Where to Spend Your Awesome Emerald Coast Fishing Adventure

With its 24-mile stretch of white sand beaches, there is no shortage of gorgeous, picture-perfect spots on the Emerald Coast. While admiring the view of lapping turquoise waves on the sand, you may ask yourself, “What else can I do on a Panama City Beach vacay besides dolphin watching, parasailing, and jet skiing?” Well, how about fishing?! Fishing is not only a fun outdoor activity but also an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There’s nothing like slowing down to wait for that big catch to nibble on your line. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just an easygoing, curious traveler looking for new things to try, you’ll enjoy reeling in your own dinner while hanging out with your friends and family on your Emerald Coast fishing adventure! Check out where you can go fishing during your next visit to the Emerald Coast.

What Fish Can I Catch on the Emerald Coast?

Emerald Coast’s rich waters are home to thousands of fish species, making it an ideal destination for your fishing escapade. Here are just a few of the most common catches from these diverse fishing grounds:

1. Redfish

The tough-fighting redfish is the most popular catch found around the Gulf of Mexico. No doubt about it, it’s the top go-to species of inshore anglers on the Emerald Coast. Thriving in the shallow waters of the back bays and waterways of the St. Andrew Bay System, redfish can be caught year-round and feed mostly on shrimp, snails, and crabs. While this delicious creature is always in season, you’re most likely to catch a “bull” redfish weighing 10 to 30 lbs, during the fall season in the deeper Panama City Pass.

2. King Mackerel

Also known as Kingfish, the King Mackerel is a migratory fish found both inshore and offshore. It is one of the most common, largest, and fastest members of the Mackerel family. It grows up to 40 lbs and travels with others in “schools” of Kingfish. The Kingfish is an oily meat that tastes best when smoked or grilled. Although this tasty fish is usually caught by trolling, you can also try your hand at using live baits, such as sardines, pogies, and blue runners.

3. Cobia

The cobia is also called “Lemonfish” and is found along the sandbars in the spring time. To catch aggressive anglers, like the cobia, it’s best to use live baits such as crabs and shrimp, or lures like plastic eels and colorful jigs. This fish is known for its firm and mild-tasting meat that remains pinkish when raw and white when cooked. Most locals eat this buttery saltwater fish grilled, smoked, deep-fried, pan-seared, or even raw!

How to Prepare for Your Emerald Coast Fishing Trip

Whether you want to go solo or join a bunch of other anglers and tourists on your Emerald Coast fishing trip, you’ll surely find excellent fishing spots in the area. But before you head out, be sure to check the latest fishing reports, identify alternative fishing locations, confirm that the weather is ideal, and of course, pack your fishing essentials with lures and baits ready to go. Don’t have your own fishing gear? Not a problem! If you decide to join a fishing charter, most of the fishing equipment you’ll need should be provided.

Where Can I Go Fishing on the Emerald Coast?

There are many ways to cast your line on the Emerald Coast! You can choose to go pier fishing, surf fishing, or boat fishing. While they are all very different experiences, you’ll have fun no matter which way you go.

Shore Fishing

Shore fishing is land-based fishing where you basically fish from anywhere along the shoreline, including from beaches, rock jetties, or even fishing piers. During your trip to the Emerald Coast, you can choose to fish from many of these spots! It is typically the easiest and most cost effective way to go fishing because you can easily cast your line directly off of one of our local fishing piers, or wade into the shallow surf zone of one of our sandy beaches! However, be sure to bring all of your own fishing gear or rent locally!

For surf fishing, just stake your claim on a good spot along the shore, and be on the lookout for Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, Sheepshead, Whiting, or even a local shark species, too! Anglers are usually great for surf fishing during sunrise, sunset, or at night.

To go pier fishing, you can head out to the 1,500-feet-long Russell-Fields City Pier, M.B. Miller County Pier, or St. Andrews State Park Pier, where you can expect to catch Amberjack, Tuna, Cobia, or Sailfish.

Want more of an adventure out in nature? Try kayak fishing at St. Andrew Bay, West Bay, or Hathaway Bridge, and relish the peaceful joy of paddling through the calm bay waters on your angling adventure.

Charter Boat Fishing

What’s the best thing about joining a fishing charter? It’s a professional operation with folks that make it as convenient as possible for you to just show up and start fishing! Going on a fishing charter usually offers the best value for money because they provide all the fishing gear, required fishing licenses, transportation to great spots in the ocean or bay, and most importantly, professional coaching! All you have to do is show up and focus on reeling in your big catch with the support of their expert crew who can give fishing tips and techniques on the spot. Check out these recommended fishing charters you can board for your Emerald Coast angling escapade.

1. Florida Panhandle Charters

Hook into a trophy catch with Florida Panhandle Charters, which offers inshore, nearshore, and bottom fishing for $700 to $1,000 per charter. Are you a newbie? No problem! You can join their Captain’s Recommendation fishing charter, designed for beginners who get the benefit of the captain’s personal fishing advice while on board. When you book their inshore trip, you can expect to catch some Speckled Trout, Redfish, and more. Their nearshore fishing trips go out in the morning or in the afternoon, and you can troll for a variety of saltwater species, including Mackerel and Jack Crevalle.They also offer seasonal Shark fishing, where you will use light tackle and rods to lure in Blacktip, Spinner, Bonnethead, and Hammerhead sharks.

Want a fun activity for your family to bond over? Reserve your slot on one of Florida Panhandle Charters’ 4-hour bottom fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico, where you can also enjoy nature watching, seeing different varieties of fish, like Red Snapper, Triggerfish, and Grouper, gather around their natural and artificial reef habitats. Bringing kids with you on your Emerald Coast fishing escapade? Be sure to book their 3-hour Fishing for Kids experience, which teaches youngsters how to inshore fish.

To guarantee your reservation, you will need to pay a 30% deposit fee using your credit card. You can pay off your balance in cash or by check sent directly to the charter coming on or before your scheduled trip. To cancel or modify your booking free of charge, be sure to notify them at least 3 days before your trip. But be aware that your credit card will be charged 100% of the total deposit in the event of a no-show or late cancellation.

Pricing:
ActivityCost per Group
Schedule/Max Number of Persons
Captain’s Recommendation$7007 a.m. and 12 p.m.
4 persons
4-hr In-shore Fishing$7007 a.m. and 12 p.m.
5-hr In-shore Fishing$8507 a.m. and 12 p.m.
6-hr In-shore Fishing$10007 a.m. and 12 p.m.
4-hr Near-shore Fishing$700Up to 4 people
5-hr Near-shore Fishing$850Up to 4 people
6-hr Near-shore Fishing$1000Up to 4 people
4-hr Shark Fishing$7007 a.m. 
Seasonal
5-hr Shark  Fishing$8507 a.m. 
Seasonal
6-hr Shark  Fishing$10007 a.m.
Seasonal
3 Hour Trip – Kids$500 8 a.m.
4 persons
4 Hour Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)$7007 a.m.

Source: https://fishingbooker.com/charters/view/10315?booking_persons=2&booking_children=0
Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Fishing Booker5365
Google527
Yelp517

2. Old Town Charters

You can look forward to enjoying plenty of catch when you book with Old Town Charters. Like what? Well, if you book with Old Town Charters, you can expect to possibly land some Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Cobia, Wahoo, Tuna, Redfish, Sea Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Triggerfish, Vermilion Snapper, White Snapper, Amberjack, Sharks, and more! 

Their 7 a.m. bay fishing trip costs $700 for 2 persons, where you can catch Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, and Sea Trout on the backwaters, flats, or docks. Their 4-hour shark fishing adventures are scheduled at 7 a.m. and noon, where you will be sure to spot various species of sharks on the calm bay waters. And if you’d rather be surprised by what you catch inshore or nearshore, go on a Captain’s Choice fishing trip! Old Town Charters also offers 5-, 6-, and 8-hour trips, made special for those who want to spend maximum time casting their lines nearshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

To reserve your private charter, just pay a 30% deposit fee online with your credit card. You can pay off the balance directly with the charter operator on or before your scheduled booking. They accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, American Express, and check payments.

During your Old Town Charters fishing adventure, you will ride on a Tidewater (Center console) boat powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine. Your fee will cover all the fishing essentials, including rods, reels, tackle (live bait and lures), and your fishing license.

Pricing:
ActivityCostDescription
3-hr Trip – Kids$5002 persons; $75/additional person
8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
4 Hour Trip – Shark Fishing$6002 persons; $75/additional person
7 a.m. and 12 p.m.
4 Hour Trip – Bay Fishing$7002 persons; $75/additional person
7 a.m.
4 Hour Trip – Captain’s Choice$7002 persons; $75/additional person
7 a.m. and 12 p.m.
5-hr Trip$8757 a.m.
6-hr Trip$1,0007 a.m.
8-hr Trip$1,3007 a.m.

Source: https://oldtowncharters.com/
Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Fishing Booker4.9 stars246
Google4.9 stars65
Facebook4.9 stars66

3. Jubilee Deep Sea Fishing

Don’t have the large group needed to charter your own private fishing charter? We’ve got you covered! You can just hook into a trophy catch with Jubilee Deep Sea Fishing, whose hardworking and friendly crew are well-loved by many. If you’ve been wanting to go deep sea fishing solo or on a more limited budget, you’ll be in good hands with Jubilee on your Emerald Coast fishing adventure. 

Jubilee Deep Sea Fishing offers different 4-hour to 8-hour trips, priced affordably at $60 to $85 per person. Do you have some folks who want to come out for the day to enjoy the boat ride and cheer on the anglers, but not fish? These “riders”, or participants who don’t want to fish, may join the fun experience for $30 per person. Want to bring your baby with you? No problem. Infants (aged 0 to 2 years old) may get on board, too, free of charge. As for discounts, Jubilee offers an extra $5 discount to members of the US military when they show their ID.

The Jubilee Party Fishing Boat trip offers three daily schedules: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On these large group trips, you can choose your spot on their double-deck party boat, where there’s still plenty of space to spread out and find a spot to fish in comfort! They also offer Treasure Island Fishing trips that accommodate up to 40 people aboard a 60-foot Custom Fishing Vessel.

To book your trip, just fill out their online form or give them a call.  You can make a payment using any major credit card.

