Ring in the New Year at The Wharf in Orange Beach with live music, the annual party on Main Street, and games and activities for the entire family.

The SPECTRA holiday lights show will light up Main Street.

Also on tap are fireworks and the Marlin Drop at midnight, a kid’s area on Main Street, the ice-skating rink (open until midnight) and much more.

Why Travel For New Year's

Travel during the holiday season is nothing new, but many vacationers are stepping out from traditional celebrations in favor of some trips that are bit a more relaxing. Although many still head out to visit family and friends, other travelers are gravitating toward alternate options. One of the coolest ways to mark the passing of another year is by embarking on a vacation with loved ones, and for that reason, many travelers are ready to ring in the new year in a fun locale.

You can watch as firework displays mark the start of the new year in Gulf Shores.Venturing out to a new destination for New Year's is appealing for many. Not only do you get to spend the rest of the holidays with loved ones, swapping gifts and sharing family dinners, but you can also skip over the hectic travel days. The days around New Year's Eve and Jan. 1 are typically a bit slower for travel, whether by air or roads, so you can easily reach a destination and get started on relaxing. 

Celebrate In Gulf Shores

The Gulf Shores area may be the ideal destination for you to welcome the arrival of a new year. This coastal town is the perfect choice for those who want to enjoy a gorgeous setting, delicious restaurants and cozy accommodations throughout their stay. 

There are several events that take place throughout the Gulf Coast. Gulf State Park hosts a family-friendly celebration that includes campfires right on the beach, and groups will be able to make s'mores and enjoy some entertainment as they wait for the time to tick by. Firework displays will go off at 10 p.m. and midnight, allowing groups with visitors of all ages to watch as the spectacular show lights up the night sky. 

Numerous restaurants throughout the area also host their own parties, with plenty of contests, family-centric activities, musical acts and tasty food available to keep you entertained. No matter what kind of celebration you're looking for, there's a good chance you can find it happening in Gulf Shores

Or, Keep The Party Small At Your Beach House

Of course, there are also some great options for travelers who would rather have a subdued celebration for New Year's Eve. Consider renting Gulf Shores beach houses where you and your family can gather for a night of home-cooked food, games and entertainment. The privacy provided by these rentals offers you the perfect place to enjoy a quiet night with your loved ones while also getting a chance to reap the rewards of an awesome vacation. 

The Fun Continues On New Year's Day

To top it all off, you can keep the festivities going into New Year's Day. Not only can you make sure your vacation rental is reserved for the holiday - as well as for more time after it, if you choose - but you can start sticking to your New Year's resolutions right away. Want to work some exercise into your schedule? Then start the morning of Jan. 1 with a long walk on the beach in the mild climate of Gulf Shores. Those visitors who want to make it a point to add some spice to their lives can try the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip or the Slip and Slide Polar Bear Dip at The Hangout, as hundreds of people kick off the new year with a run or slide into the Gulf of Mexico.