Championship caliber courses are always a short drive away and include designs by some of the great names in golf course architecture such as Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin, Jerry Pate, Robert Von Hagge and Earl Stone. From Scottish-style links to beach side greens, there’s a course suited to every skill level.
This iconic bar straddles the state lines of Florida and Alabama. It is legendary and known for being a wee bit raunchy. You'll find yuppies mixing with bikers. Rock stars partying with soccer moms. It's a bucket list item, for sure. Make sure to buy a t-shirt. If you get the late night munchies there's a Waffle House right across the street.
If you are looking for a fun place to eat then don't miss Lu Lu's at Homeport Marina. This theme park like restaurant was founded by Lucy 'LuLu' Anne Buffett; Jimmy’s little 'Sista'.” The menu features southern classics like fried green tomatoes. They're most famous for their Cheeseburger in Paradise. It might be the biggest restaurant you've ever visited. There's live music every night in the summer.
If you're looking for a place to soak up the vibe in an iconic local restaurant make sure to visit The Hangout. This giant theme park like eating emporium on the beach in Gulf Shores is a must see attraction. They have regular live music and plenty of TVs for games. They also have a nifty gift shop where you can get one of their famous staff t-shirts that says “Be Nice or Go Home."
If you're looking for group fishing excursions check out the website of the Orange Beach Fishing Association. They can help you connect with inshore charters, deep sea fishing trips and other cruises.
While you are here be sure to check out Pensacola's most famous attraction; the National Museum of Naval Aviation located aboard the Pensacola Naval Air Station. It has 300,000 square feet of displays and therefore the world’s largest aviation museums. It’s also home to the Blue Angels Flight Squadron. You can experience what it feels like to stunt fly in one of their Max Flight Simulators. There is also an IMAX movie theater. Entrance to the exhibits is Free.
If you have time make sure to make a trip over to The Wharf to check out the action on the Intracoastal Waterway. There's a marina, boutique shops, restaurants, a movie theater, laser tag and the biggest Ferris wheel in the southeast. Make sure to leave time to get a treatment at Fusion Spa Salon Aveda.
If you want to bring something home other then an "I'm with Stupid" T-shirt we suggest you check out the Tanger Outlet Mall. It's so big it has its own transit system. If you don't find something you like in the 125 brand name outlet stores, you just aren't in a shopping mood. It's located about 8 miles north of Gulf Shores in Foley and we have coupon books at the front desk.
Perfect place to end a day at the beach with some casual boutique shopping and dinner. There are several great restaurants to choose from. For day time adventures, the full-service harbor features a marina store, shower facilities, fish cleaning tables and fuel docks with diesel and gasoline. Several dolphin cruise and charter fishing companies are also based there.
Nightly acrylic painting classes for as the artistic and not so artistic. Teachers will guide you through replicating the night’s featured painting step by step. You’ll leave 2 1/2 hours later, surprised by your talent, and toting a souvenir canvas to hang on your wall. They even serve wine.
The Gulf of Mexico looks totally different from the water with its other worldly strangeness, surprising colors, abundant wild life and relentless beauty. One of our favorite sailing charter companies is Sail Wildhearts. They offer three scheduled public cruises a day and their prices are surprisingly economical.
Wanna explore the cultural attractions on Alabama's Gulf Coast? The Hot Shop at Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach is Alabama’s only public access hot glass studio. Play with hot glass under the supervision of a master glass-blower at their Make Your Own Glass program, 10am-4pm every Tuesday to Saturday.