Easy Orange Beach Day Trips

Pete Dimao - August 21, 2019

During your next visit to Turquoise Place consider taking a quick and easy day trip. Orange Beach is just a short drive from some of the Gulf Coast’s most scenic and family-friendly cities, towns, and attractions, including the world’s largest naval aviation museum and a peaceful island located at the entrance of Mobile Bay.

Consider one of these easy Orange Beach day trips during your next visit to Turquoise Place:

Fort Morgan, Alabama

Distance from Turquoise Place: 29 miles; 46-minute drive

Enjoy a day exploring the historic Fort Morgan, which played an important role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Aside from its peaceful beachfront, Fort Morgan also boasts the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, home to many plants, migratory birds, and small critters.

Dauphin Island

dolphin swimming in the water

Distance from Turquoise Place: 29 miles to Mobile Bay Ferry; 49-minute drive, 40-minute ferry ride

Dauphin Island is home to the Sea Lab Estuarium and the historic Fort Gaines and is a quick ferry ride away from Fort Morgan. All ages will enjoy the Estuarium, which houses over 100 species and a stingray touch pool. Fort Gaines has stood at the entrance of Mobile Bay for almost 200 years.

Mobile, Alabama

Distance from Turquoise Place: 55 miles; 1 hour drive time

Visitors won’t have any trouble finding something to do in Alabama’s port city. Attractions include the USS Alabama for military enthusiasts, The Fort of Colonial Mobile for history buffs, and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center for the kids to explore and discover. 

Pensacola, Florida

Distance from Turquoise Place: 25 miles; 43-minute drive

This coastal town has something for all ages to enjoy including a children’s museum, parks and nature preserves, a state museum, and the Naval Aviation Museum which houses more than 150 restored aircraft representing different military branches.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home – Theodore, Alabama

a bed of tulip flowers

Distance from Turquoise Place: 77 miles; 1 hour and a 26-minute drive

Make plans to visit the vibrant flowers and plants at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Alabama. The gardens are open every day except for major holidays. Visitors can stroll the 65-acre public garden which boasts an assortment of seasonal blooms throughout different areas of the property. Visitors can also tour the Bellingrath Home, built-in 1935 and ordained with original features from the Bellingrath’s era.

Oak Hollow Farm – Fairhope, Alabama

Distance from Turquoise Place: 29 miles; 47-minute drive

From fishing to horseback riding, there’s something for all to enjoy at Oak Hollow Farm. The farm is situated on 300 acres and provides year-round outdoor recreation that includes hayrides, corn hole, skeet shooting, fishing, and volleyball.

Gulf Breeze, Florida

family exploring the zoo

Distance from Turquoise Place: 31 miles; 48-minute drive

Just past Pensacola Bay is Gulf Breeze, Florida, where families can snorkel, tour the Santa Rosa Sound, or head to Opal Beach. There’s also the Gulf Breeze Zoo, home to over 850 mammals, birds, and reptiles. Hop aboard The Safari Line Train and travel through the zoo’s 30-acre preserve of hippos, gorillas, rhinoceros, and more!

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