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!

6 Ways to Make the Beach Your Classroom

If you’re distance learning, virtual schooling, or homeschooling or roadschooling this year, things probably look a lot different for your family. Maybe you’re searching for creative ways to teach the kids, or maybe you just need to get outdoors for a while. Regardless of how you school, there’s no better place to do it than on Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

If you’re wondering how to pull off schooling your kids in a non-traditional environment, check out this list of 6 Ways to Make the Beach Your Classroom.

1.  Take Your Kids on a Guided Pier Walk

Gulf Coast Pier

Gulf State Pier (handicap accessible) is a must see when visiting Gulf Shores, so why not make it educational? Gulf State Park offers tours free of charge, though you will have to pay to access the pier. During this tour you’ll learn about the eco-systems of the Gulf, observe fisherman, be educated on species of birds and fish, and so much more! The pier is a half-mile walk there and back, making it accessible to even the littlest of learners. If you’ve got older kids, check out Gulf State Park’s Angler Academy, where you’ll learn how to saltwater fish!

*Note: The pier is undergoing renovations currently, but is scheduled to reopen in August 2020.

2. Visit Historic Fort Morgan, Alabama

Historic Fort Morgan

Just a short drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Historic Fort Morgan is rich in history and fun! Fort Morgan was used throughout several wars, making it a unique destination to learn about those who came before us, and the battles that were fought to protect our area. Be sure to stop in the onsite museum and talk with historians, as well as pick up a map of the grounds. Guided tours are also available. The Fort has several areas where you can picnic, as well as let the kids play. If you decide to visit the Fort, plan to stay all day; it’s a wonderful experience to be able to watch the sunset over beautiful Mobile Bay!

3. Take a field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

The beach is the ideal location to dive deep and learn about marine biology. At Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the public aquarium is a great place to learn everything you need to know about the critters you’re swimming with in the Gulf! If you’d like to go a little more in-depth, join one of their Boardwalk Talks where you’ll learn how you can help preserve coastal and oceanic ecosystems.

*Note: As of August 2020, due to Covid-19, guests are required to wear a mask and must schedule their tour ahead of their visit.

4. Embark on a Dolphin Cruise

Dolphin Cruise in Orange Beach

Though a dolphin cruise may just sound like another activity to entertain the kids, it’s far from it! Dolphin cruises are a wonderful opportunity to explore the calm back bays of the area and learn about local wildlife. Most captains are happy to answer any questions you may have, and some even have information and facts they will share throughout the journey! Dolphin cruises are family-friendly, and oftentimes have bathrooms on-board if you’re worried about younger kids. Most cruise staff welcome small coolers with drinks and snacks for your convenience. These cruises are a fun and engaging way to learn about aquatic animals, and you and your kids will no doubt have an amazing time!

5.  Stop by Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley

If your kids want to learn a little more about the reptiles that call our sunny climate home, check out Alligator Alley. Your journey begins on an elevated boardwalk that will lead you to the habitat of more than 450 alligators! What’s the first thing you see? Baby gators! These cute little creatures are so much fun to watch, and you’ll even have the opportunity to hold one, if you’d like. As you continue down the boardwalk, you’ll see adult alligators, and you won’t believe how big they are! Along with these creatures, you may also see turtles, snakes, Osprey, Bullfrogs and even owls. If you’d like to see the alligators feed, you can watch at 11 a.m., at 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. This activity is handicap accessible.

6.  Visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is one of the most popular family attractions in the region. Also known as the “Little Zoo” for its starring role in the 2006 hit documentary series, “The Little Zoo That Could” on Animal Planet, this non-profit zoological park is not just a little community zoo; it’s home to more than 199 species, 31 sub-species, and haven to eight endangered species. The zoo is about a mile from the beach and sits adjacent to a protected nature reserve. Tucked just off the main highway, visitors feel like they have entered a tropical urban oasis filled with intriguing sounds from their rich diversity of exotic animals. Whether it’s the distinctive call from their peacocks, chatter from the monkeys, or the occasional roar from one of their lions, you are instantly transported out of life’s hustle and bustle and into a peaceful nature setting. With wide pathways spread out over seven and a half acres, the zoo has shaded picnic areas, rest stops and benches, a seasonal concession stand, and a gift shop filled with awesome animal-themed merchandise. Voted the “#1 Zoo in Alabama” two times, they offer more than your typical zoo experience. Their friendly staff wants your trip to be as educational as possible, so they are always available to answer your questions. A trip to The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is a field trip like no other!