Pricing:
ActivityCost/PersonDescription and Inclusions

4-hr and 5-hr Trip (Jubilee Party Fishing Boat)
7 a.m. – 12 p.m.: $70
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: $60
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: $70
Upper Sun Deck
Air Conditioned
Snack Bar
Small Coolers Allowed
Company & Group Charters Available
Snack Bar for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Sodas, and Cold Drinks

Riders (spectators that don’t fish): $30.00 per person

Infant (Ages 0-2): Free
$5.00 off with US Military ID
* All Major Credit Cards accepted

6-hr Trip (Jubilee Party Fishing Boat)

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: $75.00
Upper Sun Deck
Air Conditioned
Snack Bar
Small Coolers Allowed
Company & Group Charters Available
Snack Bar for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Sodas, and Cold Drinks

Riders (spectators that don’t fish): $30.00 per person

Infant (Ages 0-2): Free
$5.00 off with US Military ID
* All Major Credit Cards accepted
8-hr Trip (Jubilee Party Fishing Boat)8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: $85.00Upper Sun Deck
Air Conditioned
Snack Bar
Small Coolers Allowed
Company & Group Charters Available
Snack Bar for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Sodas, and Cold Drinks

Riders (spectators that don’t fish): $30.00 per person

Infant (Ages 0-2): Free
$5.00 off with US Military ID
* All Major Credit Cards accepted
4-hr and 5-hr Trip (Treasure Island Fishing Boat)7 a.m. – 12 p.m.: $70
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: $65
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: $70
60-ft. Custom Fishing Vessel
Fishing up to 40 people
Small Coolers Allowed
Company & Group Charters Available

Schedule changes per season.
6-hr Trip (Treasure Island Fishing Boat)9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: $75.00Riders: $30.00 per person
$5.00 off with US Military ID
* All Major Credit Cards accepted
8-hr Trip (Treasure Island Fishing Boat)8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: $85.00Riders: $30.00 per person
$5.00 off with US Military ID
* All Major Credit Cards accepted

Source: https://jubileefishing.com/
Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.5364
Google4.6 stars340
Yelp4.5 stars54

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Where to Spend Your Awesome Fishing Adventure in Gulf Shores

The pristine, unspoiled waters of Gulf Shores have a lot to offer anyone looking for a much-needed break from their daily grind. If you’re planning a trip to Gulf Shores, AL you probably already have dolphin watching, parasailing, or jet skiing on your to-do list, right? But what about fishing? Since all good vacations should include some rest and relaxation time, fishing is actually one of the most ideal outdoor activities you can try out to help re-center and unwind. Not to mention the fact that fishing can also be one of the most fun and exciting things to do during your beach escapade. Read on to learn more about how and where you can go fishing in Gulf Shores and nearby areas.

What Types of Fish Will I Catch in the Gulf Coast?

Gulf Shores is home to numerous fish species that are good to eat and fun to catch. The most popular local catches in the area include the redfish, speckled trout, and snapper.

1. Redfish

Redfish have many names, such as red drum, red bass, spottail, and channel bass. They are famous for their dark red backs, which make them easy to spot when they swim in shallow water. You may also see them break the surface of the water because they swim vertically to hunt for their food, like shrimp, snails, and crabs. With an average lifespan of 40 years, these delicious fish can be found both inshore and offshore in the Mobile Bay, Little Lagoon, and Perdido Bay all-year-round.

2. Speckled Trouts

Another common local species is the speckled trout, also known as spotted seatrout. These fish can be found inshore and are best caught during the fall and spring seasons. However, note that the state of Alabama has a harvest regulation that allows only a total of six speckled trouts (15” to 22” in length) to be caught per person per day. Speckled trouts are known for having soft, white meat and are best fried or broiled. If you want to catch these tasty fish, consider bringing live shrimp, jerkbaits, soft plastics, and topwaters for bait and lures.

3. Snappers

Red snappers are a popular fish to catch and eat almost everywhere. To catch these fish in Gulf Shores, anglers usually use dead bait, such as squid and pogies. However, if you’re aiming to catch a large prize, consider using live bait, such as pinfish and ruby red lips, as they work best to lure these predators in. Red snappers are known to have meat with a firm texture and mild flavor that’s slightly sweet and nutty in taste. For a tasty meal, this fish is best cooked with seasoning and roasted over lemon slices. 

How to prepare for your Gulf Shores Fishing Trip

Whether you want to go on a private charter or join other anglers and tourists on a group fishing excursion, there are many excellent fishing options to try out in Gulf Shores. But before you head out, be sure to prepare to make the most of your fishing adventure:

  • Get the latest fishing reports for current tips and updates on finding the best fishing locations to cast your line. 
  • Check the weather reports.
  • Pack your gear, tackle, lures, and baits. Don’t have your own fishing gear on hand? Not a problem, especially if you plan on joining a fishing charter that provides all of the fishing equipment you’ll need. If you decide to fish from a pier or shore, you might need to purchase a fishing license on your own at the Gulf State Park pier or online. Be sure to remember to bring lots of drinking water, meals, and snacks to keep your energy up. And don’t forget to also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed fishing hats, too, for sun protection.

Where to Go Fishing in Gulf Shores

Excited to bait a hook and catch some fishy good eats? Check out some of the most popular methods and places to go fishing in Gulf Shores.

Shore Fishing in Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan’s geographical formation as a peninsula makes it an ideal site for fishing in the Alabama Coast. As such, you can easily fish along many cool hot spots in this quaint community west of Gulf Shores on Mobile Point. Just grab your fishing rod and pick your spot from the following options. 

1. Fort Morgan Beach

Surf fishing along the shores of Fort Morgan Beach is a great way for first-time anglers to enjoy the outdoors while learning a new skill. If you want a simple but fun physical activity to do, just head over to the beach with your fishing essentials, and look for sandbars. That’s where you’ll want to set up as fish usually love hanging out there, chasing and feeding on your waiting bait. However, just note that as a beginner, you may find it hard to spot a sandbar, a point, or a hole at first. But don’t give up! You’ll eventually learn how to differentiate these structures as you dive deep into the art of surf fishing.

2. Dixey Bar

Often misspelled as Dixie Bar, Dixey Bar is another popular fishing location in Fort Morgan. Here’s some local trivia: Dixey Bar is a shallow sandbar named after the clipper ship, Robert H. Dixey, which got destroyed on the bar by a hurricane in 1860. Today, the spot is a favorite among local anglers hoping to catch giant redfish, also called bulls, that often swim in the bar for feeding frenzies.

3. Gulf State Park Pier

The Gulf State Park Pier not only offers 2,448 feet of fishing space, but also a picturesque view of the ocean. Anglers love casting their lines here because of the variety of fish they can catch from the Pier. Pompano, Red Drum, Flounder, Whiting, and Spanish Mackerel are just some of the many species found in this famous fishing site. No bait and tackle? Don’t worry! You can conveniently purchase your bait, along with an Alabama fishing license, on site.

Kayak Fishing

Kayaking has gained popularity over the decades amongst outdoor enthusiasts. But did you know that Gulf Shores also offers a number of scenic places that you can fish while experiencing a peaceful ride paddling through the local waterways. A favorite pastime among locals and tourists alike, kayak fishing can be done on the waters of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach. Little Lagoon, located on West Beach in Gulf Shores is home to a variety of fish, making it ideal for kayak fishing. Trout, redfish, and flounder are some of the other popular catches in the area.

Fishing Charters

If you want expert guidance to help you reel in some big catch, then you should consider booking a fishing charter. Besides the convenience of not having to worry about bringing your own fishing equipment, fishing charters also offer experienced crew support that will teach you some nifty fishing techniques to up your fishing game. Here are some recommended fishing charters in Gulf Shores:

1. Hudson Marina

Hudson Marina is a family-owned and operated business located along South Wilson Boulevard in Orange Beach. When you go on a fishing escapade with Hudson Marina, you can look forward to catching red snappers, gag groupers, cobias, amberjacks, vermillion snappers, and triggers. 

The company offers different options for fishing charters and party boat fishing trips that range from $59 to $155 per person. For semi-private deep sea fishing charters, you can schedule 4-hour, 6-hour, and 8-hour trips that cost $1,800 to $3,150 for the first 18 people. Got kids? Great! Kids are often invited to try their hand at steering the boat with the Captain’s assistance, of course.

For those who just want to enjoy a fun day out on the water and not fish, you can head over to the large viewing deck onboard to take in the picture-perfect scenery. Other helpful tips Hudson Marina gives is to remember to bring snacks and drinks, sunscreen, a hand towel, and of course, some ginger tablets or Dramamine for those who are prone to motion sickness.

If you book a Hudson Marina fishing charter, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the boat’s departure. After booking, check your email for your booking confirmation with the detailed directions.

Pricing:
ActivityCostDescription
4-hr  Deep Sea Party Boat Fishing Trip$59/person
Plus $5 fuel surcharge and 15% gratuity
65 ft boat
Max. of 60 passengers
Departs at 8AM daily
Fish cleaning is 30 cents/pound paid directly to the mates
6-hr Shared Fishing Charter$125/person
Plus $7.75 fuel surcharge and 15% gratuity
85 ft boat
Max. of 60 passengers
Biggest and fastest charter boat in Orange Beach
Departs at 8AM daily
Fish cleaning is 30 cents/pound paid directly to the mates
6-hr Walk-on Trip$155/person40 ft boat
Max. of 22 passengers
Fish cleaning is 30 cents/pound paid directly to the mates
6-hr, 8-hr and 10-hr Semi Private Deep Sea Fishing “Wishbone/C.A.T.”Walk-on Trip: $155/person
Private 4-Hour Trip: $1800 for the first 18 people; $100/additional person (afternoon only)
Private 6-Hour Trip $2790 for the first 18 people; $155/additional person
Private 8-Hour Trip: $3150 for the first 18 people; $175/additional person

Plus 15% gratuity at check-out
Fishing for Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, Vermillion Snapper, Trigger, White Snapper, Black Snapper, Lane Snapper, etc.

Wishbone Charter Boat is 41′ Sea Harvester with a full walk-around deck, large cabin with a/c, and clean restroom.

