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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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 fresh water 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 peson with 6 passenger minimum.

About Sara Holland

Editor for Alabama Baby & Child magazine, Central Alabama's resource for new, expectant, and hopeful parents. We are where moms connect!