On your next vacation, you’ll want to capture all the fun and relaxation you enjoy. Post to social media to brag or keep them for yourself to remember all of your Orange Beach experiences. Make this Orange Beach trip memorable and score some beautiful and stunning pictures with a trip to the beach and crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama shores. Choose Orange Beach and the surrounding area as your ultimate destination and start planning the fun, sun, sand, and water-filled days that will no doubt be picture perfect. There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re here, indoors and out, and make sure to snap a pic at each locale. First, you’ll want to make sure to book a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates so you can enjoy time with loved ones in private when you’re not out getting pictures and experiencing the beach.
The Wharf Murals
Many popular vacation locations have fun, postcard-like murals with phrases like “Greetings From Orange Beach!” and other captions. The Wharf in Orange Beach is no exception. Near the movie theater you’ll find such an eye-catching mural on the side of Pepper Palace. Another mural, geared toward the anglers of the group, can be found on the side of The Spice & Tea Exchange, while yet another that everyone will love can be found by The Wharf Store.
The Wharf Ferris Wheel
Another picture-worthy spot at The Wharf is the Ferris wheel. The towering wheel stands 112-feet tall and is one of the largest in the Southeastern United States. Come in the evening to snap a pic in front of the wheel’s color-changing lights, then hop aboard to get breathtaking views from up high.
Cool Shots Selfie Museum
There’s no better place to take a selfie than a museum that celebrates the art. Located at The Wharf, the 4,900-square-foot facility boasts 50 fun and immersive backdrops for your selfies of you and all your loved ones.
This is a “two birds with one stone” kind of place. The entrance boasts an awesome and enormous great white shark. You’ll enter through the toothy jaws, but don’t worry about getting bitten. Take your pic, then head inside to find fun and interesting souvenirs “for everyone one your list.” The store has been a staple of the Gulf Shores area since 1956.
A great place to “hang out,” the waterfront restaurant also has several great photo ops. Take a seat and snap a pic in the giant Adirondack chair. Head inside for a shot in front of the wall of vintage lunch boxes or pose with the surfer statue. The big can’t-miss is the giant Shaka! Make sure to raise your own before taking a picture.
Flora-Bama State Line
Several other spots in the country celebrate the meeting of two or more states. Orange Beach is no different. Make your way to the famed Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar and be sure to snap some pics. The restaurant is billed as the “last great American roadhouse” its address is in Florida, just barely over the Alabama/Florida state line. Make sure to get a picture of the sign marking the exact spot where the two states meet.
While The Hangout has its own, there are others scattered all around Orange Beach and the surrounding area. Sit back and relax in the wooden chairs, and make sure to take a few pics – of the chairs as well as you seated in them. Most visitors flock to the ones found at the Gulf Shores City Store or the Orange Beach Waterfront Park pier.
If you can’t make it to Stonehenge in England, stop at the one in Orange Beach! Just north of the beach at Barber Marina, you’ll find a full-scale replica of stunning prehistoric monument. Made out of fiberglass, the megaliths are aligned with the summer solstice, meaning if you plan your trip right, your pictures will mimic the original!
Picture Perfect Orange Beach
When you and your loved ones book a picture taking-filled getaway to Orange Beach with Poole & Associates, you won’t be short on amazing activities to fill your time. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy the myriad of other activities available to help build a picture perfect Orange Beach vacation that is uniquely yours. Choose from a one-bedroom unit all the way up to a four-bedroom home. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in a private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite movies together on a flat screen TV with entertainment center in the living or entertainment space.
If you have upcoming vacation time, make the most of it with a beach getaway. Get a dose of fun, sun, sand, and water when you choose Orange Beach. There are plenty of fun activities and attractions in Orange Beach and the surrounding area, with plenty that appeal to everyone in your group! Many of the businesses you’ll visit are local – only found in Orange Beach. They’re also locally owned and operated, so you’ll enjoy a true Orange Beach experience when you shop there. Make your first step in shopping local during your Orange Beach retreat by booking a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates to get plenty of rest and relaxation along with your Orange Beach vacation.
If you’re hoping to shop local, you won’t want to miss this stop. The shop has been a Gulf Shores staple since 1956 and is open daily. While you’ll likely collect souvenirs from the things you do, like beach adventures and other Orange Beach experiences, the shop has “thousands of gifts for everyone on your list.” You will no doubt find something to remember your Orange Beach vacation of a lifetime.
Chocolate Corner & Ice Cream
Choose from chocolate clusters in peanut, coconut, or pecan, caramels wrapped in milk or dark chocolate, or creams in flavors like chocolate, maple, lemon, raspberry, and more. Homemade chocolates include hand-dipped Oreos, pretzels, graham crackers, Nutter Butters, and various seasonal selections. There are also “fudge cups,” gourmet truffles, and a variety of Blue Bell ice cream flavors. If none of that sounds tempting, try a smoothie or shake, or your favorite coffee drink.
