8 Ways to Refocus on Yourself in 2023

As we enter a new year, our thoughts turn to resolutions and a focus on our health. It’s easier than ever to keep in shape with fitness apps, watches, and livestream classes. Taking a vacation doesn’t mean you have to put your well-being on hold. Turquoise Place in Orange Beach offers the perfect place to refuel, recharge and refocus, and here are eight ways to do just that.

The beach makes a fantastic place to soak up Vitamin D, reduce stress, and get exercise. Fortunately, your Turquoise Place condo is just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. Beach chair and umbrella rentals, available spring through early fall, are here to help you make the most of your beach time. New boardwalks with ramps creates an easier way to transport your gear to the sand, too!

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. Turquoise Place has multiple resort-style pools available to our guests, including three outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, two indoor pools, and the lazy river. Take in some laps or just splash around to get your heart rate up, build endurance, help maintain a healthy weight, and tone your muscles. It’s a great all-over body workout!

After your swim, relax your muscles in our saunas and steam rooms, located on the fourth floor of each tower. Saunas increase circulation, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, flush toxins from the body, and relieve stress. Steam rooms do all of that, plus promote skin health and loosen stiff joints.

If you prefer a land-based training session, our fitness rooms offer a beautiful view of the Gulf for your workout. Furnished with top-of-the-line Atlantis equipment, you’ll find elliptical machines, treadmills, squat and bench press racks, and free weights. Discover the fitness rooms on the fourth floor of each tower.

Looking for a more relaxed way to wellness? Find your Zen with a beach yoga session. Nothing centers your soul quite like a quiet morning of focus and reflection. You can schedule a private session on our beaches with Glow Yoga.

Another excellent form of exercise is bicycling. Fortunately, Turquoise Place is just a mile and a half from the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail at Gulf State Park. Rent a bike from Beach Bike Rentals or Infinity Bicycles, then strike out on the seven trails that make up more than 26 miles of the system. You’ll traverse several ecosystems and see some of the local wildlife, maybe even an alligator!

Sticking to a healthy diet is made simple at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants that specialize in locally-sourced food. Picnic Beach in Gulf Shores offers vegan and vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free menu items. The Southern Grind Coffee House in Orange Beach serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and even a vegan burger on the menu. You can also get grocery delivery through our concierge packages to have a pantry of healthy choices waiting on the day of your arrival. Our well-equipped kitchens have everything you need to prepare meals in your unit.

Leave stress behind. We know stress creates a myriad of physical ailments, including high blood pressure, cardiac issues, headaches, and more. A beach vacation is all about relaxing. Just having a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference. Our comfortable, luxury rentals and onsite services make it easy to do just that. After all, there is no better place to fall asleep than to the lulling sound of waves just outside your window.

Book your wellness vacation at Turquoise Place Orange Beach. Browse our luxury condos to find the one that best meets your needs.

What to Know about Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Families and flip-flops aren’t the only things that make their way onto our beaches from May to October. Sea turtles, too, enjoy the summer season on our shores – that’s when three endangered species come to lay and nest their eggs on our soft, sugar-white sands.

Visitors and locals alike love viewing this remarkable event, but that doesn’t mean you may get the chance to take home a turtle. Protected by law and crucial to the health of our coastal ecosystems, our sea turtle populations benefit from strict regulations that teach us how to correctly share our beaches with our slow-but-steady friends. And thanks to two local programs – Share The Beach and Leave Only Footprints – visitors can also get involved with impactful ways to protect our native sea turtles for generations to come.

Share The Beach

Share The Beach is Alabama’s official sea turtle conservation program. Founded in 2005, the program follows protocols set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect and conserve our nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. Program volunteers patrol the beach during nesting season to monitor nests and hatchlings, educate the public, and provide needed supplies and equipment. They cover all 47 miles of Alabama’s beachfront coastline, devoting their time to searching for new nests, marking and monitoring them, and protecting the nests and hatchlings from natural and human-related dangers.

