The Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Festivities For 2019

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2019. 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 2019!

Lulu’s Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball | February 27, 2019

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, March 5, 2019

Starts: 2:00 pm

The 2019 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, March 5, 2019

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, March 1, 2019

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, March 1.

The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, 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, March 2, 2019

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, March 4, 2019

Stay tuned for more information!

Lulu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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!

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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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Golf in Orange Beach: Where to Play a Round

Orange Beach offers some fabulous golf courses for those staying at Turquoise Place and needing a little extracurricular fun. Bring your sticks and check out the great golf in Orange Beach on your fall beach trip when the weather is near perfect. 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 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.

 

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 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. Golf in Orange Beach prices are 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

888-256-7853

 

Lost Key Golf Club was built in 1997 by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, then redesigned in 2005. 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 claims 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 Farms

9 miles from Turquoise Place

3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

251-968-3002

 

Craft Farms features 36 holes of championship golf. Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend each offer a challenging, but fair, 18-holes. Both 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

877-497-1223

 

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 tournament-quality championship 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 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 the SPECIAL OFFERS tab on the website.

 

Kiva Dunes Golf Course

 Kiva Dunes Golf 21 mile from Turquoise Place

815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

866-540-7100

The award-winning Kiva Dunes Golf Club 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 golf resort. 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 average golfers. Need a lesson? No problem! Rea Schuessler is the resident PGA instructor with more than 25 years of experience. 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.

Fall is fantastic for golf in the Orange Beach area. With temperatures slightly cooler and a less crowded atmosphere, why not book a relaxing getaway at Turquoise Place this year. . .and don’t forget those clubs!

 

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

 

Kayaking in Fort Morgan

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

 

Parasailing in Gulf Shores, AL

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!

 

Catch the REEL Deal with Orange Beach Fishing

Boasting a subtropical climate, boats to rent or charter, eight public boat launches and great cook-your-catch restaurants, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are ideal areas to drop a line and reel in dinner. Best of all, these fantastic fishing opportunities are just a short distance from Turquoise Place Resort in Orange Beach, AL.

If you decide to go Orange Beach fishing during your next beach vacation, browse these tips for catching a great time.

 

Helpful Tips for a Perfect Day of Orange Beach Fishing

  • A fishing license will be needed if you’re fishing from the pier or shore, or from your own boat. If you’re booked on a deep sea fishing charter, the captain will take care of your license. Licenses can be obtained from some area marinas and even Walmart. You can also purchase an Alabama fishing license at the Gulf State Park pier or online at Outdoor Alabama’s website prior to your Orange Beach fishing vacation.
  • The sun is bright, so be prepared with plenty of water and other hydrating liquids. Throw some washcloths in the cooler for folks feeling the heat too much. Pack protein-packed snacks that will curb your appetite and provide energy.
  • Sunscreen is a must when participating in outdoor activities on the water.
  • Hats are helpful, especially wide-brim fishing hats. Also, dress in layers and light colors to aid the body in staying as cool as possible in the summertime. Don’t forget the sunglasses, too!
  • Bait and tackle are available at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach marinas, but if you’re booked on an Orange Beach fishing charter most everything is included. Ask when you book to be prepared.

 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fishing Marinas

Zeke’s Landing

Orange Beach Charter Fishing

If you are bringing your own boat, you’ll want to know where you can store it until time to put in the water, and there are several options. Guests of Turquoise Place looking for boat storage during their Orange Beach vacation need look no further than Zeke’s Landing. Zeke’s is convenient and offers dry storage for up to 220 boats. They have on-site professional mechanics, dockside fuel, and a fully stocked dock store. A 30-minute advance call when you’re ready to use your boat will be all they need to have it ready to go and docked for you! Zeke’s Landing also offers quite a few charter boats, including a shared-expense deep sea fishing excursion. For more information, call (251) 981-4044.