7 a.m. daily

Source: http://www.hudsonmarina.net/
Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.53,435
Google4.4788
Facebook4.7962

2. Island Marine Charters

Island Marine Charters offers inshore fishing charter trips with launch ramps in Fort Morgan, Canal Park, and Little Lagoon. Specializing in fishing the calm waters of local protected bays, rivers, and lagoons, Island Marine is the best choice for those that suffer from sea sickness. What previous guests loved the most was not only catching lots of red fish, sheep heads, and black drums, but also spending time with Captain Joe! He always makes the experience delightful as he regales his guests with stories and fishing tips while steering the boat during the tour.

Island Marine Charters’ private 2-, 4-, and 6-hour inshore fishing packages are priced from $300 to $850, depending on the number of guests. You can book morning trips departing anytime between  5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or afternoon trips from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Note that children 8 years and under are only allowed to participate in their 2-hour trips.

If you’ve already booked with Island Marine Charters and need to cancel, be sure to notify them at least six days before the scheduled trip to avoid paying a $100 cancellation fee. Customers who miss their boat or  cancel their trip within 24 hours of their departure will be charged the full price without refund.

Pricing:
ActivityCostDescription
2-hr Inshore Fishing$300 (Dec-Feb)
$350 (Mar-Nov)
$50/additional person
1 to 2 persons; max of 4 including additional persons
Tackle, bait, and  fishing license included
Fish cleaning included
4-hr Inshore Fishing$600 (Dec-Feb)
$650 (Mar-Nov)

Standard rates for Dec-Feb:
$600/1 to 2 people
$650/3 people
$700/4 people

Standard rates for March-Nov:
$650/1 to 2 people
$700/3 people
$750/4 people
1 to 2 persons; max of 4 including additional persons
Tackle, bait, and  fishing license included
Fish cleaning included
Age: 9+ years
6-hr Inshore Fishing$800 (Dec-Feb)
$850 (Mar-Nov)
Tackle, bait, and  fishing license included
Fish cleaning included
Age: 9+ years

Source: https://www.islandmarinecharters.com/
Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor580
Google4.9 stars76
Facebook5 stars161

3. Red Sky Fish Co.

Red Sky Fish Co. specializes in both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Offering trips that can be tailored to your special needs and skills, novice and seasoned anglers alike are sure to have a great time on Red Sky Fish’s half-day and full-day trips. The company provides charter tours ranging between $575 to $875 per group, includes water, ice, rods and reels, tackles, live bait (if needed), fish cleaning, and fishing license in their packages.

Red Sky Fish Co. boats depart from different locations, including Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Weeks Bay, Mobile Bay, and everywhere in between. Many previous passengers have raved about catching speckled trout, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, bass, and bream and they especially loved Captain Jason for going the extra mile to give all guests an amazing time during the trip.

A non-refundable $150 deposit, payable using credit card, debit card, or cash, is required when booking a fishing experience with Red Sky Fish. In case you need to cancel, make sure to follow their 2-week cancellation policy during the peak season (March to October) or 7-day cancellation policy during the off-peak season (November to February).

Pricing:
ActivitySeasonCost/Group
Description
Inshore FishingYearly
Half-day
$575
Triple Tail TripSeasonal
Half-day
$675Max of 2 people
Half & Half (Inshore, Nearshore)Seasonal
Half-day
$775Max of 3 people
Inshore FishingYearly
Full day
$800
Cobia Ling TripSeasonal
Full day
$825Max of 3 people

Source: https://redskyfishing.com/

NOTE:

Group sizes: 4 adults max; 6 passengers max if w/ kids (12 yrs & under)

+$75/person beyond 3 passengers
Tour Duration: 4–5 hrs per half day, 8 hrs per full day

Ratings:
SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor56
Google5 stars53
Facebook5 stars122

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NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 8 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Panama City Beach, FL

Don’t let a little downpour wreck your getaway trip to the Emerald Coast! Although rainy days are far from your ideal vacation weather in Panama City Beach, there are so many indoor activities you can indulge in around the area while also staying warm and dry. Read on to learn some of the best ways to spend a Panama City Beach rainy day during your next visit. 

1. Explore WonderWorks Panama City Beach.

Ready for a day of learning and fun?  Visit WonderWorks, an edutainment indoor amusement park with more than 100 hands-on science exhibits, ropes courses, and more. Combining educational experiences with entertainment, WonderWorks sparks the imagination of children and grownups with its interesting displays and Wonder Zones. Head to the Space Zone and experience the two-person gyroscope to see what it’s like to be in outer space. In the Light and Sound Zone, you can watch your shadow multiply into different vibrant colors and patterns. Want to experience what it’s like to lie on a bed of 3,500 nails? Not a problem! Just walk over to the Physical Challenge Zone! Afterwards, continue your playtime with the three-story glow-in-the-dark ropes course, a game of laser tag, or the Space Fury 360°.

2. Shop, dine, and play at Pier Park.

If it’s not raining too hard, you can spend an entire Panama City Beach rainy day at Pier Park. It’s a popular outdoor lifestyle entertainment center that features restaurants, amusements, retail outlets and specialty stores you can find amazing deals for your favorite brands. If it’s raining a lot, consider catching the latest movie at the Grand Theater 16. Want a more active pursuit on a rainy day instead? No problem! Kids love the Emerald Coast Mirror Maze & Laser Craze where you can use your wits to figure your way out of a 2,300-square-foot glow-in-the-dark maze of mirrors, get your adrenaline pumping with paintball or laser tag games, or test your your agility in breaking into a bank vault!

3. Meet dolphins and other sea creatures at the Gulf World Marine Park.

Rain or shine, Gulf World Marine Park is a great place to enjoy a fun day learning about wildlife conservation and watching animal performance shows, featuring sea lions, dolphins, reptiles, tropical birds, and even four-legged furry friends. First and foremost, Gulf World Marine Park’s mission is to help rescue, release, and rehabilitate marine mammals and sea turtles. During your visit, be sure to check out some of the up-close-and-personal animal encounters made possible by the Gulf World Marine Institute. 

4. Witness the world’s weirdest novelties at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

If you want to spend a Panama City Beach rainy day on the atypical and weird side, take a tour of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, home of some of the world’s most bizarre things. At Ripley’s, you’ll feast your eyes on fantastical exhibits, like an oil platform matchstick replica that took 15 years to make with over 4,000,000 matchsticks, or their creepy exhibit of shrunken heads that symbolizes the bravery and accomplishment of tribal warriors. And don’t forget to get onboard the 2,000-square-foot Odditorium, which houses Titanic artifacts and interactive exhibits. For a more immersive experience, check out a show at the 7D Moving Theater, where a motion simulator will make you feel like you’re a part of the show. Lastly, you will also get awestruck by their unique portraits of pop icons, from Nicki Minaj to Mona Lisa, made from unconventional media, such as computer keys and lipsticks!

5. Go wine tasting at Panama City Beach Winery.

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine, all cozy and warm at the Panama City Beach Winery, especially when it pitter patters outside. And the best part? You can take advantage of a complimentary tasting before you purchase a bottle or two of their finest with notes of kiwi, guava, orange, blackberry, and other fresh fruits. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or just someone who feels like sipping a simple glass of vino on a rainy day, the richness and authenticity of Panama City Beach Winery’s varietals will surely please your palate. 

6. Bowl, play, and skate at Rock’it Lanes.

What is one of everyone’s go-to rainy day activities? Bowling, of course!! If you find yourself facing a rainy day on your Panama City Beach vacation, take your family and kids over to Rock’it Lanes, a 50,000-square-foot family fun center that’s packed with entertainment, including its signature 24 glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes. Not into bowling? No problem because Rock’it also houses the biggest arcade of its kind in the Florida Panhandle, stocked with the hottest video games, like Mega Stacker, Space Invader, and the World’s Biggest Pac-Man. And don’t forget to check out their 8,000-square-foot roller skating arena, which is Panama City Beach’s only roller skating rink where guests of all ages and skill level can easily skate the day away!

7. Bond with your team at the Royal Escape Rooms.

Looking for a brain-stimulating activity that highlights team building and problem solving? Then look no further than the Royal Escape Rooms in Panama City Beach. In this 60-minute, heart-racing indoor adventure, you and your team will work together in hunting down clues and cracking codes to solve the mystery and successfully escape the room of your choice. There are different escape room adventures to choose from:

  • Find your way home to Earth from the darkness of the universe and deep outer space.
  • Solve a crime before you suffer the same fate. 
  • Save the people of New York City by stopping a train from derailing.

8. Stay dry and warm at your rental home.

Not really in the mood to go out on a  Panama City Beach rainy day? That’s okay, too! You can always choose to stay cozy in your vacation rental because there’s so much you can do at home! You can snuggle up in bed or get cozy on the sofa watching your favorite movie in the living room. Enjoy playing some classic board games together or go swimming in a heated saltwater pool. Savor a warm cup of coffee while watching the rain patter against the window outside, or play some pool with good company in the game room. When you stay in one of Mighty Vacay’s luxury beach homes, you won’t lack for things to do on a rainy day during your visit to Panama City Beach!

Want to know more about things to do when it rains in Panama City Beach? Just shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

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NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 6 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Gulf Shores

Don’t let a little downpour get in the way of your Gulf Shores vacay. Although rainy days are far from your ideal vacation weather, there are so many indoor activities you can enjoy while staying warm and dry during a downpour in Gulf Shores. Read on to explore some of the best ways to spend a Gulf Shores rainy day during your visit.

1. Visit the Gulf Coast Exploreum Center.

You can take pleasure in scientific learning with the kids and the whole family at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. Launched in 1998, this non-profit museum provides hands-on learning experiences that spark the curiosity and imagination of children and grownups alike. If dinosaurs, physics, human anatomy, and historical expeditions fuel your sense of wonder, then you will surely enjoy your visit at this famous attraction. The museum also houses a giant IMAX theater, where you can watch films about science, history, and culture.

Check out their upcoming exhibits here.

2. Bond with the fam at Gulf Bowl.

There’s something for everyone at Gulf Bowl Family Entertainment, one of the top go-to spots for family bonding in Gulf Shores. If you’re into bowling, head on over to their state-of-the-art bowling alley, where you can bowl by the game or by the hour. Don’t like bowling and prefer a heartracing game of laser tag instead? Not a problem! Gulf Bowl houses a multilevel laser tag arena, where you can book a game for $9 per round. You can also check out their arcade, which features the hottest video and redemption games! If your game gives you tickets for playing, be sure to present all of your collected tickets at the redemption counter for some fun prizes to take home.

