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Go Beyond the Beach

With all there is to do around here, planning an itinerary can get stressful. But you can avoid that — take it from a local. Our staff picks highlight some of the best things to do in Gulf Shores, from must-see standards to out-of-the-way finds. Regardless of where you go, we think you’ll like it.

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    Fly Into 2022

    December 22

    There’s something so inspiring about seeing the beauty of our Earth below you. Imagine flying over the shore, catching glimpses of wild ocean life, and passing over one skyscraper at a time. Fly into 2022 with an experience of a lifetime thanks to Hang Ten Helicopters

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    Flora-Bama Holiday Favorites

    November 23

    “It’s A Bird!” “It’s a Plane!” No- It’s Santa! It’s that time of year again where beachgoers gather outside the most popular bar in the panhandle, flooding the shore and anticipating the arrival of Santa from up above. Flora-bama’s Annual Santa Drop returns to Orange Beach on December 11th. Parents can grab a tasty drink by the bar while kids get their picture with Santa. This free event will keep the kids entertained with crafts, games, live music, face painting, and delicious snacks. 

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    Fall-ow the Music to the Wharf

    October 01

    The warm autumn air on the Gulf Coast is enough to head to The Wharf in Orange Beach. However, this October, let the rhythm take control with a variety of musical events that will get you grooving! 

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    Watch Nature Fly By Alabama’s Gulf Coast

    September 09

    It’s that time of year! Join thousands of birders from around Canada and the U.S. to feel like a part of the migration in South Alabama’s own backyard.

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    Adventure Awaits in Orange Beach

    August 17

    August and September are prime months for afternoon showers here on the Floribama shore, but don’t let that stop you and the kids from living it up indoors. A trip to Adventure Island, just about 3 miles down the road, can surely make up for any plans ruined by the rain.

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    Summer Kayaking at Nearby Wolf Bay

    July 27

    The summer heat is in full swing here in Orange Beach, driving visitors to our scenic shores to soak up the warm rays. If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous way to cool down while you’re in town, we recommend taking a guided kayak trip on the waters of Wolf Bay.

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    Spend Some Quality Time Fishing This Father’s Day

    June 14

    Father’s Day is just around the corner! If your dad is a fisherman and you’re looking for a memorable and meaningful way to spend the day, we recommend casting your line from one of the many fishing hot spots around Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Pick the perfect place and get ready to reel in the likes of red snapper, speckled trout, grouper, cobia, mackerel, and more.

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    Welcome Summer at The Wharf

    May 26

    With a marina, shops, restaurants, an amphitheater, a mini-golf course, a pool, and so much more, The Wharf is an essential hangout and entertainment center in Orange Beach. With sunny days on the horizon in the months ahead, we recommend a trip to this beloved destination to kickstart your summer with excellent dining, shopping, and more.

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    Friendly Competition at Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

    April 27

    This season, get out into the pleasant Gulf Coast weather and spend some quality time together with a friendly game of mini-golf! Located just over 10 minutes from Hotel Indigo Orange Beach in Gulf Shores, Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf tests your putt-putt skills with a fun and engaging family-friendly course.

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    Visit Big Beach Brewing

    March 31

    Located right in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Big Beach Brewing Company is just five miles away from Hotel Indigo Orange Beach. As the southernmost brewery in the entire state, this is a regional favorite for local craft beers, wines on tap, and fun community events.

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    Cheers to Flora-Bama, A World-Famous Beach Bar

    February 25

    Located on the line between Orange Beach, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida, you’ll find a Southern beach bar like no other. Just a little over 10 minutes from Hotel Indigo Orange Beach, this legendary destination continues to function as a rip-roaring honky-tonk and beachside raw bar where good times and cool drinks flow freely.

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    Experience Nature at Alabama Point East

    January 29

    Located just eight minutes away from Hotel Indigo Orange Beach, Alabama Point East is an open-to-the-public Gulf State Park beach area offering an inspiring look into the natural habitats of Orange Beach. With over 6,000 feet of beaches, boardwalks, and sandy dunes, Alabama Point East is a picturesque destination to visit during cooler days on the Gulf.

