Orange Beach

By on January 26, 2010

After a lifetime of beach getaways to Orange Beach, Alabama I thought I knew everything there was to know about this strip of the Gulf Coast nestled between Gulf Shores, Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida. However I have recently discovered that after all this time I had only experienced a fraction of what Orange Beach has to offer.

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


Turquoise PlaceTurquoise 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 swirl slide, an outdoor play system, and a lazy river.



The Wharf
4550 Main Street
Orange Beach, AL
36561 877-942-7325

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.

The Wharf Adventure Zone

The Wharf Adventure Zone family recreation venue includes an 800-foot-long zip line and a 32-foot-tall ropes course. Zip line, $18; ropes course, $12; combo, $25.



Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

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

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

Sailaway Charters

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 peson with 6 passenger minimum.

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