Things to do in Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, AL

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are neighboring cities in Southern Alabama. These coastal towns are popular for family fun attractions and tours with a focus on watersports and beach activities. Some of the top things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach include deep sea fishing, parasailing, boat tours, and rentals. Besides tours and attractions, travelers love the coastal cuisine, nightlife, and local nature.
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Featured Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Activities

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Jul 17 - Jul 23

Orange Beach Dolphin & Sunset Cruises Aboard Sunny Lady

9,045 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Head to The Wharf and hop aboard the Sunny Lady for a scenic cruise in search of dolphins on Orange Beach's favorite boat. The Sunny Lady's spacious rooftop deck and climate-controlled cabins provide plenty of cozy seating throughout and great visibility for optimal enjoyment and plenty of photo ops. Grab some refreshments at the snack bar or just relax as the boat makes the rounds in search of bottlenose dolphins and other marine wildlife among the waves. Book your spot on an OB classic today!
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Booked 55 times in last 48 hrs

Southern Rose Dolphin & Sunset Cruises

1,647 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Embark on a dolphin tour and adventure out in search of dolphins. Cruise the local waterways as you listen to some island tunes. Relax on comfortable seating and soak up the beauty of Orange Beach's bountiful sunshine. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed and this trip is sure to please the whole family. Don't miss the boat, book your Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise today!
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Booked 13 times in last 48 hrs

Chute Em Up Parasail Tours Orange Beach

884 ratings
1 Hr.
Soar 500 feet in the air above Orange Beach! These beastly boats can accommodate up to 15 passengers total for a safe and comfortable ride in the sky. Seize this opportunity to fly above a limitless horizon of sparkling waters and coastal scenery with your friends and family. Book today!
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Booked 5 times in last 48 hrs

Hourly Jet Ski Rentals Departing From Bear Point Marina

314 ratings
1 - 8 Hrs.
Create your own adventure with an Hourly Jet Ski Rental Departing From Bear Point Marina. Go fast navigating the back bays of Orange Beach, Alabama on a Yamaha 3 seater jet ski. Create memories as you zip through Wolf Bay, exploring nearby coves at high speeds. Keep an eye out for native wildlife like bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, and fish! The shortest no wake zone in all of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach makes this rental the perfect fit to get out there and get on the water! Book your experience today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Helicopter Tours in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

355 ratings
View the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast on a thrilling helicopter tour! Explore Alabama from the sky and scope the notable sights from the Perdido Pass, Orange Beach Islands, downtown Gulf Shores, and beyond! The stunning views from a helicopter make for the perfect date night or family outing. Fly in the sky and book one of the seven exciting tours, today!
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Booked 4 times in last 48 hrs

Caribe Cruiser Dolphin Tours Orange Beach

547 ratings
75 - 90 Min.
Spend the day searching for dolphins while listening to the calming sounds of the waves and tropical music from the comfort of a covered pontoon boat. A perfect idea for large groups and family outings. Enjoy a narrated tour on the local waterways while they sit back and listen to beach music, book today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Orange Beach Guided Jet Ski Dolphin Tour

211 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Hang out with dolphins in their backyard on the gorgeous waters of Orange Beach! Guided by a qualified and professional jet ski operator and Wolf Bay wizard, this jet ski sightseeing tour gets you up close and personal with dolphins and their aquatic friends. Zoom across the bay or take it slow and explore. Have the day your way! Book your jet ski experience now!
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Orange Beach Party Boat Fishing

143 ratings
4 - 10 Hrs.
Set out to sea and catch the biggest fish in the Gulf of Mexico! Join your expert captain and crew on this 65-foot head boat where you will target a variety of seasonal big game species like grouper, snapper, triggerfish, and more. Choose the affordable 4-hour afternoon trolling trip, the 6-hour bottom fishing trip, or the full day 10-hour offshore trip. Set your hook on this Orange Beach fishing deal today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Orange Beach Tritoon Rental

1 rating
2 - 8 Hrs.
Hop aboard your Tritoon Rental and enjoy a day filled with bliss out on the water. Soak up the Gulf Coast sun as you cruise the back bays of southern Alabama, Perdido Pass, and the Orange Beach Islands. Chartering your own Tritoon is the perfect way to create the adventure of a lifetime and make memories that will last forever. Don't miss out on your chance, book your tritoon today!
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Private Boating Excursion & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise

137 ratings
2 - 8 Hrs.
Explore the peaceful, meandering waterways of Orange Beach, Alabama with this Private Boating Excursion & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise. Let Captain Matt and his lifelong experience on the water guide you around this beautiful ecosystem on his 24' Cobia center console. Learn all about the area's local wildlife and take in the sights and sounds of the day. Choose from morning, afternoon, and sunset departures for a customizable cruise experience. So sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Alabama’s Gulf Coast with this Private Boating Excursion & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise. Book today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Hourly Jet Ski Rentals in Orange Beach

98 ratings
1 - 8 Hrs.
Cruise in-style and create your own adventure and speed through Wolf Bay to explore nearby coves. Keep an eye out for native wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, sharks, and stingrays. Zip through the waves for an action-packed day of fun in the sun going up to 50MPH! Feeling the need for speed? Book your Orange Beach adventure today!
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Gulf Shores Banana Boat Rides

100 ratings
7 - 10 Min.
Get ready for a fun and exciting ride for the entire family! Zip off on a banana boat pulled behind a high-powered waverunner! Take a tour and view the beautiful waters of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Banana boat rides are the perfect way to enjoy the water and have a blast! Book some fun today!
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Cruise OB Dolphin Cruise