The Wharf Marina

When you’re on an Orange Beach vacation, The Wharf Marina also offers overnight slips. Boat in, grab a bite to eat from an Orange Beach restaurant and browse the specialty boutiques and shops at the complex. Call (251) 224-1900 for fishing opportunities on The Wharf Marina.

Ewing Place

If you’re vacationing at a Gulf Shores resort like The Beach Club Resort & Spa on the Fort Morgan peninsula of Gulf Shores, check out Ewing Place on Fort Morgan Road for boat and RV dry storage. There are also eight public boat launches located throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, so no matter where you’re staying, there’s a launch near you.

  • Contact Ewing Place at (251) 978-6870 for more information on boat and RV storage information
  • For more information on public boat launches in Gulf Shores, contact 1-800-745-7263

Gulf Shores Marina

If you need a marina or a transient boat slip in Fort Morgan, try Gulf Shores Marina. It’s a full-service marina with indoor dry storage and wet slips as well as dockside fuel, a charter fleet and it’s home to the Tacky Jacks 2 restaurant. Pick up everything you need for a day on the water at the Dock Store before heading out. You can also store your boat trailer here, as well. For those vacationing at Fort Morgan condos, Gulf Shores Marina is a great option. Contact (251) 540-2628 for more details.

 

Gulf Shores Pier and Orange Beach Shore Fishing

Pier fishing in Gulf Shores

Gulf State Park

The pier at the Gulf State Park is the second largest on the Gulf of Mexico and is a great place to cast from. You’ll see lots of anglers fishing, along with families who have small children. An indoor concession area and the retail store sells drinks and snacks, souvenirs and tackle. You can also purchase a saltwater fishing license at the store. For more details, contact (251) 967-3474.

Shore Fishing

Shore fishing is a newfound treasure for many folks while other anglers will tell you they’ve been doing it for ages. No fancy equipment is needed for this Orange Beach fishing, just a rod and reel, some bait and a license. Wade into the water or stay on the beach, either way, is acceptable. What better place to shore fish than Orange Beach with its 32 miles of beautiful beaches.

 

Orange Beach Charter Fishing

Orange Beach fishing

Did you know Orange Beach has one of the largest charter fishing fleets and artificial reef programs in the country? Charter fishing is a great way to have a hassle-free fishing trip. The captain will provide all you need: bait and tackle, fishing license, equipment and helpful deckhands. Call nearly any marina to book a charter with an experienced captain for a four- or eight-hour fishing trip. Overnight trips are also available. Contact 1-800-745-7263 for more information on Orange Beach charter fishing.

 

Bowfishing the Beach

For an adrenaline-pumping Orange Beach fishing adventure, book a bowfishing trip. It’s an experience like no other on Alabama’s beaches! Board your captain’s flat-bottom boat equipped with LED lights and get ready to hunt your next catch. While the most successful bowfishing is done at night, captains with Liquid Trails and Fish-Kabob Bowfishing say the fun isn’t reserved just for evening hours. Day and night charters are available in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Perdido Key, Fla. Your captain will provide an assortment of bows and will instruct you on shooting or gigging your fish. Species of fish you may catch on these inshore charters include sheepshead, flounder, mullet, black drum, skipjack, cownose rays, butterfly rays, and stingrays.

  • Contact Liquid Trails Charters at (251) 270-1416
  • Contact Fish-Kabob Bowfishing at (251) 948-4600

 

An Orange Beach fishing vacation along Alabama’s gorgeous beaches and waterways are easy when you know the tips and tricks.  It’s good to know your options in advance for planning and prep work. Check out Fishing 101 for good information. Luckily, no matter your skill level or knowledge of fishing, there are plenty of great options for families, couples or solo travelers whether you’re bringing a boat of your own, chartering a deep sea fishing trip or simply fishing from the shore or pier.

 

Get your fishing getaway started by booking your Orange Beach vacation rental at Turquoise Place Resort!

