Category: United States

Phoenix, Arizona

A- Overview:
Glittering like a jewel under the bright Southwestern sun, the dazzling surroundings and the eight months of nearly perfect weather in Phoenix have drawn people to this fascinating Arizona city. It is easy to understand why Phoenix was chosen as the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is an ideal travel destination. It is known for its warm temperatures and low humidity. Lying on flat desert and surrounded by mountains and green irrigated fields, it is a resort, convention, and government center as well as a thriving industrial area.

By day, the sun fairly sparkles, and as evening nears the sunsets splash purple and blazing orange across the vast horizon. It is because of these wondrous sights that Phoenix’s metro area is called the Valley of the Sun. This once sleepy agricultural town is now increasingly active and constantly expanding.

Residents have no qualms about driving 200 miles for a picnic or a swim, and visitors should be prepared to follow their example by securing a rental car in order to get around. There is so much to see and do that you will want to explore in all directions. The highway system is easy to understand and to follow. Even if you don’t venture beyond the downtown area, you will find a surprising energy and level of activity amid the buildings at Van Buren and Third streets in the newly restored and renovated Copper Square area. If you have not visited downtown Phoenix for awhile, the winning combination of quality restaurants, museums, shops, and nightclubs will surely exceed your expectations.

The area’s awesome beauty, from the top of nearby South Mountain to the distinctive Camelback Mountain, eclipses any manmade building. As you stroll through the desert you will be surprised by the abundance of blooming vegetation, and moved by the grandeur of rolling hills that are criss-crossed by hiking trails.

The sun shines all day; the nights are pleasantly cool. There are so many activities and attractions to enjoy while visiting Phoenix. As a vacation spot it pleases both the sophisticated traveler and the casual vacationer.

B- City Information:
Population: 1,321,154

Elevation: 1072 feet above sea level

Land Area: 474.9 square miles

Location: Located in the central part of Arizona, transected by Interstate 10 from the west and south and Interstate 17 from the north

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (when it’s noon in Phoenix, it’s 11am in Los Angeles and 2pm in New York City). Phoenix does not observe Daylight Saving Time, so these time comparisons vary by an hour from the end of April through the end of October.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
66F
41F

February
70F
44F

March
75F
48F

April
83F
54F

May
92F
63F

June
101F
70F

July
103F
77F

August
102F
77F

September
97F
70F

October
87F
59F

November
74F
47F

December
66F
41F

Local Seasons:

The peak season in Phoenix is in the winter when people throughout the country escape the cold and come to enjoy the warm temperatures and low humidity of this desert city. Whether it’s golf, sitting at the pool, strolling through town, dining at the many fine restaurants, or just enjoying the scenery, this is an ideal time for a visit. Temperatures during the day can reach the 70s F and at night drop to the 40s F, offering the opportunity for outdoor activities during the day, and cooler sleeping temperatures at night. Spring is quite pleasant as temperatures rise and humidity drops to less than 20%. Fall is very similar in temperature. Summers are very warm, with the high temperatures during the day often reaching well over 100 F. There is virtually no humidity, so the effect of the higher temperatures is not as pronounced as in more humid parts of the US. Summer emperatures drop to the mid 70’s F at night.

Holidays Observed

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day, last Mon. in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

How to Get There:

By Air

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

3400 Sky Harbor Blvd.

Phoenix AZ 85034

602-273-8880

Located 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix and less than 30 minutes from Scottsdale, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport lies at the heart of the southwestern United States. There are hundreds of nonstop and connecting flights from points around the globe each day. The airport is served by many of the national and international airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Scottsdale Airport

15000 N. Airport Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480-312-2321

Located close to Scottsdale, this regional airport is an ideal choice for leisure and business travelers, seeking close proximity to world class resorts, hotels, restaurants, golf courses, and corporate centers, with an average of 360 VFR days yearly.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the Phoenix Airport. Limited services available at the Scottsdale Airport.

By Car:

The city is accessible via Interstate 10 from the west (Los Angeles) and southeast (Tucson) and Interstate 17 from the north (Flagstaff)

By Train:

Amtrak

3400 East Sky Harbor Blvd.
G.A.I.T. desk in each terminal
Phoenix, AZ 85034

800-USA-RAIL

This is a stop for Amtrak Thruway connecting bus service. only. Amtrak trains do not stop in Phoenix.

By Bus:

Greyhound

2115 E Buckeye Rd.
Phoenix AZ 85034

602-389-4200

How to Get Around:

The easiest and most convenient way to get around is by either personal or rental car. Other services are available:

Valley Metro – bus system

602-253-5000

Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH)

Bus service within the downtown area

Free Local Area Shuttle Service (FLASH)

Provides service around a loop for Arizona State University

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Arizona Center
400 E. Van Buren Street between Third and Fifths Street
(602) 949-4353 (602) 271-4000
Shopping, dining, and entertainment are what make the Arizona Center a “must see” downtown marketplace. Shopping is made simple at the marketplace with over 50 specialty shops and carts. Each of the nine-full service restaurants feature al fresco dining. After sunset, popular nightclubs offer country/western dancing, sing-along piano bar, and a sports bar with more than 50 big screen TV’s. For maximum comfort the state’s largest computerized misting system, keeps the temperature 10 degrees cooler throughout the Arizona Center.

Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion
2121 N. 83rd Avenue
(602) 254-7200
Designed specifically for musical performances, the facility has hosted most of the nation’s top entertainers as well as some of the best outdoor concerts. On a summer night, patrons can come out to enjoy the entertainment comfortably with a specially designed cooling system that combines air conditioning with fans. Come out with your towels and lawn chairs and groove to the music.

Camelback Mountain
Echo Canyon Recreation
Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Phoenix
(602) 256-3220
Distinguished by its sheer red cliffs, the Camelback Mountain and Echo Canyon Recreation area is the city’s most prominent landmark. This 75.8-acre park featuring the Praying Monk Rock formation and the famed camel’s silhouette, is a popular area for hiking and climbing. Rising 1,300 feet to the summit the Echo Canyon Trail reverberates the majestic beauty found within the Sonoran Desert. While making your way along the trails, you will encounter some of the most colorful plants and vivid wildlife to inhabit this region.

The Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
(602) 254-7399
(602) 252-8497 Reservations
Ticket Office Hours:
Monday- Friday 10am to 6 pm
Saturday noon to 6pm
And one hour prior to center performances
Located in downtown Phoenix, The Herberger Theater Center divided into two theaters, one seating 815, the other holding 350. Whether your agenda includes the theater or the ballet, the Herberger Theater Center’s Center Stage is the home to the Arizona Theatre Company, and Ballet Arizona. Stage West, the center’s second theater, provides a more intimate performance with the likes of Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Arizona Theatre Company, Childsplay and Centre Dance Ensemble. Also a variety of visiting dance troupes, orchestras and plays are presented year-round. The Hereberger Theater Center caters to young and old, always bringing the stage alive with each of its performances.