With so many unique learning experiences, there are plenty of ways to roadschool when you book it to the beach. Enjoy a whole different kind of recess when you bring your family to Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. The resort is just a short drive from every activity listed, making it easy for you to make the beach your classroom. So, what are you waiting for? School is in session!

Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Events in 2020

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2020. From colorful parades to evening Mardi Gras masquerades, there’s plenty to do in and around Orange Beach for Mardi Gras!

Discover the best Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and festivities happening in 2020!

Lulu’s Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball | February 19, 2020

When: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Lulu’s annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball will have everyone dressed in their Mardi Gras best. Dance along to live music by the Tin Tops, a full buffet, and an open bar included with your ticket. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (251) 967-5858. Head to Lulu’s in Gulf Shores for this over-the-top Mardi Gras extravaganza!

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Starts: 2:00 pm

The 2020 Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade will continue the rich tradition of Fat Tuesday celebrations. Thousands of onlookers have been on hand in years past to witness the many floats and costumes during the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 pm east of Phoenix West, making its way down a two-mile stretch to Highway 161. Get there early to find the best seating so you can see all of the excitement!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Starts: 10:00 am

Take the short drive west to Gulf Shores for the 41st Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade! Since 1978, the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade has adorned the streets of Gulf Shores with vibrant floats, costumes, and more, bringing smiles and excitement to spectators every year. This year’s parade will begin at 10 am on Fat Tuesday. Stay tuned for more information!

pink mardi gras mask on yellow background

The Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade | Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Starts: 6:30 pm

For years, The Mystical Order of Mirams has hosted a Mardi Gras parade that has brought excitement and cheer to all spectators. Including local organizations, this parade features a bevy of participants in vibrantly designed floats and costumes. Head to Perdido Beach Boulevard between Phoenix West and Highway 161 to find a spot for this Orange Beach Mardi Gras celebration! The parade begins at 6:30 pm, Friday, Feb. 21.

The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball

When: Friday, Feb. 25, 2020, following the Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade

After the Mirams Mardi Gras Parade, head over to the Orange Beach Event Center for The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade | Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

Starts: 6:00 pm

Watch as the Mystics of Pleasure roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard on motorcycles, floats, and more for this year’s Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.

The Wharf Mardi Gras Kid & Pet Parade | Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Stay tuned for more information!

Lulu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade | Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

When: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; the boat parade starts at 3:00 pm

Lulu’s in Gulf Shores will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a boat parade and an anniversary, and you’re invited! The day will be jam-packed with fun and excitement, including live music, tons of delicious food, and complimentary cake! The boat parade will set sail at 3:00 pm from The Wharf, making its way towards Lulu’s and Homeport Marina. After the boat parade, the party will continue with live music and much more!

Book your Orange Beach Mardi Gras vacation and get in on the Carnival fun!

Best Spots in Orange Beach for Local Flavor

Vacations are a time to rest and relax, but they can also be a time to explore and experience the local flavor of your destination. And, by flavor, we don’t just mean all the great beach eats in Orange Beach. We’re talking about what makes this beachside city tick – from restaurants to attractions to the people who live and play here. With that in mind, check out some of our favorite spots to dive into coastal culture, whether it’s with your taste buds or your walking shoes.

Eats & Drinks

The Gulf

27500 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 424-1800

The Gulf is certainly one of the best spots in Orange Beach for local flavor. The hip design is built around shipping containers for environmental stability, their vibe is chic yet casual, and forget being waterfront – this charming restaurant is on its own beach! Enjoy a cocktail with your toes in the sand, get to know the locals at a communal table, or grab a spot near the firepit in the evening. The menu features fresh, local seafood and changes daily. If you’re looking for local flavor, you’ve got to stop here first.

Hangout Gulf Shores

The Hangout

101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-3030

This popular spot is known as a great place to do just that – hangout! Located right on the beach, this family-friendly restaurant features an open design that feels perfect for the coast. Venture out into the courtyard for live music, a kid’s play area, games, foam parties and more! When you’re ready for a bite, check out the large menu and indulge in a customizable cocktail. Order up a Wipe Out Burger while you’re there. It’s on the list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die! Local flavor? Absolutely!

The Royal Oyster

807 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 923-4882

If you really want to taste some local flavor then you’ve got to try raw oysters – and there’s no better place to do it than The Royal Oyster. This quaint waterfront dive serves up oysters and cocktails from all over the country, as well as, from local oyster farmers. Navy Cove Oysters and Shellbank Selects are both served here and are straight out of Fort Morgan. Customize your oysters with their impressive topping selection – they have everything from gin to housemade pickled watermelon rind. There’s also fresh seafood and burgers for the oysterphobes. Order a flight and try several different preparations.

