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Orange Beach is known for its bright white, sandy beaches with turquoise water, fresh seafood and colorful sunsets. There are gorgeous views all around! Here are a few especially picturesque Orange Beach sightseeing destinations to see on your next vacation with Harris Properties.

Hit the Beach or Take a Sunset Cruise

Really, all you have to do to enjoy a gorgeous view is head to the beach! Enjoy warm, white, sandy beaches that stretch forever in each direction and bright turquoise water out to the distant horizon. Sit back, cool drink in hand, and relax as you soak it all in. Strolling along the surf as the sun sets is a beautiful, peaceful way to end another perfect day in Orange Beach, although a moonlight walk, hand-in-hand, under the stars as they twinkle and reflect off the water is a pretty good ending too.

To get a different view of the Gulf, book a sunset cruise. Most local charters offer a sunset cruise, and sunset dinner cruises. You’ll be out on the water as it turns from bright blue to orange and red from the sun’s reflection. It’s as if you’re right in the middle of it.

Orange Beach Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is one of more photographed spots in the Orange Beach area. Located on Wolf Bay, it’s a favorite among photographers, known for colorful sunsets and the picturesque fishing pier jutting out into the water. There’s plenty to do even if you’re not an avid photographer.

Waterfront Park has picnic pavilions, picnic tables scattered under the shady trees, BBQ grills, restrooms and a great kids’ playground. The park is mostly shady grassed areas, but there is a little beach, a waterfront walkway and a paved walking path around the park too. The park is a popular place for weddings and festivals, and the Pleasure Island Arts Association is located at the park too. It’s a nice spot to spend some time, enjoying the view of beautiful Wolf Bay. With the calm bay water and shady trees, the park offers a different perspective on life at the Coast.

Orange Beach Waterfront Park
26425 Canal Road, Orange Beach Alabama

Orange Beach Sightseeing at Alabama Point East

Another favorite of photographers is Alabama Point East, which is also a little less crowded than the public beaches. Alabama Point East is one of the best spots around for bird watching, and the views of Perdido Pass and the Gulf of Mexico from the point are gorgeous.

With a wide beach accessed over boardwalks protecting the sea grass and dunes, the point also has a pier, picnic areas and restrooms too. Many local area photographers enjoy using the large rocks along the shoreline as backgrounds for portraits. And as part of Gulf State Park, Alabama Point East provides critical habitat for a number of animals, and is a nesting site for a variety of shorebirds including the snowy plover.

Alabama Point East
20115 State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf State Park

While there are amazing views everywhere in this popular state park, many photographers like the Beach Pavilion and the Fishing Pier for their beautiful beach and Gulf views, not to mention the colorful sunsets perfect for sightseeing in Orange Beach! Gulf State Park is home to several coastal ecosystems, each featuring unique wildlife and landscapes and offering myriad photographic opportunities. There are several pretty, small lakes as well as miles of pristine sandy beaches.

There are plenty of activities to try in the park. Rent a boat, canoe or kayak for ocean, lake or lagoon fishing or just playing around out on the water. Try out the golf course, tennis courts or set up your own volleyball court. Fish from the fishing pier or set up in the warm sand to fish from the surf. Swim or sunbathe on the beach, do some serious birdwatching, or try your hand at geocaching.

Gulf State Park
20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Alabama
Trail hours: daily, dawn to dusk

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

Originally used by Native Americans as hunting trails, the multi-use trails that wind through the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail take you through a series of different coastal ecosystems. All paths are fully accessible, and you can jog, walk, skate, and bike on these picturesque trails past freshwater lakes, wetlands, and marshes, over longleaf sand ridges, and past cattails, palmettos, and ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

The trail is part of the Alabama Coastal Bird Trail, making it a great stop for birds and birdwatchers. Keep an eye out for local wildlife too as you hike. White-tailed deer, otters, raccoons, turtles, snakes, alligators, and an elusive bobcat or shy coyote may be sharing the trail with you. With miles of picturesque trails, there are scenic views and photographic opportunities everywhere, and each trail offers a different aspect of coastal habitat for varied sightseeing in Orange Beach.

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
24037 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach Alabama