Patriots Square Park
Washington Street and Central Avenue
(602) 262-4627
The heart of downtown is adorned with two and a half acres of bountiful grass, shade providing trees and benches, a performing arts stage, and food kiosks. This area comprises Patriots Square Park, a popular site for city celebrations as well as quaint lunches in the park. In addition to the aesthetic appeal of Patriots Square Park, it serves as a cover for a large underground parking garage

Phoenix Symphony Hall and Terrace
225 E. Adams Street
(602) 262-6225
The Phoenix Symphony Hall and Symphony Hall Terrace are home to the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Opera. Symphony Hall has hosted innumerable Theatre and musical events. It is at Symphony hall where top performers and touring shows perform. While a variety of festivals and specials events grace the outside Symphony Terrace.

Pueblo Grand Museum and Cultural Park
4613 E. Washington Street
(602) 495- 0901
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am- 4:45 pm, Sunday 1:00- 4:45 pm
The Pueblo Grand Museum and Cultural Park is the only National Historic Landmark in the city of Phoenix. This is the kind of place that appeals to everyone in that it is not only a museum, but also a Native -American archaeological site. This archaeology site includes a Hohokam culture ruin. The ruin was once the site of a thriving indigenous chief city. After learning of their ingenuity in adapting to desert life, the site draws on a feeling of mystery as to why a civilization of superb farmers would abandon their home.

Ak-Chin Him-Dak (Eco-Museum)
46875 N. EcoMuseum, Phoenix
(602) 568-9487
Located 40 miles south of downtown Phoenix, the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum is known as the “museum with out walls”. Assembled by the Ak-Chin tribe the museum stands a part from most in that the tribal members themselves have been the ones to conduct excavations, catalogue artifacts, and document their own oral history.

America West Arena
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 379-7800
Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, the Arizona Rattlers, Phoenix Mercury, and the Arizona Sandsharks all call America West Arena home. The one million square-foot, 20,000-seat multipurpose America West Arena hosts more than 180 events a year. This sports / concert arena electrifies Phoenix by bringing enthusiasm and excitement downtown.

Botanical Desert Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
(602) 941-1217
Hours: October – April, 8am to 8pm daily
May-September, 7am to 8pm daily
Closed on Christmas Day
Housing half of all the variety of cactus in the world, the Desert Botanical Garden includes 150 acres of plants from the world’s deserts. Founded 1937, this non-profit museum illustrates the beauty of over a thousand plant species adapted for the arid landscape. Sponsoring programs in research, plant conservation, and environmental education the garden emphasizes harmony with the desert by displaying not only vivacious plant life, but by also incorporating exhibits that depict the relationship between modern day cities and the desert. Self-guided nature walk, public lectures, Cactus Show.

Encanto Park & Recreation Area
2605 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix
(602) 261-8994
Prices: Free
Spanning over 220-acres, Encanto Park is the city’s largest flatland park. Offering a perfect spot for family cookouts, Encanto Park facilities includes picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, urban fishing, two golf courses, softball diamonds, basketball – tennis courts, and the KiddieLand/Enchanted Island Amusement Park. Visitors can rent canoes and paddle boats and joining the fish and ducks out on the lagoon or toss a Frisbee throughout the park’s grassy areas. A perfect place to relax and spend a weekend having fun in the sun.

Heard Museum
22 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix
(602) 252-8844
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 to 5:00
Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed Major Holidays
In 1929 Dwight B. and Mai Bartlett Heard founded The Heard Museum as a private, non-profit museum to house their personal collection of artifacts and art. The focus of the museum resides on the cultures of the Southwest. Tracing the history of the region from 15,000BC to the present, it includes everything from prehistoric to contemporary. The museum’s best-known collection features a large number of Hopi Kachina Dolls. The appreciation and respect for the arts and lifestyles of Southwest Native American culture is promoted as the evolving philosophy of the Heard. Especially oriented toward children, the museum has a hands-on exhibit called “Old Ways, New Ways”, which focuses on the Southwest Zuni, Northwest Coast Tsimshiam and the Great Plains Kiowa. The Heard museum holds over 32,000 ethnographic objects and contemporary work of art, 10 galleries, a new auditorium, education center, and an indoor/outdoor cafe.

Historic Heritage Square
113 N. Sixth and Monroe Street
(602) 262-5071 or (602) 262-5029
Arizona Doll & Toy Museum (602) 253-9337
Farmer’s Market – Open every Thursday from late October through May 20, 10am-2pm.
Heritage Square represents the Victorian root from which Phoenix originated in the 1860’s. A Victorian complex in the heart of downtown. Heritage Square is a refreshing site among the relatively young city. Historical city park has eight turn-of-the-century houses, including the restored 1895 Victorian Rosson House. . The Farmer’s Market presenting everything from fresh produce to other fine goods, fills the street of the square every Thursday. The available guided walking tours will wind you through the historical buildings, museums, restaurants and gift shops that encompass the remaining residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix.

Mystery Castle
800 E. Mineral Road
(602) 268-1581
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Over a period of 18 years, one man built this 8,000 square-foot stone and sand castle. Constructed by Boyce Luther Gulley for his daughter, Mary Lou the castle features 18 furnished rooms with Southwestern Antiques, 13 fireplaces, a cantilevered stairway, parapets, many charming little nooks and crannies and a chapel. Visit the castle and be prepared to be whisked away into a Southwestern fairytale.

Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
(602) 252-9678 or (602) 994-2787
Hours: Daily
Children under age two free, if not occupying a seat.
Built in 1929, this elaborate Spanish Baroque style remains as the last historic theater in downtown Phoenix. Although it retains its original architectural and historical identity, renovations have transformed the theater into a technically-modern events venue. The Orpheum’s stage is filled with an array of performing groups, from local, regional and national touring productions to performance companies and nonprofit performing arts group.

Papago Park / Hole-In-The-Rock
Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street
(602) 256-3220
Papago Park facilities include lagoon, desert hills and rugged mountains, a golf course, museums, picnic areas, fishing, and hiking. The Hole-In-The-Rock landmark is a great hit with the kids. Papago Park serves as a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites that surround you.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
(602) 257-1222
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday-Friday 10:00 am- 9:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Phoenix Art Museum is credited as being the largest visual arts museum in the Southwest. This museum specializes in contemporary Southwestern art, but also has other collections that cover North American art in general, sculpture, photography, 14th century fashion and decorative objects, exhibition of Renaissance work, the famous Throne Miniature Rooms historic interiors. The museum has expanded from its traditional exhibitions, and now offers a wide range of exhibitions throughout its 65,000 square feet of gallery space. Tours Available.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway
(602) 273-1341
Hours: May 1 through Labor Day : 7:30am – 4:00pm
Winter Hours: 9am – 5pm
Take a leisurely drive through desert rock formation to the Phoenix Zoo, located in a section of the Papago Park. So, after a picnic in the park, come and visit the thousands of wild beasts, and endangered animals that roam here. A 125 acre zoo is home to more than 1,300 mammals, birds, and reptiles. The zoo features rare Sumatran tigers, Tropical Flights Aviary, African Savannah, Arizona Trail exhibit, all with native animals in naturalistic exhibitions. Plan to spend the entire day visiting the zoo’s exhibits. From the children’s petting zoo to the zoo’s exhibit of things that go “boo!” in the Sonoran Desert night, there isn’t one exhibit worth missing!