3. Bond with your team at Breakout Orange Beach.

Want a fun team-building activity that will test your problem-solving skills on a Gulf Shores rainy day? Go ahead and immerse yourself in a thrilling indoor adventure at Breakout Orange Beach, where you and your team will work together in solving a mystery in an escape room of your choice. Each room has its own unique, mind-boggling storyline, where you will have to survive a kidnapping, return ancient relics to their true owners, hunt down a syndicate, and more! You can book an escape room online for $44.99 per player (minimum of 2 players). Note: You may choose to stop the challenge at any time in the event of an emergency.

4. Learn the art of glass-blowing at the Hot Shop.

If it’s not raining too hard, head on over to the Hot Shop at the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach, and learn from their free glass-blowing demonstrations. Established in 2009, the Hot Shop prides itself on being Alabama’s premier glass studio, where local artisans share their passion for the art of glass blowing and sculpting. The Hot Shop also lets you participate in a hands-on glass-blowing lesson, where you can create your own glass masterpiece for $85 per person. These lessons are open to adults and children (eight years old and up). You may also book a private glass-blowing class, priced at $185 per hour. If you do enroll in a class, the Hot Shop recommends wearing cotton clothes, long pants, and long sleeves and requires the use of closed-toe shoes.

5. Shop at Tanger Outlets Foley.

Looking to do some retail therapy on a Gulf Shores rainy day? Head on over to Tanger Outlets Foley, one of the most sought-after shopping centers in Gulf Shores. It features over 120 outlet stores, where you can find amazing deals on your favorite designer brands. Tanger Outlets Foley is open daily from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on weekdays or 10 a.m.– 9 p.m on weekends. In addition to the best shopping in town, Tanger Outlets Foley also features many restaurants, where you can enjoy a nice meal before heading home after your shopping spree.

6. Stay dry and warm at your rental home.

Don’t feel like going out on a Gulf Shores rainy day? That’s okay, too! You can always choose to stay warm and cozy in your vacation rental because there are so many things you can do at home, especially if you stay with Mighty vacay! You can snuggle up in bed or get cozy on the sofa while watching your favorite movie in the living room. Play some classic board games together. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee while watching the rain patter against the window outside. Or sip a drink with some good company in the game room. When you stay in one of Mighty Vacay’s luxury beach homes, you won’t lack for things to do on a rainy day during your visit to Gulf Shores!

Want to know more about things to do when it rains in Gulf Shores? Just shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

No place to stay at for your Gulf Shores getaway yet? Check out our luxury beach houses and book with us today!

NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 5 Must-Try Restaurants in Gulf Shores, AL

Aside from its picturesque shorelines and crystal-clear waters, Gulf Shores also has a thriving culinary scene. Hungry locals and tourists have plenty of top-notch dining spots to choose from in the area, so be sure to check out these five must-try restaurants in Gulf Shores during your visit!

1. Fish River Grill #3

Somewhere along Gulf Shores Parkway is a welcoming neighborhood restaurant with a friendly, funky vibe. Its fancy decor and cozy atmosphere may be one of the reasons that visitors come to eat here. But what Fish River Grill #3 delights its guests the most with is its savory cooking!

You can kick-start your lunch or dinner with a serving of Creole Shrimp & Crabmeat Gumbo, Cajun Crawfish Pistol, or Fried Gator Bites. For the main course, make sure you try their Mississippi Catfish, which may be served up as strips or filets. Don’t forget to enjoy their fried oysters, too, or a Large Bayou Seafood Basket that’s loaded with shrimp, oysters, stuffed crab, fish, gator bites, and frog legs!

Fish River Grill #3 also makes delicious burgers, such as the Hurricane, which is slathered with mayo, ketchup, and mustard and loaded with bacon, Swiss cheese, jalapenos, and other fresh ingredients. And don’t miss out on their “OMG” Shrimp Feast Po’Boy in crawfish sauce, which is served with French fries and swamp soup. This dish is definitely one of the Chef’s favorites! If you have a hearty appetite to fill, consider adding a side of coleslaw, French fries, or fried onion rings to your order!

And if you have the time to really chillax, be sure to linger for a while and catch up on some post-meal chit-chat over a glass of Redneck Pina Colada, Amaretto Sour, or a pitcher of their Domestic Draft Beer.

Fish River Grill #3 is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.5928
Google4.61,988
Yelp4.5380

2. Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Cafe

Want to dine only a few feet from the water? Well head on over to Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Cafe to enjoy some delectable Caribbean fare just a few steps from shore! Bahama Bob’s is one of Gulf Shores’ most recommended restaurants. Why? Because its welcoming atmosphere will make your tropical dining experience a real delight, whether you’re seated indoors or beside the shore.

For starters, try the local favorite, Crab Cay Crab Claws, paired with cocktail sauce. You can have it fried or scampi style and in small or large servings. Other popular appetizers include Coconut-Fried Shrimp, Hurricane Hole Fried Mushrooms, and Treasure Island Seafood Gumbo.

For your main entree, try the Paradise Island Fried Pecan Flounder,  where a perfectly golden-fried Pecan-crusted flounder filet is served with French fries and coleslaw. Have a large group of seafarers? If so, add a Fried Captains Platter for the table to share in a mouthwatering plateful of whitefish, shrimp, oysters, and scallops! Craving something healthier, like steamed seafood? Go for their Island Combo, a combination of spiced deep water shrimp and crab legs, served with garlic butter.

If you’re in the mood for steak instead, you can order The Big Kahuna, which is chargrilled to your liking. Bahama Bob’s also offers a selection of burgers, grilled sandwiches, and beverages. And don’t forget to take in the scenery while sipping a glass of their famous Bahama Mama, a cocktail made of vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.52,328
Google4.53,294
Yelp41,034

3. Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar

Tucked away along Canal Road in Orange Beach is Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar, which has a relaxed ambiance. Cosmo’s is a casual and colorful restaurant that serves Southern-inspired contemporary cuisine and seafood, which you can enjoy on their spacious patio or cozy main indoor dining room.

If you happen to arrive during their Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can order a discounted draft beer or a glass of wine, and pair it with a delectable appetizer. Try their fried Firecracker Shrimp dish that features fried bay shrimp with a light coating of flour and spicy remoulade sauce. Why? Because this fan-favorite appetizer is one of the reasons why Cosmo’s is among the most popular restaurants in Gulf Shores. Note that with each meal, you can also add a Soup Du Jour or an upgraded bowl of their Duck and Andouille Sausage Gumbo to your order. 

For the main course, try a platter of Fried Gulf Seafood—your choice of lightly dusted oysters, fish, or shrimp—served with coleslaw and fries. Hankering for some seafood pasta instead? You can chow down on a plateful of their pappardelle pasta mixed with tender bay shrimp, blue crab meat, broccoli florets, sweet green peas, and sun-dried tomatoes. This dish is delicious and sure to please your palate with its flavorful medley of chardonnay cream sauce and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!

But don’t forget to save room for dessert! You cannot leave before indulging in their fried sugar- and cinnamon-dusted Cosmo’s Banana Fritters, which comes a la mode with vanilla ice cream and chocolate banana sauce.

Cosmo’s operates from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.52,875
Google4.52,202
Facebook4.61,201

4. Sunset Cork Room

Off the beaten path along 16th Avenue is Sunset Cork Room, an elegant and charming restaurant whose patio sparkles with warm bistro lights in the evening. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunset Cork Room makes an ideal spot for a romantic dinner with your significant other.

After arriving, you can begin your casual fine dining experience with a bottle of Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, Barone Fini Merlot, or any of their world-class wines. Why? Because Sunset Cork Room specializes in wine and offers a wide variety of reds, whites, and everything in between. If you’re unsure of which wine to pair with your dishes, just ask their knowledgeable staff who is eager to help you with your wine selections.

Start your meal with a delicious appetizer, such as their Grilled Mushroom Skewers and Mornay or Portabella Mushroom and Spinach Quiche. You can also enjoy a bowl of their Soup Du Jour or their Watercress and Poached Pear Salad for a starter before your main course. 

For your entrée, consider choosing one of their Chef Specialties, such as Crab Cakes with French Remoulade and the Coquilles (Scallops) St. Jacques Broccolini. Not feeling seafood tonight? Not a problem. You can order one of their delectable grilled meat dishes, like their 8-oz Filet Mignon or New Zealand Lamb “Lollypops.”

Although not necessary, it’s best to make a reservation ahead of time because the Sunset Cork Room is one of the most popular special occasion restaurants in Gulf Shores among locals and visitors alike.

The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.5289
Google4.7372
Yelp4.5105

5. Kitty’s Kafe

Before heading out on your beach adventure, start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Kitty’s Kafe. At Kitty’s Kafe, make yourself at home in one of their booths or tables, where you can relax and enjoy the lovely atmosphere of Southern hospitality.

If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, you can fill up on country fried chicken, hamburger steak, or pork chop, all served with eggs, potatoes, and country gravy. Alternatively, you can also order a simple omelet with grits, potatoes, toast, or a biscuit. And don’t forget to check out their eggs benedict varieties! These are a local favorite because you can choose to order your eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, fried tomato, or crab cake! Want something more comforting? Then try out their Southern benedict, which combines sausage and biscuit with a medium egg and gravy.

If you prefer to enjoy a sandwich rather than a full breakfast, be sure to try their Reuben Sandwich, which is a savory combination of slow-roasted corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese slathered with a delectable 1000 island dressing. Kitty Kafe also offers a variety of delicious wraps, including chicken bacon ranch, fish taco, and homemade chicken salad.

Want to try some of their house specialties? Get the Greek Chicken, a breaded and grilled chicken breast served with artichoke, tomato chutney, and feta. This dish is served with a Greek salad and pita bread.

Kitty’s Kafe also offers tasty desserts to round out your meal. So don’t leave without indulging in their yummy bread pudding with whiskey sauce or their homemade cobbler.

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.5808
Google4.61,016
Yelp4.5478

Want to know more about the best restaurants in Gulf Shores? Just shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

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NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 4 Must-See Dinner Shows in Pigeon Forge, TN

After spending the day touring famous spots in the Smokies or just lazing around in your cabin, you’ll surely want to enjoy a hearty dinner with the whole fam. While there is no shortage of excellent restaurants in the area, why not make your dinner a little extra special and interesting by going to a dinner show in Pigeon Forge? If you haven’t been to one, you do not know what you’re missing out on! Read on to learn more about the top Great Smokies dinner theaters in town.