Fourth of July Festivities on the Gulf Coast

Orange Beach on 4th of July is brimming with firework spectaculars and parties. While we celebrate the birth of our country and independence, we also look at ways to celebrate with family and friends. Backyard burgers and fireworks are a must, but you can upgrade your experience with a sandy Orange Beach 4th of July and let the Gulf, sand and tropical drinks be your red, white and blue for the weekend. Even our Orange Beach resort will be hosting its own celebration.

Here is a list of places along the Gulf Coast with Orange Beach 4th of July fireworks, celebrations, and more!

J4 Celebration | Turquoise Place | Wednesday, July 4th

turquoise place fireworks

Our Orange Beach resort will be hosting its very own 4th of July celebration at the Tip Tops! You’ll enjoy free live music and fireworks display at the end of the night. But when you upgrade to the Freedom Pass, you’ll get access to even more fun and excitement, including delicious All-American BBQ and unlimited access to all the fun. Family-friendly activities include a photo booth, rock wall, laser tag, a bungee trampoline, and a foam party! Freedom Passes start are $20 for kids ages 5-15 years old and $35 for adults. Kids ages 4 and under are free.

Learn more about the J4 Celebration at Turquoise Place.

4th of July Celebration| The Beach Club Resort & Spa | July 2nd – 6th

The Beach Club Resort & Spa has a week-long activity calendar chock-full of festivities, competitions and fireworks, of course, to celebrate the holiday. Guests can reserve a beach chair in advance for fantastic viewing of the 9 p.m. fireworks. Chair reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, July 3 at 6 p.m. and are $10 each. For the 2018 fireworks extravaganza, the show will take place from a barge. This will allow guests to remain on the beach for an evening of fun during the show!

Independence Day Street Party | The Wharf | Tuesday, July 3rd, 5 pm – 9 pm

Celebrate 4th of July a day early at The Wharf at Orange Beach! On July 3rd, from 5 pm – 9 pm, enjoy giveaways, children activities, live entertainment, and much more at no cost for admission! At the end of the party, stick around for a fiery display of pyrotechnics as fireworks light up the night sky at 8:45 pm in celebration of Independence Day.

 

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration | Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier | July 4th, 9 pm

usa flag pin wheel on the beach

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks spectacular from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier, thanks to the City of Gulf Shores this 4th of July. Grab a spot in Gulf State Park or Gulf Shores Public Beach for excitement and fun! Admission is free; just make sure you find the perfect spot to enjoy the view!

 

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

 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation Extras

History buffs may find it a fitting time to tour Fort Morgan http://www.fort-morgan.org/ at the end of the scenic Fort Morgan peninsula. During the summer months of June and July, there are daily guided tours at 10 a.m. Staff dressed in period clothing will speak about the Fort’s historical significance, military occupancy and the like. Self-guided tours are also available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Pricing is available on their website.

 

Need an extra little something for the wee travelers this holiday? Check out the Pirates and Princesses Breakfast at The Hangout! Available 8 to 10:30 a.m. through Labor Day, this all-you-can-eat breakfast feast is accompanied by skits and sword fights, as well as a search for pirate booty! Affordably priced (adults $13, ages 6-12 $7, 5 and under free), don your princess or pirate costume and head on over for a value-added vacation extra! The kids will love it (adult kids included).

 

Take advantage of the Fourth of July sale at nearby Tanger Outlets in Foley. Shop at famous brand stores from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 8 and download the Tanger APP for additional sale finds! If you’re a Spectrum Resorts guest, you’ll find a voucher for a Tanger Outlets coupon book in your check-in packet. Redeem the voucher at the mall office and get started shopping and saving!

 

Enjoy these Fourth of July ideas and make the most of a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach vacation!

