So you booked a sweet beachside pad for your Orange Beach vacation... now what?? Obviously, the next step is to find some awesome attractions near your hotel or condo. Being the phenomenal gulf-side destination that Orange Beach is, there are likely to be plenty of unforgettable attractions just minutes away. So we're here to help you find the perfect one, two, or twelve for your entire group!
With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Orange Beach has become a popular vacation destination. But there’s more than just miles of pristine white-sand beaches and aqua Gulf Coast waters to enjoy. Here are 12 Orange Beach, Alabama attractions near your hotel or condo that are sure to make your next vacation unforgettable!
Experience the wonder of a Dolphin Cruise on a luxurious catamaran onboard The Cetation, where you’ll enjoy refreshments and music while getting up-close and personal with bottle-nose dolphins. This attraction is for ages 13 plus and offers alcoholic beverage options for adults. Your 2-hour cruise departs from The Wharf Marina and sails the smooth waters of the Intracoastal Canal.
In 2004 Hurricane Ivan completely devasted The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The massive evacuation efforts led to a series featured on Animal Planet entitled "The Little Zoo That Could," which incited support from animal lovers both far and wide. The beautiful history of this little zoo is part of what makes it such a local gem, so full of character, hospitality, and charm.
The zoo boasts a variety of large animals including Siberian tigers, Bengal tigers, and wolves, just to name a few. There is a large exotic bird exhibit, monkey exhibit, and a petting zoo area, where you can feed the animals. For an additional $10 fee, you can get up-close and personal with some of the zoo’s featured stars, on a Live Animal Encounter. There is also a mining sluice and reptile garden. The zoo offers enjoyment for hours and is a perfect way to spend a day, especially after heading out on an awesome family-friendly tour like deep sea fishing or sailing!
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Not only a great place to shop, dine, and take a Ferris wheel ride, the Wharf also boasts an excellent music venue, hosting some seriously big acts in 2019, from Jimmy Buffett to Chris Stapleton, with affordable ticket prices. Pull your loved one close, as you dance under the broad southern sky, to your song.
Enjoy the warmth and openness of the outdoor amphitheater, as you share drinks with friends. You’re certain to make some unforgettable memories that will have you coming back to The Wharf Amphitheater for your next concert!
There isn’t much I love more than time spent on a boat, and on this charter you’ll experience all the boating life has to offer! Captain Don will chauffeur you around to local hotspots to sightsee, fish, tube, and swim. You can even grill your own fresh catch! This activity is so jam-packed with fun, you’ll be coming back year after year as you make memories that will last a lifetime!
Need a more family friendly dolphin adventure? Try this large yellow boat which journeys up the smooth and scenic back bays of Orange Beach. It offers multiple decks for your comfort and viewing pleasure, an air-conditioned cabin, men and women’s restrooms, and a snack bar.
The 1.5-2-hour cruise is light-hearted fun, as you watch dolphins play and surf alongside the boat, see pelicans soar and dive for fish, and catch stunning views from the canal. There’s also a great photo opportunity as children can don the captain’s hat and grab the wheel.
There is no better way to tour Orange Beach on-land than by beach cruiser! Pedal Pushers will allow you to pick your delivery location and bring your beach cruiser right to you. Feel the sun on your face and the breeze at your back as you cruise to local hot-spots, eateries, and shops.
If you prefer to go off the beaten path, just get your bike delivered to you at one of the Gulf State Park Trailheads. Experience miles of beautiful Gulf State Park as you retreat from the crowds and take in nature! Renting a bike for a day is an Orange Beach must!
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Just a short drive from the Beach strip is a brand-new amusement park, with serious roller coasters and over 21 amusement park rides. OWA, which means “Big Water” in the Muscogee Creek language, also boasts a huge water-themed fun park called “Wacky Waters.” To top it all off, there is a fabulous downtown area for shopping, dining and strolling, featuring restaurants like Wahlburgers, Crazy Doughnuts, and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. If your family is into amusement parks, you need to check out OWA!
The super-talented Brandon Styles will have you laughing non-stop with his hilarious impressions of stars from Michael Jackson to Justin Bieber. You will be entertained from start to finish with comedy, magic, dance, and ventriloquism. Maybe you can’t get to Vegas this year, but you can experience a Vegas-style act super close to Orange Beach!
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I can vividly remember coming to The Track as a kid. There is absolute magic in riding along on the “woody,” the wooden track for adults, as your parent peeled around the curve and attempted to pass the go-cart ahead of you.
The thrill of The Track will offer up memories that last, as I attested earlier, but not just because of the go-carts. The Track is stacked with bumper boats, a sky-coaster, and an arcade, making it the place to be when the sun goes down. You’ll not regret a trip to the Track with your family!
For the thrill-seeker in your family look no further than the Hummingbird Zipline Course. You’ll whiz, drop, and soar along 1,600 feet of course over treetops, scenic wetlands, and the Intracoastal Canal. Your adrenaline will race right along with you, as you ride the ropes at a screaming 30mph! So, for 2-hours of adrenaline-packed fun, check out the Hummingbird Zipline Course at The Wharf.
How about we get to the food already? Lulu’s offers some delicious dining with enough options to please everyone in your family, but your kids are probably more concerned with playing. Welcome to Lulu’s where everyone gets what they want. Your kids can play to their hearts content!
There is an arcade, youth and munchkin climbing course, ropes course, sandpit, and you can watch it all with an umbrella drink in your hand! Located right on the Intracoastal Canal, Lulu’s offers up stunning views of the bay, as well as a charming marina. This is one local favorite that you won’t want to miss!
There is something magical about rising high above your surroundings, the butterflies in your stomach, the warm breeze on your cheek, the noise fading away. Parasailing offers a unique balance of peace and exhilaration that takes your breath away. Also, a great way to catch sight of sea turtles, stingrays, and dolphins, not to mention stunning views of Orange Beach!
The boat leaves out of popular local hotspot Tacky Jack’s and the company offers an optional picture package. Soar up to 500 feet and get a bird’s-eye view as you parasail with Chute For the Skye!
Now that you know the top Orange Beach, Alabama attractions near your hotel or condo... it's time to get out and have some fun! Don't forget to check out our Orange Beach blog for ideas on things to do while visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast.