30 Things to Do in Fairhope, Alabama

Nestled on the grassy bluffs of Mobile Bay, Fairhope exudes small-town charm. Authors and artists have long called this utopia home, drawing inspiration from magnificent live oaks, Southern hospitality and a sunset-soaked bay. Between New Orleans and Seaside, Florida, Fairhope should definitely be on your Gulf Coast bucket list.

  1. Walk to the end of the Fairhope Pier to watch the next big one get reeled in

  2. Order a dreamy Fairhope Float at Mr. Gene’s Beans

  3. Start your day with Fairhope Roasters coffee and doughnuts at the Warehouse Bakery

  4. Shop downtown’s upscale boutiques like CK Collection, SWAY and Sadie’s

  5. Peruse the works of local authors like Fannie Flagg, Rick Bragg and Winston Groom at Page & Palette

  6. Stay at the historic Grand Hotel, originally built in 1847, or visit the lobby for 4:00 tea

  7. Stroll down the boardwalk to admire century’s-old houses just south of the Grand Hotel

  8. Play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones course

  9. Spoil yourself with a treatment at the Grand Hotel Spa and linger in the luxe quiet room

  10. Sip a mint julep from Bucky’s Birdcage Lounge

  11. Take photos in the rose garden, with 2,000 blooms at the Fairhope pier

  12. Find something fabulous for your home at Green Gates Market

  13. Shop for affordable local art and gifts at the Garage Studio in Point Clear

  14. Drive up Highway 32 to admire the rolling horse farms—or better yet, come for Polo at the Point in October

  15. Visit the studio of Nall, an internationally renowned artist who studied with Salvador Dalí

  16. Put your toes in the sand at the public beach on Mobile Bay

  17. Time your visit for March during the annual Arts and Crafts Festival when all the azaleas are in bloom

  18. Order the locally sourced shrimp, crab claws and tuna dip at Big Daddy’s on Fish River

  19. See a pair of magical fairytale castles on Oak Avenue and Bancroft Street

  20. Dine on amazing seafood like the shrimp and grits, local blue crab cake and fresh daily catch at Camellia Cafe

  21. Take the kids to Fantasy Island Toy Store, family-owned for more than 40 years

  22. Enjoy a leisurely brunch of Southern and Creole-inspired dishes at The Fairhope Inn

  23. Let the kids run free at Fairhopers Community Park and the pirate-themed splash pad

  24. Sample chocolate and confections at Punta Clara Kitchen

  25. From Fairhope Avenue, drive north down Bayview Street to admire the craftsman bungalows on the bluff

  26. Come in February for one of three family-friendly Mardi Gras parades

  27. Join the locals for happy hour at Red or White wine bar

  28. Snag the perfect souvenir at The Fairhope Store

  29. Order a craft cocktail inside the cozy Tongue & Groove

  30. Stop whatever you’re doing to watch the sunset over Mobile Bay