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Alabama Gulf Coast, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 20
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,600
Convention Center Space 19,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 18,600 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $109
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $216

Alabama Gulf Coast, AL Meeting Planning Overview

Located in the north-central region of the Gulf of Mexico, the Alabama Gulf Coast is known for its sugar-white sand and sparkling emerald waters. However, the nearly 6.1 million people who visit the region every year know there's so much more to this coastal community. Championship golf courses, historic sites, and of course, world-class meeting space, are just the beginning of what the Gulf Coast has to offer.

Also appealing about the Alabama Gulf Coast is its accessibility. The region is just a few hours away by car from cities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Birmingham and Jackson, Mississippi. Ground travelers from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville and Houston can arrive at the Gulf Coast in just one day. Meanwhile, air travelers can take their pick of the nearby Mobile and Pensacola airports, both of which are within an hour of the Gulf Coast and offer service on most major carriers.

After touching down, visitors easily reach the Gulf Coast via taxi, shuttle or rental car to find more than 2,500 hotel rooms and plenty of venues for work and play. In fact, the region has a number of all-in-one hotels and resorts that offer comfortable accommodations, superb amenities and plenty of meeting space. The sprawling Perdido Beach Resort boasts more than 45,000 square feet of meeting space, capable of hosting groups ranging in size from 20 to 1,000 people. The Mediterranean-style resort also offers 346 oversized guest rooms and suites, restaurants, tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor pool and more.

Also proving that meetings can be effective and entertaining is The Event Center at The Wharf. With 18,600 square feet of meeting space, the center provides striking waterfront views and space for as many as 2,000 people. The center is also part of The Wharf, Orange Beach’s premier entertainment district that is home to a resort, marina, restaurants, bars, family-friendly attractions and a 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater that regularly hosts live performers such as Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Green Day and Florida-Georgia Line.

For a less traditional take on meetings, consider one of the Alabama Gulf Coast's truly unique special event facilities. The destination offers a variety of golf courses and unique venues such as catamarans and dinner cruise options.

The economy of the Alabama Gulf Coast is based largely on real estate and tourism. In fact, the area generated more than $4 billion in travel-related dollars in 2016. The region is in close proximity to several colleges and universities including Coastal Alabama Community College, Bishop State Community College and the University of South Alabama.

About Alabama Gulf Coast, AL / Additional Info

Situated at the southernmost tip of Alabama between Mobile and Pensacola, Florida, the Alabama Gulf Coast encompasses the 31-square-mile city of Gulf Shores and the 13-square-mile city of Orange Beach, along with an unincorporated section of Fort Morgan. With its powdery white sands, sparkling waters, and various protected freshwater lakes, bayous and coves, the Gulf Coast region is perhaps best known for its picturesque natural beauty. In fact, its scenic surroundings have inspired such nicknames as "Alabama's Beautiful Beaches" and "Pleasure Island."

Beyond the stunning vistas, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers plenty more to explore, including a intriguing array of historic attractions. Visitors can travel in the footsteps of ship captains, fort commanders and military troops along the 90-mile Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail. Along the way, they can visit the spot where Admiral David Farragut is rumored to have given his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!" at the Fort Morgan Historic Site. This massive fort was active during four wars, most notably during the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay.

Despite its colorful heritage, the Alabama Gulf Coast is in no way stuck in the past. In fact, this vibrant region is also a hotspot for new and enticing attractions. Art aficionados can peruse and purchase works by more than 120 local artists at the Orange Beach Arts Center. Housed in the historic Orange Beach Hotel, the center features works by watercolorists, potters, painters, sculptors, textile artists and more, and is home to the only public access glass blowing studio in the state, The Hot Shop. For front row seats to an eclectic blend of performing arts, visitors need look no further than the South Baldwin Community Theater, a Gulf Coast institution since 1972. Guests can also enjoy live performances from top artists at the new 10,000-seat outdoor amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach, or music 365 days a year at local venues including the legendary Flora-Bama.

No trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast would be complete without a trip to the coast itself. Home to 32 miles of beautiful beachfront along with sunny skies year-round, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the perfect place to soak up some rays. In fact, the region has been consistently ranked as one of the top beach spots by Southern Living magazine for more than a decade. Public beaches range from the 6,000-foot-wide, family-friendly Florida Point in Orange Beach to the more serene Gulf State Park beach area. The popular Gulf Shores Public Beach is perfect for a full day of fun thanks to volleyball courts, waterside bars and picnic areas.

Much more than a paradise for sun worshippers, the Gulf Coast region is home to a wide variety of recreational activities. The region features over 200 challenging holes on its array of championship golf courses, many of which have been designed by big names such as Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin and Earl Stone. It's also a haven for fishing, being home to the only trolling alley in the Gulf Coast and the nation's largest artificial reef. Go after blue marlin, yellow fin tuna, red snapper and more on one of the more than 100 fishing charters in the area. Or, for a more serene experience on the water, get on board one of the popular dolphin or dinner cruises offered by groups such as Sail Wild Hearts, Cetacean Cruises, Dolphins Down Under, Chapter II Charters and Southern Rose. By land or by sea, guests are sure to be captivated by the natural attractions of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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