Things to Do During Inclement Weather on the Gulf Coast

The sun is shining and there’s not a cloud in the sky. Picture perfect weather is what everyone is expecting during their beach vacation. Unfortunately, sometimes rain and sleet do happen. In that case, you shouldn’t have to stop your dream vacation from continuing just as planned. We have created a list of the top activities to do to entertain your guests during your beach vacation along the Gulf Coast.

The National Naval Aviation Museum is a quick drive along the coast into Pensacola, FL and is an ideal location for rich history and historic displays. The 350,000 square feet museum is the largest Naval Aviation museum. The best part of a visit to the museum is that it’s FREE!

The David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center  is located in the heart of Gulf Shores, AL and offers a variety of recreational activities. Even though the center is membership based, daily passes can be purchased for only $10 per day per person and include access to the indoor pool, basketball/racquetball courts and game room.

Gulf Bowl is not your ordinary bowling alley. Located in Foley, AL, the owners of Gulf Bowl focus on family entertainment that includes state-of-the-art lanes, laser tag, ropes course, interactive arcade, dining and even private parties.

Fat Daddy’s Arcade is in Orange Beach, AL and offers over 80 different arcade games. Catering to all ages, Fat Daddy’s offers something for everyone. Many of the larger-than-life size games award tickets that can be redeemed for sought after prizes.

The Factory in one of Gulf Shores newest additions for family fun. With so many different activities under one roof, they encourage everyone to play now and grow up later. Guests can jump around on over 12,000 square feet of connected trampolines. Other activities include an obstacle course, foam pits, dodgeball, flight simulator and an arcade.

The Gulf Coast Escape Room is great for all ages and is designed to get you out of your comfort zone. Work together as a team to make your great escape in under 60 minutes. Each room has a different theme where you have to crack codes, solve ciphers and decode clues for an unforgettable adventure.

 

Don’t let a little bit of inclement weather put a damper on your visit to the Gulf Coast. Visit one of the establishments listed above and leave us a comment on how much fun you had.

How to Make the Best of Valentine’s Day When You Are Single

It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means those lucky enough to be in love with that special someone will be doting or doted upon with gifts, heart shaped candy, flowers, romantic dinners and the sort. For those who chose the single life or the single life chose you, you can still have fun and not hate yourself for being single. Shake off those “I hate this day” blues and go out and have some fun. Who said this day is just for relationships, what about your relationship with yourself and your friends?

Dinner. I know, I know. Dinners on this night are grossly romantic for those who have a significant other, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still get a great meal at a great deal. Check out all those “romantic” Valentine’s Day specials and see what you will enjoy for yourself or with friends. There are places that offer a single price versus a couple’s price. Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club has a select three course menu, with a single and couples pricing. Choose your favorites and create your own custom meal. And who knows, when you go out to dinner by yourself you might meet a fellow “single” diner and let the magic happen.

Flowers. Everyone has flowers on their desk from someone else. Who said you can’t be your own secret admirer? Sometimes it feels great to love yourself and no one else needs to know those kind words of empowerment were your own, and besides you might make the girl in the cubicle next to you jealous over your “Secret Admirer’s” great taste.

Pamper yourself. There are so many stresses in this world and in the “single” universe there are even more. Treat yourself to some much needed alone time and pamper yourself with a spa day. The Spa at The Beach Club is a full Salon and Spa offering facials, massages, body wraps, and an in ground hot tub to relax before and after your treatments. Go in looking drab and come out looking fabulous and glowing. Show your ex you don’t need them with a change of hairstyle and a confident relaxed attitude. The best thing about Valentine’s Day is the discounts; The Spa at The Beach Club has 20% off this week for the love struck day.

The Beach. This goes without saying, but we all need a beach day. Why not grab a group of your single girl friends and make this a girl’s weekend? Dote on each other with drinks and dinner and a weekend you desperately need with a change of scenery and without the exes you left behind. Spectrum Resorts offers weekend rates and holiday specials for your perfect weekend that’s worth every moment at Turquoise Place and The Beach Club.

