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101 things to do In Orange Beach and Gulf Shores (2022)

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer many things to do, including watersports, theme parks, golf, shopping, and other attractions. We have found all the fun things to do and made it easy to click and book your Alabama beach activity. 

Watersports and Outdoor Activities

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Gulf Shores is known for its three top-rated golf courses at Craft Farms, Kiva Dunes, and the Peninsula.

Craft Farms

Craft Farms is home to two 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf courses located right off Hwy 59 and within minutes to the beach. Craft Farms is awarded 4 and a half stars by architectural digest. 

Kiva Dunes

Kiva Dunes is another top-rated golf course that is located in the Fort Morgan area. This 18 hole golf course is very convenient for those staying in one of our Fort Morgan house rentals. Kiva Dunes was rated the #1 public golf course in Alabama by Golf Digest in 2017. 


The Peninsula golf course is also located in the Fort Morgan area. This Peninsula offered two courses with a total of 27 holes and was also awarded 4.5 stars by the architectural digest. 

Lost Key Golf Club

Our guests staying in Orange Beach or Perdido Key will enjoy the Lost Key Golf Club. Lost Key is a challenging 18 hole course designed by Arnold Palmer. Lost Key is located in Perdido Key, Florida, within a few minutes' drive from Orange Beach. There is also a 9 hole par 3 course located right in the heart of Orange Beach at the Orange Beach golf center


The shopping opportunities are endless in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. There are two main outdoor shopping venues and a multitude of other independent stores.

Tanger Outlet Center 
The Tanger Outlet Center is an outdoor outlet mall with top brands such as Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Vera Bradley, and others.

The Wharf 
The Wharf in Orange Beach is an outdoor shopping venue with everything from women's clothing to home accessories. 


Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Explore the natural habitats of more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything from alligators to giraffes, plus Reptile House, Aviary, Petting Zoo, Gift Shop, Concessions, shaded picnic area. 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5731

Alligator Alley
Feed the alligators in their natural setting or watch our crew feed the gators daily at 4:00 p.m. See world record alligator, Captain Crunch! Open 7 days a week. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 19942 County Road 71 Summerdale, AL 36580 (251) 946-BITE (2483)

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge has 4-5 miles of hiking trails and beach access. Open from sunrise to sunset. Office hours: 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday. Please check with the refuge office for the updated post-hurricane status of trails and beaches. 12295 State Hwy. 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 540-7720

The Track Family Recreation Center
Family recreation center featuring go-kart tracks, bumper boats, SkyCoaster flights, Kid Kountry rides, miniature golf, and arcade. Open 9 am-midnight (seasonal hours may vary). 3200 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL PH: 251.968.8111

The Wharf at Orange Beach
Shopping, Dining, Live Concerts, Movie Theatre, and More!! Check out the Wharf while you are in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Waterville USA, Inc.
Fun for the whole family! 18-acre water park (open summer only) plus amusement park. Admission charged to the water park, per-ride fee for the amusement park. Open Mar-Sept. 906 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL PH: 251.948.2106

The Park at OWA 
OWA is an amusement park located in Orange Beach Alabama. The park has everything from thrill to family-friendly rides and carnival games.