2024s Hottest Beach Events in Orange Beach, AL

We all love a great beach day, but did you know the beach is brimming with hot events in Orange Beach all year long? From succulent seafood festivals to toe-tappin’ music festivals, there’s an event for everyone on Alabama’s beaches. Mark your calendars and book your Orange Beach rental at Turquoise Place to enjoy these can’t-miss 2024 events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show

The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 | 10am to 4pm

The 32nd anniversary of this local tradition brings you delicious food, live music, classic cars, and more than 125 local vendors showing off their unique Gulf Coast arts and crafts. Stroll through the boutique shops and craft tents at The Wharf as you sample local delicacies and tap your toes to jams by some of the best area bands. The kids will love playing in the full-scale Kid Zone as you make your way among the unique classic cars lined up for your viewing pleasure. All proceeds benefit local schools and sports teams, so bring the whole family (even your furry friends are welcome!)  Don’t miss one of the most deliciously fun events in Orange Beach in 2024.

Annual Fort Morgan Oyster Fest

The Beach Club Resort & Spa, Fort Morgan, AL
February 24-25, 2024 | 11am to 3pm

Whether you like ‘em seared or served right on the half-shell, this oyster-themed event promises a shuckin’ good time. Sample all-you-can eat oysters from local Fort Morgan farms with a side of live music, arts and crafts vendors, family games and more. Tickets will go on sale soon, so stay tuned!

Festival of Art

Orange Beach Waterfront Park, Orange Beach AL
March 9-10, 2024

Welcome in the spring season at the 50th annual Festival of Arts in Orange Beach. This free festival is one of the top events in Orange Beach and tantalizes the senses by offering a large variety of local arts and crafts in mixed mediums that are sure to give festival-goers plenty of things to see, touch, hear, and experience. From live music by local songwriters to a culinary arts section and a full kids’ art area, there will be plenty of fun activities here for the whole family.

Mardi Gras

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
January-February 2024

Mardi Gras is a famed local tradition that began in Mobile in 1704. This rowdy yet fun holiday features street parades full of intricately designed floats from which members toss beads, candy, pies, and other festive trinkets to those watching below. It’s a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike, so don’t miss your chance to join in the fun and catch a Moon Pie! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach both boast a family-friendly Carnival season.

In Gulf Shores, you can attend the city’s annual parade at 10am on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am. At 3pm, head over to LuLu’s for the annual Mardi Gras Celebration and Boat Parade, where you’ll enjoy live music, delicious local seafood, and signature cocktails as you catch beads from the waves of the bay. It’s one of the most-anticipated Mardi Gras events in Gulf Shores!

The City of Orange Beach will hold its annual parade on Saturday, February 10 at 5:30pm along the same Perdido Beach Blvd. route. For a family-friendly Mardi Gras event, head over to The Wharf on Monday, February 12 for “Moon Pies On Main”, an evening festival that begins at 4pm with a kid and pet parade and is followed by a full-fledged Mardi Gras street party at 6pm.

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party

Flora-Bama, Orange Beach, AL
April 26-28, 2024

This legendary beach party sees thousands of beach-lovers come together to enjoy listening to live music, relaxing on the gulf coast beaches, and throwing mullets (the fish, not the hairstyle) across the Alabama-Florida state line. Attendees enjoy signature cocktails, delicious local seafood, and plenty of fun beach activities. All proceeds benefit local youth organizations, and it’s only $20 to toss a mullet (and you get a sweet t-shirt). The annual Mullet Toss is one of the most highly anticipated events in Orange Beach for those who love a great beach party.

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
May 3-5, 202

Serve up some fun at the 2024 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores. Named the “Best New Event” for collegiate beach volleyball by SportsTravel in 2016, this beachfront competition features 17 championship teams that will try to serve, spike, and score their way to the championship volleyball spot. Come out to enjoy competitive fun and stunning Gulf views as you support our youth sports teams on some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Don’t miss one of the most exciting events in Gulf Shores for beach volleyball-loving fans.