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    Rebuilding After Hurricane Sally

    November 03

    Last month, Hotel Indigo Orange Beach and the surrounding communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores were hit hard by Hurricane Sally, the first hurricane to make its landfall in Alabama since Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Despite subsequent damages to the hotel and the area at large, the team at Hotel Indigo Orange Beach has banded together after staying the night at the hotel and preparing for the storm.

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    The Vibrant Wildlife Around Orange Beach

    August 19

    Where the bayou meets the beach, you can spot an endless array of exciting animals. Whether on land or in the water, Alabama’s Gulf Coast is home to a wide range of remarkable wildlife.

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    How Orange Beach Got Its Name

    July 21

    Built on the southern shores of Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Orange Beach is a popular seaside destination for watersports, wildlife, fishing, and more. But how did it earn the name "Orange Beach" in the first place?

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    Summer Fun at Orange Beach

    June 01

    With its reputation as a sunny beach town and exciting water sports destination, the summer months are the perfect time of year to spend at Orange Beach, Alabama. With the temperatures rising and the days stretching longer and brighter, good times are just waiting to be had along the waters of the Gulf.

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    Coastal Culture in Orange Beach

    March 02

    Spending spring by the sea translates to evening walks along the shore and morning surfing sessions. However, festival season has made it's way to Orange Beach. It’s time to break from the waves and indulge in what this family-fun beach town has to offer this month. 

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    Love Is In The Ocean Air

    February 03

    Move over Jimmy! LuLu is back and her home is open after weeks of renovation. If you’re looking for a vibrant atmosphere with live music, fun for the kids, and soul food that surely welcomes you to the South, head to Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s during your stay in the Gulf Shores.

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    The Wharf Way is the Right Way

    January 03

    Aside from packing your bathing suits and flip flops, this year at Hotel Indigo Orange Beach, gather your jackets and skates and head to The Wharf for some fun on the ice! 

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    A Flora-Bama Holiday Extravaganza

    December 02

    Throughout the entire month of December, there will be plenty to do during your stay in Orange Beach, especially at Flora-Bama, the most famous beach bar in the country!

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    Tunin' Out The Waves

    November 04

    Music has no boundaries; whether you’re here for work, a reunion, or simply to recharge, from now until November 17th,  you have the opportunity to step away from the breezy shoreline and attend the 35th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival.

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    Get Into The Halloween Spirit on Orange Beach

    October 07

    Are you visiting Orange Beach at the end of October? Why not get into the Halloween spirit with these spooky events. We've rounded up three ways to feel festive this month. 

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    Top Reasons You Should Travel With Your Dog

    September 02

    Vacation isn’t complete without your fluffiest family member. That’s why we’ve rounded up the top three reasons to travel with your dog.  

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    Savor the Last Days of Summer

    August 05

    Lazy days on the beach, enriching visits to the zoo, or relaxing days spent poolside—the choice is yours. It’s the last days of summer, and Orange Beach is thriving. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to pick our top three activities for August. 

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    Independence Day Street Party

    July 01

    Independence Day is just around the corner! Join the festivities on July 6th from 5 pm to 9 pm at The Wharf in what is known as the biggest street party on the Gulf Coast. It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember. 

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    Make New Family Memories at Adventure Island

    June 03

    Located in the heart of Orange Beach, Adventure Island is the place to be for families who love to make new memories together. No matter what age your little explorers are, they’re sure to have plenty of stories of thrills and chills to take home to their friends from Adventure Island. 

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    Roam the Backcountry on the Branyon Trail

    May 06

    All it takes is a quick look out your window to realize that the Hotel Indigo Orange Beach is surrounded by natural beauty. You’d have to look a little harder, though, to see beyond the beach. Thankfully, that’s easy enough. 

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