Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

The Alabama Gulf Coast is the ideal location for family vacations. Come relax on our sugar-white sand beaches, swim in the tropical gulf waters, and delight in over 220 days of sunshine each year. The beach communities of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach encompass renowned Southern hospitality while offering a vast array of attractionsexciting outdoor activities and nightlife including boardwalks, mini-golf, outlet malls, fishing charters, golf courses. Toddlers to teenagers, moms, dads and grandparents will be amused at the area water parks.

Our events and festivals bring some amazing talent and live entertainment to the Gulf Shores area.  Everyone can find something to suit their taste buds from seafood to specialty cuisine restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Come check us out and see why we call Alabama’s Gulf Coast a hidden treasure!


Pick your pleasure - fun by land or by water, Alabama`s Gulf Coast has it all! Fishing, golf, water parks, swimming, boating, nature trails and more. Here are a few of our favorite vacation outings for days when you`re not relaxing on the white sand beach:


There are plenty of attractions to enjoy in Gulf Shores. Whether you`re a history buff, ocean lover or a family making memories with the kids, your days will be filled with fun, adventure and lots of smiles.

Events and Festivals

Live music, parades, holidays, art festivals and historical tours can all be found on Alabama`s Gulf Coast. With an abundance of activities happening, you can be as busy as you want on your vacation. Join us in the spring for Mardi Gras or the HangOut Music Festival . Summertime brings Civil War History Tours at Fort Morgan, fishing and golf tournaments, hot air balloon festivals, and music on the beach! The fun doesn`t stop in the fall and winter with Oktoberfest, BirdFest, Shrimp Festival (2015 will be its 44th year!), and a magical Christmas lights display.

Local Services

At Bender Vacation Rentals we realize that even when you are on vacation, you need to find day-to-day services like grocery stores, banks and pharmacies. We`ve put together a list of nearby service providers for your convenience.

Restaurants - Gulf Shores

All of our condos offer fully equipped kitchens, but when you want to go out, there are many popular seafood restaurants, local cafes, and fine dining establishments in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Here are a few of our favorites:

Restaurants - Orange Beach

Enjoy water front views, the finest seafood and delicious culinary delights in Orange Beach. Check out our top picks in Orange Beach.