Hangout Music Fest

The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL
May 17-19, 2024

Interested in seeing your favorite Grammy-winning artists and bands as you soak up some sun and surf on some of the most beautiful beaches in the country? Then Hangout Music Fest is for you! It’s one of the hottest music events in Gulf Shores! This renowned three-day festival features some of the most popular music groups in the country, playing live on stages that sit front-row on the sandy shores of Gulf Shores.

Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
May 14-19, 2024

The 28th annual Billfish Classic offers more than $1 million in prize money and national bragging rights to those who haul in the largest catch. Join anglers from all over the country and set your sights on your own personal Moby Dick (or at least the biggest billfish in the Gulf) as you compete in one (or all) of five high-profile fishing tournaments with your team. Even if you’re not on board, there’s plenty of food and fun to be had onshore as watchers wait to see a record-breaking catch at one of the biggest fishing events in Orange Beach!

Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf

The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL
July 10-14, 202

Recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, the annual Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf is “The Greatest Show In Sportfishing!” More than 60 of the best big game fishing teams in the world are invited to Orange Beach to test their reels against the biggest Marlin in the Gulf for over $1.5 million in prize money. Thousands of fans gather at The Wharf’s entertainment district each year to watch the broadcasted weigh-ins, enjoy good food and custom cocktails, and celebrate the victors. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or just looking for a good time, you’ll find plenty of both at this one-of-a-kind event.

Shrimp Fest

Gulf Shores Public Beach, Gulf Shores, AL
October 10-13, 2024

Join more than 300,000 of your closest friends at this delish four-day festival dedicated to one of our favorite crustaceans. Over 10,000 pounds of shrimp will be fried, grilled, sauteed and stuffed each day, making it a guarantee that you’ll find a new favorite dish. Enjoy more than 80 hours of live music, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, a full-scale kids play village – and of course, all of the seafood you can stomach. It’s one of the biggest events in Gulf Shores, so don’t miss it!

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
November 7-17, 2024

Wind your way through some of the best music venues on Alabama’s beaches as you celebrate the talent and ingenuity of some of the best songwriters in the business. This exciting 11-day event features music from more than 200 talented songwriters in over two dozen venues all along the Alabama Gulf Coast. You’ll enjoy original songs from aspiring musicians and songwriters, as well as a unique opportunity to hear about their creation straight from the source.

Plan your 2024 vacation around some of the biggest and best events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Reserve your Orange Beach condo directly through Spectrum Resorts to enjoy 10% off dining and retail outlets and a host of other perks.

Top 10 Fall Events in Orange Beach for 2023

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.

2023 Fall Events in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

2023 Blue Angels Practice Schedule

Aug. 1, 16, 22, 23, 29
Sept. 6, 12, 19
Oct. 8, 24, 25

All practices start at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
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

OWA’s Labor Day Weekend Party

Sept. 1-3, 2023
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535

If you haven’t celebrated a holiday on the Gulf Coast, you’re missing out! Join OWA Sept. 1-3 for a full weekend of less work and more play with daily activities for all ages. Start the fun on Friday with a family scavenger hunt and hot dog eating contest. Saturday is stacked with a classic car show, a live outdoor concert, and a fireworks show at the end of the night. Head back on Sunday to enjoy kids activities, more live music shows, and browse the boutique shops of downtown OWA. For more information on daily schedules, visit the event website.

2023 Bulls on the Beach

Sept. 7-9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Perdido Key, FL 32507

Dust off your cowboy hat and head to the beach Sept. 7-9 for an unforgettable bull riding show. This event hosts bull riders from across the country and is a 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.

Orange Beach Freedom Fest

Oct. 6-7, 2023
The Wharf in Orange Beach
4830 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

If you love fast cars and freedom, don’t miss the 3rd annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest and Bama Coast Cruisin’ Car Show. Head to the Wharf Oct. 6-7 to view cool and classic automobiles, enjoy live music, browse vendor booths and more. This event is family-friendly (check out the on-site Kids Zone!) and free to the public.