The Wharf is one of the best places to enjoy on an Orange Beach getaway. There are shops, dining, and other fun activities, all in one place! Pick up accessories, jewelry, clothes, and more. They even offer a monogramming service to give items a personal touch you won’t find at other stores.
Many of the spas you’ll find in Orange Beach and the surrounding area are local. Pamper yourself with a mani/pedi, facial, body wrap or scrub, massage, and more. Most spas offer couples’ services for a romantic getaway. Some even offer men’s services that cater to their specific needs.
It’s like being a kid in a candy store – if your candy is jerky. Select over 100 varieties of jerky “by the bag,” with each made right in the U.S.A.! They offer traditional beef jerky, as well as more exotic offerings like buffalo, elk, deer, ahi tuna, salmon, wild boar, and even alligator! You won’t walk away with just jerky. They offer sauces, seasonings/rubs, and more.
Retro Road Trip
Step back in time. Full of retro fun and treats, the adults and the kids of the group will love making a stop here. Memorabilia of class bands, movies, TV shows, and more can be scored, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Andy Griffith, and many others. If you’re looking for a Peace Frog or other groovy item like a lava lamp, they have some of those, too. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with retro candies including saltwater taffy and giant lollipops, as well as over 100 different flavors of soda in retro glass bottles.
Orange Beach Store
If you’re looking for something that’s truly “Orange Beach,” make sure to stop in. The offer apparel, beach towels, car tags, stickers, can koozies, mugs, and even Orange Beach brand seasonings and spices!
Step in and find apparel in cool, beachy, breezy colors and patterns. Items are perfect for wearing to the beach or to many of the casual beachfront restaurants in Orange Beach. Find a piece of jewelry, home goods, or other accessory to take home. Many pieces are handcrafted here in Orange Beach by local artists and artisans.
Shopping Local While in Orange Beach
When you and book a getaway with Poole & Associates, you’ll be shopping local! We’re a local business staffed by local residents. We use local providers to make sure each of our properties is in top shape when you stay with us!
When you stay in Orange Beach with us, you won’t be short on amazing activities provided by local businesses to fill your time. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or experience the myriad of indoor activities available to help build your unique Orange Beach vacation. We have homes all the way up to four bedrooms so all everyone can stay together in one place. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in private bedrooms or gather some snacks and enjoy a favorite movie or TV show together on a flat screen TV.
A visit to the Alabama coast may be just what the doctor ordered – for you, and your kids. Get a dose of fun, sun, sand, and water when you choose Orange Beach. There are plenty of fun attractions and activities in Orange Beach and the surrounding area, with plenty that appeal to kids and kids of all ages! Make sure to book a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates to get plenty of rest and relaxation along with your action-packed Orange Beach vacation. If your fur babies are joining you, ask about pet-friendly rentals!
You’ve planned plenty of beach time just by coming to a beach destination like Gulf Shores. Choose from activities like laying out and sunbathing while the kids build sandcastles, planting a beach umbrella and spreading out a blanket and reading or having a family picnic, taking a swim in the Gulf, or getting some exercise with the whole family and taking the kids for a stroll on the beach. The kids will also love snorkeling or surfing lessons!
Check the calendar and plan your vacation around a festival that celebrates your favorite things. From the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival celebrating the first mode of air travel. They’ll also love the family-friendly 4th of July, special winter holiday celebrations, and more.
Gulf Shores Dog Park
For families or groups bringing along their pets, Orange Beach and the surrounding area have plenty of fun for them, too. The Gulf Shores Dog Park has a large fenced-in green area where both large and small dogs can get their zoomies out. Humans can sit and socialize, too, but make sure to keep an eye on your pup and clean up after them using the provided waste bag stations. You can bring water for yourself, but the park provides water for the pets! Kids will love watching their own dog play, but make sure to ask permission before they interact with anyone else’s pet.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Take the kids for a walk on the wild side! You and the kids will see over 100 species, including 22 critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, or near-threatened species. Marvel at residents like the African grey crowned crane, a Eurasian lynx, lemurs, various reptiles, and more. For everyone from the littlest guests to guests young at heart, there’s a petting zoo where everyone can pet goats, sheep, donkeys, and deer. Ask about close-up private encounters where you can touch, hold, feed, and learn about friendlier animals like two-toed sloths and others.
Gulf State Park
Wander two miles of Gulf beachfront, swim, surf, build sandcastles, and enjoy any and all of the beach activities you can think of with the kids. The park also has a beach pavilion where you can picnic or gather to celebrate together. If there are anglers in the group, they’ll want to bring some gear and spend some time at the pier. For families looking for an extra adventure, try kayaking, parasailing, and more.