Leave Only Footprints

Leave Only Footprints is a collaborative initiative that works to protect our coastal ecosystems by promoting clean island practices among visitors and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The program establishes beach rules and regulations that remind beach-goers to pick up their trash and “leave only footprints” to protect the health of our natural landscapes and the animals that depend on them. Among other species, the program policies protect the endangered sea turtles that nest on our beaches from May to October.

How You Can Help

Visitors and locals can volunteer with Share The Beach to help make a positive difference for our sea turtles and their coastal habitat. You can also help by following the guidelines and rules established by our local conservation programs:

  • Never touch or disturb a sea turtle nest. Keep your distance and call 866-732-8878 if you find an unmarked nest.
  • Don’t use flashlights or flash photography at night. It disorients the turtles. If you need a light, both of our resorts provide red flashlight filters that fit over your phone to protect our turtle tribes. You can also find these “turtle-friendly” filters at the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach welcome centers.
  • Don’t dig large holes in the sand, as hatchlings can get trapped in them. Fill all holes with sand before leaving the beach.
  • When you depart our beaches each day, leave only footprints behind. Pick up and discard all trash in designated containers. Remove all personal belongings such as tents, beach chairs, toys, etc. by one hour after sunset.

Beach Safety 101 in Orange Beach

It’s easy to feel carefree when you’ve got your toes in the sand at your favorite Orange Beach resort. But, remember to review beach safety 101 with your family before dipping your toes in the water.

Check the Daily Beach Report

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach make it easy to check the current conditions with a daily beach report that covers everything from surf conditions and water temperatures to wind speeds and more. You can access the daily report online or by calling 251-968-SURF (7873). You can also text ‘ALBEACHES’ to 888-777 to receive daily reports for the duration of your trip.

Follow the Beach Flags

Our beaches have adopted a flag warning system to keep you informed of surf conditions on the coast. The flags are posted at all public beaches and at many condominiums along the coast. The system follows a basic traffic light format so it’s easy to remember:

  • Green: Good Conditions, Low Hazard
  • Yellow: Moderate Hazard, Use Caution
  • Red: High Hazard, Swimming Not Advised
  • Double Red Flags: Water Closed to Public
  • Purple: Dangerous Marine Life is Present

Be advised that the flag warning system doesn’t guarantee safe water conditions, and you should always exercise caution when entering and swimming in the Gulf. Also note that it is illegal to enter the water within city limits when a double red flag is displayed.

Know the Lifeguard Locations

The cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide seasonal lifeguard services during the months of March and September. Lifeguards are posted at all public beaches during this time, and swimmers are encouraged to stay in the protected areas when lifeguards are present. Be aware of the local lifeguard locations and plan your swim accordingly, especially if you aren’t a strong swimmer. Even popular resorts like The Beach Club and Turquoise Place do not have designated lifeguards on-duty.

Beware of Rip Currents

A rip current is a narrow channel of fast-moving water that flows away from the beach with powerful force. They are common in our area and can be hard to spot from the shore. Unsuspecting swimmers can get caught in a rip current and swept outwards with surprising speed. While this isn’t inherently dangerous, swimmers who struggle against the current are quickly fatigued and can succumb to drowning.

To stay safe while swimming, learn how to spot a rip current and try to avoid hazardous surf conditions. If you do get caught in a rip current, don’t struggle – remain calm and swim parallel to the shoreline until you escape the current.

How to Shell-ebrate the Holidays at the Beach

Travelers and turtles agree – there’s no better place to shell-ebrate the holidays than Alabama’s beautiful beaches. Our stretch of paradise is a perfect setting for celebrating the season in coastal style, from a beachfront Thanksgiving to a true white-sand Christmas. Mild temps and sunny skies are sure to keep you feeling merry and bright, and there are plenty of local events and festive activities to put you in a holly, jolly spirit. 

