Things to Do in Gulf Shores for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and you want your season to go out with a bang! Gulf Shores is the perfect place to get in one last “hoorah” before summer ends. There are always tons of exciting things to do in Gulf Shores , but Labor Day Weekend is when the area particularly comes alive. If you’re looking to craft the perfect Labor Day Weekend in Gulf Shores, be sure to add some of these celebrations to your itinerary.

What to Do


In Gulf Shores, there’s always something new to discover. To start, you can come out to enjoy the stunning beaches with an unbelievable view of the Gulf of Mexico. Let your kids build a killer sandcastle, get involved in watersports like jet skiing, or cool off with a dip in the waves. There are plenty of historical sites for you to visit, such as Battleship Memorial Park and the Gulf Shores Museum. Looking for nature? Head to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge or Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.

Kids love getting their adrenaline rush at Waterville USA or getting competitive at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf. Get up close and personal with Alabama’s wildlife at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, or spend the evening experiencing the fun of The Wharf!

Gulf State Park Pier is great for taking an evening stroll or casting your line out into the waters.

If you somehow run out of things to do or you just want a change of pace, Gulf Shores is near tons of great day trips. It’s only about an hour away from Dauphin Island, and it takes just 30 minutes to reach our very own Fort Morgan! There’s truly something for everyone in this area. While you can enjoy these attractions any time of year, there are a few events to take advantage of that are specific to Labor Day Weekend. 


Ring in your Labor Day Weekend with the OWA Labor Day Car Show! This pedestrian-friendly event is great for guests of all ages, and it’s totally free to enjoy. Come out to see cars from 1929 to today, with everything from custom cars to classic hot rods to antiques to classics and everything in between. You can also grab snacks and souvenirs from the shops and restaurants in the area. For 2020, the car show will be held on Saturday, September 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

What would Labor Day Weekend be without an awesome fireworks show? After you get done at the car show, stick around into the evening to experience the biggest fireworks display in the area. Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. short, so don’t be late! You can grab a great spot on one of the bridges, at the OWA Island Amphitheater, on the benches at the Midway Games, or by the Sky Balloons and the Magic Fountain. 

You know you’re going to want to spend time on the water, so why not try your hand at fishing? Sign up for the 53rd Annual 2020 MBGFC Labor Day Invitational. You can pre-register online or in person on September 3. On Friday, you’ll learn about all the rules and the prizes you can score, then fishing happens all day Saturday and Sunday. Of course, if you don’t want to enter, you can always watch the boats come in and weigh their catches!

Where to Eat

Spending Labor Day in Gulf Shores is a great time to check out all the best restaurants in the area. There’s something for every palate, whether you’re looking for fresh seafood or something a bit more exotic. Our advice? Stay around the calmer shores of Fort Morgan for your meals. Whether you want a casual breakfast or a relaxing dinner, you’ll find fewer crowds and faster service at one of these mouthwatering Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan restaurants

Tacky Jacks is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, and once you visit, it won’t be hard to see why! This family-friendly eatery has incredible options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you definitely won’t leave hungry! You’ll find land options like the grilled chicken BLT or classic seafood selections like the crab cake dinner. There’s a great kids’ menu, plenty to pick from for dessert, and tons of drink selections to help you stay cool. Stick around into the evening to enjoy karaoke twice a week!

Want a classic meal that just hits the spot? Fort Morgan Pizza is the place to go. As you might expect, the big draw here is the pizza. You can grab a Meat Lover, Supreme, Hawaiian Style, or single topping that offers pepperoni, sausage, or hamburger. They’ve also got cheese sticks and dipping sauces to round out your meal. With convenient curbside pickup, you can grab dinner and take it back to your luxury Fort Morgan vacation rental!

Visit Today

Gulf Shores is an exciting destination for a Labor Day weekend getaway. Book your rental in Fort Morgan to stay close to the action without sacrificing a quiet relaxing experience!

Looking for a romantic date night with the highest quality seafood? Take your sweetheart to Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Of course, you can get fabulous sushi here, but other menu offerings include additional seafood options, steaks, pasta, salads, and more. This is the place to indulge with parmesan truffle fries, snow crab clusters, pan-seared sea scallops, and the like. You’ll get it all with an unbeatable view of the Gulf.

On a hot summer day, you might be looking for a treat that both cools you off and satisfies your sweet tooth. Look no further than Matt’s Ice Cream. It’s the only homemade ice cream shop in Fort Morgan, offering traditional floats, sundaes, and banana splits. Once you step in, you’ll understand why the locals love Matt’s! Other great dessert spots include Café Beignet, Hope’s Cheesecake, and Scoops Ice Cream.

At the end of a long day, you’re probably going to want a cool drink with your friends and loved ones. We’ve already mentioned Tacky Jacks, but it’s worth repeating that they’ve got some of the best drinks in the area. You can also head to nearby Dauphin Island to experience Pirate’s Bar and Grill, Dority’s Bar & Grill, or Pelican Pub. Any of these joints is guaranteed to provide a relaxing atmosphere where you can chill out and create awesome memories.

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Stay in Banana Cabana 2.0 for your next family gathering at the beach. With 9 bedrooms, it has plenty of room for eveyone.

Where to Stay

If you’re planning a Gulf Shores vacation over Labor Day Weekend, you’ll want to book your rental as soon as possible. The shores tend to fill up quickly! If you want to experience the fun of Gulf Shores but still have a relaxing place to return to at the end of the day, consider staying in Fort Morgan. It’s just a short drive away from Gulf Shores but lets you return to a quiet and calming location for the evenings.

Our Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan vacation rentals provide you the ideal combination of luxury and comfort. We’ve got rentals of all sizes, perfect for any size group on any budget. By the time your vacation is over, you’ll probably find you don’t want to leave! Our staff is always ready to assist you, so what are you waiting for? Contact us today to book your dream getaway!