Why Go to a Dinner Theater?

Yes, dinner theaters can be a bit cheesy. Yes, they tend to be completely over the top…but that’s what makes them so enjoyable and fun to experience! Here are three great reasons why you should check out some of our most popular Great Smokies dinner theaters on your next visit.

1. Dinner theaters make for fond family memories.

Good food. Wonderful performances. Great company. What more do you need to make some amazing memories on your family vacation? Great Smokies dinner theaters are the perfect activity to take the whole family out for a fun night out in town. Designed to delight audiences of all ages, dinner theaters highlight delicious communal feasts that are meant to be enjoyed together as well as interactive shows that draw viewers in with lots of participation, big laughs, and amazing stunts and features. By the end of the show, you’ll be sure to bond with your family and friends over your shared experience. 

2. Dinner theaters offer good food and entertainment all for one affordable price.

Who doesn’t love getting a 2-for-1 deal? Sure, you can easily sit down for a group meal at a restaurant, but how much better would it be to enjoy a tasty meal along with some high quality entertainment? Come on, we all know that eating dinner while watching TV is one of our favorite guilty pleasures, right? Now you can enjoy the pleasure of having good food and show for a reasonable price at any one of our Great Smokies dinner theaters. The best part is that 1) food portions are often huge so you won’t leave hungry, 2) the shows are worth the price alone, and 3) you won’t ever be embarrassed arriving late to the show!!

3. Dinner theaters immerse audiences in culture and creativity. 

One of the biggest draws of dinner theaters is the immersive, live performance format. Most live shows have a magnetic energy that easily draws viewers into the performances on stage. And with these performances, you’re also watching living art where no two performances are ever alike! How? Well, dinner theater performers often use their creativity to ad lib and change up each show so that the experience is unique and special. Lastly, because many of these shows often highlight local cultures and history, they make for interesting learning experiences, too!

Top 4 Great Smokies Dinner Theaters

Now that you’re ready to book a dinner show for tonight, which one should you choose? Check out the most popular dinner theater shows in the Smokies.

1. Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

You’ll laugh your head off watching the hilarious comedy acts of The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, history’s “longest running family feud”. During dinner, you’ll first enjoy a pre-show of jokes and silly antics before cheering on the main event, as the 2 rival families attack each other with some serious dance-offs! The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show is a family favorite because it’s plain silly fun.

And don’t worry. While you might get a little bloody thirsty watching them feud, you definitely won’t go hungry because plenty of food will be piled high on your plate!

Here are the main dishes on the menu:

  • Feudin’ Fried Chick’n
  • Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue
  • Southern Style Creamy Soup
  • Smashed Mashed Taters
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread
  • Daisy’s Blue Ribbon Coleslaw
  • Granny’s Famous Specialty Dessert

Note that while they only have a single set menu, this dinner theater can also accommodate the following special diets upon advanced request: 

  • Vegan Meal
  • Dairy-Free Meal
  • Vegetarian Meal
  • Egg-Free Meal
  • Gluten-Free Meal
  • Peanut Allergy Meal

You can easily book your tickets online. On show night, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early so you can begin eating before the show starts. Why do you want to arrive so early? Well, table service stops when the show opens. That means you won’t be getting dinner once the show begins. 

Other helpful tips to be aware of:

  • Call ahead for large group reservations of 20+ people.
  • Plan ahead for special needs accommodations, like special dietary restrictions, hearing assistance or wheelchair access. 
  • Be careful if you have a medical condition or allergies because the show involves live animals, dramatic lighting and sound, and pyrotechnics.

Pricing:

AgeCost/Person
Adults (10 yrs+)$69.99 + tax
Children (3–
9 yrs)
$34.99 + tax
Children (2 yrs & under)Free, if they sit on a parent’s lap and eat from their plate.

Regular children’s admission fee will apply if you want to reserve a seat for your child.
Group rates & packagesGroups of 20+ people, call group services at 865-505-3320​.

Source: https://hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.57,374
Yelp4.612,679
Yelp4495

2. Dolly Parton’s Stampede

At Dolly Parton’s Stampede, you’ll get to indulge in an action-packed show starring 32 magnificent horses with amazing stunts. If you arrive early, you can see them up close in their stalls before the show starts. Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a high-quality variety show that showcases funny jokes, magical illusions, dancing, equestrian skills, and even a hilarious hog race!

You can reserve your tickets online to experience this spectacular musical and culinary production! And of course, Dolly Parton would not be the incredible hostess she is if she didn’t offer a variety of menus that suit different diets. If you need to ask for their vegetarian or gluten-free meals, be sure to call ahead to make this special request. Here are their 3 different mouthwatering four-course meal options:

Traditional Feast:

  • Original Creamy Vegetable Soup (made w/ chicken broth)
  • Hot Homemade Biscuit
  • Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Herb Basted Potato
  • Hot Flaky Apple Turnover
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Vegetarian Feast:

  • Original Creamy Vegetable Soup (made w/ chicken broth)
  • Hot Homemade Biscuit
  • Fire Roasted Veggies with Quinoa and Multigrain Rice
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Herb Basted Potato
  • Hot Flaky Apple Turnover
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Gluten-Free Feast Includes (Notify them during reservation if you wish to be served a gluten-free meal.)

  • Fruit Cup w/ peaches, grapes, pineapple, & cherries
  • Gluten-Free Dinner Roll
  • Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hickory Smoked Barbecue Pork Loin
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Herb Basted Potato
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Pricing:

AgeCost/Person

Adults (10 yrs+)
$69.99 + tax
Children (3–9 yrs)$34.99 + tax
Children (2 yrs & under)Free

Source: https://dpstampede.com/pigeon-forge

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.510,919
Google4.616,696
Yelp4578

3. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

When you go to the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, you’ll go on an adventure with Captain Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, as they lead the Crimson and Sapphire ship crews in an epic quest for hidden treasure. The show is a swashbuckling adventure fueled with amazing sword fights and canons, fire dancing, high-diving mermaids, animal tricks, and even sea lions! You can book a table at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show online. 

Adults and kids alike will love the live performance show while savoring a four-course feast. There are different types of menus to suit most dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. If you need these accommodations, be sure to call ahead to reserve your special meal(s). 

Traditional Feast:

  • Buccaneer Biscuit
  • Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken
  • Sugar-Cured Ham
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Herb-basted Potato
  • Walk the Plank Peach Turnover
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Me Hearties Vegetarian Feast:

  • Buccaneer Biscuit
  • Fire Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Multigrain Rice
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Herb-basted Potato
  • Walk the Plank Peach Turnover
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee
  • Optional Addition: Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup

Me Hearties Vegan Feast:

  • Fire Roasted Vegetables with Quinoa and Multigrain Rice
  • Half Potato
  • Fruit Cup
  • Vegetable Cup
  • Walk the Plank Peach Turnover
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Me Hearties Gluten-Free Feast:

  • Fruit Cup with peaches, pears, grapes, pineapple, & cherries
  • Dinner Roll
  • Baked Chicken
  • Sugar-Cured Ham
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Baked Potato
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie
  • Unlimited Coke, tea, or coffee

Pricing:

AgeCost/Person
Adults (10 yrs+)
$69.99 + tax
Children (3–9 yrs)$34.99 + tax
Children (2 yrs & under)



Free

Source: https://piratesvoyage.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor42,020
Google4.63,689
Yelp4203

4. The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show

The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show is a real treat to watch.  Creating fun thrills by combining mystery and humor, this show alternates between 3 different shows, which will offer repeat audiences new experiences each time they visit to test out their detective skills. The three murder mysteries are Moonshine Murders, Marriage Can Be Murder, and Who Shot the Sheriff. Regardless of which show you see, you will have a great time solving clues and interacting with the talented performers. 

As you partake in the murder mystery show, you will chow down on a scrumptious three-course meal:

Main Course:

  • Choice of Soup: Broccoli and Cheese Soup, Vegetable Soup, and Loaded Potato Soup
  • Country Fried Chicken served with a side of White Pepper Gravy
  • Pulled Pork
  • Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Country Style Green Beans
  • Dinner Roll

Child Meal (4–12 yrs):

  • Choice of Soup: Broccoli and Cheese Soup, Vegetable Soup, and Loaded Potato Soup
  • Country Fried Chicken Tenders
  • Homemade Mashed Potatoes
  • Country Style Green Beans
  • Dinner Roll
  • Dessert option: Jello or Pudding Cup

Vegetarian Option:

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Bowtie Pasta w/ Veggies in Alfredo Sauce
  • Cheesecake

Vegan Option:

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Bowtie Pasta w/ Veggies in Pesto Sauce
  • Fruit

Gluten-Free Option:

  • Broccoli & Cheese
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Pulled Pork
  • Green Beans
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Dairy-Free Option:

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Fruit
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Pulled Pork
  • Green Beans

Pricing:

Age/Type of GuestCost/Person
Adults (13 yrs+)$53.84 + tax
Children (4–12 yrs)$30.53 + tax
Children (3 yrs & under, w/ a seat)$17.92 + tax
Children (3 yrs & under, no seat)Free
Group (20+ people)$150 deposit due along w/ signed contract. Final payment due 2 weeks before the show.

Source: https://www.murdermystery-pigeonforge.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.51,616
Google4.31,062
Yelp3.581

Got questions about Great Smokies dinner theaters? Just shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

Or perhaps you’re looking for other ways to enjoy the Smokies? Check out other fun activities you can do during your stay.

Haven’t booked your Great Smokies vacation home yet? You can choose from our charming rustic cabins and book with us today!

NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 3 Picks and Tips for Your Great Smokies Rafting Adventure

If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for a water adventure in the Smokies, rafting is the way to go. Rafting is a water sport that uses an inflated raft to navigate the rapids. You don’t have to be skilled at rafting or have prior experience to enjoy this activity. Read on to learn how and why you should go rafting in the Smokies on your next visit!

3 Reasons to Go Rafting

1. Rafting is good for your health and keeps you in shape.

Since paddling through the rapids require endurance, rafting makes for good cardio exercise and helps build muscles in your arms, shoulders, and back. And because it’s an extreme sport, rafting makes challenging exercise fun because it provides an adrenaline rush that focuses your brain on the happy feeling of excitement rather than the strenuous paddling. Moreover, rafting can also help boost your self-esteem. Overcoming the challenges inherent to rafting can give you a sense of accomplishment and make you more confident in trying new thrilling adventures.

