Alabama’s Gulf Coast is filled to the brim with rich history, Southern hospitality, natural beauty and plenty of sunshine. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, groups can sink their feet into sugar-white sand beaches, splash in the aqua waters and taste some of the most authentic and freshest seafood around.

“The Alabama Gulf Coast gives groups plenty of things to do on and off the beach, particularly nature-focused adventures,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “With a 28-mile trail system in Gulf State Park, waterways ideal for fishing and sightseeing as well as an outstanding food and beverage scene, we encourage groups to embrace our coastal culture.”

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism


Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Big Beach Brewing Company, Gulf Shores, Ala.
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What started as a hobby for owners Julie and Jim Shamburger, Big Beach Brewing Company quickly outgrew its small basement operation, and it now boasts a taproom with 12 taps featuring craft beer and homemade lemonade. Try the Hundred Daze IPA, Rod’s Reel Cream Ale or Dixie’s Heart Irish Red Ale.


King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama
King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant, Gulf Shores, Ala.
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Unassuming on the outside, King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant is a family-run eatery serving up some of the best royal red shrimp, fresh fish and oysters found anywhere along the Gulf. King Neptune’s has been featured on TV shows including Bobby Flay’s Food Nation, and The Travel Channel’s Travel Deep in the South.


Rum Sisters in Orange Beach, Alabama
Rum Sisters, Orange Beach, Ala.
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Specializing in unique, alcohol-infused cakes, Rum Sisters is a gourmet bakery using top-shelf bourbon and rum and quality ingredients. Considered “sisters by rum,” Elizabeth Jones and Kelly Canale joined forces in 2014 to form Rum Sisters, which instantly took off. Stop in and try the Drunken Monkey or Twisted Sista.


The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama
The Hangout, Gulf Shores, Ala.
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The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend, held annually in November, showcases the talents and tastes of the best chefs from the Southeast for a decadent afternoon of oysters and spirits on the beach in Gulf Shores. Sample inspired oyster dishes from dozens of restaurants serving Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and raw oysters.