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Ak-Chin Him-Dak (Eco-Museum)
46875 N. EcoMuseum, Phoenix
(602) 568-9487
Located 40 miles south of downtown Phoenix, the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum is known as the “museum with out walls”. Assembled by the Ak-Chin tribe the museum stands a part from most in that the tribal members themselves have been the ones to conduct excavations, catalogue artifacts, and document their own oral history.

America West Arena
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 379-7800
Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, the Arizona Rattlers, Phoenix Mercury, and the Arizona Sandsharks all call America West Arena home. The one million square-foot, 20,000-seat multipurpose America West Arena hosts more than 180 events a year. This sports / concert arena electrifies Phoenix by bringing enthusiasm and excitement downtown.

Botanical Desert Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
(602) 941-1217
Hours: October – April, 8am to 8pm daily
May-September, 7am to 8pm daily
Closed on Christmas Day Housing half of all the variety of cactus in the world, the Desert Botanical Garden includes 150 acres of plants from the world’s deserts. Founded 1937, this non-profit museum illustrates the beauty of over a thousand plant species adapted for the arid landscape. Sponsoring programs in research, plant conservation, and environmental education the garden emphasizes harmony with the desert by displaying not only vivacious plant life, but by also incorporating exhibits that depict the relationship between modern day cities and the desert. Self-guided nature walk, public lectures, Cactus Show.

Encanto Park & Recreation Area
2605 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix
(602) 261-8994
Prices: Free
Spanning over 220-acres, Encanto Park is the city’s largest flatland park. Offering a perfect spot for family cookouts, Encanto Park facilities includes picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, urban fishing, two golf courses, softball diamonds, basketball – tennis courts, and the KiddieLand/Enchanted Island Amusement Park. Visitors can rent canoes and paddle boats and joining the fish and ducks out on the lagoon or toss a Frisbee throughout the park’s grassy areas. A perfect place to relax and spend a weekend having fun in the sun.

Heard Museum
22 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix
(602) 252-8844
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 to 5:00
Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed Major Holidays
In 1929 Dwight B. and Mai Bartlett Heard founded The Heard Museum as a private, non-profit museum to house their personal collection of artifacts and art. The focus of the museum resides on the cultures of the Southwest. Tracing the history of the region from 15,000BC to the present, it includes everything from prehistoric to contemporary. The museum’s best-known collection features a large number of Hopi Kachina Dolls. The appreciation and respect for the arts and lifestyles of Southwest Native American culture is promoted as the evolving philosophy of the Heard. Especially oriented toward children, the museum has a hands-on exhibit called “Old Ways, New Ways”, which focuses on the Southwest Zuni, Northwest Coast Tsimshiam and the Great Plains Kiowa. The Heard museum holds over 32,000 ethnographic objects and contemporary work of art, 10 galleries, a new auditorium, education center, and an indoor/outdoor cafe.

Historic Heritage Square
113 N. Sixth and Monroe Street
(602) 262-5071 or (602) 262-5029
Arizona Doll & Toy Museum (602) 253-9337
Farmer’s Market – Open every Thursday from late October through May 20, 10am-2pm.
Heritage Square represents the Victorian root from which Phoenix originated in the 1860’s. A Victorian complex in the heart of downtown. Heritage Square is a refreshing site among the relatively young city. Historical city park has eight turn-of-the-century houses, including the restored 1895 Victorian Rosson House. . The Farmer’s Market presenting everything from fresh produce to other fine goods, fills the street of the square every Thursday. The available guided walking tours will wind you through the historical buildings, museums, restaurants and gift shops that encompass the remaining residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix.

Mystery Castle
800 E. Mineral Road
(602) 268-1581
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
Over a period of 18 years, one man built this 8,000 square-foot stone and sand castle. Constructed by Boyce Luther Gulley for his daughter, Mary Lou the castle features 18 furnished rooms with Southwestern Antiques, 13 fireplaces, a cantilevered stairway, parapets, many charming little nooks and crannies and a chapel. Visit the castle and be prepared to be whisked away into a Southwestern fairytale.

Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
(602) 252-9678 or (602) 994-2787
Hours: Daily
Children under age two free, if not occupying a seat.
Built in 1929, this elaborate Spanish Baroque style remains as the last historic theater in downtown Phoenix. Although it retains its original architectural and historical identity, renovations have transformed the theater into a technically-modern events venue. The Orpheum’s stage is filled with an array of performing groups, from local, regional and national touring productions to performance companies and nonprofit performing arts group.

Papago Park / Hole-In-The-Rock
Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street
(602) 256-3220
Papago Park facilities include lagoon, desert hills and rugged mountains, a golf course, museums, picnic areas, fishing, and hiking. The Hole-In-The-Rock landmark is a great hit with the kids. Papago Park serves as a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites that surround you.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
(602) 257-1222
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday-Friday 10:00 am- 9:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Phoenix Art Museum is credited as being the largest visual arts museum in the Southwest. This museum specializes in contemporary Southwestern art, but also has other collections that cover North American art in general, sculpture, photography, 14th century fashion and decorative objects, exhibition of Renaissance work, the famous Throne Miniature Rooms historic interiors. The museum has expanded from its traditional exhibitions, and now offers a wide range of exhibitions throughout its 65,000 square feet of gallery space. Tours Available.

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway
(602) 273-1341
Hours: May 1 through Labor Day : 7:30am – 4:00pm
Winter Hours: 9am – 5pm
Take a leisurely drive through desert rock formation to the Phoenix Zoo, located in a section of the Papago Park. So, after a picnic in the park, come and visit the thousands of wild beasts, and endangered animals that roam here. A 125 acre zoo is home to more than 1,300 mammals, birds, and reptiles. The zoo features rare Sumatran tigers, Tropical Flights Aviary, African Savannah, Arizona Trail exhibit, all with native animals in naturalistic exhibitions. Plan to spend the entire day visiting the zoo’s exhibits. From the children’s petting zoo to the zoo’s exhibit of things that go “boo!” in the Sonoran Desert night, there isn’t one exhibit worth missing!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon

Held in early January

Location: Both the marathon and ½ marathon will start in downtown Phoenix at Wesley Bolin Plaza and will finish in Tempe, between ASU’s Sun Devil and Sun Angel Stadiums.

800-311-1255

What better way to get started on that New Year’s resolution to improve your health, or perhaps that personal best time… participate in a running tour of Greater Phoenix and experience fun in the sun and music on the course at one of Arizona’s biggest road races.

Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts Annual Car Show
Held in mid – late January

Location: Tubac Golf resort

520-885-6630

See more than 500 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles! The show also features family fun activities, food, raffles & live radio broadcast.