From Turkey Day to Christmas Eve and all the way to the New Year, here are the best ways to celebrate the holiday season on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Lunch at Coast Restaurant

November 24, 2022
Seating Times: 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm

Enjoy a cook-free Thanksgiving feast at Coast Restaurant, a first-class waterfront venue at the beautiful Beach Club Resort. Chef John Hamme will prepare three delicious entree options, including a traditional roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and all the trimmings. The cost is $45 per adult and $15 per child (kids under 3 eat free!). Reservations are required. 

Turkey Day Delivery by The Beach Moms 

Prefer to dine-in? The Beach Moms will deliver a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (including pumpkin pie!) right to your rental for an easy and intimate holiday meal. Pre-ordered meals will be delivered on Wednesday, November 23rd, and include chef-provided directions. Orders must be received by Wednesday, November 16th. 

The Coastal Half Marathon, 5K, and 1-mile Run

November 26, 2022
8am

On Saturday, shed those lingering Thanksgiving calories with a friendly turkey trot! This fun family race is held on the scenic paths of Gulf State Park and is a local holiday tradition. 

Christmas

The Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 10th
From 5pm (Dusk)

Parades are a traditional holiday event, and ours are filled with unique coastal flair. Attend a local favorite at LuLu’s with the Annual Lighted Boat Parade, where brightly decorated boats will travel to The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway Canal. 

Flora-Bama’s Annual Santa Drop

December 10, 2022
11am to 2pm

Santa doesn’t arrive in our area on a sleigh – he skydives onto the white sandy beaches at the iconic Flora-Bama! This fun family event includes kids crafts, games, live music, holiday treats, and pics with Santa after the show. 

Ice Skating at The Wharf

November 11-16, 2022
Monday-Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-10pm

Glide, spin, or fall across a winter wonderland at The Wharf’s annual Ice Skating Rink. Tickets are $15 per person and include your skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. 

New Years Eve

Noon Years Eve at LuLu’s

December 31, 2022
10am to 3pm

Tiny revelers can get in on the NYE fun at LuLu’s annual event. Beginning at 10am, families can enjoy crafts, kids-safe fireworks (bubble wrap), a sandcastle building contest, face painting, and more. When the clock strikes noon, hundreds of colorful beach balls will flood LuLu’s Beach for an early celebration of 2023! 

Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf

December 31, 2022
5pm to 12am

The Wharf’s NYE event is a fun family street party that features a full evening of live bands, games, activities, and a midnight marlin drop with a fireworks finale. Kids activities include inflatables, face painting, camel rides, and more. Admission is free, though some kids activities cost $5-10. 


However you choose to celebrate the holiday season, Spectrum Resorts is your perfect homebase for festivities and fun. Let our award-winning team deliver the ultimate holiday experience on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

5 Ways to Black Friday Shop Like a Pro in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

For some shoppers, snagging the best Black Friday sales is like a competitive sport. For others, the idea of browsing those Black Friday deals fills them with dread. Then there are those in the middle – those shoppers who want to get in on the first big sales of the season, but they don’t know how to brave the Black Friday crowds.

We’ll let you in on a secret: there is no secret to Black Friday shopping. The key to shopping success on the biggest day of the year is to start – and end – with a plan. Even in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, a popular area that’s home to dozens of excellent shopping opportunities, a little preparation – and the following helpful tips – can help you Black Friday shop like a pro.

Make a List.

Then check it twice. Starting with a shopping list will help you stay focused in the Black Friday frenzy (and also avoid some sketchy impulse buys.) What are the top items you’re hoping to buy? Once you’ve made a list, you can start researching the best sites and sales to make a game plan for your day.

Get a Game Plan.

There are so many options for Black Friday shopping in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, from full retail malls to boutique shops and specialty stores. Decide in advance where you need to go and plan your day accordingly. Some of the most popular spots for Black Friday shopping include:

  • The Village Mercantile, an upscale shop at The Beach Club Resort that offers fashionable beach attire, casual resort wear, jewelry, gifts, and more. You’ll even find some home accessories at The Mercantile! While you’re there, refuel at The Village Hideaway.
  • The Tanger Outlets, a one-stop-shop for big-name brands and retail stores. 
  • The Wharf in Orange Beach, a premiere entertainment district that has more than 30 boutique stores filled with clothing, gifts, home decor, and spa supplies.
  • Pelican Place, a charming shopping center with big box stores, chic boutiques and artisanal gift shops.

