Orange Beach

Explore Orange Beach Along Alabama's Gulf Coast

Orange Beach Gulf Shores Alabama

Located along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Orange Beach is a family-friendly destination with an abundance of water sports, attractions, and nature preserves. Cast a line at Waterfront Park on Wolf Bay, go shopping at The Wharf, or meander along the Backcountry Trail. 


Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 500 animals, and it features regular zoo keeper talks, a petting zoo, and rotating exhibits. Animal lovers can’t miss Alligator Alley, which houses more than 150 alligators. 


Looking for a day away from the beach without leaving the sun? Adventure Island, Track Recreation Center, and Pirates Island Adventure Golf are all family-friendly destinations with bumper boats, go-karts, miniature golf, and more. You can also cool off at Waterville USA, a 20-acre waterpark and amusement park. Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park is a railroad theme park that transports you through time. Ride one of the three trains past Victorian-style buildings, a four-acre lake, wetlands, gardens, and woods. 


Days inside can still be fun in Orange Beach. There are multiple movie theaters to catch the newest flick. The Gulf Bowl & Captain’s Choice Seafood is a local favorite for bowling and laser tag. 


Feeling adventurous? You don’t want to skip the Hummingbird Zipline Course, which features eight ziplines covering 6,000 feet. You’ll zip through dense forest, over the Intracoastal Waterway, and ending near The Wharf’s Main Street. 

History and Culture 

Orange Beach has a long-standing history that dates back to the 1860s. Throughout the entire Gulf Shores you can see remnants of times past, like at the Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, Historic Fort Gaines, USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, and more. Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum also documents the area’s first settlers in a 1910 building. View local history, Native American culture, regional and marine fishing history, and artifacts. 


Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is a cultural representation of today in the Gulf Shores. The 10,000-square-foot art gallery overlooks Wolf Bay and is host to regular events, demonstrations, and educational programs. Prosperous Pelican Gallery II and The Fairhope Connection are also must-visits. 

Nature Preserves

The coastline of the Gulf Shores creates a perfect landscape for beautiful scenery, and there are several protected natural areas. Gulf State Park boasts two miles of pristine beaches, the 25-mile paved Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, and Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, which is the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico. Catch a glimpse of threatened and endangered species like nesting sea turtles and shorebirds at Perdido Key State Park. Graham Creek Nature Preserve is 500 acres of bottomland wetlands, mixed forests, pine savannas, and tidal marshes. The preserve is home to hundreds of native plant and wildlife species. 

Shopping and Dining

Shop ‘til you drop in Gulf Shores. From the Tanger Outlets in Foley to Pelican Place at Craft Farms to SanRoc Cay along Perdido Beach Boulevard, there’s a shop to find whatever you need- or want. The Wharf is another great shopping destination, and it also boasts mini golf, a movie theater, arcade, Ferris wheel, the Wharf Amphitheater, and Wharf Marina. 




Dining options in Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores are extensive and diverse, but if you try anything it should be local seafood. Many area restaurants serve seafood caught fresh that day- even the non-seafood lovers will enjoy. Cobalt the Restaurant, Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, The Gulf, Big Fish Restaurant & Bar, and Fisher’s are some local favorites. 


Grab a classic breakfast at Duck’s Diner, a smoothie at Picnic Beach, or coffee at The Southern Grind Coffee House

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