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Held in mid January

602-485-1691
One of Arizona’s largest Home Shows features a professional landscape competition with numerous landscape companies showcasing spectacular landscape displays. The event is sponsored by Horticultural Frontiers Landscape & Design, at the Landscaper’s Boulevard.

February

Matsuri-A Festival of Japan
Held in late February
Location: Monroe 5th-7th Street-Phoenix
602-262-5029
Annual Cultural Event

March

Annual Voices Take Flight
Held in early March

Location: Phoenix First Assembly
Join the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services for in an afternoon of song featuring the United States Coast Guard Academy Cadet Choir, the Arizona Choir from the University of Arizona. Each of these groups of young people performs individually, then join together to perform a rousing finale of God Bless America – raising their voices to celebrate music and support the military, particularly veterans many of whom have been stricken with incurable neurological diseases. Voices Take Flight is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of incurable neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – a fatal neurological disease that inordinately affects our Gulf War Veterans.

Pioneer Village Annual Bridal Fair
Held in early March

Location: Pioneer Living History Village

623-465-1952
With its picturesque romantic sunsets, 1880’s white wedding chapel, the white gazebo surrounded by mountains and the 1800’s Opera House, Pioneer Village has become a popular location to hold a Bridal Fair.

The Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market
Held in early March

Heard Museum
602-252-8840

Call for additional information

Aloha Festival
Held in mid March

Location: Heritage & Science Park

480-967-7366

Admission Free

The Arizona Aloha Festival provides fun activities, demonstrations and displays to round out the island experience.

The American Tenors- Annual Endowment Benefit
Held in mid March

Location: Chandler Center for the Arts

480-782-2680

The Chandler Center for the Arts represents a culmination of the unique cooperative efforts between the Chandler Unified School District and the City of Chandler.

October

Rainbow Festival

Held in early October

Location: Heritage & Science Park
602-252-6284

Call for additional information
Annual Festival

November

Annual Sedona Red Rock Fantasy

Held mid November – early January

Location: Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

928-282-1777

Nestled within the world-renowned red rocks of Sedona, Red Rock Fantasy is a festival of more than a million lights providing a man-made marvel within the scenic beauty that has drawn visitors for the past one hundred years. Boasting forty-one displays created by families from the Southwest, the festival promises never-before-seen marvels of light that leave children in wonderment and move adult minds to enjoy the holidays as they did when they were young. It is a magic that can bring cartoon favorites to life, challenge children to scavenger hunts within the displays, or illuminate a 25′ swan in dazzling, blue moonlight. That is the magic that has made Red Rock Fantasy a favorite among Arizonans and visitors to the state alike.

Entertainment

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

112 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-253-6701

Call for performance schedule

A professional theatre company in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Presenting New York quality productions at the city’s premier arts venue – classics, contemporary and musicals.

Arizona Opera Company

4600 N. 12th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
877-639-0188

Call for performance schedule
Arizona Opera is the only professional producer of grand opera in the state. The company produces five operas annually in its home cities of Phoenix and Tucson.

Arizona Theatre Company

502 W. Roosevelt St.

Phoenix, AZ 85003
602- 256-6995

Call for performance schedule

The Arizona Theatre Company is one of the state’s leading professional theatre, performing six productions at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and at the Herberger Theater Center.

ASU Public Events at Gammage Auditorium

1200 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-965-5062

Call for performance schedule

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gammage seats 3,000 and presents a year-round season of nationally touring Broadway musicals, plus much more.

Ballet Arizona

3645 E. Indian School Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-381-0184

Ballet Arizona is one of the Southwest’s premier professional ballet companies. Performances are held at The Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix and at various locations throughout the state.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

5247 E. Brown Rd.

Mesa, AZ 85205
888-504-7256
This 500-seat, year-round, professional dinner theater presents full-length Broadway musicals and comedies combined with a savory buffet meal to create a dinner-and-show package that is exception.

Dodge Theatre

400 W. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85001
602-379-2800

It is completely different and is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway and family stage shows, boxing and conventions.

Herberger Theatre Center

222 E. Monroe

Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-252-8497

The Herberger Theater Center is a two-stage complex featuring year-round music, drama and dance performances presented by four resident professional performing companies.

Phoenix Symphony

455 N. 3rd St.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-776-9080

Call for performance schedule
One of Arizona’s largest performing arts groups presents classics, pops, family, chamber concerts and special events.

Phoenix Theatre

100 E. McDowell Rd.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-889-5284
Phoenix Theatre, founded in 1920, is one of the oldest theatre companies in Arizona, and one of the oldest continuously operating arts groups in the country. The theatre is known for producing, and redefining.

Valley Youth Theatre

525 N. 1st St.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-253-8188
Valley Youth Theatre has state-of-the-art technical capabilities in its 202-seat proscenium-style theater.

Sports

Arizona Cardinals

Phoenix, AZ 85001

Professional Football – NFL

800-999-1402

Season runs September – January

Call for schedule

Arizona Diamondbacks

Phoenix, AZ 85001

Professional Baseball – MLB
602-514-8400

Season runs April – October
Hit a home run with by arranging an outing to beautiful Bank One Ballpark to enjoy exciting Arizona Diamondbacks baseball.

Phoenix Coyotes

Professional Hockey – NHL

ALLTEL Ice Den

9375 E. Bell Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480- 473-5600

Call for schedule
Games played at America West Arena.

Phoenix Suns

Professional Basketball – NBA

201 E. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-379-7900

Season runs October – April, call for schedule
Phoenix’s own National Basketball Association team plays at America West Arena.

Orange Beach, Alabama

A- Overview:
Something magical happens when you visit Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The moment you arrive, the world starts to fade away. Maybe it’s the sound of waves gently lapping the shore or the smell of coconut oil. Perhaps it’s the white sand beach and sparkling emerald water. Suddenly building sandcastles moves to the top of the “to-do” list. This, and more, awaits the visitor to this seaside town.

No matter how long a visit, there is plenty to occupy every hour of the day. Putter around a bit on one of the championship golf courses or cast a line for deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip. Travel back in history with a visit to Fort Morgan, the site of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Visitors can even commune with Mother Nature as they hike through one of the many wildlife areas and gaze at gators and shorebirds in the process.

The Gulf coast area has a mild climate with an average annual temperature of 67.4 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 67 inches, and the growing season is 292 days. The beaches are pleasant for sunning and walking year round. Water sports begin in the spring and are at their peak in summer and early fall. Festivals and fantastic scenery occur year round. And with all that sun, it’s a great time to explore some of the many attractions in and around Orange Beach. A must see attraction is Adventure Island.

With a variety of things to do such as mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, as well as over 100 arcade games, it’s a place the whole family can enjoy. For history, Fort Morgan should be included in the activity schedule. Located in nearby Gulf Shores, its “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. For a hands on experience, the nearby Gulf Coast Exploreum is a science adventure for all ages. With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience, it’s a playground for the mind!

Now it’s time to get packing for Orange Beach. It’s a place where visitors can slow down, let loose, rediscover themselves and their loved ones. It’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and it will cast its spell over you.

