HomeTop 5s in Orange BeachTop 5 Tourist Hot Spots in Orange Beach

While pretty much all of Orange Beach is touristy – it’s part of the charm – there are some spots that are a bit more popular with tourists than others. Sometimes doing the tourist thing is just what you need, whether you’re a visitor to our lovely beach or are lucky enough to live here year-round. Here are our top five suggestions for Orange Beach tourism hot spots for your next vacation!

Adventure Island

Take a break from the beach sun and sand for a day and head to Adventure Island. The entire family will enjoy the trip. This popular amusement park is right across from the beach, in the heart of Orange Beach. Race go-karts and bumper boats, play 18 holes of mini golf, or challenge your group to an exhilarating game of laser tag. Alligator Alley Arcade has over 100 arcade games including vintage arcade games and the Max Flight Roller Coaster Simulator. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and use up all that loose change!

Take things down a notch and relax with a paddle boat ride around the Lost Lagoon Lake.
And there’s a kiddie section too, with special rides like the Mini Tea Cup Ride and Go-Karts just for the little ones. Kids of all ages will love watching the five-story volcano erupt with flames, smoke, and a lot of noise!

Adventure Island
24559 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
251-974-1500

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail provides visitors with an opportunity to escape the bustling beach and wander among towering pines, scrub oak, palmetto, and mangroves. Just minutes from the busy beaches and hotels, trails run through six distinct ecosystems of longleaf sand ridges, freshwater marshes, live oak maritime forest, coastal dunes, pine flatwoods, and coastal hardwood swamps.

Originally used as Native American hunting trails, the trails are fully accessible and have interpretive signs identifying plants and wildlife as you jog, walk, skate, and bike past freshwater lakes, wetlands and marshes. While meandering along the trails, be on the lookout for white-tailed deer, otters, alligators, and the occasional coyote and bobcat—oh, and about a hundred species of birds. Don’t forget your camera!

The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
24037 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, Alabama
251-981-1180

Orange Beach Tourism at The Wharf

Can’t decide what you want to do, or maybe everyone wants to do something different? No worries, just head to The Wharf. It has everything from shops and spas to mini golf and a movie theater. You can quench your thirst and satisfy those hunger pangs at one of The Wharf’s many restaurants and bars. Plus, there are outdoor concerts in their amphitheater year round. The Wharf has a little bit of everything, and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

For fast-paced fun, check out the laser tag arena, or try your hand at axe tossing. Play a few arcade games, or try the Outer Limits VR arcade with fully immersive rides you have to experience to believe! Test your puzzle-solving skills at the Breakout Orange Beach escape room. And there’s a zipline too! Once your need for speed is fulfilled, enjoy a leisurely ride on the Ferris wheel where you’ll have time to enjoy the view. One of the tallest Ferris wheels in the Southeast, this landmark attraction is a great way to end your day.

The Wharf
23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, Alabama
251-224-1000

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

This small but popular zoo is in nearby Gulf Shores, and is home to native and endangered animals. Younger kids will love spending time in the Petting Zoo, petting and feeding donkeys, goats, and deer. The Zoo’s Animal Encounters are a chance to cuddle a cute baby red kangaroo, get close to a lazy sloth, and more on your Orange Beach Alabama tourism journey.

One of the more distinctive exhibits, is Lemur Island. Home to a small colony of endangered lemurs, these cute creatures from the rainforests of Madagascar love to frolic and get into mischief. Favorite zoo creatures include several regal Bengal tigers, a beautiful, sleek black leopard, and Chuckie – an American alligator, the zoo’s oldest animal and mascot. Other zoo inhabitants include black bears, camels, Australian kookaburras, free-roaming peacocks, tons of colorful parrots, baboons and endangered Black-headed Spider Monkeys. And no zoo would be complete without a Reptile House! The Gulf Coast Zoo’s is filled with huge snakes (anacondas!), lizards, iguanas and tons of creepy weird bugs that the kids will love.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
1204 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores Alabama
251 968 5731

The World Famous Flora-Bama

If beachfront honky-tonk bars are your idea of a good time enjoying Orange Beach Alabama tourism, then you’ve probably already been to the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar, right on the Florida-‘Bama line. If you haven’t been yet, here’s your chance!

Since the late seventies, the world-famous Flora-Bama has been a mecca for beachgoers looking for lots of live music and lots of fun. Their five stages are always jumping with a wide variety of music every day of the year, with local acts and national artists. Also known for their oyster bars and their famous Bushwackers, this beach bar also hosts exciting events throughout the year like their annual Interstate Mullet Toss, Super chili Bowl Cook-Off, Polar Bear Dip, and a sky-diving Santa at Christmas. Everyone who visits the Gulf needs to make at least one trip to America’s last great roadhouse!

The Flora-Bama
17401 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key Florida
850-492-0611