Family Travel to Orange Beach

Gulf Shores Orange Beach Alabama Coastline

Orange Beach, Alabama is nestled between Gulf Shores, Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida and offers great resorts and attractions for family travel.

A recent trip revealed an abundance of eco-tourism options and the latest in luxurious beach dwellings.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Turquoise Place is the newest high-rise on Perdido Beach Boulevard. It is comprised of two, 370-foot “turquoise” glass towers housing 400 three- and four-bedroom condominiums. The three-bedroom condos average 2,300 square feet, so families will feel right at home with the spacious accommodations.

Other amenities include a full kitchen lavishly equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, a dining room that seats six-to-eight guests, a spacious den with a gas fireplace, and on each balcony a Jacuzzi hot tub and outdoor gas grill kitchen. Parents of young children will especially enjoy the fourth-floor recreation area, which includes an indoor pool with a swirl slide, an outdoor play system, and a lazy river.

FAMILY FUN

The Wharf
4550 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL
36561 877-942-7325
www.thewharfal.com

Another fairly new addition to the area is The Wharf, a prime destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Entertainment options include the Southeast’s tallest Ferris Wheel, movie theaters, and a 10,000-seat amphitheater hosting top touring music groups.

Ferris Wheel at The Wharf

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $4.

The Water Plunge at The Wharf

The Wharf’s newest entertainment attraction featuring The Hippo®, the world’s largest water slide, measuring 36 feet high, 47 feet wide, and 175 feet long. Tickets are $4.

ECO-TOURISM

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
251-981-1063

Hike, bike, or take the guided golf-cart tour to explore the trail one walked by the indigenous peoples of Gulf Shores.

Gulf State Park
20115 State Hwy
135 Gulf Shores, AL 36542
800-ALA-PARK
www.alapark.com

The park’s 6,500 acres of land includes 2.5 miles of beach, three freshwater lakes, a nationally recognized scenic nature trail, a beach pavilion, picnic area, and a campground.

Sailaway Charters
251-974-5055

Take a 2-hour eco-tour through Longs Bayou and Wolf Bay with Capt. Skip. where you will see and learn about oysters, blue crabs, shrimp, and a variety of fish and birds in their natural habitat. Fun and informative. $25 per person with 6 passenger minimum.

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