330 ratings
2 Hrs.
Set sail for fun as you cruise the sparkling back bays of Orange Beach on a Dolphin Cruise. Sightsee pods of local Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and watch as these majestic and social creatures leap and play up close to the boat. Enjoy the sights and surroundings as your knowledgeable captain and crew educate you on the local marine wildlife like the mesmerizingly beautiful blue crab. Experience breathtaking views on this pleasure cruise that whisks you into the Gulf of Mexico on calm days for stunning views of pristine white sandy beaches and the brilliant green glows of the Emerald Coast. Book today!
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Booked 4 times in last 48 hrs

Chute for the Skye Parasailing - Tacky Jack's

215 ratings
1 Hr.
Experience the thrill of parasailing, flying high above the Alabama Coast! Admire Orange Beach and the city from a bird's eye view. See the marine wildlife in the waves like sea turtles and dolphins, or simply relax and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze as you float through the sky. Fly above the rest and book your parasailing trip today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

Gulf Shores Parasailing & Banana Boat Ride

283 ratings
30 Min.
Fly up to 800 feet above Gulf Shores with this Parasailing & Banana Boat Ride. Adventure over the Gulf of Mexico and check out some truly amazing wildlife below. See schools of fish, sharks, dolphins, and even sea turtles. Chutes can accommodate 2-3 people per trip, so grab your friends and family and get down to the beach to ride by banana boat to the parasail boat! Fun for everyone, book your spot today!
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Booked 3 times in last 48 hrs

Perdido Key Parasailing Adventure

134 ratings
30 Min.
Soar up to 800 feet in the air with Chute 'Em Up Parasail! As the boat cruises along the crystal-clear Gulf of Mexico take in the spectacular views and enjoy the thrills of defying gravity. Get a bird’s eye view of the city, surrounding nature, marine wildlife, and more. Fly high and book your parasailing trip today!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Perdido Key Banana Boat Rides

42 ratings
7 - 10 Min.
Looking for something a-peel-ing? Take a banana boat ride in the Gulf of Mexico! Safe, fun, and just this side of the extreme, you'll laugh and splash while cruising the most beautiful stretch of beach you've ever seen. You'll bounce through the waves while being pulled by a jet ski, so gear up and grab on for the ride of your vacation! Book today!
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Private Snorkeling Excursion

14 ratings
2 - 8 Hrs.
Search the peaceful, meandering waterways of Orange Beach, Alabama with this Private Snorkeling Excursion. Snorkel in 2 to 3 feet of shallow water exploring Sea Grass beds while searching for small crabs, snails, and fish. Keep an eye out for the area's other local wildlife such as dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and so much more! This is a beginner level excursion that is great for young kids and new snorkelers. Choose from morning, afternoon, or sunset departures for a customizable cruise experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy Alabama’s Gulf Coast on this Private Snorkeling Excursion. Book your tickets today!
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Orange Beach Sunset Sailing Tour

353 ratings
2 Hrs.
End the day with a sunset cruise. Nothing but smooth sailing on this Orange Beach Sunset Sailing Tour aboard a beautiful 52 foot catamaran. Enjoy your favorite beverage while listening to some great music, kicking back, and watching the stunning sunset. Leave your cares in the wind as you cruise through the bay around Orange Beach. Don't miss the boat, book today!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some popular places to visit in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach?

There are tons of great spots to visit in the area. The Wharf in Orange Beach is home to a massive ferris wheel, zipline tours, shopping, dining, and water excursions. The Wharf Amphitheater is also home to major concerts and events. The OWA amusement park in nearby Foley is a massive theme park complete with rides, dining, and entertainment. Visit hundreds of awe-inspiring animals at The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, or cast a line at the Gulf State Pier in Orange Beach. The world-famous Flora-Bama bar and lounge rests on the line between Orange Beach, AL and Perdido Key, FL. Flora-Bama is testament to the local culture offering seafood, entertainment, and giant events and concerts. Some other great spots to check out include The Hangout Gulf Shores (seafood dining and entertainment in a beach setting), The Track (family friendly go carts, arcade, and rides), and LuLu's Gulf Shores (beach-themed dining and music), and Waterville USA waterpark.

2. What are the differences between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores?

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are neighbors in Coastal Alabama. Orange Beach, AL, lies directly to the east of Gulf Shores, and borders Florida. Gulf Shores is larger, with approximately double the population. Both cities offer coastal dining, attractions, activities, lodging, and nightlife. The culture is very similar as well, with Gulf Shores being more famously known for events like Hangout Fest Music Festival. The two areas are frequently grouped together given their almost identical offerings to vacationers and families.

3. What are the beaches like in Coastal Alabama?

Coastal Alabama beaches, specifically the beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, are composed of soft, white sand. They are, as a whole, less busy than Florida beaches, but may be a little cooler as well.

4. Are there islands to visit in Orange Beach, AL?

Yes, the Perdido Pass contains four islands famous to locals. They are Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island. While Gilchrist Island is privately owned and not accessible to the public, the other three islands are owned by the city and visitors are welcome!

5. Which events take place in Gulf Shores, AL?

The most popular event in Gulf Shores is the Hangout Music Festival. Lots more annual events take place in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including culinary festivals (Oyster Cook-Off, National Shrimp Festival), party festivals (Interstate Mullet Toss), and music festivals (Frank Brown International Songwriters', Festival of Art)


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