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Eight Unique Things You Can See and Do Near Alabama’s Beaches

There are so many ways to adventure on Alabama beaches, but sometimes you need something just a little quirky and a lot of fun.

These eight adventures promise Insta-worthy opportunities and loads of laughs.

Adventure Island in Orange Beach, AL

1. Leaping Lemurs (on your head!)

What better way to snap a selfie than with a lemur on your head? This animal encounter at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is bananas! The lemurs love to climb, sit and snuggle their human friends while the keeper shares the secrets of these exotic primates.

2. Do-nut Miss This Bite

Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts is a must-visit near OWA Amusement Park as you’re making your way to the beaches. Sure, you can grab a dozen to go, or sit awhile and try one of their over-the-top adult beverages. But the real fun here is their Donut Burger: two beef patties, candied bacon bits, mozzarella and cheddar, and pickles…served between two glazed donut “buns.”

3. Explosive Family Fun

Adventure Island is packed with all sorts of family excitement…go karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, and more. But if you’re looking for something unique then it’s the volcano you need to see. Yes! A 5-story volcano sits right on the Alabama Beaches, and you can see it come alive with fire and sound…and without the fear of evacuation!

4. A Rainbow Inside a Shipping Container

The Gulf is a casually chic restaurant on the beach serving seasonal delights. The restaurant is built out of bright blue shipping containers.….and it’s all inside converted shipping containers! While you’re there order a Surf’s Up. It’s their signature layered rum cocktail that looks like a rainbow and tastes like gold.

Cruisin' Tikis in Orange Beach, AL

5. Giants in the Woods

Most people go to Barber Marina to pack their boat and head out on the water, but did you know dinosaurs live here, too? Fiberglass artist Mark Cline’s sculpture creations feature four dinosaurs, including a towering t-rex. There is also a replica of Stonehenge (nicknamed BamaHenge), a giant woman “skinny dipping” in the water, and several other quirky sculptures worth the hunt.

6. A Step Back in Time

Head over to Sunliner Diner to be transported back to 1950. Try breakfast-all-day or classic diner options like burgers and fries…and don’t leave out one of their delicious handspun milkshakes. The best part? You can eat it in a car! Their special car booth will make you feel like you’ve gone back to the future.

7. Open Wide Sharky-Sharky

Souvenir City is home to one of Gulf Shores’ beloved landmarks: a giant shark whose open mouth is the entrance to the store. Whether you pretend to be shark lunch, or pose on the side of this cold-blooded behemoth, you can’t miss this photo op.

8. Tick-Toc: Tiki Time

When you’re in Orange Beach it is important to get out on the water, and it helps to be with someone who can take you around the islands and point out the native wildlife. How do you top that? Skip a typical boat ride and opt for a floating tiki! Crusin’ Tikis provides the tiki and the guide/captain, plus a cooler, ice, cups and shot glasses, bottle openers and bottled water. You bring the drinks (adult beverages or otherwise) for a unique way to explore.

Now that you have an itinerary full of fun places to visit, browse the special offers for great rates on accommodations and activities. 

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