Scan the Sales Online.

The days of pouring over pounds of holiday sales catalogs are over. In today’s digital world, social media is one of the best places to stay up-to-date on your favorite brands for Black Friday. Many pages even offer exclusive deals and promotions to customers who follow their feeds! In this area, you can follow accounts like The Wharf on Facebook for the latest info on Black Friday sales at their (many) retail stores.

Start Early.

They’re called doorbuster deals for a reason! If you wait too long to start shopping, you risk browsing shelves that are highly picked over, and you may even miss out on your must-haves entirely. Be aware of what time your priority stores open – especially if you’re after big-name items like tech or trending toys – and get there as soon as possible. Some stores even start offering great deals in the days before Black Friday, allowing you to skip the crowds entirely!

Go as a Group.

Shopping is always more fun with a friend. And in a group, you can split up and shop the best deals in half the time! Grab your best pals and make a fun, friendly day of it. After you shop, you can return to your condo to relax and recharge in beachfront bliss.

Book Your Beachfront Holiday Party with Spectrum Resorts

Every visit to Alabama’s beaches is a cause for celebration. And if you already have a reason to party, our sugar-white sands and turquoise waves can add a touch of magic to your special event. Even holidays feel a little more festive when they have our beachfront background!

And with the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to book the perfect venue for your party. If you don’t want to add to your holiday stress, that probably means a venue with a great location, enough space for all your guests, and a party package that covers every detail. We have good news for your planning committee – you’ll find all of that and more with Spectrum Resorts at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores and Turquoise Place in Orange Beach.

The Beach Club and Turquoise Place are two of the most desirable resorts in the area, and our party packages are designed to elevate your holiday event. When the fun is done, our group lodging rates can give everyone to spend a few days enjoying the beach!

Whether you’re celebrating the season with your company, your colleagues, your clients or your friends, the upscale properties of Spectrum Resorts can provide the perfect setting from start to finish.

Turquoise Place

Experience true holiday magic within the iconic walls of our sparkling resort. You can choose between two private event spaces depending on your size: the Emerald Room (503C), which seats up to 50, and the Sapphire Room (503D), which can accommodate up to 100 guests. Both rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony for breathtaking views of the Gulf.

Features:

  • An on-site event planner to ensure a smooth party experience
  • Multiple catering options, including hors d’oeuvres, buffet, or plated meals
  • Customized menu planning
  • Bar Service available
  • Tables, chairs, and linens included
  • Festive satin table runners in red, green, and champagne
  • Indoor/Outdoor spaces available
  • Group room rates available
LEARN MORE ABOUT EVENTS AT TURQUOISE PLACE

The Beach Club Resort & Spa

Enjoy a VIP party experience at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. This luxurious resort offers three captivating spaces for a private and personalized event: Gulfview, Island Room, or Coast. Each room seats 50-100 guests comfortably and treats your group to stunning Gulf views.

Features:

  • An on-site event planner to ensure a smooth party experience
  • Indoor/Outdoor spaces available
  • Multiple catering options, including hors d’oeuvres, buffet, or plated meals
  • Customized menu planning
  • Bar Service available
  • Tables, chairs, and linens included
  • Festive satin table runners in red, green, and champagne
  • Christmas sounds provided through speakers
  • Discounted group rates
LEARN MORE ABOUT EVENTS AT THE BEACH CLUB
To inquire about hosting your next event please call us at (866) 229-7350, send us an email at groupsales@spectrumresorts.com

Top 10 Fall Events in Orange Beach for 2022

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are serving up fall’s hottest events! From toe-tapping, legendary bands to succulent seafood festivals, there’s something for every vacation style with fall events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

While fall brings visitors from near and far to enjoy the beach’s best events, mild temperatures, warm water and unbelievable sunsets keep them coming back each year. Browse some of our favorite fall events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and get ready to keep on summering.

