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There’s so much to discover during a trip to Gulf Shores. Whether you prefer lounging on the beach, indulging in local cuisine, or listening to amazing live music, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. If you’re craving unforgettable entertainment, head to The Wharf Gulf Shores. This family-friendly attraction in Orange Beach, AL, features fun events, eclectic shops, and flavorful dining options. You won’t want to leave this hotspot off your itinerary.

When it comes to planning a family beach vacation, you want everything to be perfect, including your accommodation. Explore the top vacation rentals in the area and prepare for this year’s trip to be the best one yet!

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The Top 5 Things to Do at The Wharf Gulf Shores

1. Attend an Event

The Wharf Gulf Shores hosts a variety of can’t-miss activities and events throughout the year. The Wharf Amphitheater is one of the top venues for Gulf Shores concerts, live music, and comedy shows. Past and future performers include Rascal Flatts, Imagine Dragons, and Bryan Adams.

The entertainment district also hosts a nightly Spectra light show, boat shows, and an Independence Day street party.

2. Go Ziplining

If you’re seeking a thrill, look no further than the Hummingbird Zipline Course! The course includes eight zip lines totaling over 6,000 feet and gorgeous views up to 115-feet high. Rides last two-and-a-half hours and the cost starts at $89 per person.

These zip lines are the highest, fastest, and longest ones on the Gulf Coast. A ride on these is the perfect way to get your adrenaline pumping! Make your reservation for an unforgettable adventure today.

3. Set Sail With Sunny Lady Dolphin Cruises

A trip to Gulf Shores would be incomplete without a dolphin tour! The only thing cooler than seeing a dolphin crest the waves from the beach is seeing one of these beautiful creatures up close. Sunny Lady Dolphin Cruise offers two tours per day, one in the afternoon and one at sunset. During the cruise, you can expect to see picturesque scenery and wildlife along the coastline of Orange Beach and Pleasure Island. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

4. Shop and Dine

There’s no shortage of shopping, dining, and entertainment at The Wharf! From boutique shops to national chains, even the most particular shoppers are sure to find something that they’ll love. There are also plenty of dining options, including fresh seafood and upscale Italian fare. Check out the complete directory to view all of The Wharf’s shops and restaurants.

5. Take a Ride on the Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel at The Wharf is a landmark of Gulf Shores. Take a spin on the wheel and enjoy sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Tickets cost $5 per person, per ride. $12 combo tickets are available and include a round of mini golf and a ride on the train.

Continue the Fun at Harris Properties

coastal retreat bedroom

The Wharf Gulf Shores is a terrific spot to spend the day with family or friends. After you’ve explored this entertainment hotspot, it’s time to return to your Harris Properties vacation rental. Our Coastal Retreat lagoon front property sleeps 12 and provides beach access directly across the street. Sip your morning coffee on the front porch, fish off the private pier in the afternoon, and watch the sunset over the water in the evenings. This home has everything you and your loved ones will need to have a memorable trip to Gulf Shores.

Your dream vacation awaits! Browse our available properties and start planning your getaway to the coast today.

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Nothing says “Welcome to Gulf Shores” like seeing a dolphin jump out of the water. During your next beach vacation, put one of the awesome dolphin cruises in Gulf Shores on your to-do list. It’s a unique way to get an up-close look at dolphins in their natural habitat! Read on to discover our top recommendations for dolphin cruises. Then, start planning your Gulf Shores vacation with Harris Properties!

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Here Are the Best Dolphin Cruises in Gulf Shores

Thanks to the mild Gulf climate, these breathtaking dolphin cruises are held year-round in Gulf Shores!

The Sunny Lady Dolphin Tours

The Sunny Lady is one of our favorite cruises in Gulf Shores! Explore the scenic bays of Orange Beach on this hour and a half-long dolphin cruise. This is one of the most relaxing dolphin cruises in the area because the ship doesn’t leave the bay. Discover the marvelous shores of Orange Beach Bay throughout the day or at sunset with Sunny Lady dolphin cruises.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy snacks and drinks on the boat, each guest is allowed to bring their own six-pack cooler.

The Fun Boat

The Fun Boat is the perfect dolphin cruise for families with children. Their well-informed staff answers all dolphin, shark, and sea life questions your kids may have during the boat ride.

Not only will you spend two hours on the water observing Bottlenose dolphins, but you’ll also get to experience the Fun Boat water wars! Water cannons and squirt guns are the weapons of choice in this epic boat battle. At the end of the trip, families can examine the boat’s crab traps. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your child holding a crab’s claws in their hands!

Wild Native Tours

Would you like to get even closer to dolphins than you would on a standard dolphin cruise? Then Wild Native Tours is for you! During this 3-hour kayak tour, see Bottlenose dolphins swim next to you and observe native birds of the area. You’ll also learn about the Bottlenose environment, behaviors, and history. The best part? You’ll have a front-row seat to a Gulf Shores sunset.

Bonus: Wild Native Tours has a “leave no trace” policy, and the company is very environmentally conscious. Rest assured that they care about the dolphins you paddle alongside!

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After you’ve experienced the thrill of one of the many dolphin cruises Gulf Shores has to offer, enjoy a view of the ocean from your private balcony. Our luxury Dolphin View condominium has floor to ceiling windows with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, Lake Shelby, Little Lagoon, and Oyster Bay. The stunning water views and sophisticated amenities, like whirlpool tubs and stainless steel appliances, make this the ideal beach rental.

When you stay at Dolphin View at the Mustique Condo, you’ll also have access to the building’s lagoon front pool, fitness center, and sauna. Simply walk across the street to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores. Don’t wait; check our availability and book your Gulf Shores vacation rental today!