The Gulf Shores area of Alabama is a place not only for breathtaking sightseeing, but also for absorbing a unique tradition of arts and culture that could only be derived from the melding of tropical beachside living with modern aesthetics and sensibilities. On a Gulf Shores vacation, you’ll find an exclusive culture of music, artwork, and more unlike anywhere else in the United States, or the rest of the world, for the matter.
Continue reading below for our insight into some of the top spots that visitors on a Gulf Shores vacation can go to enjoy the immense culture of the Gulf Shores region during their stay.
Nestled along the shores of Wolf Bay, the historic Orange Beach Hotel is home to the Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center, where guests can peruse the art made by over one hundred and twenty local artists for free. Within, art styles range from textile to pottery, and from watercolor to glass. The Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center also offers classes, including weaving, painting, and glass blowing, among others, in addition to its dinner concert series and its annual art festival with a juried contest.
Similarly, the Gulf Coast Art Alliance’s Art Gallery, located at Waterway Village in Gulf Shores, highlights the work of upwards of thirty artists on the local and region levels showcasing their talents in sculpting, painting, pottery, and watercolor. The artists from this gallery also gather on the first Saturday of the month to give demonstrations and sell their wares at the Art Market. There are also a bevy of private galleries around the Gulf Shores for art enthusiasts to explore.
For live performances, the South Baldwin Community Theater puts on fantastic plays, including “The Sound of Music” and “Steel Magnolias.” The SummerTide Theater, comprised of dance and theater students from the University of Alabama, also performs in Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores during the first six weeks of summer. If you’re more interested in attending concerts than play performances, the annual Hangout Music Fest and the Concerts at the Coast Music Entertainment Series are both wonderful outlets for hearing artists such as Lady Antebellum and the Dave Matthews Band.
Contact our reservations team to learn more information about the cultural sights, Gulf Shores tourism and events that you can encounter in the Gulf Shores when you book your trip accommodations in one of the exquisite vacation rental properties that Harris Properties has to offer today!