses, and lucky for me, swimsuits! The Village Mercantile saved my beach trip that week. Plan to stop in while you’re at The Beach Club. You won’t regret it!

4. Sand Island

If you’re a “social butterfly” Sand Island is perfect for you! Whether you want to play a little beach volleyball, hang out with some friends, or meet fellow vacationers, I would 100% recommend Sand Island. Located directly north of The Clubhouse, Sand Island is the perfect hangout spot for teens!

5. The Village Lawn

Looking for more fun things to do at The Beach Club? The Village Lawn combines two of my favorite things, music, and food. I honestly can’t think of anything better than grabbing a bite from one of the food trucks and jamming out to some live music. Guests  who book directly through Spectrum Resorts can charge food to their room number so they don’t have to carry any cash, one of my favorite perks. When staying at the resort, live music at The Village Lawn is on the top of my list. Seriously, you have to experience it!

I hope this list of things teens can do at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores was helpful in planning your beach trip! You’re going to have so much fun at my favorite resort!

See you at the beach,

About Emily

Born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Emily Hobbs is passionate about helping her community grow and thrive. She volunteers at her local Chamber of Commerce and is enjoying learning about the ins and outs of business and the history of the area. Emily enjoys spending time outside in nature exploring new places as well as cooking, baking, reading and freelance writing. She lives with her parents and sisters in their country home, where they enjoy hosting family and friends on their back porch. She especially loves to spend time with her miniature black and tan dapple dachshund Rudy, who always lends a listening ear when she proofreads her articles.