B- City Information:
Population: 3,784

Elevation: 10 feet above sea level

Land Area: 10.4 square miles

Location: Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Alabama

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Orange Beach, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Orange Beach observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
50.5
53.4
59.8
65.7
73.2
79.2
81.5
81.1
77.3
67.9
59.5
52.7

High temperature (°F)
60.9
64.3
70.6
76.6
83.5
88.7
90.5
90.1
86.8
79.3
70.5
63.2

Low temperature (°F)
40.0
42.5
49.0
54.8
62.9
69.7
72.5
72.0
67.8
56.5
48.4
42.2

Precipitation (in)
5.9
5.1
6.7
4.4
5.0
5.8
8.2
6.6
6.1
3.7
5.2
4.2

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
9
6
7
10
14
13
9
5
8
9

Wind speed (mph)
9.1
9.4
9.9
9.5
8.6
7.6
6.9
6.7
7.6
7.9
8.3
8.9

Morning humidity (%)
82
82
84
86
87
84
86
87
85
82
82
81

Afternoon humidity (%)
65
61
62
60
62
61
65
66
63
57
61
65

Sunshine (%)
48
53
61
63
67
67
57
58
60
71
64
49

Days clear of clouds
8
9
9
10
9
7
4
6
10
13
11
9

Partly cloudy days
7
7
8
9
11
15
17
15
11
9
8
7

Cloudy days
16
13
14
11
11
8
10
10
9
9
11
16

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

The gulf coast area has a mild climate with an average annual temperature of 67.4 degrees. The average annual precipitation is 67 inches, and the growing season is 292 days. The beaches are pleasant for sunning and walking year round. Water sports begin in the spring and are at their peak in summer and early fall. Festivals and fantastic scenery occur year round.

How to Get There:

By Air

Pensacola Regional Airport

850-435-1746

The airport is located approximately 30 miles east of the town. It is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the airport.

By Car

Orange Beach is easily accessible by car. From the north, take I-65 to I-10 east, to U.S. Hwy 59 south. From the east, take I-10 to I-110 south, to U.S. Hwy 98 west, to U.S. 59 south.

How to Get Around:

Due to the numerous popular sites and attractions within an hour’s drive of the town, the most convenient way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-974-1500
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. See the Volcano erupt nightly!

Kayak Safari

1000 Captain Trent Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251- 981-1FUN (1386)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Paddle in Paradise! Come enjoy nature at its finest and explore the islands where Pirates once plundered!!! Tours and rentals available.

Nearby Attractions:

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-5731

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes; plus a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, gift shop, concessions, and a shaded picnic area.

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA)

One Academy Drive
Daphne, AL 36526
251-626-3303

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am- 5pm

Admission Free Dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art and literature.

Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Highway 98
Elberta, AL 36530
251-986-8375

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Preserving the county’s rural heritage in a rambling building that resembles a turn-of-the-century barn with a working windmill and several outdoor agricultural exhibits.

Bart Rockett Magic

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-967-BART (2278)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This magical production features state of the art lighting, sound, and special effects with spectacular illusions, amazing ventriloquism, and hilarious fun for the whole family.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Rd
Theodore, AL 36582
251-973-2217
800-247-8420

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Located on the lovely and tranquil Fowl River, Bellingrath is a 65 acre lushly landscaped garden and museum home with all the charm and beauty of the Old South.

Biophilia Nature Center, Native Nursery & Bookstore

12695 County Road 95
Elberta, AL 36530
251-987-1200
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Come see carnivorous plants, wildflowers, plant and butterfly nurseries, turtles, forests, and nature library/bookstore with the resident biologist of this private 20-acre ecological restoration project.

Bird of Paradise

3190 Airport Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-609-2043
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy. 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7720

Office hours: 7:30am-4pm Monday-Friday

Admission Charged
Refuge has 4-5 miles of hiking trails and beach access.

Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division

21055 Mildred Casey Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-968-7576
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp.

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

109 Bienville Blvd
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-2120
The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest. Multiple walking trails allow the birder miles of habitat for Neotropical migrants.

The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-7500
Hours: Open daily, call for exact hours

Admission Charged

Visual displays and interactive exhibits highlight Mobile’s estuary system.

Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992

Open seven days a week, 9am – 5pm.

Admission Charged

Where History spans three centuries.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7125
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

“Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense fortifications

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government Street

Mobile, AL 36633
251-208-6883
877- 625-4FUN
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Hands-on, interactive science adventure for all ages! With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience, it’s a playground for the mind!

Minamac Wildflower Bog & Country Gardens

13199 Mac Cartee Lane
Silverhill, AL 36576
251- 945-6157
Hours: Open seasonally, call for additional information

Admission Charged

From early April through September, more than 300 varieties of native Southern wildflowers bloom in this five-acre preserve.

Mobile Bay Ferry

51 State Highway 180 West
Pensacola, FL 32501
251- 540-7787
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours.

Sky High Parasail

19180 B County Road 10
5749 Bay La Launch
Foley, AL 36535
251-946-9000
Hours: Call for schedule

Admission Charged

A safe and smooth ride over scenic inland waters.

Tanger Outlet Centre

2601 S. McKenzie
Foley, AL 36535
251- 943-9303
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Discover the best brand names and guaranteed low prices at over 120 outlet stores including Gap Outlet, Polo, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and more!

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-8111
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged for Rides

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601
251-433-2703
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Features the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama the Submarine U.S.S. Drum, military aircraft and equipment.

Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park

13650 Smiley Street
Silverhill, AL 36576
251-988-1950
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Passengers are treated to unique views as the trains travel for a mile past Victorian style buildings, a 4-acre lake, fields, gardens, playgrounds, woods, and wetlands.

Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-948-2106
Hours: Open daily, hours vary by season

Admission Charged

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park located in the beach resort community.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-974-1500
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. See the Volcano erupt nightly!

Kayak Safari

1000 Captain Trent Lane
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251- 981-1FUN (1386)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Paddle in Paradise! Come enjoy nature at its finest and explore the islands where Pirates once plundered!!! Tours and rentals available.

Nearby Attractions:

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-5731

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes; plus a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, gift shop, concessions, and a shaded picnic area.

Bart Rockett Magic

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-967-BART (2278)
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This magical production features state of the art lighting, sound, and special effects. Spectacular illusions, amazing ventriloquism, and hilarious fun for the whole family.

Bird of Paradise

3190 Airport Drive
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-609-2043
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7125
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

“Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense fortifications.

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-8111
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation

Admission Charged for Rides

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601-0065
251-433-2703
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Features the Battleship U.S.S. Alabama, the Submarine U.S.S. Drum, military aircraft and equipment.

Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park

13650 Smiley Street
Silverhill, AL 36576
251-988-1950
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Passengers are treated to unique views as the trains travel for a mile past Victorian style buildings, a 4-acre lake, fields, gardens, playgrounds, woods, and wetlands.

Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36547
251-948-2106
Hours: Open daily, hours vary by season

Admission Charged

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre water park and amusement park located in the beach resort community.