2. Rafting brings you closer to nature.

As you paddle along the rapids, you’ll take in the beautiful lush scenery surrounding you in the water. When the water conditions are calm, be sure to take your time breathing in the fresh air and admiring the greenery when you go rafting in the Smokies.

3. Rafting is a team-building activity.

Did you know that rafting is commonly done with a group and, most of the time, requires teamwork? Absolutely! On your ride, you can bet you will work together with your raft mates as a team to carefully maneuver your raft through the rapids. And each time you manage to dodge an obstacle or make a successful turn together, you and your team will be cheering in celebration of your shared exhilarating experience.

3 Basic Rafting Tips for Beginners 

1. Dress appropriately.

There’s no way you won’t get soaked on your rafting adventure, so make sure you wear proper attire. Avoid wearing cotton clothes and jeans because they can release body heat and absorb water easily. Instead, opt for quick-drying sportswear over a bathing suit. However, if you plan to go rafting in the Smokies during the colder months, wear clothes made of wool or fleece to keep your body warm.

For footwear, choose strapped water-ready sandals or shoes that you won’t mind getting wet.

But most importantly, don’t forget to wear your life vest and helmet on your ride! This safety gear will most likely be provided by your outfitter. Even if the water seems to be super calm, be sure to keep your safety gear securely on your head and body at all times just in case.

And of course, never bring your valuables with you on the raft as they will only get soaked and/or end up getting lost in the water. So leave your one-of-a-kind hats, jewelry, and purses at home!

2. Know what to do in case you fall out of the raft.

Falling overboard while rafting is a normal occurrence, so don’t panic. If this happens, quickly grab the raft’s side and hold on to the safety rope until your guide or fellow rafters pull you back in.

While being pulled back in, face your raft so that your rescuers can pull you in face-first. By doing so, you’ll be able to bend at your waist and kick against the water to more easily lift yourself into the boat.

In case you’re swept away by a current, be sure to keep your nose and toes above the surface of the water. Remember to always face the direction where the water flows: downstream. And don’t forget to keep your arms on both sides so that you can more easily maneuver yourself.

If your rescuers throw you a rope, go ahead and grab for it, keeping it over your shoulders while they pull you in. And as they pull you towards the boat, make sure to keep your back facing the raft to avoid getting water in your mouth! 

You’re a strong swimmer, you say? That’s great! Just be sure to remember that it’s very important to wait until the waters are calm before you begin to swim. Unless you’re  past the rapids and in a calm section of the river, your best option is to remain in a floating position until the conditions improve.

3. Trust your guide.

Rest assured that you can fully enjoy your rafting experience knowing that trusty guide will help keep you safe during your ride. Rafting guides are not only properly trained, but they should also be very familiar with the rivers and waterways you travel. They will teach you all the important techniques, including the “T-grip,” or the proper way of holding the paddle. Listen carefully as they provide you with important instructions and safety tips. Your guide will also be on hand to the rescue in case you fall out of the raft.

Where to Book Your Great Smokies Rafting Adventure

The Pigeon River in Tennessee is a premier spot in the Smokies for various water sports, such as rafting. When planning your Great Smokies getaway, make sure you explore booking a rafting adventure with one of these favorite rafting tour providers:

1. Rafting in the Smokies

The upper Pigeon River is where the Class III (moderate, irregular waves) and Class IV (powerful, but predictable waves) whitewater rapids are located. When rafting in the Smokies, you may paddle
down Too Late, Razor Blade, After Shave, Vegamatic, and Lost Guide—also known as the lively rapids spanning 5.5 miles of the river. The Pigeon River Rafting in the Smokies outpost is one of the most accessible outposts in East Tennessee. You can get there by taking Exit #447 to Hartford from I-40 near the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Except for the Lower Pigeon Family Float, which allows kids three years and up, this tour company requires a minimum age of eight years old and a minimum weight of 70 lbs to participate. 

That being said, no rafting experience is needed to sign up! Most of their rafting adventures are not only suitable for beginners, but their friendly guides also know how to make each rafting adventure enjoyable. You can book your tour online for $39 to $49 per person. Make sure you read their itinerary with safety briefing and sign a waiver before starting your tour. For safety reasons, you must be able to fit into their 56-inch personal flotation devices.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider using an eyeglass retainer, which you may purchase at their store. And don’t bother bringing your camera unless it’s waterproof. Why? Because they have a professional photographer who takes quality digital photos of your rafting experience that you can purchase after your tour.

In case you need to cancel your booking, be sure to do so at least 48 hours before the trip to get a full refund.

Pricing:

ActivityCost/PersonDescription
Fall Upper Pigeon River$461.5–2.5 hours, depending on the water level
Class III & IV rapids
Departure: 11 a.m., 1:20 p.m., & 3:40 p.m.
Spring Upper Pigeon River$491.5–2.5 hours, depending on the water level
Class III & IV rapids
Departure: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Upper Pigeon Whitewater Trip$491.5 hours
Class III and IV rapids
Expect big splashes and bumpy waves.
Departure: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Lower Pigeon Family Float$392 hours
Class I & II rapids
For children (3 yrs+)

Source: https://raftinginthesmokies.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor53,234
Google4.7486
Facebook4.9728

2. SMO Rafting (Smoky Mountain Outdoors Rafting)

With a 5-star rating from over 5,000 reviews on Trip Advisor, SMO Rafting is one of the most trusted, go-to rafting outfitters in the US. Known for their friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, SMO Rafting sees to it that rafters are properly oriented and enabled to enjoy the whole experience from start to finish. Previous guests also commend them for being extremely organized and for following scheduled time slots strictly.

Children three years and up may join the Lower Pigeon River Rafting tour. To go Upper Pigeon River Rafting, rafters must be at least eight years old and weigh a minimum of 70 lbs. For the Extreme Upper Pigeon River Rafting adventure, participants must be at least 12 years old and know how to swim.

You may book an adventure online for $29.95 to $99.95 per person. Want to make a positive impact on the wildlife during this adventure? When booking your reservation, consider donating to the I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project, which seeks to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions.

SMO Rafting also offers a group package for 10 rafters or more. You can book your group slot by completing their online form and filling out downloadable Group Information Packet.

If it’s impossible for you to push through with the activity, be sure to notify them at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour. For groups with more than 10 rafters, you need to cancel at least seven days before the activity for a full refund.

Pricing:

ActivityCost/PersonDescription
Upper Pigeon River
Rafting
$34.95Available early March to mid-October
Minimum age: 8 yrs
Minimum weight: 70 lbs
Lower Pigeon River Rafting$29.95
Available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Minimum age: 3 yrs
Extreme Upper Pigeon River Rafting$99.95
Available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
Minimum age: 12 yrs
Rafter must know how to swim.

Source: https://www.smokymountainrafting.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor55,897
Google4.91,690
Yelp4.5185

3.  Raft Outdoor Adventures

Raft Outdoor Adventures is a local institution, having been in the industry for more than 30 years to date. The company focuses on providing safe and enjoyable rafting tours for guests year-round by making sure that their guides are rigorously trained and are certified First Aid and CPR providers.

Worried about germs and COVID? You can rest assured with Raft Outdoor Adventures as they guarantee that you will use only clean and up-to-date rafting gear. Note that as part of their routine protocol, all equipment, including the personal flotation devices, helmets, rafts, paddles, and wetsuits, is thoroughly and regularly sanitized after each tour.

You can book a tour online for $41.95 to $79.95 per person. Just remember to sign their safety waiver and present it before the trip.

Need to cancel your booking? Not a problem. Raft Outdoor Adventures has a flexible cancellation policy

Groups of 1–14:

  • Cancel 48+ hours before the tour: Reschedule for free or cancel for a full refund.
  • Cancel 24–48 hours prior to the activity: Reschedule for free or cancel the tour for a 50% refund.

Groups of 15 or more:

  • Cancel 7+ days before the tour for a full refund or free rescheduling.

Pricing:

ActivityCost/PersonDescription
Upper Pigeon River Trip
$49.95For 8 yrs+ OR at least 70 lbs
2 hours
70 rapids; 6.5 miles
Fully-guided
No experience needed
Upper Pigeon Double Run$79.95For ages 8+ OR at least 70 lbs
4 hours
2 runs on the Upper Pigeon river (with short break)
Fully guided
No experience needed
Lower Pigeon River Rafting Trip
Adult: $49.95
Children: $41.95
Ideal for families with kids (3–7 yrs)

Source: https://raftoutdooradventures.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor51,983
Google4.92,347
Facebook41,414

Got questions about rafting in the Smokies? Just shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

Or are you looking for other ways to experience the Smoky Mountains? We’ve got you covered! Check out other fun activities you can enjoy during your visit.

Got no place to stay at on your Great Smokies getaway yet? Be sure to explore our charming rustic cabins and book with us today!

NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 3 Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go and Dine-In Services

November is a great time to enjoy the scenic views of the ocean in Gulf Shores without the summer crowd. It also marks one of those seasons that people look forward to and celebrate with their families —Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to spend Turkey Day in Gulf Shores but you find the prep and cleaning to be a little overwhelming, you can avoid the holiday hassle by letting others do the cooking for you! Check out our top three recommendations where you can order your Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Rouses Markets

Serving the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, Rouses Markets is one of America’s largest independent grocers. Aside from selling grocery items across its huge chain of supermarkets, Rouses also caters holiday feasts for celebrations such as Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re a small family of four or a bigger group of six or greater, you can be sure that your table will be filled with a scrumptious feast for the occasion. You can have a freshly made oven-roasted turkey, Cajun turkey, or turkey breast dinner delivered by Rouses to your rental home for $49.99 to $89.99. It comes with a cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, gravy, cranberry orange relish, and King’s Hawaiian Roll. However, please note when scheduling your delivery that it may take you an hour or two to reheat the food.

If you prefer ham to turkey for the main dish, you may order Rouses’ spiral ham dinner, which can easily feed four to six people. It also comes with the same side dishes included in the turkey dinner packages.