Flora-Bama Oktoberfest

Oct. 9, 2023
Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar
17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507

Break out your lederhosen for the Flora-Bama’s Oktoberfest. 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 4 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!


50th Annual National Shrimp Festival

Oct. 12-15, 2023
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. 12-15. 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.

Original German Sausage Festival

Oct. 28, 2023
Elberta Town Park
13052 Main Street, Elberta, AL 36530

Hot Dog! Get your fill of authentic German sausage and sauerkraut at this tasty food festival. Thousands of foodies fill the town each year to sample yummy German cuisine, browse over 200 arts and crafts booths, enjoy live music and take part in family fun. Be sure to try Elberta’s famous sausage dog (ask for One With and Two Without) and take home a local trinket; event proceeds benefit the town fire department!

Experience the Oyster

Nov. 3-4, 2023
The Hangout
101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL

You just can’t miss this seafood shell-ebration. Back for its 2nd year, Experience the Oyster is a culinary showcase of delicious Gulf Coast seafood made by renowned chefs from across the country. Feast on raw and cooked oysters fresh from local farms (be sure to try the butter babies from Murder Point Oysters), listen to live music, attend cooking demos and catch the game on the big screen. Not a fan of oysters? Shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya and more are also on the menu.

2023 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show

Nov. 3-4, 2023
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. 3-4. 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.

39th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

Nov. 9-19, 2023
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. 9 and 19. 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.

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.

Easy Fly-In Options for an Orange Beach Vacation

Travelers, both domestic and international, are beginning to uncover one of Alabama’s most beautiful treasures–the Gulf Coast beaches. With several airports within an hour’s drive of Orange Beach, it’s easier than ever to experience Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

Airports Near Orange Beach

There are great options for airports near Orange Beach, but depending on where you are coming from and what airline you choose, pricing can be different. Below are a few choices for consideration.

Gulf Shores International Airport (JKA)

The closest airport to Orange Beach is Gulf Shores International Airport – Jack Edwards Field (JKA), only 15 minutes from Orange Beach (nine miles) via Alabama’s Coastal Connection. JKA is a small airport with fewer airline options, mostly private flights catering to business travelers and those with a second home in the area. However, JKA is currently working with TBI/VINCI Airports to construct a new commercial terminal that could welcome flights by late summer 2023. JKA offers three car rental companies including Hertz and Enterprise, limo and taxi service, as well as ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Pensacola International Airport (PNS)

Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is 57 minutes away from Orange Beach (30 miles) via FL-292 W. Most major airlines fly to Pensacola from a variety of U.S. cities, and you will find eight rental car companies at PNS including many popular ones like Hertz, U-Save, National and Budget. Also available is the Pensacola Airport Shuttle to or from Orange Beach for a flat rate of $75.

If you want added convenience, PNS offers nonstop flights to more than 15 U.S. Cities:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Queens, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) is an hour and twenty minutes from Orange Beach (70 miles) via I-10 W. American Airlines, Delta and United all fly into MOB, with nonstop flights to four major hubs. Once you arrive at MOB, there are multiple options for ground transportation including seven rental car companies, taxi and limo service, and ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Non-stop flights to Mobile Regional Airport (MOB):

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas

Mobile International Airport (BFM)

Mobile International Airport (BFM) is the Gulf Coast’s newest airport terminal, located an hour and seven minutes from Orange Beach (58 miles) via I-10 W. With a convenient location near downtown Mobile, BFM makes it easy to access Orange Beach with six rental car companies and ride share service on-site. Although the site is still under construction, plans are underway to relocate all commercial flights from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to BFM by mid 2025. And flights are already in the works – starting May 1, 2023, Avelo Airlines will offer exclusive nonstop service to Orlando, Florida (MCO) from BFM two days per week.

