My top 10 must-visit Restaurants and Attractions
Looking for recommendations next time you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? I’ve got 10 delightful spots for you!
Due to Hurricane Sally on Sept. 16, 2020, some restaurants will be closed as they undergo repairs. At this time, we do not know the timeframe for all reopenings.
The suggestions below are must-visit attractions or restaurants that you should fit into your itinerary the next time you’re in the area! These restaurants and attractions rank high with my travel-loving family.
This is one of the best ways to lounge at the beach. Constructed of bright blue shipping containers that are stacked along the waterline, The Gulf is sprinkled with lounge chairs and tables in the sand. It’s up-scaled patio-seating, beach-bum style. While you can’t get into the water from the restaurant, you can definitely enjoy the expansive Gulf views.
Categorizing The Hangout as a restaurant just doesn’t cut it. More than a restaurant, it’s an experience. We can’t put our finger on the best part: the family-friendly DJ? Family dancing on the table? Hourly foam pit? Live music? Great food? This trendy spot lives up to its name. It’ definitely a place you’ll want to spend time and hang out.
This is another wonderful restaurant experience to add to your itinerary and is one of my family’s favorites! With an arcade, ropes course, and sandpit, waiting for a table was never so much fun. The restaurant is renowned for its food allergy menu. Travelers with food sensitivities often find comfort in the wealth of options for gluten-free, shellfish-free, seafood-free, egg-free, soy-free, and dairy-free food items offered here.
Playa at Sportsman Marina
Normally, restaurants on marinas are dive-spots, but not this beautifully designed location! This Orange Beach restaurant offers spectacular boat and harbor views that will delight all your senses. Playa, Spanish for beach, is a delectable Caribbean-inspired restaurant with homemade dishes that you’ll crave after vacation is over.
When you get the itch to explore the waters beyond the shoreline, get out on the water with some local guides. Cetacean Cruises, Coastal Kayak Excursions, and the Orange Beach Pirate Ship Cruise are all really great options!
Flora-Bama Marina and Watersports
Speaking of getting on the water, if you want to explore the open waters sans guide, then this is your one-stop shop for the water equipment you’ll need! We’ve even got a coupon to help you save some money on your next rental! Located across the street from the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar, you can end your long water day at what’s considered to be “America’s last great roadhouse” listening to some live music, offered 365 days a year.