Tag: Orange Beach Alabama

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