The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package

17401 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
(850) 492-0611

No Orange Beach vacation is complete without a trip to the last, great American roadhouse, Flora-Bama Lounge & Package. It ranks high on our list of best spots in Orange Beach for local flavor. This historic dive bar has been voted one of the best beach bars in the world and it stands for all things Alabama coast – delicious cocktails, live music, beachfront views and a heaping helping of Southern hospitality. You can grab a bite at one of their three food spots, jam to tunes on one of their five stages, or enjoy the beach sunset. Just don’t forget to try out the world-famous bushwhacker before you go – it’s the official cocktail mascot of Alabama’s beaches!

The Big Beach Brewing Company

300 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-2337

If you’re looking for a taste of local craft brews, this one’s for you. Beach Beach Brewing Company is located in the heart of Gulf Shores and crafts everything from IPAs and Stouts to Cream Ales and Belgian Style Beers. They always have 12 housemade beers on tap in their comfortable taproom, so be sure to stop by and sample some local brewskis. You’ll know you’re hanging out with the locals when 5 p.m. rolls around. A popular spot for post-work talk and relaxation, you can strike up a conversation and get locals intel on what to do and where to go during your Gulf Shores vacation.

Arts & Culture

The Hot Shop Orange Beach

The Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach

26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-2787

This waterfront art center gives you a glimpse into the local arts of Orange Beach – and then lets you take part in the fun! View the gallery of local works, try your hand at glassblowing at The Hot Shop, or take a turn at the clay wheel in the Clay Studio. The center also offers a variety of art classes for crafters of all ages.

Sand Castle University

(251) 600-9771

What better way to immerse yourself in the local beach culture than to leave your mark with a killer sandcastle? The masters at Sand Castle University will come to your spot of sand at Turquoise Place and show you all the tips and tricks of building the perfect sandcastle. Their classes are great for all ages and include all of the tools you’ll need to make your sand creation.

South Baldwin Community Theater

2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-6721
If you’re looking for a live representation of local flavor, check out the South Baldwin Community Theater. This nonprofit organization uses a local cast and community volunteers to put on dynamic and entertaining shows. Their lineup ranges from southern classics like Steel Magnolias to well-known hits like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. If you want to see your favorite acts with a Gulf Coast touch, be sure to stop by and enjoy the show.

Outdoor Activities

Best Spots in Orange Beach

Gulf State Park Pier

20800 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 967-3474

Fishing is a staple on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and there’s no better place to fish your fill than at the Gulf State Park Pier. The pier is the second longest on the Gulf of Mexico and has 2,448 feet of fishing space so you’re sure to have enough room to snag your own Moby Dick. Be sure to befriend the salty dogs who fish the pier every day to get the best fishing tips in the area! But, don’t worry about packing heavy – you can rent your gear from the pier’s bait shop and even get your fishing license right onsite.

Fort Morgan

110 AL-180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
To really know a place, you’ve got to learn about its history. The historic Fort Morgan is an original masonry fort that played key roles in the Battle of Mobile Bay, the Spanish-American War, and both world wars. Step into Alabama history as you tour the fort, explore the local nature areas, or enjoy a picnic on the beach.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 AL-180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720

Conservation is a huge part of the Alabama Gulf Coast culture. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses some of Alabama’s last undisturbed coastal barrier habitats and provides a refuge for endangered species of birds, turtles, and more. Hike the trails or venture on a guided tour to experience the local environment in its true form and see why nature preservation is at the heart of all things Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Book your Orange Beach rental now to experience the flavors of Alabama’s white-sand beaches.

6 Things to Do for Labor Day in Orange Beach

With the last official hoorah of summer coming up, it’s time to book your vacation for Labor Day in Orange Beach.

It sure seems that the summer goes fast, and Labor Day weekend begins Friday, Sept. 4. But, no worries. There’s still time to take an Orange Beach vacation and enjoy an array of great activities. (Wait a second, did you know it’s warm well into November? That’s right! You’ve got plenty of time to keep on summering. But, we’re also celebrating a staple to beach vacationing – Labor Day in Orange Beach!)

Turquoise Place Orange Beach Grilling

Grill Out on Your Private Balcony at Turquoise Place

When we say grill out, we mean right outside your door on your own balcony. Turquoise Place is unique in that each of its spacious condos has an outdoor kitchen with gas grill. So, whether you reel in a fish from the beach or go on a charter fishing trip, you have a great set-up for cooking your catch. Or, just throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for the perfect Labor Day in Orange Beach.