Non-stop flights to Mobile International Airport (BFM):

  • Orlando, Florida

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Another option is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), located slightly more than 200 miles away (3 hours and 10 minutes) via I-10 W. Major airlines fly into MSY and ground transportation is plentiful with taxis, buses, shuttles and major rental car companies (Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz, to name a few). Many travelers take advantage of sometimes lower rates to fly into New Orleans and enjoy a little time there before making their way to Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

MSY hosts 16 airlines that serve over 50 nonstop destinations, including:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • New York, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois

For a full list of nonstop flights to MSY, visit the airport website.

For more detailed information on nonstop flights in the area, visit our blog.

Before Flying into Orange Beach

Take the hassle out of your vacation by utilizing the Beach Moms Concierge Service available to Spectrum Resorts guests. The Beach Moms are well-known in Orange Beach for their attention to detail. Services they offer include grocery shopping and putting away prior to arrival, and restaurant and excursion reservations. They can also reserve beach chairs and schedule cabana rentals by the pool just for starters.

Getting Around

Orange Beach offers big-city amenities when it comes to local transportation. There are rideshares like Uber and Lyft, taxi services and, the most convenient, rental cars at the airport when you fly in.

Balcony Hot Tub

Turquoise Place Amenities

Turquoise Place offers visitors access to beautiful spaces in gorgeous high-rise buildings showcasing 3- to 5-bedroom condos that include fully appointed kitchens, spacious rooms, washer/dryers, Gulf-front views, oversized balconies with personal hot tubs and grilling stations plus so much more. There are also plenty of on-property perks like the poolside bar and grill (open seasonally) that serves beach eats and drinks, tennis courts, three outdoor pools, two indoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and a playground. The beach itself is such a gem with sugar-white sand beaches juxtaposing amazing turquoise waters. You’ll never want to leave!

Book direct with Spectrum Resorts and eliminate the risk factors with the only 100% Satisfaction Guarantee in the area. Guests can enjoy a no-worry experience creating peace of mind that’s simply irreplaceable.

As visitors discover the beauty of Alabama’s stunning, unspoiled beaches, they additionally realize the value of this coastal community’s properties like Turquoise Place, scrumptious restaurants, and the myriad of activities and excursions available. All of these factors compel travelers to not only drive in for a nice getaway, but also consider flying in, both domestically and internationally, for a spectacular beach destination bar none.

Search our available Orange Beach rentals today and see why Turquoise Place continues to be a favorite among travelers.

An Easy Guide to Getting Around Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

As your partner in paradise, Turquoise Place is always looking to provide advice that helps you enjoy an amazing experience on the Alabama Gulf Coast. We recently asked our followers to share their most pressing questions about the area – and you didn’t disappoint! We got so many great answers that we can’t wait to cover, starting with this great question:

“Are there any taxis, Ubers, or other car services to go to restaurants and attractions?”

We’re glad you asked! Transportation isn’t one of the most fun parts of planning a trip, but it’s extremely important if you aren’t bringing your own car. Some of the most wonderful parts of our area aren’t easily walked to, even from a convenient location like Turquoise Place!

Luckily, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have you covered for car services. There are a variety of ways to get around the area that can help you explore everything with ease!

Taxis in Orange Beach

First, let’s talk Taxis. There are several local taxi services that can easily and affordably transport your group to any destination in our area. Companies like Ms. Mary Taxi Service or A-1 Taxi Service provide 24/7 service to all the local areas and can even make some recommendations of their own.  Coast Cab is another great option that offers easy online scheduling, fast response times and family-friendly service.

Shuttle Service in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

If you’re traveling with a larger group, you may want to select a shuttle service. Coastal Express Shuttle is a local company that uses multi-passenger vans to transport large and small groups across the area. They even offer pre-set excursions to some of the area’s best acts and entertainment – some with prices that include show tickets and onboard snacks!

