2020 Fall & Winter Travel Guide to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Use our travel tips and advice to plan your vacation to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach , AL

The warm temperatures and lack of crowds during the fall in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, make this season the best for locals and travelers alike. 

While many of our favorite events and fall festivals are canceled this year, fall is still a great time to visit Alabama's Gulf Coast. With fewer crowds, you'll find wide-open beaches to explore without worrying about finding a spot with enough space. If you are looking for something to do outside of relaxing at the beach, you can enjoy great fishing, bird watching, hiking, and biking during the fall. 

Bird Watching

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are always great destinations for bird watching, but fall is especially great. You get the chance to see migratory birds making their last pit stop before their final journey south for the winter. Great birdwatching locations include Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, Gulf State Park, and Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.

Hiking & Biking

As the temperatures cool down into the 80s, the weather is perfect for being outside and exploring. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail features 15 miles of trails through 6 distinct ecosystems, which is perfect for biking. If hiking is more your speed, Bon Secour and Gulf State Park both offer trails to experience the coastal habitats of Alabama. 


Fishing in the fall along the Alabama Gulf Coast means you have a chance to catch grouper, scamp, amberjack, wahoo, king mackerel, and more. Get out on the water with a local fishing guide or charter for the best opportunity to catch fish. 


Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to several world-class golf courses, and fall is the perfect time to get out on the greens. Visit courses like the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, Gulf Shores Golf Club, Craft Farms Golf Club, and Kiva Dunes Resort and Golf.