Marina's in Orange Beach, Alabama
Unwind and Revive in Orange Beach, AL
Orange Beach is the very first Alabama towns you come to while heading west along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, from the Florida border. This alluring beach stretches for 32 miles with sugar white beaches, sea oats, sand dunes, and turquoise green gulf waters. The highlight of your visit to Orange Beach might be the abundant fishing areas and broad beaches which are easily accessible to visitors. Although this area has been hit hard by hurricanes of the past, the vast restoration efforts have earned the beaches along the Gulf Shores a "Top Restored Beach" award.
Sugar white sands line the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach, Alabama. Many of those who have discovered this little piece of paradise first come to enjoy those beaches. They soon discover, though, that there’s more to this town than meets the eye. In addition to its miles of coastline, there are an abundance of back bays, bayous, and rivers connecting Orange Beach to the world.
Orange Beach is spoiled for options when it comes to water recreation. It’s well known as a deep-sea fishing hot spot, but there are also canoe and kayak rentals for exploring the city’s in-water trails, party boats to charter for offshore dinners and sunset cruises, and, of course, swimming in the gulf and lounging on the wide, powdery beaches to soak up the sun and be lulled by the waves.
Once refreshed by the sand and the sea, visitors find plenty of other activities to enjoy. Inland, the Hugh Branyon Back Country Trails are network of paths that runs through more than 11 miles of the stunning woodlands in Gulf State Park. Wander through oak hammocks, over swamps and marshes, and along sandy dunes. Gulf State Park encompasses more than 5,000 acres and has a campground, nature center, beachfront pavilion, and one of the longest fishing piers on the gulf.
For shopping, don’t miss Orange Beach’s eclectic collection of retailers and boutiques. Centers like San Roc Cay and The Wharf feature locally owned clothing, home decor, and specialty shops, while freestanding places such as Tallulah's Treasures and Prosperous Pelican dot the main streets of town and will not disappoint.
The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach sits on the shore of Wolf Bay in a 1920’s-era hotel, and includes a gallery that features the work of regional artists in a variety of media. Special exhibits spotlight works by visiting artists. There’s also an onsite glass-blowing studio and a pottery studio, and pieces from each can be purchased at the gift shop. Each spring, the center helps host the Orange Beach Festival of Art, a two-day celebration of arts and crafts, music, and food.
Other events that bring visitors to the area include the Bama Coast Cruise classic-car show in April and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament in July. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, held in March, is the number one boat-buying show on the Gulf Coast. This past year, $90 million in boats and marine products were on display, including more than 125 in-water vessels.
And everyone should visit the Flora-Bama Lounge — the self- proclaimed Last American Roadhouse — especially if you can catch the epic fish-flinging spectacle that is the Interstate Mullet Toss in April. The venue is a bit quieter during the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival in November.
While in Orange Beach, visitors have an impressive array of lodging options. There are hotels, beach houses, and both family- affordable and luxury condominiums lining the oceanfront as well as the bays. Information about accommodations, events, and other attractions can be found at orangebeach.com.
What to Do
Orange Beach Sailing Charters
Enjoy the most popular afternoon activity on the entire Gulf Coast; Orange Beach Sailing Charters. Coastal Alabama has the most romantic and beautiful views that you can see from the waters while sailing on the cruise. Whether your young or old you and your loved ones will cherish these memories for a lifetime (www.sailob.com, 251-981-SAIL).
If you are looking for fun for the entire family, Adventure Island is a great get-away. Rides and attractions include go-karts, laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, paddle boats, arcade, rock climb, coconut climb, giant volcano and kiddie rides. Adventure Island is the best place for affordable family fun (www.adventure-island.com, 251-974-1500).
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
Are you interesting in expanding your Native American history knowledge? Here at Orange Beach Here you can check out artifacts relating to our Native Americans and fishing history. Fisherman supplies and collectibles have been donated from local families and are on display that remind us of the challenges and achievements of the early days of the fishing industry (25850 John M Snook Drive, 251-981- 8545).
Are you looking for shopping, entertainment and dining all in one location? Check out The Wharf. It is known as the Gulf Coast's most inviting resort destination. At The Wharf you can have a fun filled day of shopping, followed by dinner and maybe a concert at the large Amphitheater. The options are endless, and open year-round (www.alwharf.com, 251-224-1000).
What to Eat
Come try some authentic seafood cooked with an Italian style. Located just footsteps away from the Gulf of Mexico, Cafe' Grazie is open 7 days a week and has everything from pizza and pasta to seafood. They also have a very inviting wine menu which is perfect for this romantic but casual setting (www.cafe-grazie.com, 251-981-7278).
Brick & Spoon
Serving authentic Cajun and Creole inspired cuisine - don't miss stopping by Brick and Spoon for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Order their built to order "Big Spoon Bloody Mary," and start off your day right. All the menu items take on the southern Louisiana flavors and is great for your soul (www.brickandspoonrestaurant.com,
Located at the eastern end of Cotton Bayou is Tacky Jacks; a popular vacation destination. Tacky Jacks offers a casual dining experience for the whole family. No matter is you travel by land or sea, Tacky Jacks live music and great food will definitely satisfy your taste buds (www.tackyjacks.com, 251-981-4144).
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