Whether you want your bachelor party to be a non-stop city adventure or a relaxing beach getaway, Alabama has it all. Stay at a condo in downtown Birmingham or Mobile, or opt for a waterfront house along the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of spacious Alabama vacation rentals that put you right where you want to be. Take a look at the seven most noteworthy bachelor party destinations in Alabama.

1. Birmingham

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Explore Alabama’s largest city with a vacation rental in a condo downtown to be right in the middle of the action, or choose an entire house in the residential neighborhoods for a quiet place to hole up between adventures. Before the madness of nightlife begins, Birmingham has countless opportunities to fill your stay with culture and fun, including the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, and the Alabama Splash Nature water park.

As evening sets in, enjoy some of the city’s fine dining, such as Gianmarco’s Restaurant, which serves up classic Italian fare. For a modern take on classic Southern cuisine, check out Highlands Bar & Grill. After dinner, find quality drinks at The Atomic Lounge, The Roof, and Platinum of Birmingham. For more than just drinks, Moonlight on the Mountain delivers live music, Blue Monkey features an active dance floor, and StarDome brings the laughs with a regular comedy lineup.

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2. Tuscaloosa

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Home to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa has a vibrant nightlife ideal for a bachelor party. Bars and clubs are centered downtown on an area known as The Strip, including Catch 22, Filling Station, and Rhythm and Brews. If you have Crimson Tide alumni or fans in your group, check out the Bryant Museum, which honors the university’s prominent football program. Better yet, if your party falls during the season, join 100,000 plus of your fellow fans and catch a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

If you’re in town on the first Friday of a month, you can join check out the local art scene with a downtown art walk. Any time you visit, you can play a round of 18 holes at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex or the Links at Tuscaloosa. For a touch of nature, stroll through 2.5 miles of trails set in the beautiful University of Alabama Arboretum.

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3. Mobile

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Whether your bachelor party is a single night or a week-long trip, Mobile has plenty to offer in nightlife, dining, and adventure. If the groom is a golfer, the city has numerous courses to choose from, including Azalea City Golf Course and Spring Hill Golf Course. Mix in some culture with the partying by visiting the Mobile Carnival Museum, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, or the History Museum of Mobile. Check out the city without tiring out on a Segway tour from Spot of Tea. Consider chartering a boat or taking a tour from Delta Safaris to take in the city and its surrounding natural areas from the water. Get your groove on at Xcite Club and Lounge, or head to Kazoola Eatery and Entertainment for drinks and live music. Cap off the night with a few games of pool at Bumpers Billiards.

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4. Mentone

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If your friends prefer a more low-key setting for a bachelor party, Mentone, which sits atop Lookout Mountain, offers the ideal setting. Nestle into a vacation rental cabin or house at night with a round of drinks, then spend the day exploring nature. DeSoto State Park and Little River Falls have miles of trails for hiking. For something more heart-pounding, bring kayaks and test out the local rivers. Green Leaf Grill and Wildflower Cafe provide quality dining in the small town, or for more options, you can head to other nearby towns such as Valley Head or Hammondsville. If your party falls in winter, pop over to Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort to ski Alabama’s only ski slopes. During warmer months you and your friends can play a round of 18 holes, or for something extra memorable, go horseback riding at the Shady Grove Dude Ranch.

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5. Guntersville

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Set on the shores of Lake Guntersville on the Tennessee River, Guntersville is a perfect location for a wedding party of outdoorsmen. The lake provides a wide range of activities such as fishing and boating, as well as gorgeous views. Hikers find meandering trails at Bucks Pocket State Park or Marshall County Park, and there are ample opportunities to get out on the water with a boat rental from Guntersville Marina or Lake Guntersville Boat Rentals. After a day out on the go, enjoy the town’s nightlife with a visit to Kala’s Cottage or Old Towne Tavern. For dinner and drinks with a view, drive across the lake to Fire by the Lake, which is located on the lake shore.

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6. Orange Beach

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Soak up the sun and enjoy an adventure with a vacation rental at Orange Beach, which features sandy shores overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Start your party off right with a sports fishing expedition. Intercoastal Safaris offers a range of outings, including bow fishing, shrimping, night fishing, and shark hunting. Back on land your group can explore the beaches and trails of Gulf State Park, then dine on good old Southern seafood at Live Bait Restaurant, Cotton’s Restaurant, or Sassy Bass Caribbean Grille. After dinner, indulge in some drinks at The Undertow, Barefoot Bar and Grill, or Pleasure Island Tiki Bar. OB Watersports rents party boats, ideal for exploring the water with your whole crew. The company also rents kayaks, paddle boards, and pontoon boats.

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7. Montgomery

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Alabama’s capital city offers nightlife and adventure opportunities to fill your party’s needs. It also is a great place for the amateur historians in your group to breathe in the history of the South. From the Rosa Parks Museum to Old Alabama Town to the city’s Civil Rights Memorial, you can learn about the areas two centuries of well-preserved past. There’s also the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for the art lovers in your party.

Hit the river in a kayak from Coosa River Adventures or race your pals at Go Karting Montgomery. As the sun goes down, see a blues show at B.B. King’s Blues Club or enjoy some tasty barbecue at Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Beer enthusiasts should check out the taproom at Railyard Brewing Company for the city’s oldest craft beer.

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