Gulf Coast Tours is another great choice that offers a line of comfortable coach buses with great features like onboard Wifi, restroom facilities, and satellite TV.  You can even reserve a luxurious limousine to paint the town in proper style!

Ridesharing in Orange Beach

Uber and Lyft both operate in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, offering easy rideshare options to those who want to explore economically. These types of transportation are extremely convenient, allowing you to request a ride right from your device by downloading the company app. Simply type in your location and desired destination to have a certified driver pick you up in front of your Turquoise Place condo.

Of course, Turquoise Place is so packed with great amenities and activities that you may never want to leave! Just in case, tuck these transportation services away for your next trip to our relaxing resort!

Travel Tips for Flying to Orange Beach

I’m a land-locked beach lover stuck in Ohio – so every chance I get – I run to the airport and make the quick flight path to Pensacola, Florida. All to get to my favorite destination: Orange Beach, Alabama. Why? Because I’m two steps from the beach at my favorite spot – Turquoise Place!

Here are a few travel tips:

Turquoise Place in Orange Beach

Why Turquoise Place?

I’m currently planning my next trip – this time with my BFF – and we looked at other destinations – but I knew – I wanted to come back to Orange Beach and Turquoise Place!

Everything I love is in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! The food, the drinks, the fun – I have all my favorite places I can’t wait to go back to!

There’s always something new!

Every visit, I’ve found someplace new to visit! I discovered the Pink Pony Pub on my last visit – um – yes please! #beachdrinks

Outdoor Pools at Turquoise Place Orange Beach Alabama

Turquoise Place is perfection!

These condos are really a destination in themselves. The beach is right there. There are great places to eat, multiple indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, gym, and more – plus the condos are incredible. The view – the hot tub – it’s just amazing! A quick trip to the grocery and you’re set for the week! And, if you use The Beach Moms exclusive concierge package for Spectrum Resorts guests, then you don’t even have to go to the store.

Another plus? If you do feel the need to venture out – you’re a quick Uber ride from all the best restaurants and attractions.

How do I Get to Orange Beach?

For me – It’s all about “de plane de plane!” I’m not a fan of driving more than 3-4 hours and, unfortunately, that will not get me to a beach! So, I fly! For me, it’s easiest to fly into Pensacola. They have a good selection of affordable flights and they’re always on-time (knock on wood). There’s no direct flights from Cincinnati – but other cities are lucky enough to have direct flights.

While I can’t go direct – it’s typically a quick layover and if I leave in the morning – I’m toes in the sand that afternoon! THAT is a vacation win!

How do I get around Orange Beach?

Rental Car
When I’m going on my own or like this upcoming BFF trip – I’ll rent a car. I have so many favorite restaurants and activities I want to do – a rental car makes it super easy. Plus – my BFF is flying in from Iowa – so we’re timing the flights so we can meet up in Pensacola and jump in the rental car together! GIRLS TRIP!

Other visits, I meet up with my friend that lives a few hours away – so she drives in. For those trips, I grab an Uber from the Pensacola International Airport to Turquoise Place. It’s a relaxing ride and I chat up with my driver to find a new place that is a must-stop place!

Plus, if you’re mainly just hanging at out at the resort you can always find an Uber to head to the fun can’t-miss adventures like the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo or one of the dolphin cruises.

All in all, traveling to Orange Beach by air is easy and Turquoise Place always helps me make sure that I have sand between my toes as quickly as possible! (Don’t forget to reserve those beach chairs!)

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is the voice behind Food Hussy, a food and travel blog since 2008. Heather shares about her travels, great eats and copycat recipes from the destinations she visits on her website. Follow Heather’s travels on her website and social media.

9 Reasons Parents Love Turquoise Place

It’s hard to imagine being bored at the beach, but if you’re traveling with kids it’s bound to happen. While adults can spend hours just sitting in the sand, kids are all about exciting entertainment – and you can only sell building sandcastles for so long.