2022 Fall Events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

2022 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 2, 23, 24, 31
Sept. 7, 13, 20
Oct. 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9

All practices start at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Access to the museum is currently limited to valid Department of Defense (DoD) cardholders and their guests.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32508

A Blue Angels practice is a must-see when you’re spending time on the Alabama Gulf Coast. These famous aircraft perform unbelievable tricks that will leave you astonished. For more information on what you should bring and what you shouldn’t, see their website.

OWA Labor Day celebration fireworks

Labor Day Weekend Celebration-OWA

Sept. 3, 2022
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8:50 p.m. for a jaw-dropping and memorable fireworks show. OWA’s car show begins that morning, so why not go early and enjoy the sights and sounds of the park?

2022 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 8-10, 2022
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 8-10 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is fun experience for the whole family. Up to a challenge? Ride the mechanical bull in the Flora-Bama tent to test your skills. Rides are $5 each.

Bama Coast Crusin’

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022
Opens: Sept. 30 at 9 a.m., Closes: Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re an automobile fanatic, you won’t be able to resist this spectacular car show! This event is family-friendly and free to the public. Located at the Wharf, there are numerous places to eat, drink, and shop, making this event one you don’t want to miss! Don’t miss one of the best fall events in Orange Beach.

ZZ Top in Concert

Sept. 30, 2022
7 p.m.
The Wharf Amphitheater
23101 Canal Rd., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you’re a rock and roll fan, you can’t miss seeing ZZ Top in Concert as they return to The Wharf as part of the C-Spire Summer Concert Series. These rock and roll hall of fame inductees have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are ready to rock with you at The Wharf. This will be one of the biggest toe-tappin’ fall events in Orange Beach.

49th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Oct. 6-9, 2022
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
101 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores
(251) 968-7200

Packed with thousands of pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp cooked every way imaginable, this four-day festival is scheduled Oct. 6-9. The National Shrimp Festival attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and offers lots of vendors, a 5k and 10k race, a Kids Activity Village and so much more! Admission is free so plan to enjoy food; live music from national, regional, and local artists; art and more. It’s one of the most popular fall events in Gulf Shores.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 19 2022
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Receive a free drink upon entry for those 21 and up, free stein to the early arrivers until depleted, 25% off in the gift shop, and complimentary German food from the buffet while supplies last. Food is served at 2 p.m. and the menu includes beer brats, sauerkraut, and German potato salad. The stein-hoisting competition sponsored by Samuel Adams will begin at 5 p.m., followed by live music by The Brats in the Bama Dome. This New Orleans based polka band will have you laughing and dancing all evening at one of the best fall events in Orange Beach!

38th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Nov. 3-13, 2022
Various Locations and times

A favorite festival for locals and visitors alike, the annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival offers listening events across various venues between Nov. 5 and 15. Venue sites stretch from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola and Perdido Key, Florida showcasing almost 200 songwriters from across the country and around the world. It’s a fun time to hear some of your favorite tunes in a listening-room setting. The best way to research venues and times is on the event website. With so many dates to choose from, it’s easily one of the top fall events in Orange Beach. 

2022 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 11-12, 2022
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola, FL

If you’ve never witnessed the Navy’s precision flight team in action, don’t let another year go by without watching the Blue Angels Homecoming Show, Nov. 11-12. This event is held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Note: the museum is currently open to Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders and their guests only.

Choose from your favorite fall events in Orange Beach and book your weekend (or weeklong) vacation at Turquoise Place. The spacious and oversized condos are right in the heart of the action, yet offer privacy and luxury surroundings.

Best Ways to Beat the Heat at Turquoise Place

When temperatures soar on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, guests at Spectrum Resorts’ Turquoise Place can beat the heat with these ideas that’ll keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.