Orange Beach Charter Fishing

Set A Hook

Speaking of charter fishing excursions, book one to celebrate the summer. Whether you want to fish inland or off-shore, local charter boat captains will put you on the fish during your Labor Day in Orange Beach.

Labor Day Celebration at OWA

Wrap up your summer and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with an epic fireworks show at OWA on Saturday, Sept. 3. The fireworks go off at 8:45 p.m. sharp. This show is timed perfectly with music and can be seen throughout the entire property at OWA in nearby Foley.

Address: 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535

Labor Day Car Show

Returning for its third year, the OWA Labor Day Car Show is back on Saturday, Sept. 3! Cars of all makes and models will be on display throughout the Southern-style streets of Downtown OWA. With hot rods and custom builds lining the street, this car show is picture perfect.

Address: 100 N. OWA Blvd. Foley, AL 36535

We’re Singing Your Tune

For those about to rock….Park McCollum will take the stage at The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach! Come down and also hear your favorite tunes from Corey Smith and Frank Foster.

The Wharf Address: 4550 Main St., Orange Beach, AL 36561

Games at Turquoise Place Orange Beach

Kick Back

The great thing about a beach vacation at Turquoise Place Orange Beach, is that there are plenty of activities to keep you busy without leaving the resort. Get involved in kids and family activities. And, every condo has a hot tub right on the balcony, making a perfect spot to relax and unwind.

You can also enjoy our complimentary breakfast at the Spectrum Club Lounge (a savings of $160 for four days and a family of four) and other meals poolside with Change of Pace.

Reserve a luxury, oversized condo at Turquoise Place right in the center of all the activity for Labor Day in Orange Beach.  As a guest of Spectrum Resorts, you experience a hassle-free vacation guarantee including freshly laundered coverlets with every stay, complimentary resort activities, concierge services, onsite maintenance and housekeeping, and more. 

So, come on down and enjoy Labor Day in Orange Beach!

2019’s Best Summer Orange Beach Events

When the temperature starts rising, the Orange Beach events get even hotter! Whether you want to sing along with your favorite country music singer, watch the Blue Angels’ high-flying feats or dine with pirates, you’ve got plenty of options during a vacation on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Check out some of our favorite Orange Beach events to put on your itinerary this summer.

Top Orange Beach Events for Summer 2019

Blue Angels Practice
11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday
National Museum of Naval Aviation
Throughout the summer, the Blue Angels practice for about an hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It’s free to go to the Aviation Museum to watch the practice. Seeing the jets doing their maneuvers over the Gulf is a quintessential beach experience.

Pirates and Princesses Breakfast Adventure
8, 9 and 10 a.m. Daily
The Hangout
Join a treasure hunt, sing-along, games and see magic tricks and more during this daily breakfast your kids love. There are three shows each morning and an all-you-can-eat breakfast is $15 for adults; $8 for children; 5 and under are free.

City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
9 p.m., July 4
Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier
The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with its stunning annual fireworks display. Park at Gulf State Park Lake Shelby and walk across the pedestrian bridge. There will be food trucks and music on site prior to the fireworks.

Orange Beach Events - Independence Day Fireworks

Independence Day Street Party and Fireworks
July 6
The Wharf, Orange Beach
The fun begins at 5 p.m. for this post-Fourth celebration on Main Street at The Wharf. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, prize giveaways and more. Watch as fireworks light up the sky at 8:45 p.m. While the event is free, there is a charge for some activities.

Blue Marlin Championship - Orange Beach Events

2019 Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf
July 11-14
The Wharf Marina
The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is an over-the-top weigh-in that makes for a memorable experience. It’s free to spectators, so come out to see the big catches. The event opens with a Street Party on July 11, when a corresponding boat show opens as well.

C Spire Concert Series Presents: Luke Bryan
July 19-20
The Wharf Amphitheater
Country artist Luke Bryan will be joined by Cole Swindell and Jon Langston for their Sunset Repeat Tour. Bryan recently released his fourth album.

42nd Annual 2019 MBGFC Ladies Tournament
Aug. 2-4
J&M Tackle
See what competitors reeled in at the weigh-in dock on Period Pass on Aug. 3 starting at 5 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Battle of Mobile Bay

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay
Aug. 3
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3
Historic Fort Morgan
Re-enactment commemorates the events that took place in Mobile Bay on Aug. 5-23, 1864. The Fort comes to life with drills and demonstration of artillery by historical interpreters. Regular admission is charged.