During this romantic holiday there is something for those that are famously in love and those that relationships just aren’t their thing. Either way, make this day enjoyable to you. Love yourself and loving others will come in time. Make life worth every moment and #creatinghappymemories a priority.

Reasons to visit the Gulf Coast in Winter

Spring is coming and down on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Spring is already here. Why should I take my vacation a little early and not wait for Spring Break? Well you can freeze for a few more months and miss the sounds of the waves on the beach or take an impromptu vacation when the beaches are not crowded.

Weather. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, winter is usually mild. I’m talking 40s is the low and the high can be as high as 80 on some days. Why freeze where you are, when you can walk the beach when your feet aren’t blistered by the beach and don’t have to worry about sweat ruining your clothes or make- up. Lay out and get a bronze glow and make all your friends jealous, because it is January/February and they are still pale.

Activities. There are still lots of activities to do on the Gulf Coast in between summer and spring break. In the winter season there are so many “snowbird” activities that are not just for the older folks who retire to the beach for the winter. Don’t forget Mardi Gras too, did you know it was born just up the road in Mobile, Alabama not New Orleans? That makes for a great Mardi Gras and even greater parades and parties.

Crowds. Let’s not forget during spring break and summer, you can never find a parking spot and the beaches are so crowded it’s hard to find a place to set your beach towels down let alone enjoy a nice peaceful day on the beach. In the few months before spring break the beaches are quiet and relaxing and the temperature is perfect for a tan without the sweat. Spend your whole day being lulled to sleep by the waves with the perfect small breeze blows your hair.

Price. This is a big one! It is the off season and that means low prices, you can get an amazing vacation for less and make your vacation worth every moment. That means a little extra money to spend on that beautiful dress you’ve had your eye on that would look great at the beach, a massage to unwind and a new hairstyle that you have been dying to make the change.

There are so many reasons to visit the Gulf any time of year, but these are some really good ones for the 2017 mild winter. I guess the Gulf Coast has decided to skip winter this year, will you? Make every vacation worth every moment and make a change that you won’t regret when you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast and stay with Spectrum Resorts.

3 Ways to Get Your Family Out of the House on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away and with that being said, so is family filling your house and the cleaning spree you have been on for the past week is about to end only to have your house turn into a disaster zone with the amount of people milling around. We all love our families and look forward to the holidays, but sometimes we need some time to ourselves. Get them out of the kitchen and out of the house exploring while you take a breather and a big sip of wine.

Go Ice Skating. Ice skating at The Wharf in Orange Beach has started again, from November 18 until January 14 you can skate around a winter wonderland even if you are wearing a shorts and a t shirt. It’s $10 to skate and that includes skating rentals, if you forget your socks they have you covered for a $3 fee of course. If you are a skating pro or you just love the rink you can purchase a frequent skater pass for $80 for 10 skates, it’ll save you $20 in the long run. If you really want your family to have fun you can do a skating and Ferris wheel combo for $13 and see the sights after you skate around.

Go to the Beach. While it may be a little crisp outside, you can still head down to the beach and let the waves work its magic and relax you and the kids. Bring some hot Cocoa or hot apple cider and let the sound of the waves rock you into serenity.

Go out for Thanksgiving Dinner. There is nothing more stressful than cooking for Thanksgiving, if things go wrong or you just don’t have the energy to get everything done, there is a second option and it is stress free. Head to The Beach Club for Thanksgiving Buffet and Dinner. Call ahead at 251-224-3600 to make your reservation and relax knowing that your kitchen will somewhat stay clean and everyone will be happy. The Buffet starts at $32.95 per person kids 6-12 is $10.95 per person and kids 5 and under eat free. Enjoy a classic Thanksgiving dinner from 5pm until 7pm for $16.95 per person.

Whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, spend it with family and friends and cherish the time, traditions and memories you have with them. Start a new tradition; it’s never too late to start #creatinghappymemories.

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