Beach Chair Rentals Orange Beach

Rent a set of beach chairs with an umbrella from Perdido Beach Services and enjoy a little extra protection from the sun. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

Plan to break for lunch in the hottest part of the day (noon – 2 p.m.). Choose lunch and naps in the room if you have littles or take the family to Change of Pace Restaurant for lunch and a frozen tropical treat. You’ll love this poolside bar and grill where kids are delighted with frozen MOCKtails!

Hit the indoor pool instead of the beach when it’s super hot. It’s amazing how much cooler it feels when you are in the water, but out of the sun.

Head to the lazy river and float away. Guests love this signature water feature with 450 feet of room to drift. The lazy river is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Enjoy mornings outdoors, retreat indoors during the hottest temperatures, then head back out as the sun goes down. Late afternoons and early evenings on the beach are not only a little cooler, but they offer great sunset views.

Balcony Hot Tub
Relax in your private hot tub.

Enjoy your spacious balcony and take in spectacular Gulf of Mexico views from a lounge chair or your private balcony hot tub.

Splurge a little and rent a gulf-front cabana only steps from the main outdoor pool. Take a break from the heat in an air-conditioned cabana decked out with a full bathroom (including a walk-in shower), couch, mini-fridge, flat screen TV, microwave, sink, blender and ice maker. Each cabana also comes with a private patio that includes loungers, tables and chairs.

Treat the kids to snow cones.

Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water, popsicles, or water-packed fruits especially when the sun is scorching. And, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen often!

Don’t let summer slip away without booking your favorite condo at Turquoise Place and stay cool!

Our Top Things to Do during Summer in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Visitors at Turquoise Place may have many onsite amenities and activities to keep the family busy, but sometimes there’s a need to explore the surroundings. Engage this list of ideas to help you navigate the best of summer activities in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Happy Trails

Gulf State Park is a fantastic place to go to get face-to-face with nature and enjoy a little exercise as well. Head over to the Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system where you will find 26 trails within nine distinct ecosystems making up over 28 miles of paved pathways. Connecting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, these trails offer opportunities for hiking, biking, skating, rock climbing, watching wildlife, plant and tree identification, nature photography and more!

Aside from the trails, Gulf State Park offers adventure on the Fishing and Education Pier—the largest pier in the Gulf of Mexico and the state’s only public pier in the Gulf. Wet a line and enjoy fishing as a family knowing everything you need is available right on the pier. Purchase a saltwater fishing license, bait and tackle, snacks from the concession area and take home some neat souvenirs from the retail store. Want more? Consider attending Angler Academy, a two-hour signature experience where you’ll be thoroughly introduced to saltwater fishing.

Also check out Coastal Segway Adventures for guided Segway tours on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. It’s an exciting way to enjoy and learn more about Gulf State Park. Save time by signing waivers online and please note you must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Get on the Water

There’s no place better than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for finding things to do on the water. There are lots of places scattered throughout the area that rent paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, cat boats and other water toys. You can also rent watersports equipment directly on the beach at Turquoise Place!

Try your hand at something new like snorkeling. Get an close-up view of marine life thriving in Alabama’s Gulf Coast waters. You might see stingrays, crabs, jellyfish, sea turtles, and more! Don’t own a mask and fins? No worries! You can find them at retailers or local dive shops. And, don’t overlook the fun experience of a guided snorkeling tour.

Parasailing is another great way to spend time on the water and have a thrilling experience! Imagine yourself soaring high above the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters, feeling the breeze and adding a new perspective to your view of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

Take a sunset cruise, search for dolphins, or maybe go deep-sea fishing. No matter your preference, there’s a boat for you. For boating, cruising, fishing or sailing excursions, booking early is best to ensure a spot for your family. (Pro tip: Consider a concierge service like The Beach Moms to book all of your reservations from dining to activities. You’ll have one less thing to remember and peace of mind for your vacation.)