You can also add a half pan of corn pudding for $30.99 and mac and cheese for $18.99. Want more variety? Not a problem! You can feast upon their mini overstuffed po-boys, which consist of roast beef, ham, and turkey in French bread. And for some local flair, be sure to order a plate of Rouses’ traditional-style shrimp mold, made from seasoned Gulf Shrimp.

And let’s not forget to make your dinner more colorful with a veggie tray of celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, broccoli, and baby carrots with Ranch Dip, as well as a fruit tray with an abundance of pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupes, strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries. Complete your holiday feast with an assorted desserts tray for 15 to 20 people, where you can indulge in Petit fours, fudge bites, brownie bites, and mini cupcakes!

To order ahead, fill out this form and call Rouses for further order instructions.

Pricing:

ItemCost/Item
Inclusions/Description
Oven-roasted Turkey Dinner (10–12 lbs)$89.99Serves 4–6
 
Includes the following:
Cornbread Dressing (2 lbs.)
Green Bean Casserole(2 lbs.)
Sweet Potato Casserole (2 lbs.)
Gravy (1 pt.)
Cranberry Orange Relish (1 pt.)
King’s Hawaiian Roll (1 dozen)
*Dinners take 1 to 2 hours to reheat; instructions included with dinners.
Cajun Turkey Dinner (10–12 lbs)$84.99Serves 4–6
 
Includes the following:
Cornbread Dressing (2 lbs.)
Green Bean Casserole(2 lbs.)
Sweet Potato Casserole (2 lbs.)
Gravy (1 pt.)
Cranberry Orange Relish (1 pt.)
King’s Hawaiian Roll (1 dozen)
*Dinners take 1 to 2 hours to reheat; instructions included with dinners.
Oven-roasted Turkey Dinner (16–18 lbs)$94.99Serves 6–8
 
Includes the following:
Cornbread Dressing (2 lbs.)
Green Bean Casserole(2 lbs.)
Sweet Potato Casserole (2 lbs.)
Gravy (1 pt.)
Cranberry Orange Relish (1 pt.)
King’s Hawaiian Roll (1 dozen)
*Dinners take 1 to 2 hours to reheat; instructions included with dinners.

Spiral Ham Dinner (10–12 lbs)$74.99Serves 4–6
 
Includes the following:
Cornbread Dressing (2 lbs.)
Green Bean Casserole(2 lbs.)
Sweet Potato Casserole (2 lbs.)
Gravy (1 pt.)
Cranberry Orange Relish (1 pt.)
King’s Hawaiian Roll (1 dozen)
*Dinners take 1 to 2 hours to reheat; instructions included with dinners. 
Turkey Breast Dinner (2.5 lbs)$49.99Serves 2–3
 
Includes the following:
Cornbread Dressing (2 lbs.)
Green Bean Casserole(2 lbs.)
Sweet Potato Casserole (2 lbs.)
Gravy (1 pt.)
Cranberry Orange Relish (1 pt.)
King’s Hawaiian Roll (1 dozen)
*Dinners take 1 to 2 hours to reheat; instructions included with dinners.
Rouses Finger Sandwiches$18.99–$78.99Assorted Rouses deli meats and prepared salads. Mix and match of Rouses ham, turkey and chicken salad.
Mini Muffalettas$23.99–$145.99Italian meats and cheese with olive salad on seeded Italian bread.
Mini Overstuffed Po-boys$24.99–$91.99Mix and Match Rouses roast beef, ham and turkey dressed on French bread.
Rouses Chicken Salad Mini Croissants$32.99–$104.99Overstuffed with Rouse Family Recipe chicken salad.
Veggie/Ham & Swiss/Chicken Salad/Assorted Pinwheels$12.99–$74.99Choices include our Rouse Family Recipe Chicken Salad, Ham & Swiss, Chicken Bacon Ranch and Vegetable.
Boneless Wings$25.99–$29.99
Fried and Baked Chicken (Mixed)$34.99–$128.99
Fried Chicken Tenders$39.99–$149.99White meat chicken double-battered and fried in 0% trans fat oil. Served with your choice of Rouses Sweet & Tangy BBQ sauce or Ranch Dressing.
Party Wings Sampler Plate$26.99–$104.99Rotisserie Fried, BBQ and Sweet Heat Wings
Fried Chicken Drumettes$29.99–$112.99Double-battered and fried in 0% trans fat oil.
Shrimp Mold$24.99Traditional style made with crab boiled seasoned puréed wild-caught Gulf Shrimp blended in a cream cheese sauce. A Rouse Family Recipe.
Mini Crawfish Pies$27.99–$104.99Deep-fried handheld pies with seasoned Louisiana crawfish tails, onions, garlic and black, white and red pepper.

Source: https://www.rouses.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor4.5144
Google4.62,661
Facebook4.460

2. The Beach Moms

The Beach Moms is a concierge services company that caters to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan Beach, and Perdido Key, Florida. The business began with the simple idea of “Who do you call when you need something? Mom!” Cool, right?! The Beach Moms makes sure your groceries and everything you need are ready before you even arrive at your vacation rental. You can also rely on them for transportation arrangements, dinner reservations, and organizing outings, surprises, and other fun activities. They can absolutely help you with almost everything, including your Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Dinner!

Leave all the worrying to them as they work with the finest personal chefs to deliver a mouthwatering holiday feast to your doorstep. Choose between their Thanksgiving dinner packages for six or for 12 people, and delight in roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, country dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and more. A yummy, classic pumpkin pie is also included in the package, of course! Make your table even more festive by adding an order of their honey-baked sliced ham and seafood gumbo. All of these scrumptious delights are from just one of the three menus they offer. Your Beach Mom will discuss the different menus with you once they receive your booking request.

IMPORTANT: Note that while Thanksgiving is on the 24th, all orders must be received by the 16th (Wednesday). Once your order is processed, they will have your meals with reheating instructions delivered to your beach rental on the 23rd.

Looking to spend Christmas and New Year’s Day in Gulf Shores, too? The Beach Moms can also have your own Christmas tree set up in your rental home before you arrive. Book their Christmas Paradise package, priced at $125 for the tree, skirting, and decorations and exclusive of the $150 decorating fee, which covers the delivery, setup, and teardown. Make sure you place your order for the Christmas Paradise package by Wednesday, December 1st. 

The Beach Moms accepts payments only via credit cards, Paypal, and Venmo.

Pricing:

ItemCost/ItemDescription
Turkey Dinner for 6 $2283 lbs of turkey, 2 qt mashed potatoes, 2 qt country dressing, 1 qt gravy, 1 pint cranberry sauce, 1 pan of sweet potatoes, 1 pan of green bean casserole, and 1 pumpkin pie
Turkey Dinner for 12 $4566 lbs of turkey, 4 qt mashed potatoes, 4 qt country dressing, 2 qt gravy, 2 pints cranberry sauce, 2 pans of sweet potatoes, 2 pans of green bean casserole, and 2 pumpkin pies
Roast Turkey$17/lbBone off, dark and white meat
Turkey Gravy$17/qt
Honey Baked Sliced Ham $16/lb
Seafood Gumbo $39/qt
Garlic Mashed Potatoes$27/qt
Praline & Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes $334–6 servings
Green Bean Casserole$33
Cream Spinach $25/qt4–6 servings
Cranberry Sauce$17/pt4–6 servings
Pumpkin Pie $17
Delivery Fee$100

Source: https://www.thebeachmoms.net/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Facebook598

3. The Hangout

Don’t want to do dishes at home either while on vacation? We hear you! If you want to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal without having to cook or clean anything, look no further than The Hangout! Famous for its live music, dancing, various events, gigantic sandbox, and foam machine, The Hangout is a perfect venue for all sorts of celebrations, including Thanksgiving. Known as a top favorite among locals and tourists, the Hangout will host a Thanksgiving Dinner event from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on November 24, 2022.

You definitely don’t want to miss this family-style all-you-can-eat feast! Join the event with your family and friends, and delight in an appetizing buffet of oven-roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, roast beef, Gulf Shores gumbo, and candied bacon topped with deviled eggs. Next, be sure to pile your plate with some dinner rolls, Southern-style sweet potato casserole, green bean almondine, and garlic mashed potatoes. And don’t forget to add the fixings, including traditional dressing, collard greens, gravy, and cranberry sauce!

Just remember to leave room for dessert as you won’t want to finish your Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Dinner without a taste of their delectable homemade pie!

Dinner is $32.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids aged 5 to 10 years. Children below five years get to enjoy their meal for free! Reserve your reservation here.

Pricing:

AgeCost/Person
Adults (11+ years)$32.99
Children (5–10 years)$14.99
 Kids (<5 years)Free

Source: https://www.thehangout.com/

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor43,303
Google4.412,553
Facebook4.45,842

Want to know more about our recommended restaurant and delivery service providers for your Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner? Shoot us an email at hello@mightyvacay.com.

No place to stay in for your Gulf Shores getaway yet? Check out our luxury beach homes and book with us today!

NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Emerald Coast Dolphin Tours: Top 3 Picks for Your Beach Getaway

Regardless whether you’re staying for a couple of weeks or just a couple of days in Emerald Coast, your beach escapade wouldn’t be complete without setting off on a dolphin cruise! Be sure to include dolphin watching in your itinerary and snap some fine shots of these friendly mammals. Spot them on one of the top 3 most popular and delightful Emerald Coast dolphin cruises:

1. Sea Screamer

Hop on Sea Screamer’s twin-turbo-powered 73-foot boat and experience a thrilling ride, unlike any other! With its spacious viewing deck and plenty of seating, Sea Screamer is always ready to delight tourists, the old and the young alike. It’s a favorite for family outings because every single tour is sure to bring smiles to every guest on board.

Set sail on their two-hour tour to catch sight of dolphins surfing alongside your boat. Sea Screamer offers Daytime and Sunset cruises for $17 to $32 per person. Passengers of all ages, from one-year-old toddlers to elders, may join the cruise. Want to bring your baby along for the cruise? No worries because babies come aboard free of charge.

Book the Daytime tour to explore the Shell Island area or reserve your spot on their Sunset cruise and enjoy some critter encounters. And guess what? You may even get the chance to steer the boat alongside the captain, too!

Be sure to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before departure because missed cruises are nonrefundable. When you come to play, wear your swimsuit—or any comfortable summer outfit—and sunscreen! And don’t forget to bring your camera and some cash, too! Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase on the cruise. Just don’t bring coolers, strollers, spray sunscreen, or chewing gum aboard.