Besides these fun, Orange Beach events, don’t miss out on events and activities right onsite at Turquoise Place! View the latest resort guide for all that’s happening at the resort.

Golf in Orange Beach: Where to Play a Round

Bring your sticks and check out the great golf in Orange Beach on your next beach trip. There are numerous driving ranges and practice facilities, and most clubs have onsite PGA pros who offer lessons to fine-tune your game. Of course, the views are pretty spectacular too!

Nearby Golf in Orange Beach

 Peninsula Golf

Tip: Golf in Orange Beach is ideal during the fall. Newbie golfers can enjoy course choices that are sure to help develop skills while also challenging more seasoned golfers. It’s easier to grab a golf lesson during the fall when visitors are fewer, and the best practice of all — playing an actual course — is always doable during the shoulder seasons.

Take your pick from the following Orange Beach golf courses.

Orange Beach Golf Center & Driving Range

4.1 miles from Turquoise Place

4700 Easy Street, Orange Beach, AL

(251) 981-4653

A great place to hone your golf skills is the Orange Beach Golf Center & Driving Range featuring a 9-hole, par-3 course with a lighted driving range, practice facilities (putting, chipping, sand bunker, etc.) and a Pro Shop. The Golf Center is open seven days a week and the driving range offers 30 grass tees as well as 10 covered mat tees. The Orange Beach Golf Center is very affordable at $3/per bucket with 34 balls in each bucket. Ball dispensers are self-serve (machine accepts $1 bills, credit cards or tokens) for your convenience.

Lost Key Golf Club

8.9 miles from Turquoise Place

625 Lost Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL

(850) 549-2160

Lost Key Golf Club was built in 1997 by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, then redesigned in 2006. The unique and unusual traits of this golf course are quickly evident starting with the name, earned honestly. Each hole offers six sets of tees, so all skill levels are able to play competitively on the 18-hole, par-71 course. Water, wind and other vegetation claim many a ball at Lost Key, hence the name, but it’s an exciting course for all who play nonetheless. After your round, enjoy the clubhouse with golf shop and locker rooms, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant and bar or just sit outside and take it all in with panoramic course views.

Craft Farm

9 miles from Turquoise Place

3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 968-3002

Craft Farms, located in Gulf Shores, features 36 holes of championship golf. Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend each offer a challenging, but fair, 18-holes in a serene Alabama setting. Both public courses are signature Arnold Palmer golf courses and are the only two courses in Alabama designed by the legend himself. Each course boasts scenic and peaceful views of surrounding Baldwin County Alabama, with lush greens and various water features that fill the course. For rates, tee times, and specials, call ahead.

Perdido Bay Golf Club

12 miles from Turquoise Place

1 Doug Ford Drive, Perdido Key, FL

(850) 492-1223

Located just a short drive away in Perdido Key, FL, Perdido Bay Golf Club was originally designed in 1963 by Bill Amick and redesigned in 2001 by Bill Bergin as an 18-hole, par-72 course. Start out on the practice range, putting green, chipping green, greenside bunker, and fairway bunker, then meander your way through this former PGA Tour course. Don’t miss the Legends Bar & Grille for some tasty eats and your favorite beverage following your day playing at Perdido Bay Golf Club.

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club

14 miles from Turquoise Place

20 Peninsula Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL

(800) 391-8009

The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, just a short drive away in Gulf Shores, offers three 9-hole courses within one venue. Each distinct Earl Stone-designed course plays with its own challenges and sprawls along Mobile Bay. Rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest, golfers enjoy all three courses equally: Marsh, Lakes, and Cypress. Other venue amenities include the clubhouse (recently remodeled), bar and restaurant, tennis courts, fitness center, and indoor/outdoor pools. For savings opportunities, be sure and check out their special offers.

Kiva Dunes Golf Course

 Kiva Dunes Golf

21 mile from Turquoise Place

815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

(251) 540-7000

The award-winning Kiva Dunes Golf Club in Gulf Shores is less than 30 minutes from Turquoise Place and is stunning in both design and setting. Located beachside along the Fort Morgan Peninsula of Gulf Shores, Kiva Dunes is Alabama’s number one ranked public golf course. The latest renovation was completed in 2015 on the championship course developed by Jim Edgemon and U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate making it more playable for casual golfers. Need a lesson? No problem! Kiva Dunes has its very own PGA instructor. Also, golfers can work more extensively on their individual games by utilizing the full-service, full-swing practice facility. Additional amenities at Kiva Dunes include the clubhouse, fitness center and Kiva Beach Club. Call for tee times, specials and daily rates.

