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Things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach AL

Location is everything; luckily for us, we don’t have to worry about a thing. Known across the country for its white-sand beaches, Orange Beach brims with wonder, both natural and manmade parks, waterside shopping, quirky fairs — we’re minutes from Gulf Shores’ favorite attractions. What will you do with your stay?

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Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | (251) 948-2106 | 4.1 miles

Treat the kids to a day of fun and let them loose on this 20-acre complex, complete with waterslides, amusement rides, and escape rooms.

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | (251) 968-5732 | 4.4 miles

From black leopards to Bengal tigers, this zoo cares for 22 endangered species — and almost 200 breeds in total.

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Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 | (251) 974-1500 | 2.6 miles

Anchored by a five-story manmade volcano, this family attraction is home to go-karts, laser tag, and other all-age activities.

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The Beach

Complimentary beach shuttle is 2 minutes away | (251) 948-7275

All of Gulf Shores’ iconic activities — from thrilling watersports to oceanside lounging — are a five-minute drive away.

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Gulf State Park

20115 AL-135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | (251) 948-7275 | 2.8 miles

Two miles of beaches, 27 miles of trails, a 1,500-foot fishing pier — interact with nature in its purest form.

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The Wharf at Orange Beach

23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 |  (251) 224-1000 | 8.4 miles

More than your average mall, this shopping and dining center houses locally-owned boutiques, spas and salons, a movie theater, and a Ferris wheel.

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Tanger Outlets Foley

2601 South McKenzie Street, Foley, AL 36535 | (251) 943-9303 | 12.1 miles

Up your wardrobe on your next vacation, regardless of budget: Head to Tanger Outlets to shop at Polo, J.Crew, and dozens of other retailers.

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OWA Entertainment Destination

101-N South OWA Boulevard, Foley, AL 36535 | (251) 923-2111 | 12.7 miles

This 520-acre property features a 21-ride amusement park and a Downtown District loaded with restaurants, shopping, and more.

Local Events

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Concerts

From the 10,000-seat Wharf Amphitheater to Big Beach Brewing, Gulf Shores’ concert venues put on a great show.

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Sporting Events

Head to the Orange Beach Beach Sportsplex for the Southeastern Conference soccer championships or drive to Pensacola to watch a minor league baseball game; you’re close enough to do both.

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Hangout Music Festival

101 East Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | 3.4 miles

Billed as “a music vacation,” this three-day concert features internationally-recognized acts from a number of genres.

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National Shrimp Festival

101 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | 3.4 miles

A Gulf Coast tradition 48 years in the making, this multi-day festival plays host to seafood stands, live entertainment, foot races, and a charity golf tournament.