A Labor Day weekend getaway in Alabama gives you a chance to sunbathe on the beaches of Gulf Shores or reel in fish at the Bass Fishing Capital of the World. Look forward to enjoying interactive museums and historic sites, as well as theme parks and family-friendly waterfront attractions. Book a stay at one of many incredible Alabama vacation rentals for an unforgettable getaway. Consider one of these cities and towns in Alabama for your Labor Day weekend trip.

1. Pelham

Pelham is home to the Alabama State Fair, and with a vacation rental in this city over Labor Day weekend, you can see the livestock and talent contests, and let the kids ride the ponies at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. See the beauty of the area with a bike ride along the trails of the Oak Mountain State Park, or get in a game of golf at the Ballantrae Golf Club. The Alabama Wildlife Center is a great place to see unique creatures and indulge the bird watchers. With the warm September weather, you can also take a dip in the water with a tube, kayak, or canoe rentals from Blue Water Park.

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2. Fairhope

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If you want stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico from your vacation rental balcony, then make Fairhope your vacation destination over the Labor Day weekend. This city offers historical attractions such as the Fairhope Museum and unique architecture in the downtown shopping area. The mild September temperatures give you a chance to beat the heat while fishing off Battles Wharf while admiring the Eastern shore of the Mobile Bay. When hunger strikes, dive into some Southern cuisine at Fly Creek.

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3. Montgomery

Make your weekend getaway educational with a trip to Montgomery, home to the state capitol building. Indulge the history buffs with a tour of the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum or the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. The September sun is much more mild over Labor Day, so you can sun on the beach at Riverfront Park or leisurely walk through the Montgomery Zoo with the kids. Montgomery pulls out all the stops for the holiday weekend with the Labor Day at Old Alabama Town celebration where locals bring picnic baskets to celebrate the holiday like the natives did in 1894.

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4. McCalla

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Enter the state’s largest Moon Pie-eating contest when attending the annual Labor Day celebration in McCalla. Beyond stuffing your faces with Moon Pies, you can also visit the craft and food vendors abundant at the festival celebrated at Tannehill Iron Works Historical State Park. Hike or bike the trails of the park during your weekend getaway, or challenge the family to a paintball game at Paintball is Good before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental for the evening.

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5. Scottsboro

Get your fill of inspiring art in Scottsboro over Labor Day weekend when attending the city’s annual Art in the Park festival. This art show includes masterpieces on display from local artists, as well as crafts, live music, and food vendors. After immersing yourselves in the culture of this Alabama city, head out for some rest and relaxation on a fishing excursion hosted by Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service. If golf is your thing, Scottsboro is home to the Goose Pond Colony Resort course.

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6. Eufaula

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Avid fishers flock to Eufaula, an Alabama city known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World.” The warm September temperatures are ideal for reeling in a fresh catch at Lakepoint Resort State Park or Walter F. George Lake. Continue your outdoor adventures over the Labor Day weekend when touring the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge before indulging in some southern barbecue at Phil’s BBQ. When you want to get in some peace and quiet on those morning runs, head to the Yoholo Micco Creek Indian Trail.

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7. Gulf Shores

Opt for a Cajun-themed Labor Day celebration when attending the Cajun Labor Day events in Gulf Shores. The party begins at The Hangout with Louisiana bands performing well into the night and a pig roast throughout the day. The warm September weather is ideal for a dip in the Gulf of Mexico or a flight above the Gulf with Blue Sky Parasail and Watersports. Treat the kids to a day the Waterville USA theme park, or kick back and reel in some fish at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

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8. Huntsville

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean with a vacation rental in Huntsville over Labor Day weekend. Huntsville hosts the annual Caribbean Day at the Park over Labor Day each year, complete with reggae music, games, and Caribbean food. The attractions in this “Rocket City” include the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as well as the Bridge Street Town Center where you can shop until you drop. Indulge the athletic types with a hike through Burritt on the Mountain before spicing up your evening with dinner at Tim’s Cajun Kitchen.

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9. Birmingham

Birmingham is buzzing with Labor Day activities that range from the annual Color Run at Barber Motorsports Parkway to the annual Labor Day Golden Classic where the University of North Alabama Lions open their season at Legion Field. Stop in at Our Lady of Lourdes Church’s Labor Day Festival so the kids can enjoy pony rides, as well as arts and crafts booths. Cool off with a stop in at the McWane Science Center or the Vulcan Park and Museum. When it’s time to kick back with the adults, consider signing up for the Brewery Tasting Tour of Birmingham.

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10. Mobile

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Break out your kayaks, tubes, and canoes and spend your Labor Day weekend floating along this coastal city. Mobile is a mecca for beachfront activities, but you can also soak up the history with tours of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum. Enjoy the September sunshine with a boat tour on Mobile Bay, sponsored by Gulf Coast Ducks.

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