The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

Ferris wheel the wharf at orange beach

The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama is a destination in itself. From the ultimate shopping experience in premium entertainment, there is something for everyone.

My gracious hosts while in this area were the good folks of Young’s Suncoast Vacation Rentals, as they provided three nights of lodging for myself and my husband. When you book a stay with Young’s Suncoast Vacation Rentals, you will find yourself in the heart of the festivities all year long.

the wharf in gulf shores at night

Top Notch Entertainment at the Wharf

The amphitheater at The Wharf offers family-friendly events all year long. Rock ‘n roll, Jazz and even country music performances can be experienced in this popular venue. Summertime brings outdoor concerts with the end of main street being the happening place.

There is no shortage of entertainment when the calendar rolls into December. This is when Santa arrives on a fire engine and makes his grand entrance into The Wharf and Orange Beach for the season. A personal highlight at The Wharf is standing on the street and watching the lighted palm trees dance to music. When is the last time you took some time to reflect on the art that music can provide?

christmas decor at the wharf orange beach

The Wharf Shopping

The Wharf has a variety of shops for the shopping enthusiast. Kick start your day with breakfast at The Southern Grind. From breakfast sandwiches to a cup of coffee, the most important meal of the day awaits you. I personally experienced the ultimate cup of hot chocolate at The Southern Grind.

If you have kids in tow, you may want to plan a visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop. A trip to Orange Beach would not be complete without a personal teddy bear from The Wharf. Home decor, swimwear, casual wear and souvenirs to take home with you from your Orange Beach vacation are in abundance. If you have arrived in Orange Beach for the ultimate beach vacation and forgotten a few items at home, The Wharf in Orange Beach has you covered.

Hot chocolate Southern Grind

Ride the Ferris Wheel  

The Wharf is home to the largest Ferris Wheel in the Southeast. It’s truly one of a kind, as it is over 112 feet and was made by Italy’s Technical Park. There are 24 gondolas, which do include one gondola that is handicapped accessible.

For the ultimate experience, ride it once during the day and again at night. The sight is a little different as the night sky sets in over this lively area in Orange Beach. For a different view of the Ferris Wheel, take some time to overlook The Wharf from the balcony area of your condo. The view itself is stunning.

Ferris wheel the wharf at orange beach

Take a Zip on the Hummingbird Zipline  

The thrill of zipping along on a zipline can also be experienced at The Wharf in Orange Beach. With 8 zip lines and 3 years as the #1 attraction on TripAdvisor, this is a must experience for the outdoor, adventure enthusiast. I have personally zipped this zip line a couple different times and it’s a thrill to remember! If you have never ziplined before, the staff is very helpful and will guide you through the course. They are patient and want all participants to have a good time.

Book a Boat Excursion 

The Wharf is a great place to book a dolphin and/or fishing cruise. Parking is ample and it’s very easy to find. If you are looking for a more private experience, you can also rent a boat for the day. Several types of boating experiences are available at The Wharf, which means there is no reason for you to not get out on the turquoise color water that awaits.

Young Coastal Rental Bay View

The beautiful beaches and sugar, fine sand await you when visiting Orange Beach, Alabama. With so many things to experience, it’s hard to decide what to do and where to go, with only so many hours in a day. The Wharf is an ideal place to anchor yourself while in the area, as you literally have dozens of activities at your fingertips. You can do as little or as much as you like.

I love this area of the country and find myself returning again and again. There is nothing like the Southern Hospitality that I continue to find along the Alabama Coast. The good folks in this area sure know how to keep a traveler like myself happy while on the go.

the wharf at night time

Article written by Sara Broers of Travel with Sara

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