Orange Beach Places of Interest
Alligator Alley, 251-946-BITE (2483),
19942 Highway 72, Summerdale, AL. 36580
A 17.5 acre natural"Gator Park"with hundreds of alligators ranging
in size from 10 inches to 13 feet, including the world record gator!
Guest can walk along the boardwalk or feed the gators.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors, and $8/child.
Baldwin County Heritage Museum, 251-986-8375, 25521 Highway 98 E., Elberta, AL
The Baldwin County Heritage Museum’s mission is to preserve the culture of the farm communities of early Baldwin County through the creation of a home for historically significant buildings, documents and artifacts from community life. It is the site of monthly Sunday afternoon presentations on topics that are varied and interesting.
Battleship USS Alabama, 251-433-2703
Battleship Memorial Park, Battleship Parkway, Mobile, AL
From the mighty USS Alabama to the Submarine USS Drum and 22 combat aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well. The recipient of nine WWII Battle Stars, the Battleshp USS Alabama and her crew of 2,500 saw action in the Atlantic for a year before joining the Pacific Fleet in mid-1943. The Memorial Park also includes a snack bar, memorial rose garden and gift shop. Open daily at 8:00 a.m., except Christmas.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 251-973-0540 or 800-247-8420
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home showcase the generous commitment of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath to the natural beauty of our area. Enjoy the 65 acre gardens, Ecological Bayou Boardwalk, Southern Belle Cruise, or Magic Christmas in Lights. Open year round, except for Christmas day. Gardens open at 8:00 a.m. and home tours begin at 9:00 a.m.
Biophilia Nature Center & Native Nursery, 12695 S. Highway 95, Elberta, AL
This is a restoration project on 20 acres with 300 species of native plants. This is a serious nature walk and reservation is required by calling 251-987-1200. There is an admission fee.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, 251-540-7720
12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL.
The name Bon Secour comes from the French meaning “safe harbor,” very appropriate considering the sanctuary for native flora and fauna that the refuge provides. Bon Secour is indeed a natural oasis of wildlands in a sea of condominiums where wildlife can exist without harm. The Refuge consists of over 6500 acres of coastal lands ranging from constantly changing beach dunes to rolling pine-oak woodlands. There is fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, public beach access, visitors center and hiking trails.
Foley Archives & History Museum (Train Depot), 251-943-1818
E. Laurel Avenue (Hwy 98 E.), Foley, AL
Home to the agricultural history and artifacts of Foley’s early years. This museum will delight the lovers of Train Depots with its renovated L&N early 1900’s building. There are also boxcars and a caboose on display and a train whistle to blow!
Foley Kids Park, 251-943-1545, S. Alston Street, Foley, AL
The Foley Kids Park was constructed by hundreds of South Baldwin citizens. The park that was designed by children and architects features castles, plenty of play equipment and hand tiles designed by children from the area. Picnic tables are also available.
Fort Morgan, 251-540-7125 or 800 745-7263, 51 Hwy 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL.
Site of defenses in: War of 1812, The Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II. Fort Morgan also offers a museum, picnic tables, fishing pier and bird sanctuary. Call for dates and hours of operation.
Holmes Medical Museum, 111 W. Laurel Avenue (Hwy 98 W.), Foley, AL.
Call the Foley Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 251-943-1200 to arrange a visit.
The only medical museum in the State of Alabama displaying artifacts from Foley’s first hospital which happens to be the first hospital in Baldwin County. “Holmes Babies” birth certificates are displayed proudly and a “Holmes Mother’s” reunion was held during the opening of the museum. The facility also has exhibits featuring work by local artists.
Melvin Roberts Cedar Street Park & Walking Trail, 251-943-1545
N.Cedar Street, Foley, AL
A tranquil place to walk or enjoy your lunch on almost any afternoon, with shade from the beautiful oak trees and a bubbling fountain in the center of a pond. There are also tennis courts, handball wall, basketball court and baseball field available.
National Museum of Naval Aviation, 850-452-3604
Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola FL.
One of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world, 291,000 square feet of exhibit space and 37 acre grounds outside the Museum display over 130 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. You can also enjoy the IMAX theatre and gift shop. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oak Hollow Farm, Inc., 251-928-4840, 14210 Greeno Road in Barnwell, AL
Takes you back in time for a little rest, relaxation, and family fun on this farm that has been owned by the same family for generations. They offer a variety of activities for every member of your family, such as horse back riding, pony rides, hiking, hay rides and fishing. There are nature trails and a playground for the children. While enjoying their down home cooking in the barn, you can take advantage of karaoke and dancing.
Performing Arts Association, 251-943-4381,
119 W. Laurel Avenue (Hwy 98 W.), Foley, AL
Fine Art and Craft Sales Gallery with annual events: Trim A Tree Christmas Sale, Art in the Park (Arts and Crafts Show) and Snowbird Reception.
Sweet Home Cheese Farm, 251-986-5663, 27107 Schoen Road, Elberta, AL
Sweet Home Farm began producing cheese in Baldwin County in 1987. They produce over 15 varieties of naturally aged cheeses that contain no preservatives, colorings, or growth hormones. All of the cheeses are aged for a minimum of 60 days. This family owned and operated Grade A dairy strives to produce the highest quality cheeses.
Weeks Bay Estuary & Native Pitcher Plant Bog, 251-928-9792
Highway 98 W., between Foley & Fairhope
Some of the many features at Weeks Bay include; Nature Trails, Board Walk Trails that are handicapped-accessible, Native Pitcher Plant Bog with Boardwalk, Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardens, Interpretive Center – Displays of historical, archaeological, live and preserved specimens that are indigenous to the Mobile Bay-Weeks Bay Area. This Research and Educational Facility contains research offices, picnic areas and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 50.