Start planning your golf getaway to Orange Beach—take your pick grom our beachfront Orange Beach condos!

9 Best Orange Beach Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial summer season, and Orange Beach is packed with great, family activities. Read on for Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend events and activities that offer something for everyone in the family.

 

Orange Beach Memorial Day Weekend Events

 

42nd 2019 MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament

May 23-27

J&M Tackle, 25125 Canal Road, Orange Beach

Boats will vie for $1 million in prizes during the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s annual Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend tournament. The J&M Tackle Weigh Dock at Perdido Pass is open from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Head down to see the big fish these anglers reel in.

 

The Wharf Ferris Wheel

Pepsi Beach Ball Drop

May 24

The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach

251-224-1000

This family-friendly celebration boasts face painting, a bouncy house, surf rides, rock climbing wall and more. At 6:45 p.m., watch 5,000 beach balls fall from the sky, some marked and redeemable for prizes. Stick around for fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Admission is free, though some activities have a fee.

 

Thomas Rhett in Concert

May 25-26

The Wharf Amphitheatre, Orange Beach

800-745-3000

Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour is coming to The Wharf Amphitheater for two nights, May 25-26. Special guests are Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. This Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend concert is part of the 2019 C Spire Concert Series. Purchase tickets here.

 

Living History Memorial Day-Wreath Laying Tribute

May 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fort Morgan, 110 Highway 180, Gulf Shores

251-540-7202

Fort Morgan hosts its annual Memorial Day commemoration May 25 with a wreath-laying ceremony planned for the crew of the Tecumseh, which sank in waters just off the Fort. Re-enactors show activity at the Fort from the War of 1812 to World War II, remembering those who gave their lives in service. There will be weapons demonstrations and artillery firing, as well as guided tours. Regular admission will be charged.

 

LuLuPalooza

May 25

LuLu’s Gulf Shores, 200 East 25th Ave.

The annual LuLuPalooza Summer 2019 Kick Off Party is a family-day filled with fun, fun and back-to-back live music on the Crazy Sista Boat Stage.

 

USSSA Baseball

USSSA Global Sports Baseball 300 Point Battle at the Beach

May 25-26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Orange Beach Sportsplex, 4385 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach

More than 50 teams expected to compete in this annual USSSA baseball showdown held in Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend.

 

NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship

May 23-25

Gulf Shores Sportsplex, 19025 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores

Watch elite men and women college athletes compete in the 2019 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. Tickets are $10 per day.

 

Paradise Island 5K Run

May 26, 6-7 a.m.

Orange Beach Sportsplex, 4385 William Silvers Parkway, Orange Beach

Register now to participate in the 3rd Paradise Island 5K walk/run at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The 5K certified course is on the paved natural trail and takes participants through several of the Backcountry Trails.

 

Bikini Girls at the Beach

Miss Memorial Day Bikini Contest

May 26, 3-4 p.m.

Flora-Bama Lounge

17401 Perdido Key Dr.

251-980-5118

The Flora-Bama’s Miss Memorial Day Bikini Contest may not be as family-friendly as other events, but it’s just as much of a holiday, beach tradition. Compete to win cash and prizes and to be Miss Flora-Bama. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. in the tent. Top three finalists come back to compete for Miss Flora-Bama on Labor Day weekend.

 

Memorial Day Activities at Turquoise Place

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The activities team at Turquoise Place has a jam-packed Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend planned for guests. For a full listing of holiday weekend fun, visit the Activities page.

 

An Orange Beach Memorial Day weekend stay at Turquoise Place puts you within close distance to all these fun events. But, with so many great activities at the resort, you may choose to never leave!

The 12 Top Orange Beach Christmas Events

Trade in the snow for snow-white sand and scape the winter blues with these Orange Beach Christmas events. Christmas time is just around the corner and we don’t want you to miss out on holiday fun for the entire family.

Discover the can’t miss Orange Beach Christmas events happening in 2018!

 

Ice Skating Rink at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Sunday, January 13th; Various times

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $10 per person; includes skate rentals

A popular holiday destination for all ages is the ice skating rink at The Wharf. No matter your experience level, The Wharf ice skating rink is a unique experience. Skate rentals and special ticket packages are available. Tickets start at $10 and include skate rentals. For $13, visitors will enjoy the ice skating rink and a ride in the gulf-front Ferris wheel.

