Orange Beach sits on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It’s perhaps one of the best known water sports hubs in the region, with plenty of options to enjoy. Waterfront Park offers a fishing pier right on Wolf Bay. There are also a number of museums and historical areas to visit. As a result of this and the beautiful beaches, the city is very much a tourism-focused area. While many come for the white sand beaches, there is lots to do inland as well. That includes fantastic golf courses, shopping, and restaurants.
Spanning 16 square miles and home to around 6,100 people, Orange Beach maintains its small town charm, especially with the access to The Backcountry Trail that winds all the way from the Gulf Shores, a nearby city. The Backcountry Trail is highly diverse and home to six distinct ecosystems. For those that want to see otters, wild boar, numerous types of birds, and perhaps even a few alligators, this is where you’ll find it.
Orange Beach is humid with its subtropical climate, but that makes for long, warm days even into the winter months. For those that plan to visit in the cooler months, many of the area’s attractions and amenities remain available.
It’s also important to note that Orange Beach is a popular destination for sporting events and tournaments. Much of this happens at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Gulf State Park. It features a football and soccer station with enough room for about 1,500 people. There are also several baseball and softball fields in the area. Tournaments happen throughout the year.
Orange Beach Islands is an area that is home to Bird Island, Gilchrist Island, Robinson Island, and Walker Island and is a central entertainment district in the area. Each of these islands is just minutes from each other and are accessible by kayak, paddleboard, jet ski, or boat. Walking isn’t an option due to the underlying currents in the area.
While spending time on the waterfront is one of the biggest draws here, there is much more to enjoy as well. The Golf Shores Main Public Beach offers volleyball, beach/bar locations, and lots of open sad. Alabama Point East-A Gulf State Park Beach area is just a few minutes from Perdido Pass Bright and offers about 600 feet of beaches to explore, too.
For those who want an adventure, it’s possible to book a trip up on the Hang Ten Helicopters. This is a great way to see the area. Visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo while here or tour the beautiful architecture and history at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. The Susan N. McCollough Gallery and Studio is another outstanding place to explore for a bit of history and some fabulous art. To explore a Spanish Fort, check out Historic Blakely State Park.
You can take a hot air balloon ride depending on the weather or spend the day at Waterville USA. There’s always a good deal at the Tanger Outlet Center, too.
The Wharf is also a must visit. It is a shopping and entertainment district in the heart of the area. There’s lots of shopping here, restaurants, bars, and fun things to do throughout the year.
Dozens of restaurants, large and small, exist throughout the area. For breakfast, check out City Donut, a fun place with some pretty creative offerings. Moe’s Original Bar B Que is the place to go for ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and chicken, as well as shrimp and dozens of Southern sides.
Kentucky Mist Distillery is at The Wharf and offers craft beers and a full menu of tasty foods. For something with a bit more of a sophisticated and upscale feel, check out Voyagers, offering Gulf Coast cuisine in a more intimate setting. The panoramic views here also make it one of the best places to enjoy the sustainable seafood and award-winning wine list.
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