Most of us have been there: you’re on vacation, but for whatever reason (tight finances or simply wanting to save a chunk of money) you just can’t let loose financially. Many times have I been in this situation. Fortunately, vacationing in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach offers many free activities.
One of my favorites has always been to just get outside and enjoy the Gulf Coast nature. My number one free vacation pastime: sit on the beach and read/nap/listen to music/listen to the waves. If I’m feeling a little more active, I might go walking or biking along a nature trail somewhere, like the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, or the Civil War Trail.
Speaking of the Civil War Trail, exploring the local history is another free activity. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum and the Gulf Shores Museum offer some interesting insights into the area’s history and culture, as do several other Gulf Shores museums and historic sites. And if you’re looking for a nice mix of nature, history, and museums (for free), check out the Free and Fabulous itinerary on OrangeBeachToday.com.
Of course, if you just want to relax at your Gulf-front condo, gaze out at the Gulf from your condo balcony, relax by the pool, or take advantage of amenities like tennis courts and hot tubs and lazy rivers, that’s always a free option too—and maybe my favorite one of all.