 

christmas tree with ornaments and lights

Photos with Santa at The Wharf

When: Friday, November 16th thru Monday, December 24th; Various times

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Did you know, Santa’s Village is located at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach?! Well, between Friday, November 16th and Monday, December 24th it is, so you better not pout, and you better be nice if you want to grab a pic with the most popular guy at this Christmas village. Get your list ready and head over to The Port for your visit with Santa Claus!

 

Holiday Horse & Carriage Rides at The Wharf

When: Sunday, November 18th thru Sunday, December 16th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: $25 per ride, up to four people; $5 for single riders

A peaceful carriage ride through The Wharf will have you in the holiday spirit in no time. Enjoy the lights and holiday displays along the streets of Orange Beach. Rides are $25 for up to four people and $5 for single riders.

 

Magic Christmas in Lights Bellingrath Gardens

When: Friday, November 23rd thru Monday, December 31st; 5 pm – 9 pm

Where: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Admission: $8 for kids ages 5-12; $16 for adults ages 13 and up

Contact: (251) 973-2217

Light displays, carolers, and hot cocoa, oh my! Located about an hour and a half from Orange Beach, Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, AL has you covered for beautiful light scenes and displays this holiday season. Recognized as one of the top 10 public light displays in America by USA Today and one of the top 20 festivals and events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, Magic Christmas in Lights is truly a can’t miss spectacle. From November 23rd to December 31st, the beautiful gardens will feature dazzling displays, live choral performances, and delicious holiday meals and hot cocoa for purchase every night.

Tickets start at $16 for adults ages 13 and up and $8 for kids ages 5-12.

 

colorful holiday lights

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf

When: Tuesday, November 27th; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: The Wharf

Admission: Free

Orange Beach Christmas doesn’t get much better than this! Ring in the holiday season at the Christmas Tree Lighting at The Wharf in Orange Beach. This family-friendly occasion includes cookie decorating, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree! Head to Main Street and find a spot to watch the lights glitter and sparkle. As the night concludes, the Holiday SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular will fill the air with holiday cheer.

 

7th Annual Merry Market Unique Gifts and Arts & Crafts Expo

When: Friday, December 7th, 9 am – 6 pm & Saturday, December 8th, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: Orange Beach Events Center

Admission: Free

Find the perfect gift for someone special at the 7th Annual Merry Market Expo, at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. You’re sure to find something unique at this one-stop shop for holiday goods, apparel, local crafts, homemade products, toys, and more! Admission is free to the public. The expo begins at 9 am each day at the Orange Beach Events Center.

Check out the best holiday shopping in Baldwin County.

 

9th Annual Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade

When: Friday, December 7th; 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Where: Gulf Shores Public Beach

Admission: Free

Take a short trip to Gulf Shores Public Beach for this year’s Gulf Shores Lighted Christmas Parade! Kicking off at 6:30 pm, this year’s parade will feature a plethora of Christmas attractions, floats, and more! Lighted floats, marching bands, and the holiday’s most famous characters will be on hand as they make their way down Highway 59 to Sims Park. After the parade, a celebration will kick off at Sims Park including holiday treats, pictures with Santa and snowball drop!

 

South Baldwin Community Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas

When: December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th at 7:30 pm; December 9th and 16th at 2:30 pm

Where: South Baldwin Community Theatre

Admission: $9.95 for students; $15 for adults

Contact: (251) 968-6721

Head to South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores as Charlie Brown and Snoopy come to life for a two-weekend performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This holiday classic will feature the entire Peanuts gang in a special stage performance. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $9.95 for students.

 

 

2nd Annual Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day

When: Saturday, December 8th; 12 pm – 4 pm

Where: The Port at The Wharf

Admission: Free

For the second year in a row, the Jingle Jubilee Kids Crafts Day at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach will let kids use their Christmas spirit to create homemade crafts, jewelry, ornaments, cookie decorating, and much more just in time for the holidays! Several shops and restaurants along The Wharf will feature their own crafting stations from cookie decorating to coloring contests and ornament making. There will also be store specials, a coloring contest, and live music throughout the day. You and your little one(s) will not want to miss this!

 

33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 8th; 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: Lulu’s at Homeport Marina

Admission: Free

Head to the water to enjoy this unique Christmas parade in Orange Beach! The 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will have everyone in the Christmas spirit with glimmering lights adorned to over 45 different vessels like sailboats, kayaks, and more. This coastal Alabama holiday celebration is a can’t miss event. Be sure to find a seat along the Intracoastal Waterway or along The Wharf.

