The sugar-fine sand on Orange Beach, stretching along the stunning turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico, will entice you to spend your time soaking up the sun. But when you're ready for adventure, or if it's a cloudy day, there are plenty of nearby activities.
There are a number of tour operators in Orange Beach that guarantee dolphin sightings aboard their relaxing cruises. These adventures are reasonably priced and you'll find the boats at the wharf on Marina Road.
If you're traveling with the family, Adventure Island will be a hit. Go karts, bumper cars, arcade games and even an erupting volcano is found directly across the street from the Gulf.
Located behind City Hall on Highway 161 is an early 20th century one room schoolhouse. It now houses artifacts and exhibits related to Orange Beach's Native American and fishing heritage. Its hours are limited, so be sure to check the current schedule.
Over 25 miles of trails wind through the heart of Orange Beach, where you'll find a butterfly garden, marshes and even the home of resident alligators. Bike rentals are at Gulf State Park, at the turnoff to the trailhead, and along Perdido Beach Boulevard.
An Orange Beach landmark is the ferris wheel at The Wharf, one of the tallest on the Gulf Coast. Watching a sunset from the top is a great way to close out a vacation day. Follow it up with a drink or dinner at one of the restaurants in the complex.