That’s why Turquoise Place is the perfect spot for your family beach vacation. Our luxury beachfront resort is made to please every member of your group, from the tiniest tot to those ill-tempered teens (and even you moms and dads). You’ll find family fun, great kids activities, outdoor games, and plenty of other options to keep everyone occupied.

Here are nine reasons parents love Turquoise Place.

1. The Spectrum Club Lounge

Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t always shine on the shore. If your trip gets a surprise shower, rest assured that the Spectrum Club Lounge has you (and your kids) covered. It’s packed with plenty of indoor fun for all ages: gaming consoles, pool and ping-pong tables, family board games, and more.

2. Amazing Activities

If your kids get sick of swimming (it does happen), Turquoise Place offers a range of on-site activities during summer that are fun for all ages:

Before you arrive, download our weekly resort guide to get a glance at what’s going on during your trip.

3. Mocktails & Menus

Parents of picky eaters, rejoice! Our poolside bar and grill offers kid-friendly menu options to delight the pickiest palettes. You can even order a fun and fancy mocktail.

Turquoise Place Lazy River Orange Beach

4. Options to Play Your Way

You’ll never hear “there’s nothing to do!” at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. Our resort features a number of ways to play the day away that are guaranteed to engage and entertain every member of your family. Our beautiful stretch of beach is always an option, but you can also splash in one of our indoor or outdoor pools, float the lazy river, or play on our newly renovated playground.

5. Fun Family Games

It’s fun and games for every guest at Turquoise Place! You’ll find friendly ways to get in the game scattered throughout the resort, from life-sized chess and checker boards to poolside cornhole boards and more.

6. Convenient Cabanas

Our convenient cabanas mean no lugging your littles back to the condo for that much-needed afternoon nap. Each one has everything you need for a re-energizing rest: air-conditioning, flat screen TV, a full bathroom, and an easy view of the main outdoor pool to keep watch on the rest of your crew.

Cabana 8 Retail at Turquoise Place Resort Orange Beach Alabama

7. Cabana 8

Forgot your pool toys and floats/sunscreen/extras? We got you covered! Cabana 8 has all of your beach essentials just steps from the pool so you can get your gear without disrupting the kids’ fun.

Lunch Change of Pace

8. Delicious Dining

After a full day of fun in the sun, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove. Turquoise Place makes it easy to skip the long restaurant lines and still enjoy a delicious family meal! Change of Pace is open until 8 p.m. (seasonally) for casual poolside dining, or you can book a private chef with our premium Beach Moms concierge package.

Treat the kids to snow cones.

9. Snow Cones

When temps (and tempers) rise, chill out with a delicious poolside snow cone.

8 Ways to Refocus on Yourself in 2021

As we enter a new year, 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 wellbeing 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 available to help you make the most of your beach time. New boardwalks with ramp creates an easier way to transport your gear to the sand, too.

Turquoise Place anticipates re-opening all its swimming pools this spring, including three outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, two indoor pools, and the lazy river. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. It gets your heart rate up, builds endurance, helps maintain a healthy weight, and tones muscles. It’s a great all-over body workout.

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. These amenities will also reopen in spring 2021.

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.

Find your Zen with a beach yoga session. Nothing centers your soul quite like a quiet morning of focus and reflection. 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 and have a pantry of healthy choices waiting delivered 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.

7 Festive Reasons to Spend Christmas in Orange Beach

Plan a worry-free holiday during everyone’s favorite time of year. With a spectacular beach, pleasant temperatures and plenty of holiday activities, you’re sure to have a very, merry visit. If you decide to venture out, check out some of our favorite events for Christmas in Orange Beach.

Events for Christmas in Orange Beach

Have you ever experienced a man-made blizzard made of ping pong balls? You can this year when the Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade & Holiday Celebration takes place on Dec. 11. The parade rolls at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the season. The holiday spirit carries on as events continue at Sims Park where families can visit with Santa, enjoy holiday treats and experience that blizzard.