Sea Screamer operates from February to December every year and offers a $1 discount for military and first responders. In the event of inclement weather, it’s up to the captain whether or not to cancel the tour. If your tour is canceled, the crew will help you rebook your cruise or refund you in full.

Pricing:

Activity / ExcursionCost
Description
Daytime Dolphin CruiseInfants (<1 years): Free

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): $17

Children (4 to 11 years): $22

Adults (12 to 59 years): $27

Seniors (60+ years): $26
2-hour dolphin cruise

You will explore the best spots to see dolphins swim and play in their natural habitat in the wild.
Sunset Dolphin CruiseInfants (<1 years): Free

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): $22

Children (4 to 11 years): $27

Adults (12 to 59 years): $32

Seniors (60+ years): $31



2-hour dolphin cruise

Explore the Shell Island area to check out dolphins and other marine wildlife.

Critter Encounter: pull up crabs and other critters from the ocean and view them up close in the boat tub.

Source: https://seascreamer.net

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor5 / Excellent1,780
Google4.9 stars2,125
Yelp5 stars142

2. Dolphin & Snorkel Tours Inc.

Set sail on the waterways and join the adventure aboard Dolphin & Snorkel Tours’ dolphin cruise! Experience a three-hour tour, which usually starts with exploring the local waters to spot the area’s marine wildlife, including the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Dolphin & Snorkel Tours’ deckhands are locals and experts on the behavior of these dolphins in the Panama City Beach area. So, feel free to ask away during your educational ride.

Dolphin & Snorkel Tours changes routes every day to give you a unique experience on each cruise, which can accommodate two to six guests. You can either book a private cruise for $249 to $399 per group or join others on a public tour for $49 to $79 per person. Everyone, including infants and toddlers, may board the cruise. Your pet dogs are also welcome on private tours!

Everyone gets a life jacket to wear as provided by the crew during the ride. Full snorkeling gear, coolers, and refreshments are also available onboard if you wish to add to your experience. However, note that you may also bring your own snacks and drinks, including alcoholic beverages. Be sure to bring along a towel, a pair of sunglasses…and a sweater just in case the breeze gets bitterly cold during your cruise! 

Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before departure. If you’re more than 15 minutes late and you miss the boat, you will be considered a no-show. In case you need to cancel, be sure to do so at least 48 hours before your reservation to get a full refund.

Pricing:

Activity / ExcursionCost/PersonCost/Group
Description
Sunset Dolphin Tour$49$249
Shell Island Dolphin and Snorkeling Tours$79$399Full snorkeling gear included
Dolphin Tour$59$299

Source: https://dolphinandsnorkeltours.com

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor5 stars1,468
Google4.9 stars460

3. Island Time Sailing

Climb aboard Island Time Sailing’s wide-body sailing catamaran that measures 50 feet in length. A catamaran is a boat with two hulls instead of one, providing greater stability and, hence, a smoother ride for passengers (best for those of us who may get seasick easily!). Island Time Sailing is also one of our top-rated Emerald Coast dolphin cruises. It glides across the calm waters of the Grand Lagoon and then past St. Andrew’s State Park to seek out the local wildlife. Tourists of all ages will definitely love the cruise experience, which accommodates up to 65 people. If you’re traveling with someone who uses a wheelchair, don’t worry because their staff will gladly assist them in getting on board. Plus, there are dedicated locations for wheelchair users on the cruise.

Island Time Sailing is famous for its “Rum Punch,” tropical music, and entertainment with games and dancing after sunset. Feel free to take in the glorious view of the ocean while sipping wine and nibbling snacks from their bar.

You must book your spot at least two hours before the tour and arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to departure time. Island Time Sailing accepts cash and most major credit cards for payment. While they offer public cruises for $10 to $49 per person, you can also charter your very own private catamaran tour if you want to keep it exclusive to your family and friends.

If you need to cancel, they advise you to contact them at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled tour for a full refund. Lastly, Island Time Sailing recommends wearing rubber, hard-soled shoes with good grip while on board. And ladies, please remember to leave your high heels at home as they are forbidden for potentially damaging the boat’s decks.

Pricing:

Activity / ExcursionCost/PersonCost/Group
Description




Dolphin Sunset Cruise
$49 + Tax2-hour cruise
Dolphin Day SailCall for rates2-hour cruise

Available during the spring (Feb 15 to Apr 30) and fall (Sept 1 to Oct 31)
Shell Island Snorkeling and Sailing CruiseAdults (13+ years): $49 + tax

Children aged 3 to 12: $35 + tax

Infants aged 0 to 2: $10+ tax
3-hour cruise

The price includes snorkeling gear. Feel free to bring water shoes.
Private CharterCall for ratesMaximum of 30 to 60 people

Source: https://islandtimesailing.com

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor5/Excellent2, 221
Google4.8 stars698
Yelp5 stars85

Want to know more about our favorite Emerald Coast dolphin cruises? Reach out to us at hello@mightyvacay.com.

Or perhaps you’re looking for other things to do besides setting sail on our top-rated Emerald Coast dolphin cruises? Check out other local fun activities you can try out.

Need other info like weather safety and emergency tips for your getaway to the Emerald Coast? Learn more from our Mighty Vacay welcome guidebooks!

Haven’t booked your Emerald Coast vacation home yet? Not a problem! Check out our luxury beach houses located in Panama City Beach: Mighty Oceana, Mighty Seychelles, Mighty Tortuga, Mighty Paradise, Mighty Big Beach, and Mighty Little Beach.

NOTE: While this article has been written for your general enjoyment and personal informational use, it should not be relied upon because we cannot warranty the accuracy of information. Please be sure to contact each business directly to verify rates and terms of service.

Top 3 Most Thrilling Banana Boat Adventures on Emerald Coast, FL

Race through the waves of the Emerald Coast on a fun, exhilarating ride with the whole fam! Bring your getaway up a notch instead of just strolling along and lounging on the beach. Go ahead a climb aboard a banana boat and get your adrenaline pumping as your whole family can dodge the ocean waves at high speed together! If you’re looking for some water adventure, banana boat riding is one activity you definitely shouldn’t miss on your next visit to Panama City Beach! Check out our top 3 picks for the most thrilling Emerald Coast banana boat rides.

1. Mobile Sports

Mobile Sports offers public and private banana boat rides, both of which can accommodate four to six people at a time. Join their public banana boat experience for only $55 per person, which lasts for an hour and a half. Or book a 60-minute private banana boat tour where your family will zip through the waters being pulled by a Malibu Wakesetter.

If you’re traveling with kids who’d also love to have some fun banana boating in the waters, too, no problem because tourists as young as five years old may enjoy the ride!

And rest assured that Mobile Sports will man your tour with everyone’s safety in mind. Tourists love Mobile Sports not only because the crew is fun to hang out with, but also because they are also very cautious about the passengers’ safety. 

Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure, and remember to wear your sunglasses and sunscreen for the ride! At check in, you will be asked to sign waivers and be given a life jacket per person. In the event that your appointment gets canceled due to inclement weather or because the minimum number of travelers isn’t met, you may choose another date or get a full refund.

Pricing:

Activity/ExcursionCost/PersonDescription
Banana Boat – Public Experience$551.5 hours on the water with 20-30 minutes on the Banana boat.

4 to 6 riders per ride

Shared boat transfer with up to 12 participants. However, the banana boat experience will be private to those in your party.
Banana Boat – Private Experience$651 hour on the water with 20 minutes on the Banana boat.

4 to 6 riders per ride

Pulled by a Malibu Wakesetter

Source: https://mobilesportsllc.com

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor5/Excellent243
Google4.6 stars45
Yelp4.5 stars8

2. Captain Jambo’s Destin

Brace yourself for a wild ride with Captain Jambo’s Destin, located on Harbor Boulevard in Destin, Florida! Their banana boat ride costs only $40 per person and can accommodate up to six passengers at once. Tourists of ages 5 and up may join the ride, but 5-year-olds to 17-year-olds require parent or guardian permission. Note that while pregnant women are not allowed to participate, Captain Jambo’s friendly crew will be glad to assist disabled persons in getting on board. However, don’t book this experience if you have an acute back injury or an unstable heart condition! Captain Jambo also follows a weight limit of 300 lbs per passenger to ensure everyone’s safety.

You may book online via their website from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Be sure to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled ride to allow for check-in, where you will need to present a photo ID for credit card purchases. And don’t forget to wear your most comfortable bathing suit, apply sunblock, and don’t bring items you wouldn’t want to get wet!

Please expect limited parking space if you’re visiting Destin during summer. If you can’t find any free parking nearby, you can park your car in the public parking lots near the beach access points for $5.

Remember to arrive on time because Captain Jambo’s Destin may charge a $50 late fee if you are tardy. And if your ride is canceled due to your excessive delay, you will not be eligible for a full refund.

Pricing:

Activity/ExcursionCost/PersonDescription
Banana Boat$40Includes US-Coast-Guard (USCG)-licensed captain, banana boat, and life jackets

Source: https://www.captainjambos.com

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor556
Google4.5 stars151
Yelp4.5 stars14

3. Miramar Beach Parasailing

Have a blast on a wacky water adventure with Miramar Beach Parasailing, located along Scenic Gulf Drive, in Miramar Beach, Florida! If you’re a fun-seeker, you’re definitely in for a treat when you get on board their banana boat, which is pulled by a US-Coast-Guard-licensed captain. This experience costs $35 per person and can accommodate passengers aged 6 and up.

Note that the banana boat ride is not recommended for those with back problems, heart problems, or other serious medical conditions. Pregnant women are also not allowed to participate. All passengers must be less than 250 pounds and in good shape without mobility limitations.

Miramar Beach Parasailing’s banana boat adventure is available up until 11 a.m. daily. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time to allow for time to check in as parking and traffic can cause major delays.

In case you need to cancel, be sure to do so at least 24 hours prior to the experience for a full refund.

Pricing:

Activity/ExcursionCost/PersonDescription
Banana Boat$35Includes US-Coast-Guard (USCG)-licensed captain, banana boat, and life jackets

Source: https://www.parasailnow.com

Ratings:

SourceRatingNumber of Reviews
Trip Advisor543
Google4.9 stars714
Yelp5 stars8

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