Fort Morgan Road Trail
Lace up everyone’s hiking shoes, or rent some bikes, grab plenty of water and your sun gear, and head out on an adventure. The 5.6-mile asphalt trail starts just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and stretches west through Gulf Shores. The path runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road/Highway 180, through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods, finally ending at the Peninsula Golf Club. The trail is an easy hike or bike, as it’s mostly a flat surface that’s kid-friendly, but the eastern end of the trail has only a few gentle climbs. Bring a camera and plan a few stops to take in the scenery. If the kids are up for it, add some difficulty on the eastern end and continue on through Gulf State Park’s Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails.
Gulf Shores Museum
Save this history lesson for last! The Gulf Shores Museum is located in a house that dates back to before World War II and was used as the beach house of Valerie Cole’s family from Mobile. Originally built in West Beach, the family donated the structure, and it was moved from that original location to its current home after Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits that tell the story of Gulf Shores’ history and offers various programs and activities for all ages.
Bring the Kids to Orange Beach
When you book a getaway with Poole & Associates, you won’t be short on amazing activities to fill your time. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or experience the myriad of activities available to help build your unique Orange Beach vacation. We have homes all the way up to four bedrooms so the whole family can stay together in one place. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in private bedrooms or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite movie or TV show together on a flat screen TV.
The need for a getaway that includes the ultimate in rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation can come at any time of year. Make beach relaxation a part of the experience, too, and point your compass to a locale full of fun, sun, sand, and water to go along with the relaxing spa vibes. A vacation in Orange Beach is the perfect place. Before you book all your spa treatments, the first thing to do is book a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates so you have a private place to complete your relaxation after a day of pampering.
Serenity at the Beach
Get pampered from head to toe figuratively and literally in Orange Beach. Treat your body to a variety of different massages, reflexology, or even a prenatal massage to relieve the discomforts of pregnancy. Facials, body polishes, and other treatments are available. The spa offers salon services. Men and women can enjoy a new style, cut, or color as well as a soothing botanical treatment or other service. Get your make up done by a professional or take a lesson on how to do it yourself when you get home. Hands and feet are tended to as well with manicures and pedicures with add-ons like salt exfoliation, cooling masque, or moisturizing paraffin dip. If you and your sweetheart want to enjoy a spa day, there is a wide menu of services offered in their couples’ room including massage, facial, and more.
The Beach Club Resort & Spa
Head to nearby Gulf Shores, where you don’t have to be a guest at the resort to get pampered! Start or end your experience in their Relaxation Room, where you can prepare to be pampered or soak in the relaxation before heading home. Experience a renewal and treat your whole body. Choose from an array of massages, mani/pedi treatments, facials, body wraps or scrubs, and a variety of add-ons to make your experience perfectly relaxing. They offer services “Just For Gentlemen” that include manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and more. Top things off with a new cut, color, or style at the salon, professional make up and special occasion packages.
CC’s Salon Day Spa & Boutique
Whole body renewal is the name of the game for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area spas. The spa in Gulf Shores offers everything you could want for a day full of pampering that’s just about you and your relaxation. Treat yourself to relaxing facials and skin care. Craft a look that’s unique and yours with a professional make up application, waxing, microblading, manicures, pedicures, and more. Release the tension with a relaxing massage, and choose from deep tissue, relaxation, hot stone, and others to help you completely relax. Finish looking and feeling your best with a visit to the hair salon for a new cut, color, or style for head-to-toe pampering that’s the perfect start or cap to an Orange Beach vacation.
McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic & Skin Center and Total Health Spa
The med spa is perfect place to get the services you want for a refreshing, relaxing, and rejuvenating experience. Spa packages at the Gulf Shores spa include facials, hydrotherapy, massage, reflexology, and more. They offer waxing services, micro dermabrasion, dermaplaning, product infusion, and even light therapy and microcurrent. Learn the ins and outs of professional make up application, or don’t worry about daily application again with permanent make-up. Services are tailored for the needs of each client, including men, women, and teens.
Coming to a beach destination like Orange Beach means spending plenty of time on the beach when you’re not enjoying a spa day. You can choose to lay out and sunbathe, plant a beach umbrella, and spread out a blanket and read or picnic, take a swim in the Gulf, or get your exercise with a run or walk on the sand.