E- Events & Entertainment:
January

Annual Polar Bear Dip
Held on January 1
Location: Flora Bama
251-980-5116
What is a polar bear dip? A group of people joining hands and wading into the Gulf for a free drink and of course, the traditional black-eyed peas!

February

Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Annual Tour of Homes
Held in mid February
251-967-3212

Call for exact location

March

Fun In The Sun Corvette Show
Held in mid March
Location: Sawgrass Landing, Gulf Shores
251-968-6994

This show is a display of Corvettes for the general public to enjoy and to vote for their favorite Corvette. Trophies are awarded according to the most People Choice votes.

Mobile Arts Council Presents
Held in mid – late March
Location: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, University of South Alabama
251-476-8794

Call for performance schedule
A variety of performances are held and vary by year.

April

Spring Bird Banding
Held in early – mid April
Location: Fort Morgan
Watch the Hummer/Bird Study Group as they record height, weight, health and species of the many birds returning north for the summer.

International Migratory Bird Day
Held in early April
Location: Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary

The birds will provide the major attraction. A crawfish boil Friday with Sunday wrapping up mid-day.

May

Annual Art in the Park

Held in early May

Location: John B. Foley Park

251-943-4381

Artists and craft persons from the tri-state area present their art for show and sale. Entertainment and food booths are also available.

June

Fort Morgan Candlelight Tour

Held in early June

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

251-540-7202

Costumed interpreters tell the story of Fort Morgan’s early Civil War service through historic vignettes based on actual events.

Annual Low Country Boil

Held in mid June

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

This is an “all you can eat” Cajun picnic, served on tables, buffet style. Drinks are sold separately. Money from this fund raiser goes toward Zoo improvements.

A Fort Morgan Big Bang Celebration!

Held on July 4

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Experience Fort Morgan’s own brand of celebrating Independence Day! Cannons will be fired celebrating the Nation’s Independence.

August

Civil War Living History

Held in early August

251-540-7127

Demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay

Annual Sandstock Festival

Held in mid August

Location: Flora Bama

251-980-5118

September

Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Scramble

Held in early September

251-968-6904

Annual Sandman Triathlon

Held in early September

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

Swim .6 miles, Bike 15.8 miles, Run 4 miles.

October

Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphine

Held in early October

251-861-6992

A living history weekend exploring life on the Gulf Coast before the Fort was built.

Orange Beach Charter Fishing Rodeo

Held in early October

Location: Orange Beach

251-981-2300

All passengers fishing aboard a member Orange Beach Fishing Association Charter Boat are eligible.

Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo

Held in October

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Held in mid October

Location: Gulf Shores Public Beach

251-968-6904

Featuring arts and crafts, music, entertainment, and food, guests agree this is one event not to miss!

The Annual Coast Artillery at Mobile Point in World War II

Held in October

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Uniformed interpreters depict the garrison of Fort Morgan during its last period of active military service.

November

Annual Veterans Day Ceremonies
Held on Veterans Day
Location: 22 miles west of Gulf Shores on State Highway 180 West
251-540-7127

Uniformed interpreters will honor veterans, past and present.

Blue Angels Air Show
Held in mid November
Location: Naval Air Station, Pensacola
850-452-BLUE
See the Navy’s Blue Angels in action as they perform amazing gravity defying loops, rolls, and maneuvers!

December

St. Anne’s Christmas Lights
Held late November – early January
Location: At. Anne’s Church, Pensacola
850-456-5966

Over a million lights illuminate the church grounds in a spectacular display that also features free refreshments.

Let It Snow
Held in early December
Location: Foley Heritage Park behind the Depot Museum
251-943-1200

This is an alcohol free party with lots of snow, hot air balloon rally, games, prizes, music, storytelling, food and other entertainment.

Foley Christmas Parade
Held in early December
Location: The streets of Uptown Foley.
251-943-1545

Floats, bands, clowns, scouts, Santa Claus and many others celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season.

Annual “Christmas at the Fort”
Held in early December
Location: 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island
251-861-6992
1861 Christmas with the Confederate garrison. A living history weekend.

Gulf Shores Women’s Club Annual Tour of Homes

Held in mid December

251-948-6333

Gulf Shores, Alabama

A- Overview:
Warm water, salt air, sparkling white sand stretching to the horizon line, fabulous sunrises and sunsets: these are just a few guaranteed ingredients of the exceptional vacation that awaits visitors to aptly named Pleasure Island.

Gulf Shores, located on Pleasure Island, has grown since the bridge connecting the island to the mainland was constructed in 1933. Residents and visitors have been drawn to the area’s beautiful sandy beaches, mild climate and numerous business opportunities. Traditionally regarded as a tourist resort community, Gulf Shores is now home to 5000 year round residents. Tourists raise the population during the busy summer months to over 40,000, yet it retains a delightful, small town atmosphere.

The warmth of the Gulf waters makes water sports possible year round. Other popular activities are deep sea fishing, bird watching and hiking. Off the beach, families enjoy the water slides, bungee towers, miniature golf, the zoo, and the go-cart tracks. The area also boasts some of the most attractive and most challenging golf courses in the country.

This is an ideal spot for family vacation fun on the Gulf Coast. Waterfront activities occupy the Spring and Summer months. Fireworks light up the beaches on summer evenings as the City of Gulf Shores sponsors 4th of July celebrations. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is also held in July at nearby Dauphin Island. The Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival in the fall is always well attended.

Historic Fort Morgan and the battleship USS. Alabama are in nearby Mobile, and Ft. Morgan hosts Civil War day camps and reenactments in the summer. There are also plays, concerts, sporting events, historic home tours, and of course, Mardi Gras. Restaurants in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach & Perdido Key serve the freshest and finest of seafood in every season.

For those seeking nature-based travel opportunities, Gulf Shores has the adventure you’re looking for! Hiking, biking, canoeing and sailing are all there within local parks and recreational facilities. Comprised mostly of quartz, Alabama’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. It is easy to lose track of time in any season exploring these shores.

The Alabama coast has mild temperatures throughout the seasons. Not surprisingly, the first and foremost activity available at all times is pure relaxation in a fabulous setting. Indoors or out, from music to history, sports to festivals, parades to plays, there are activities for the entire family in Gulf Shores at any time of the year.

B- City Information:
C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard

Orange Beach, AL 36561

(251) 974-1500

Mini-golf, laser tag, paddle and bumper boats, simulators (NASCAR/ roller coaster) super and kiddie go-kart tracks, 100 arcade games. The Volcano erupts nightly.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 968-5731

Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes, plus Reptile House, Aviary, Petting Zoo, Gift Shop, Concessions, shaded picnic area.

American Dream Cycle

328 East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-8688

Toll Free: (877) DRM-RIDE

Located at 328 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores is dedicated to helping visitors realize their dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Audubon Sanctuary on Dauphin Island

109 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-2120

The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest. Multiple walking trails provide miles of habitat for neotropical migrants.

Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Highway 98

Elberta, AL 36530

(251) 986-8375

Preserving the county’s rural heritage in a rambling building that resembles a turn-of-the-century barn. Includes a working windmill and several outdoor agricultural exhibits.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Rd

Theodore, AL 36582

(251) 973-2217

Toll Free: (800) 247-8420

A 65 acre lushly landscaped garden and museum home displays the charm and beauty of the Old South. Located on tranquil Fowl River.

Bon Secour Nat’l Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy. 180

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Office hours: 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

(251) 540-7720

Refuge has 4-5 miles of hiking trails and beach access. Open from sunrise to sunset.

CJ Watersports, Inc.

328 East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-3599

Ride the waves on a Kawasaki Jet Ski, parasail or paddle the surf in an ocean kayak.

Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division

21055 Mildred Casey Drive

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 968-7576

By appointment only. The center conducts studies that enhance understanding of the life history of red snapper and oysters.

The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-7500

Open daily. Admission charged and group rates available. Handicapped accessible. Visual displays and interactive exhibits highlight Mobile’s estuary system.

Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Boulevard

Dauphin Island, AL 36528

(251) 861-6992

Open seven days a week.

Fort Morgan

51 State Highway 180 West

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 540-7125

Living history demonstrations and self-guided tours.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government Street

Mobile, AL 36633

(251) 208-6883

Toll Free: (877) 625-4FUN

Hands-on, interactive science adventure for all ages! With permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits from major science centers and the IMAX Dome experience.

Gulf Shores Amusement Park

104 West Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-6511

Rides, go-carts, and arcade games.

Gulf Shores Museum

244 West 19th Avenue

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 967-4733

See different Gulf Coast objects used to shrimp and fish. Learn how hurricanes form, and the devastation they cause. Special exhibits are Fishing the Lagoon & Pilot Town and the Hurricane of 1906.

Gulf State Park

20115 State Hwy 135

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 948-7275

Toll Free: (800) ALA-PARK

This Gulf Coast gem boasts 6,000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of beach, fresh water lake, nature trails, and beach pavilion.

Historic Blakeley State Park

33707 State Hwy. 225

Spanish Fort, AL 36577-7279

(251) 626-0798

Visit the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Enjoy 10 1/2 miles of hiking and bike trails, camping and a serene boardwalk next to the Tensaw River.

LA Watersports

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-7433

Pontoon boats, waverunners, kayaks, parasail, aqua trampolines and Dolphin tours.

Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Parkway US 98

Spanish Fort, AL 36577

(251) 626-5529

Situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, this 1,327-acre park features two self-guided nature trails that highlight the flora & fauna of this unique area.

Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25850 John Snook Avenue

Orange Beach, AL 36561

(251) 981-8545

Showcasing early exploration and settlement of the area.

Pirates Island Adventure Golf

3201 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 968-4653

Two 18-hole courses among waterfalls, caves, tropical plants, a pirate ship and sea fog.

Sky High Parasail

19180 B County Road 10

Bear Pont Marina, Orange Beach

Foley, AL 36535

(251) 946-9000

Website: www.skyhighparasail.com

Safe! Smooth ride! Scenic inland waters.

Tiki Isle Mini-Golf and Batting Cages

East Beach Boulevard

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-8454

18 holes of Mini-golf and batting cages.

The Track Recreation Center

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 968-8111

Go-karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini-golf, skycoaster, bungee jumping and refreshment center.

Waterville, USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36547

(251) 948-2106

The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Off State Highway 180 at the 13-mile marker; 251-540-7720.

Open year-round from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

This 6200-acre refuge with beach access protects and preserves the unique plants and animals of the Gulf Coast. Hike the scenic, four-mile Pine Beach Trail or the one-mile-loop Jeff Friend Trail. Catch bass, bluegill and bream in the 40-acre freshwater Gator Lake (canoes and electric trolling motors only). On the nearby lagoon, cast for trout and flounder or scoop up crabs. See a large migratory bird stopover in April, May, September and October.

Gulf State Park

Headquarters: 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores; 251-948-7275.

Free to enter park; individual attractions may charge a small admission or parking fee.

This Gulf Coast park offers 6000 acres of land with 2.5 miles of beaches on four preserved stretches of sand. Inland, 900-acre Lake Shelby hosts freshwater fishermen, boaters, skiers and swimmers; nearby nature trails wind through the wooded land. Scheduled educational nature activities include beach walks, hikes, slide presentations and nature films. Wildlife exhibits at the Nature Center are open year-round.

Gulf-side facilities include a public pavilion, 825-ft. fishing pier and boat ramps.

Biophilia Nature Center & Native Nursery

On County Road 95, three miles east of Elberta and 1/4 mile south of U.S. Highway 98 251-987-1200 for Nature Center hours and cost of admission.

Butterflies courting and laying eggs, sparkling sundews catching bugs, and blue-tailed skinks streaking about are potential sights at the 20-acre Biophilia Nature Center and Native Nursery in Elberta. This ongoing ecological restoration project includes young forests, wildflower meadows, a carnivorous plant bog, a swamp, an 11-foot alligator, turtles, a butterfly garden, a screened butterfly room and caterpillar nursery, and a bookstore/library.

Minamac Wildflower Bog

Located five miles east of Fairhope

251-945-6157

From early April through September

Open for tours by appointment only. Admission is charged, and group rates are available

more than 300 varieties of native Southern wildflowers bloom in this five-acre preserve..

Shopping

The area offers many shops ranging from casual apparel and beachwear to upscale fashion and specialty boutiques. If you are a bargain hunter, you can find 120 factory outlet stores located in Foley.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Parks And Recreation

The nearest state park is Gulf State Park

(334-948-7275).

The 6,000 acre park area offers campsites, picnic areas, 18-hole golf course, 825-foot fishing pier, and convention center.

Other parks in the area include

Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge

334-540-7720

Meyer Park

334-968-4420

Johnnie Sims Park

canal park & kids park

334-968-4420

Wade Ward Nature Park

334-968-4420

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Alabama Mysteries and Legends

Location: Adult Activity Center, Gulf Shores

Free Admission

251-968-1465

Mad Hatters Ball

Location: Holiday Inn White Sands Resorts, Gulf Shores.

251-967-4737

Dress is casual, and food will be provided. Cash bar will be available. Music, dancing and a hat competition in several different categories. All proceeds go towards buying school clothes for the children in need of assistance in Pleasure Island.

Pine Needle Basket Weaving Session 2

Location: Biophilia Nature Center 12695 County Road 95, Elberta

251 987-1200

February

Historic Sites of Alabama

Location: Adult Activity Center, Gulf Shores

Free Admission

251-968-1465

Gulf Shores Womens Club Annual Tour of Homes

251-948-6333

House tour hours: 10 am – 4 pm.