Get some Christmas shopping knocked out during Holly Days on Main at The Wharf on Dec. 11-12. Vendors will line Main Street with unique holiday gifts. There will be music and dance performances and even an appearance by Santa Claus!

Lace-up a pair of ice skates at The Wharf and take a spin around the ice. It’s a whole different way to experience a white Christmas in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Follow it up with a mug of piping hot cocoa at The Southern Grind for the perfect day.

On Dec. 11, see St. Nick skydive onto the sand during the annual Santa Drop at the Flora-Bama. Free sweets, hot chocolate and juice will be available for kids. But don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of Bushwackers at the bar for those of age. Bring the whole family to enjoy the activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Dec. 11, enjoy a highlight of the holiday season with the 35th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Held the second Saturday each December, the decorated fleet leaves at 5 p.m. from LuLu’s in Gulf Shores and ends at about 8:30 p.m. at Cobalt in Orange Beach. Watch the parade from one of the restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway or set up chairs and view the festively lighted boats from the banks of the Canal.

New Year Events in Orange Beach

Watch for details about the annual Reelin’ in the New Year at The Wharf on Dec. 31.

Splash into the New Year with a Polar Bear Dip on Jan. 1 at either the Flora-Bama or The Hangout. It’s a great way to start 2021, Gulf Coast-style.

You can always just stay right at Turquoise Place, sipping cocoa, enjoying the view from your spacious balcony or baking holiday goodies. After all, the condos are equipped with gourmet kitchens that you can put to use. There’s even grocery delivery available.

Leave all the holiday stress behind when you book a beach vacation. You’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations while creating wonderful family memories.

Top 6 Things We’re Thankful for at Turquoise Place

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been an eventful year. While most of us may feel like we’ve gone through the ringer this year, we realize that there is so much to be thankful for. As we prepare for our reopening to guests on Nov. 22, we’re taking time to reflect on the unique challenges and the year, most especially Hurricane Sally, and what we are most grateful for at Spectrum Resorts and Turquoise Place.

1.  Dedicated Team Members

At Turquoise Place, our team members are the have the best of the best. After the storm passed, we watched our team shine as they willingly accepted new tasks and traded their dress shoes for work boots and hard hats. Their commitment to reopening was reflected in their hard work and determination to welcome you back as soon as possible.

2. Safety of Our Team Members

You never truly know what to expect when a hurricane is coming your way. If you are a local on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you know the basics of storm preparation. However, storms don’t always follow the forecast and that was certainly the case when it came to Hurricane Sally. The hurricane made landfall as a much stronger storm than anticipated and moved slowly over our area causing more damage than was expected. Some team members remained onsite throughout the storm, and we are grateful for their safety and the safety of our guests. Team members rose to the occasion, assisting guests who rode out the storm onsite. After Hurricane Sally, our team quickly adapted to new job requirements. These new tasks came with new hazards while working in a construction zone. We are so grateful for the safety of our team members and those who are working hard to welcome you back to Orange Beach.

3. First Responders, Utility Workers, and Construction Crews

This year has had more than its fair share of challenges, but one thing we can say for sure is that we have an immense level of love and appreciation for our essential workers and first responders. The eyewall of the storm had barely passed when we started to see first responders, utility workers, and construction crews rolling in to assist us and our neighbors. It was a beautiful sight to see and reassuring to know that these workers were prepared and ready to help. Many of these people worked long hours for weeks after the storm to help get businesses up and running. These dedicated workers deserve our sincerest thanks!

4. Compassionate Owners

Our condo owners are the very best you’ll find. Many of the owners personally donated funds to help our displaced team members. We are in awe of their kindness and compassion and are truly blessed to be connected with such thoughtful people.

5. Loyal Guests

Girls playing on Alabama's Beaches

We love to see our loyal guests return each year for their family vacations and nothing is more disappointing than having to postpone those vacations.  As you can imagine, there is nothing that makes us happier than to see our guests rescheduling their vacations after patiently waiting during the COVID beach closures and the recovery of Hurricane Sally. We can’t wait to see you again beginning Nov. 22, when the resort will reopen in all her splendor!

