When you take the family on vacation in early June, there are so many fun things to do and places to explore.

The breezes are warm and inviting, the Gulf water is refreshing, and the sand is as white and soft as ever.

The second week in June is a perfect time to spend time along the beaches of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key.

Pull Up A Chair

A great way to start a vacation is to hit the beach for a little relaxation in the sun.

Many beach condos offer lounge chair and cabana rentals, which are perfect for guaranteeing you have a preferred spot on the sand.

If the condo you have selected does not provide access to a rental service on the beach, bring your own chairs, umbrellas and other necessary items.

Why not pack a cooler with snacks and drinks and make a day of it! Just be sure to remove all of your personal items before dusk. Our new “Leave Only Footprints” campaign aims to keep the beaches free and clear for wildlife and people who want to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the clean, calm beach areas.

A handful of beach services and rental companies, like Ike's Beach Service, provide lounger and beach chair rentals in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key.

Get Caught Up In The Craze To Laze

There are several condos that offer access to on-site lazy rivers, including Caribe, the Phoenix condo complexes, and Turquoise Place, for example.

Not staying in a condo with its own lazy river? No problem. There’s an awesome one at Waterville USA called Crystal River.

The lush tropical setting of this soothing ride even includes a refreshing waterfall to cool off when a splash is what you need!

When you want to amp up the fun, take a trip down one of the water slides, or let the kids play at the kid-friendly Shrimp Boat Village.

Go Fish!

Bring your fishing gear to fish from the surf or even from the Gulf State Park Pier. Remember to bring your fishing license, or you may purchase one on site at the pier.

The pier juts out into the Gulf 1,540 feet and is one of the longest on the Gulf of Mexico. It has a width of 20 feet, and you can take in the gorgeous views of Gulf waters and white sandy beaches no matter where you are on the pier.

Or, if you’re in the mood for a little more adventurous pursuit of the big catch, plan a deep sea fishing trip. In Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, you will find fishing boats that can accommodate one or more people for a few hours’ trip. Or, you can organize a private charter for your group for a half- or whole-day trip or even overnight.

An extended red snapper fishing season in Alabama and federal waters is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1-Sept. 2.

Give your family something to talk about all summer long with a beach vacation right after school is out. Visit Gulf Shores beaches the second week in June.