 

2nd Annual Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade

When: Sunday, December 9th; 2 pm – 5 pm

Where: Main Street at The Wharf

Admission: Free

You can never have enough Christmas parades, and Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade may go down as the most adorable Christmas parade around! Dress your furry family member in their holiday best, then visit Main Street at The Wharf for the 2 pm parade. Humans are encouraged to dress up too! After the parade, kids’ activities will be available including a bouncy house, face painting, and a live DJ spinning the holiday hits. The Baldwin Humane Society will also be on hand for pet adoptions and donations. Don’t miss this festive Orange Beach Christmas event!

 

12 Days of Christmas Shopping

When: Thursday, December 13th thru Monday, December 24th

Where: Various retailers at The Wharf

For 12 days only, exclusive deals and one-day-only specials will be available at various shops at The Wharf! Get great savings and special gifts starting December 13th, and runs through December 24th. Find the perfect gift for someone special or as a gift to yourself. No matter what you’re looking for, The Wharf is sure to have it during the 12 Days of Christmas Shopping!

 

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6 Ways to Cool Off with Orange Beach Water Sports

When summertime temperatures soar, many beachgoers look for alternate ways to cool off. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a multitude of activities for water-loving visitors. Get ready to splash in the surf, paddle off into the sunset or even soar high above the water on your next beach vacation with these Orange Beach water sports along Alabama’s beaches.

Watersports on Alabama's Beaches

Cat Boats in Orange Beach

Orange Beach Cat Boat Tours is a unique experience in a zippy, yet stable boat with a tour guide who fully narrates the one-and-a-half-hour adventure. It’s a great way to get back to nature, see some wildlife and spend time on Alabama’s coastal waterways. You pilot your own vessel, which adds to the excitement. Each cat boat seats two people. Established in 2017, cat boat tours have quickly become one of the most popular Orange Beach water sports options.

  • Call Orange Beach Cat Boat Tours at (251) 980-8410

Orange Beach Kayak Rentals

SUP and Kayaking

Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is all the rage in water recreation, as is kayaking. Both of these water toys can be rented from various outfitters for watersports on Alabama’s beaches. If balance and adventure are your strong suit, SUP may be just the thing for fun in the sun. Kayaking is also an exciting way to explore the waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Both SUPs and kayaks are available for rent directly in front of Turquoise Place by Perdido Beach Services. There’s no reason to leave the resort to enjoy a day of water adventure.

  • Call Perdido Beach Services at (251)981-4807

If you prefer a guided tour rather than going solo, there are plenty of options available. While on an Orange Beach vacation at Turquoise Place, call Captain Glenn of Coastal Kayak Excursions. The captain will lead you on a three-hour guided eco-tour of the back bays in Orange Beach. You’ll likely see dolphins swimming nearby and other local marine life, as well.

  • Call Coastal Kayak Excursions at (251) 253-2430 

For those vacationing in Fort Morgan rentals at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, don’t miss the opportunity to kayak with WildNative Tours. Float along the waters of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the water. Bring your camera (and a dry bag) to capture picture-perfect shots of the flora and fauna of this protected area.

  • Call WildNative Tours at (251) 272-4088

Orange Beach Parasail

Parasailing and Jet Skis

Parasailing is almost as much fun to watch as it is to participate in. Flying high above the beach offers a bird’s eye view of the area. Hop aboard a boat and soar the length of five football fields in the sky. Typically, you can ride single, double or triple. At Turquoise Place Resort, you don’t even have to leave the Orange Beach resort to get your adrenaline pumping. It’s available right from the beach.

Jet Skis are a fun adrenaline rush with waves splashing and the thrill of driving your own watercraft. Just like parasailing, Jet Ski rentals are located onsite through Perdido Beach Services at Turquoise Place Resort.

  • Call 251-981-4807 to book a parasail or Jet Ski adventure at Turquoise Place Resort

Orange Beach Catamaran

Orange Beach Catamaran Adventures

At Turquoise Place, you may recognize Perdido Beach Services for their beach chair rentals, but did you know they rent catamarans (oversized, cool-looking rafts with sails on them)? Exploring the waters of Orange Beach has never been so exhilarating! Perdido Beach Services also gives surfing lessons. Yes! You can hang 10 with other surfing newbies and learn to ride the waves with style.

  • Call Perdido Beach Services at (251)981-4807

There are so many fun ways to spend time on the water during an Orange Beach or Fort Morgan vacation. Discover all of the fun you can do at our Orange Beach luxury resort!