Escape to the sugar-white sand beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama. This charming community in Baldwin County offers guests rich history, beautiful scenery, and plenty of fun. When you’re not exploring the Fort Morgan Historic Site or hiking the area’s unique trails, we invite you to check the many family-friendly events in town. The guide below will walk you through the many exciting events in Fort Morgan, including those that are budget-friendly and fun for the entire family:
49th Annual Shrimp Festival
Is shrimp your favorite food? Well, if not, you’ll still love this annual festival! For 49 years, this volunteer-driven event has been attracting locals and visitors alike. In Gulf Shores from October 6-9, 2022, you can explore 50 local and regional vendors serving delicious food, ranging from crab cakes and conch fritters to lobster and Cajun pistols. And the fun doesn’t end when you eat your weight in fresh seafood, you can enter the sand sculpture concert, participate in the 5k and 10k races, browse local art, and listen to live music. More than 100 hours of musical entertainment are scheduled across two stages, ranging from blues, jazz, classic rock, and country. With nearly 250,000 attendees every year, this family-friendly event is free and fun for all. To learn more, visit our website here.
On Sunday, October 9th, Flora-Bama Oktoberfest brings action and fun to the entire family! The fun starts as soon as you arrive at the event with a complimentary drink upon entry for people who are 21 and up. Make sure you come hungry because there are so many delicious German foods waiting for you to try. The food buffet begins serving at 4 pm while supplies last and features beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. Guests can enjoy live music from The Brats in the Bama Done at 4 pm. Make sure you come dressed up in your best German attire because there’s a prize on the line. The best dress Lederhosen (men) and Dirndl (women) will receive a $50 certificate. Learn more about the Flora-Bama Oktoberfest here.
Jubilee Festival of Arts
Held in Lott Park on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne is the 34th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. From October 15-16, 2022, more than 100 local and regional artists showcase their best work, including handmade jewelry, sculpture, paintings, pottery, mixed media, wood, and functional and decorative items. Although art is the festival’s main focus, there is so much more to enjoy. The Kids Art Park is the perfect place to take the kiddos. For free, children can build wooden block sculptures, create fish prints, paint pumpkins, and make freeform art. Kids Art Park hours are 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Afterward, stroll through the food court for dishes that will excite your taste buds and end the day with live music. The Jubilee Festival of Arts is free to attend. Learn more here.
The Original German Sausage Festival
Enjoy some German-style fun at The Original German Sausage Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2022. An estimated 20,000 visitors attend this delicious event every year to indulge in German sausage and sauerkraut and to browse more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Aside from German foods, burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ sandwiches, visitors can enjoy carnival rides and live entertainment including German music and more. Started in 1978 as a town fundraiser by Elberta’s Volunteer Fire Department, it’s fun for the entire family. Get more information about The Original German Sausage Festival here.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
On November 11-12, 2022, spectators can watch the NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. This year’s theme is “100 Years of Carrier Aviation” and provides fun for the entire family. Known as one of Pensacola’s largest events, this two-day event showcases NAS Pensacola Blue Angels, as well as a spectacular lineup of aerobatic performers. Gates open at 8:00 am and the show begins at 9:30. Attendees are recommended to bring their chairs when watching for free or there is paid seating that can be purchased. Learn more about the Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow here.
Book Your Getaway
After an action-packed day exploring the many events located in and around Fort Morgan, retreat to one of our beautiful vacation rentals. At Poole & Associates, we make it our mission to provide you with a vacation rental fit for the entire family. Our wide selection of Fort Morgan properties includes beach homes and cottages. Contact our team of reservation specialists to book your stay and to learn more about the exciting events and activities waiting for you.
Traveling to the Alabama Coast is a year-round option for adventurers to enjoy but when you’re looking forward to quality time with the family, summer is an amazing season to embrace the best this area has to offer. From amazing shorelines and exciting activities to check out, there’s no shortage of fun for families traveling with little ones of all ages and interests! The following are just a few of the many summer activities on the Alabama Coast to add to your itinerary this year when a family-friendly summer getaway is a top priority.
Bask Under the Sun on the Beach
A highlight of nearly every family getaway to the Alabama Coast in the summer is time well-spent on scenic shorelines! Travelers of all ages will find the sugar-white sands across Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and more endlessly tantalizing and offering up days of fun to be enjoyed. In total, the Gulf Coast of Alabama hosts over 32 miles of beaches to check out, meaning there’s no shortage of options when it comes to summertime family entertainment outdoors. Little ones will love building sandcastles and searching for seashells while families with older kids in tow will find that options like boogie boarding, snorkeling, and swimming make for an unforgettable day of adventure too!
Give Parasailing a Try
If your family happens to be the type with a passion for adrenaline-pumping fun and you’re looking for a new perspective on the Alabama Coast this summer, booking a parasailing adventure is just the ticket. This activity is thrilling and offers family members a bird’s eye view of breathtaking terrain! There are a variety of local companies that offer parasailing adventures for families with gear equipped to handle up to three passengers at a time in some cases. Southern Rose Parasailing and Dolphin Cruises is a great starting point when you’re looking to add this summer fun activity to your Alabama Coast itinerary.
Make the Most of Mini-Golf
While the Alabama Coast is adorned with delightful and world-class golf courses for enthusiasts to check out this time of year, a family-focused adventure is always made memorable when you make time for a round of mini-golf that everyone can participate in! Mini-golf is a great choice for families traveling this way with kids of all ages. Those who are setting their travel sights more around Gulf Shores will find that a round or two at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf is always a delight. Spending more time around Orange Beach? Be sure to check out Beachside Mini Golf or Adventure Island. Both options are worth your while and make for a great way to incorporate a bit of friendly competition into your family getaway as well.
Stroll The Wharf
When amusement park-style fun paired with epic scenery is exactly your family’s style, time spent strolling The Wharf this summer is sure to please. This boardwalk and beachfront attraction is a great place to enjoy time people watching, restaurant hopping, and of course, making the most of the thrills and rides as well. A ride around the Ferris Wheel is always an exciting option to add to the lineup of activities while taking in a concert at the on-site amphitheater is just as fun. The Wharf is also home to movie theaters, game rooms, and an arcade for those traveling with kids who can’t wait to incorporate a little screen time into the day as well. If you stick around until after the sun goes down, you can enjoy the nightly laser show that’s put on at this beloved destination during the summer months.
Cast a Line in Coastal Style
Many families bond over time spent casting a line in the summer and if you’re heading toward the Alabama Coast, you’ll have plenty of options to keep that tradition alive and well. Consider heading over to the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier with a pole and line in hand to make the most of a day of fun under the sun. This pier offers plenty of space to settle in and enjoy seeing what you reel in. There’s a bait shop nearby as well so you don’t have to worry about having everything with you upon arrival. Looking to get out on open water alongside a professional guide and see what you can catch? Booking a charter experience is the way to go. Both Island Marine Charters and Gulf Shores Fishing are good options to consider when you’re ready to book your on-the-water experience!
Book your Getaway Today and Enjoy Summer Activities on the Alabama Coast
Making the most of summer fun is easy to do when you set your travel sights on the Alabama Coast. Enjoying the luxury and style to match is just as simple for those who book a vacation rental through Poole & Associates. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible options and to start planning your summer adventure!