6. White Sandy Beaches

Turquoise Place in Orange Beach

Even as we work to reopen, we are grateful for the beautiful views and tranquility offered by our white-sand beaches. We invite you back to put your toes in the sand this coming spring and summer and continue creating happy memories at Turquoise Place.

There is always something to be thankful for and, at Turquoise Place, we know that it is impossible to include everything on this list. As we move into the holiday season, there won’t be anything we’re more thankful for than our beloved guests returning. We can’t wait to see you!

4 Fun Pitstops for Your Turquoise Place Roadtrip

No matter where you’re traveling from to get to Alabama’s beautiful white-sand beaches, there are unique stops along the way where you can stretch your legs, experience history, and maybe even grab a sweet treat!

1. The Hank Williams Museum

If you’re coming from Atlanta, Georgia or the Huntsville/Montgomery, Alabama area, The Hank Williams Museum is a must-see! Born in Butler County, Alabama, Hank Williams is considered to be one of the most influential and successful country stars to ever live. The Hank William Museum pays tribute to this country icon with 6,000 square feet of exhibits that show off his boots, hats, awards, horse saddle, albums, furniture, portraits – and everyone’s favorite – Hank’s 1952 baby blue Cadillac. Not only is visiting the museum a unique experience, but it’s an educational one too. The Hank Williams Museum is a hidden gem you don’t want to miss!

2. Priester’s Pecans

If you’re traveling from the same areas mentioned above, Priester’s Pecans is the yummiest place to stop on your way down Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! Priester’s Pecans boasts an in-house candy factory, ensuring all of their sweet treats are always fresh. If you’ve got a four-legged pal traveling with you, their large dog park is the perfect place for them to stretch their legs. The dog park, however, is not fenced in, so you’ll need to have your pup’s leash ready to go. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love Priester’s too. They offer restrooms as well as roadtrip toys, gifts, and of course, candy your children will love! One of the unique things about Priester’s is a viewing window where you can watch them make these delectable treats. Just head up the stairs (an elevator is available), and gaze into the candy kitchen through their massive balcony windows. You might even get a wave from one of the candy chefs!

3. The USS Alabama Battleship Park

For all of the beachgoers coming from Mississippi or Louisiana, The USS Alabama is an unforgettable experience for the entire family! This massive ship helped win World War II in the north Atlantic and the Pacific. It was home to 2,500 brave soldiers during the war but now rests in quiet Mobile Bay. For a small fee, you can tour the boat, learning what life was like for the navy men that called it home. Explore the sleeping quarters, eating area, medical offices and so much more aboard this fascinating boat. If you’ve got time to spare, check out the submarine located on the museum grounds. You’ll see what it was like to share that small space with several people, learn about how submarines were used during the war, and experience what it was like to live underwater for many months at a time. With such a broad array of things to do at The USS Alabama, this museum is perfect for any age!

4. The Mobile Carnival Museum

If you’re coming from Mississippi or Louisiana, but aren’t too keen on visiting the USS Alabama, The Mobile Carnival Museum may be a better option for you. Located in the birthplace of Mardi Gras, this museum is home to several exhibits that educate visitors on the rich cultural history of this tradition. At the museum you’ll learn about float construction and costume design, view the robes, scepters, crowns of the Mardi Gras Monarchy, watch videos of parades and Mardi Gras Balls, and so much more! Located in the heart of downtown Mobile, you’ll find delicious restaurants nearby to satisfy your appetite and beautiful parks to stretch your legs. The museum is a great way to break up your trip and educate your family on the history of this great city!

As soon as you get to Turquoise Place, the stress of travel simply melts away. Finish shaking off your travels with a soak in your private, balcony hot tub. Whether you’re here for one weekend or one week, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to sit back and unwind at Turquoise Place after your roadtrip.