Tickets available at Jubilee Gifts, Gulf Shores

Red Snapper Seafood Festival

251-974-5790

Grilled and fried fish plates, fried shrimp plates and grilled chicken plates will be for sale. Plates include coleslaw, corn fritters, grits, tea or coffee. Soft drinks and water will also be available at an additional charge. Don’t miss the Hogs and Hotrods Exhibition! In addition to food, there will be arts and crafts, onsite music, a silent auction and souvenir t-shirts for sale. The Orange Beach Sportsplex located on Public Works Road, just south of Canal Road (AL Hwy. 180), approximately 3 miles west of Orange Beach Blvd. (AL Hwy. 161). From 10 AM to 5 PM.

White Sands 5K Sweetheart Run/Walk

Location: Starting at Ribs & Reds Restaurant. Post race party at Ribs & Reds Restaurant, Gulf Shores.

251-962-4066

Here is your chance to have a super fun-filled weekend at our beautiful beach and contribute to a worthy cause. L.A. Fleet Feet Run Club and Ribs & Reds Restaurant present the 2003 White Sands 5K Sweetheart Run and Walk for the kids of Baldwin County. Race starts at 8:00 a.m. T-shirts to all registrants. Variety of age groups.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Location: Erie Meyer Civic Center, Gulf Shores

251-968-1172

March

Annual “Taste of the Colony”

251-861-6992

Explore life on Isle Dauphine in the 1700-1800’s. authentic camping in the fort, candle-dipping, open-hearth cooking and tasting, blacksmith demonstrations and more.

Annual Foley Mardi Gras Parade .

251-943-5630

Other Mardi Gras Parades:

Krewe de Spaniards Parade

Location: Spanish Fort

Shadow Barons Parade

Location: Daphne

Floral Parade

Location: Mobile

Knights of Mobile Parade

Location: Mobile

Mystics of Time Parade

Location: Mobile

Arrival of King Elexis

Location: Foot of Government Street, Mobile

Mardi Gras Parades, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

251-968-6904

Call for route.

Pleasure Island Festival of Art

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf Shores

Free to public.

251-981-1852

More than 50 artists will exhibit their works on the banks of Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby.

Soldiers of Fort Morgan-1834-1944

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Annual Historic Mobile Homes Tours

Admission

Representing Mobile’s rich & diverse architectural past. Experience Creole cottages, Federal-style townhouses, Greek Revival mansions and turn-of-the-century Victorian & Neo-Classical residences.

Annual Outdoor Art Show

251-928-2228

Over 150 exhibitors from all over the country will be exhibiting works in over 20 different mediums!

Azalea Trail Run 10K / 1 & 2-Miler

(251) 473-7223

April

A Civil War Living History Weekend

251-861-6992

Hosted by the 45th Alabama Regiment, you will experience a weekend of the soldiers lives during the Civil War. There will be Roll Call, Mail & Pay Calls, Company Drills, Camp Life Impressions, Displays and Camp cooking.

Annual Alabama State Chili Cook Off

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

251-968-5731

May

Annual Art in the Park

Location: John B. Foley Park (Corner of Al Hwy 59 and U.S. Hwy 98)

251-943-4381

Artists and craft persons from the tri-state area present their art for show and sale. Entertainment and food booths are also available.

June

Fort Morgan Candlelight Tour

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Costumed interpreters tell the story of Fort Morgan’s early Civil War service through historic vignettes that are based on actual events. Candlelight tour starts at 7:00 p.m

Annual Low Country Boil

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

This is an “all you can eat” Cajun picnic, served on tables, buffet style. Drinks are sold separately. Money from this fund raiser goes toward Zoo improvements

Fort Morgan Civil War Day Camp for Kids

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Fee.

251-540-7202

For a day, young soldiers from ages 9-12 experience the life of an Artilleryman from 1861-1864.

July

A Fort Morgan Big Bang Celebration!

July 4 Annually

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Price of admission.

251-540-7202

Experience Fort Morgan’s own brand of celebrating Independence Day! Cannons will be fired celebrating the Nation’s Independence.

Independence Day Celebration

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Fort Morgan Civil War Day Camp for Kids

Location: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores

Fee.

251-540-7202

For a day, young soldiers from ages 9-12 experience the life of an Artilleryman from 1861-1864.

Annual Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Tournament

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

August

Civil War Living History

251-540-7127

Demonstrations commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay

September

Annual Shrimp Festival Golf Scramble

251-968-6904

Annual Sandman Triathlon

Location: Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

Starts at 7:30am. Swim .6 miles, Bike 15.8 miles, Run 4 miles.

Annual Lost Bay Regatta

Location: Pirate’s Cove Marina, Josephine

251-987-1119

The race will begin at 1:00 pm on the main of Perdido Bay. All pre-race registration and celebration will be held at the Point Yacht Club facilities. The race is open to monohull sailboats 20 ft. or longer.

Greek Fest

Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 50 South Ann Street, Mobile

251-438-9888

11am-10pm Thursday 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday.

Live, Laugh, Sing and Dance

October

Annual “Colonial Isle Dauphine:

251-861-6992

A living history weekend exploring life on the Gulf Coast before the Fort was built.

Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Honeybee Festival

Location: Robertsdale

251-947-8950

Robertsdale will start their annual Honeybee Festival with a parade at 10:00 am.

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Location: Gulf Shores Public Beach

Free to public.

251-968-6904

From Arts & Crafts, music, entertainment, and the Food, we guarantee this is one event you won’t want to miss!

The 50th Coast Artillery at Mobile Point in World War II

Location: Fort Morgan

540-7127

Uniformed interpreters depict the garrison of Fort Morgan during its last period of active military service.

Annual Shrimp Festival 10K Run

Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores

251-968-2000

World War II at Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Annual “Boo at the Zoo” Kid’s Halloween & Costume Party

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual Renaissance Festival “GATALOP 20”

Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

251-861-6992

See Knights in armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges, watch The Lords and Ladies, and visit a Medieval merchant

November

Annual “Ladies Encampment”

251-861-6992

A Civil War Ladies workshop hosted by the 21st Alabama Ladies Aid Society. See the women go about their daily lives during the Civil War period.

Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremonies

Location: Fort Morgan

251-540-7127

Fort Morgan uniformed interpreters will honor all of our veterans, past and present.

Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

850-492-7664

Musicians from all over the world bring magical music to the Gulf Coast. Music of all genres wil be heard throughout the festival.

Annual TRIM-A-TREE Grand Opening

Foley Performing Arts Association, 119 W. Laurel Ave.in Foley

251-943-4381

Over 250 southeastern fine artists and craftsmen have created one of a kind ornaments and decorations to be sold on consignment. Grand Opening Nov. 14-15, 10am-5pm with lunch served on the 14th. The event continues through Dec. 23. Hours Dec. 17-23:10-4.

Zoolabration Fall Festival

Location: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Annual “Christmas at the Fort”

Admission

251-861-6992

Experience the 1861 Christmas with the Confederate garrison. A living history weekend for the whole family.

Sandy Claws

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

251-968-5731

Nautical Night of Lights Boat Parade

Orange Beach

251-968-6904

Lighted boat parade featuring holiday decorations

Annual Symphony By The Sea

Location: Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach

251-981-9811 ext. 103

Christmas concert will feature the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in an elegant evening of traditional and classical holiday music.