Growing up in Ohio, we considered ourselves lucky to wear shorts after Labor Day. Fall was one long, cold, rainy season that dribbled into dreary winters.
But that was before the internet (I’m really old). And before air travel was so affordable. And before I moved south where summer fights with school schedules well into October.
But here I am…. a southern girl transplant who will do almost anything to keep on summering right into fall with my family! So, when the kids have a long weekend break from school, we take full advantage of it!
My favorite place for a fall beach getaway should come as no surprise to regular readers. It’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama! Of course, it helps that my oldest lives in nearby Birmingham and we can usually see him when we head to Alabama.
But, it’s a lot more than that. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (the two towns on Alabama’s Gulf Coast) are incredibly family friendly.
estaurants, even fine dining restaurants, welcome children with friendly staff and children’s menus.
The wide variety of attractions, from biking the miles of trails, hiking at the state park, to the many water sports are surprisingly affordable.
Rental homes and apartments are widely available, and even hotels offer special perks (like loaner beach toys for kids) to make vacations easy and affordable.
Another big reason to consider a fall beach vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the value.
September to November is considered the shoulder season, so accommodations are discounted. AND, since the beach is less crowded this time of year, there’s lots more beach per person to enjoy.
Restaurant wait times drop (a lot!), too. That means you won’t wait 1.5 hours for ice cream at The Yard Milkshake Bar, even though people say it’s totally worth it.
At the same time, the gulf waters are still warm. The sun shines bright. In fact, October is the sunniest month of the year!
I could go on and on, but these days, a video is worth a million words! So take a look — and then head to Gulf Shores for fall break. Your kids will thank you!