Celebrate the start of college football with the annual SEC BeachFest in Gulf Shores.

It's not uncommon to see visitors throwing around a football on a beach in Gulf Shores, but sometimes that's just not enough to satisfy a love of the game. Those fanatics who are counting down the days to kickoff can celebrate with SEC BeachFest, the annual college football festival in Orange Beach.

Kick off football season with BeachFest

There are a lot of activities that can get visitors in Gulf Shores in a festive mood. Whether you're at your happiest when wading in the warm Gulf waters, trying new seafood or exploring nature, you can always find something to indulge in when staying at Gulf Shores vacation rentals. That's also true for sports fans, who have a unique opportunity to take part in a one-of-a-kind event in the Gulf Shores area that celebrates one of the biggest passions in the country, especially the south: college football. 

Kick off the season in style

Celebrate the start of college football with the annual SEC BeachFest in Gulf Shores.It doesn't matter what kind of fan you are - if you've ever enjoyed a college football game or simply appreciate all of the beauty along the Gulf Coast, you'll love SEC BeachFest. The event blends the festive atmosphere of any SEC game with some of the top activities in the region, and in the end it provides visitors with endless opportunities for fun. 

"SEC BeachFest gives us the distinct opportunity to welcome fans to our beautiful beaches and kick off the always highly anticipated SEC football season," said Herb Malone, president of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. "We are honored to be the beach destination where SEC fans come to play, and we're thrilled to give fans a variety of activities to look forward to during their visit." 

With live music and entertainment, contests, meet-and-greets, road races and more, SEC BeachFest is sure to be a spectacular way for fans to get in the college football mindset. 

What to expect

SEC BeachFest is loaded with activities that families and travel groups can enjoy. While the allure of the area's beaches is certainly a major part of the festival - especially since it takes place right on the coast - a number of other events place the focus solely on college football. Past players and coaches attend and are more than happy to meet with fans, and if you want to keep the younger ones in your group happy, you can head to a special kids zone that caters to younger fans. 

One of the biggest draws of the SEC BeachFest is the golfing. The Gulf Shores area is home to nine signature golf courses, and three of these are hosting SEC BeachFest golf scrambles. These activities allow attendees to head to the links and try to compete for the top prize. 

In addition to the awesome golf courses there are plenty of ways to stretch your legs while taking part in the festival. A 1-mile fun run and 5K race encourage participants to rock their team colors as they jog along the beach, while charter boating trips bring groups around the Gulf Coast and let you try to haul in the biggest catch of the day. More laid-back contests involving beach football, volleyball and corn hole will be held right on the sandy shores of the region as well. 

Make the most of your trip to BeachFest

Anyone can enjoy the festivities that take place as part of BeachFest, but it's certainly better if you can relax knowing you are just a short distance from the Gulf Shores condos where you are staying. Having a rental house or condo nearby ensures you can experience each of the three days of events scheduled while also leaving you some freedom to spend some time relaxing under the sun. 

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