Family-Friendly Fun

History buffs will love touring historic Fort Morgan. Spend an afternoon walking the grounds, hearing the stories, climbing the walls (yes, really!) and imaging where the battles actually took place. Save some time for the onsite museum and check the Fort Morgan website for daily/weekly events.

What’s a vacation without some friendly competition in a round of mini-golf or laser tag? Visit Adventure Island for fun in the sun riding bumper boats or go-karts, or some arcade shenanigans. (Pro tip: Look for a discount coupon on their website and print it at home.)

You just can’t beat a day at the award-winning Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with exhibits, animal encounters, a carousel, and a cool new location! Make memories for a lifetime with experiences like holding a baby kangaroo, playing with a lemur, or hanging out with a sloth. Be sure to dine onsite at the Safari Club, Alabama’s first Green Certified restaurant. The décor is beautiful and fun, and the menu is spectacular.

No matter what special activities or experiences a vacation day holds, make sure your planning starts with booking a luxury condo with plenty of room for your travel party. Comfort at the end of every day is key to a successful trip.

Fourth of July Fun in Orange Beach

Orange Beach is brimming with sun, fun, and fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday! If you’re visiting Turquoise Place during the Independence Day holiday, add these Orange Beach events to your itinerary.

J4 Freedom & Fireworks at Turquoise Place

Turquoise Place guests will have a packed weekend of activities available to celebrate Independence Day. The annual Freedom & Fireworks J4 Celebration is not one to miss! From sno-cones, laser tag, balloon animals and a rock-climbing wall to face painting, a foam party at the main pool, and making red, white, and blue tie-dye t-shirts, kids of all ages will have a blast!

Sand Castle University will be here with a special Fourth of July sand sculpture and classes that you will definitely want to see. There will also be live music at 5:30 p.m. with Mitch Rencher and his steel drums. The Fuego Band, a 10-piece band from Mobile, will perform Motown, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Top 40 Music from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Also, the best fireworks display in Orange Beach will begin at 9 p.m. at Turquoise Place capping off a perfect Star-Spangled Independence Day!

Learn more about the J4 Celebration at Turquoise Place.

More July 4th Fun in Orange Beach

usa flag pin wheel on the beach

The City of Gulf Shores Independence Day Celebration showcases a stunning fireworks display on the Fourth of July beginning at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier.

For years the Flora-Bama 4th of July Party has attracted many visitors, as well as locals, to nearby Perdido Key. This year will be no different with events starting on July 2 and running through July 4. Saturday’s lineup (July 2) is star-studded with scrumptious Bar-B-Q, the Miss Firecracker Bikini Contest, the annual Freedom Run and live music.

Pack up the family and head to The Wharf in Orange Beach for an Independence Day Street Party beginning at 5 p.m. on the 4th and going until the fireworks wrap it up at 8:45 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and activities range from $5-$10. Celebrate the Fourth of July with tons of family-friendly activities like a bubble zone, bounce houses, a surf simulator, face painting, camel rides and, of course, a SPECTRA light show. Looking to get some exercise this holiday? The Wharf is also hosting the Shark Run, 5K Run and 5K Competitive Walk earlier in the day from 7-11 a.m.

Downtown OWA is also a great spot to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks! Located in Foley (half an hour or less from Orange Beach), OWA is a theme park, water park and entertainment district with shopping and restaurants. Fireworks will begin at 8:50 p.m.

Concierge Services at Turquoise Place

The Turquoise Concierge Package courtesy of The Beach Moms Concierge Services creates a fantastic opportunity for Turquoise Place guests to enjoy a hassle-free vacation no matter if it’s a holiday or not. The Beach Moms will shop for groceries and stock your pantry and fridge before you even arrive. They can arrange reservations at favorite restaurants, excursions, photo sessions and more. The list goes on and on with ways to help you spend less time doing tasks and more time experiencing all that Orange Beach has to offer.

If your family is searching for the perfect destination to celebrate Independence Day (or any day for that matter), choose Orange Beach and Turquoise Place.

Visiting Orange Beach this Independence Day? Reserve one of our Orange Beach vacation rentals!