THE FUN !
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are known for white sands and blue gulf waters, but there’s much more to coastal Alabama’s mix of things to see and do. Attractions, special events and a wide array of entertainment venues offer year-round activities and give visitors as well as residents plenty to enjoy!
For those who are drawn to the water, the options are seemingly endless. Area marinas offer long-term and transient docking for those who need a home for a boat of their own. Charters are popular for dolphin cruises, sunset sails and fishing of all types. Watersport rentals are available at many marinas and several beachfront locations. Beachgoers can rent anything from paddleboards and kayaks to catamarans and jet skis. Soaring above the waters on a parasail flight is yet another popular activity.
Off the water, a variety of shops and attractions can be found throughout the island. Small boutiques with a coastal flair make shopping an adventure. The Wharf is a popular shopping, dining and entertainment center on the Intracoastal Waterway in Orange Beach. Its one-of-a-kind shops and locally owned restaurants make it a unique destination. Nightly light shows, the largest Ferris wheel in the Southeast, and a zipline adventure add to the entertainment options, as do the concert series held at the Wharf’s 10,000-seat amphitheater.
Gulf Shores attractions include a zoo, waterpark and historic Fort Morgan, the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the famous cry, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” History buffs love the adventure of exploring the fort’s grounds and casemates. Nearby, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a treasure for those looking to discover various coastal environments, as its 6,000+ acres include dunes, swales, wetlands, maritime forests and scrub habitats.
Special events dot the calendar throughout the year, adding community involvement opportunities for residents as well as year-round appeal to visitors. During spring, the area is home to the famed Hangout Music Festival and the Orange Beach Festival of Art. Fall brings the area’s long-standing favorite, the annual National Shrimp Festival, as well as the 11-day Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.Coastal Alabama beckons many visitors to return again and again to join in the fun. We are happy that so many
have decided to make this beautiful community their home!