Relax and Rejuvenate in Orange Beach
When you and book a getaway to Orange Beach with Poole & Associates, you won’t be short on a variety of spas and treatments to pamper yourself with day in and day out of your stay. After your spa experience, enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy a myriad of other activities available to help build an Orange Beach vacation that is uniquely yours with memories to last a lifetime. For an intimate stay, choose a one-bedroom unit. If you’re preparing for your upcoming wedding with a bachelor or bachelorette trip with your best friends, book a four-bedroom unit. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in your own private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite movie or TV show together on a flat screen TV.
Alabama’s southernmost part is home to numerous outdoor adventures, making the region an exciting area to explore. Orange Beach is one area that makes this region a getaway destination for thousands of travelers. This part of Alabama receives tourists annually for various reasons, ranging from exciting attractions to exquisite accommodation spots. Due to these reasons, Orange Beach guarantees visitors an Orange Beach vacation worth the shot, regardless of period or reason. If you’re interested in visiting this coastal town, here’s a detailed three-day itinerary to help you explore the area.
The first day of your visit should entail visiting the welcome center, an area that lets you access free brochures, local maps, and firsthand information on everything that entails your stay in Orange Beach. While at the center, you can further interact with the staff and learn more about what to look out for when exploring different spots, especially restaurants. Once you sort everything regarding familiarization, head to your Orange Beach vacation rental and check in for a quick freshening-up session by diving into your rental pool. This therapeutic session of freshening up prepares you for an adventure-filled afternoon. Afterward, you can head to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and interact with the animals, including kangaroos, Lemus, and monkeys.
A visit to the Safari Club, an in-house restaurant, is a great idea. Here you can try out the deep culinary brilliance that the establishment serves, which includes a Margherita wood-grilled pizza, a key lime, and drinks. Once lunch is over, you can a little break by soaking in the surroundings and enjoying the other amenities offered by the zoo.
After the re-energizing session, prepare to resume adventure by heading to The Wharf. This large entertainment district in Orange Beach promises a fun-filled evening for you and your loved ones. It’s an amazing spot to enjoy the multiple activities available in the area, like dining, shopping, and even trying out the Ferris wheel. After visiting The Wharf, you can spend the rest of your evening strolling in the district while viewing its impressive structures as you wait for the SPECTRA Laser Light Experience, a fantastic display of lights in sync with musical classics.
To cap off the incredible art display, a visit to one of the numerous eating establishments on The Wharf is worth it. Here, you can enjoy the rich seafood cuisine, including southern dinner classics that will wow your palate and prep you for a good night. After dinner, you can either try the Orange Beach nightlife or return to your vacation rental for rest.
Start your second day by using our rental’s fully-equipped kitchen. You can prepare a sumptuous breakfast that’ll have you ready and kicking. If you’re not in the mood for a home-cooked breakfast, visit one of the many brunch restaurants offering fantastic breakfast options. After breakfast, prepare for a beach adventure by carrying all the beach essentials you’ll need for the day. This visit to the beach is ideal for taking in the morning sun as you prepare for a fishing adventure in the deep seas. If you’ve never fished solo before, try out the different scheduled fishing charters and tours offered in the area. The trips range from four-hour trips to 8-hour tours. You can pick whatever suits you and sail to the deep waters for the perfect catch.
Once the trip is over, you can head to the shores with your catch and prepare to feast by taking it to one of the restaurants that offer cook-your-catch services. Alternatively, you can save your catch for some home-cooked dinner back at your rental. If you prefer cooking your catch for dinner, enjoy your lunch by trying out the food offered by the numerous restaurants across the area.
At the beach, the end of lunch signifies the commencement of fun-filled beach activities, including relaxing while taking in the magnificent ocean views or trying out beach games such as beach volleyball. If you have kids, engage them by building sandcastles and trying other water and beach activities like swimming, playing beach soccer, and boating. After a day exploring the beach, you can head back, prepare yourself for dinner at Luna’s and try out the tasty crab and artichoke dip served in the restaurant.
Start your final day differently by treating yourself with a southern breakfast delicacy of shrimp and cheesy grits. Enjoy this scintillating southern classic at Another Broken Egg Cafe, one of the multiple brunch restaurants in the area. After re-energizing, head to High S Branton Backcountry Trail for an exciting hiking adventure that’ll take you past varied ecosystems. The views along this trailhead are amazing. Enjoy these views as you take note of unique animals traversing across the trail. Once the hike ends, you can head to Louisiana Lagniappe for a unique Cajun and Creole seafood taste. Enjoy crab cakes that the restaurant serves before embarking on an adventure of perambulating the area as you usher dusk, marking the end of your exciting trip.
Book Incredible Rentals for Your Orange Beach Vacation
Orange Beach boasts several of the top attractions along Alabama’s coastlines. The town features numerous monuments and pristine beaches that make the area a haven for tourists searching for a coastal getaway. Contact us for the perfect Orange Beach vacation rental deals if you’re planning to visit this striking area.