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633 Vonda View Blvd.
P.O. Box 3013
Franklin, KY 42135
Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, Alabama
Fishing/Boat Cruises/Dophin Tours
The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area offers a range of fishing and boating opportunities.
Jet-Ski, Kayak, and Pontoon Boats are available for rent at multiple locations in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Deep-sea fishing trips, sunset sail cruises, dolphin cruises and parasail rides are also available.
This area is one of the premier deep-sea fishing areas in the United States. There are many species of fish to be caught of the Alabama gulf coast all year long. Spring time fishing is highlighted by Cobia, King and Spanish Mackerel, Amberjack, Triggerfish, and a variety of Snappers. In the summer and fall months, the focus seems to be more on the short family trips for mackerel or the longer multi-day trips to the offshore rigs for Yellow Fin and Black Fin, Dolphin, Wahoo, Marlin and Swordfish. In the late fall and winter, the emphasis is more on trolling for Redfish and Mackerel on the short trips. Offshore during this time, the weather may be a bit fickle but the offshore fishing is at its peak. The one type of fishing that is available year round, on the longer day trips and overnighters, is the deep-dropping for Golden Tilefish, Long tail bass, Yellow-edge Grouper, Snowy Grouper, and other deepwater fish in the 600 to 1500 foot range. Not to worry most outfitters provide the latest in electronic assisted reels to aide anglers in pulling these unique fish out of extreme depths.
Fishing information (what is in season, weather forecasts, etc) is available from Alabama Gulf Coast CVB, along with a comprehensive list of marinas, fishing charters, dolphin cruises and more.
Gulf Shores / Orange Beach Fishing Charters & Cruises
Family Fun Parks
Orange Beach and Gulf Shores' family-friendly environment is one of our favorite things about this area. Here are some things to do if you decide to come in from the beach and pool!
|You'll find several spots that offer go-carts, arcades, bumper boats including Adventure Island and The Track.|
|You'll also find a full waterpark at Waterville USA. We have both indoor (at The Wharf) and outdoor miniature golf and the Southeast's largest ferris wheel also at The Wharf.|
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, right in the heart of Gulf Shores, is renowned for its white tigers and for being the subject of the Animal Planet television series The Little Zoo That Could.
And don't forget Daulphin Island, The Exploreum Science Center interactive museum & IMAX theater in Mobile, and a trip to see the gators at Alligator Alley. We highly recommend the Naval Museum in Penscolla and IMAX if you would like to see the history of flight and our military.
The ten famous signature golf courses, designed by greats such as Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin, Jerry Pate, Earl Stone and Robert Von Hagge, are all conveniently located within easy driving range of the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Whether it's an annual trip with the guys, a weekend getaway for two or a trip with the entire family, you will find the perfect course for your group.
Our variety of signature golf courses is second to none. Creatively designed and strategically placed the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area offers everything from scenic coast lines to wetland preserves, to rolling hills, to links-style golf and three great public golf courses cut right out of an Alabama forest preserve.
Our Orange Beach / Gulf Shores golf courses are challenging and picturesque, but conveniently close to all Phoenix Condominiums as well as San Carlos Condominiums.
More Local Golf Clubs
You'll find grocery stores in Gulf Shores on Hwy 59 about 1-1.5 miles north of the beach. Winn-Dixie and Bruno's are directly on Hwy 59. Wal-Mart Super Center is just east of Hwy 59 on Hwy 180 (Ft Morgan Road). All of these are only a short drive from the San Carlos Condominiums. You'll also find a Winn-Dixie, Bruno's and a new Publix near all the Phoenix Condominiums in Orange Beach. There are a number of good local seafood shops.
The Tanger Outlet is located about 15 minutes north of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Foley. The Tanger Outlets have GAP, Nike, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, etc., etc., etc. There are a number of restaurants.
The Wharf is a development on the Intercoastal Waterway with a number of good restaurants, an array of local shops, a movie theater, indoor miniature golf, the Southeast's largest ferris wheel, an outdoor concert amphitheater, a marina and more. It is a good place to check out the boutiques and you'll find activities here around holidays and events like the boat races. You'll find it on Canal Road just next to the Beach Express bridge.
San Roc Cay is a small center with several very good restaurants, local boutiques, and a charming marina. This can be a great spot to watch tournament fisherman bring in their catch before enjoying a good meal.
Colonial Pinnacle located 3-4 miles north of the beach on Hwy 59 has a Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Books-A-Million, plus lots of other local and chain boutiques to meet an array of needs. You'll also find Cobb Theater here.
More Local Links...
Cosmo's Restaurant and Bar Fine
Dining and great Entertainment! Unbelievable menu!
Desoto's Seafood Great Seafood
Specialties! Very Family Friendly. Wonderfully price and excellent portions
for great tasting food! Lunch Specials Daily.
Duck's Diner Open
Wednesday through Monday until 2 pm. 251-948-9191. Just off Canal Road on
Easy Street. Family owned and operated, local favorite.
Serving Breakfast and Lunch all day long! Great Food, great service, great
Fish Tales Dockside Dining.
Very causal outdoor! Grab a beer and a burger as you head in or out of the
Marina. Doc store also attached.
Flora Bama Direct Gulf Front! Bathing Suits
and Beer Bottles are the perfect attire. Mullet Toss, Frank Brown
Interantional Songwriting festival, Mullet Swing
Golf Golf Classic. Truely a legend. A must to go atleast one time in your
life! Survived most storms!
Geno's Fresh Catch Grill Prime
Steaks served which are hard to find these days along with Sushi, Cajun Shrimp and Grit to name just a few of their menu items!
Gulf Shores Steamer Great Local
Steamed Seafood. Crab legs, Royal Reds, Buckets of Shrimp, Hand Cut Rib Eye
Steak! Mouth watering!
Johnny Rockets Old
Fashion Hamburger Joint complete with Juke Boxes and dancing wait staff.
Great Place to have fun and watch ferris
wheel keep gong round and round.
King Neptunes A local
favorite! Serve the Best Royal Reds, alaskan crab claw, snow crab claw and
regular crab claws. Very affordable
daily lunch special that feature homestyle cooking. The best of everything
from soup to salad to seafood!
Lester's Fabulous local favorite.
Great Food, Great Fund, Great Staff and affordable. What else can you ask
for. Menu is quite varied.
From home style cooking to Seafood and Steaks. Family oriented by day, night
life upstairs in the evenings with live entertainment.
Live Bait Three locations to serve
you! Two Restaurants and one night life club. Great Food, Great Fun and
Great Atmosphere. On the
water at The Wharf Marina and on the Beach Highway on Orange Beach.
Louisiana Lagniappe Specializes
in Cajun Cuisine. Baked Louisiana Oysters on the Half shell with our special
lagniappe stuufing and jumbo lump crabmeat is just one example of our flavorful unique and extraordinary dining experience.
LuLu's at Homeport Different Lattitude,
Same attitude! Come enjoy dining on the banks of the Intracoastal waterway.
has attracts a large amount of Boaters as well!
Mango's on the Island Casually sophisticated waterfront dining, exclusive to Orange Beach Marina.
With Caribbean acents through out
the menu, you can enjoy steak cut Sashimi grade Tuna, Jamaican Shrimp en
Banane, Seafood Paella and hand trimmed Prime aged steak!
Mikee's Seafood A place for seafood!
Steamin, grilling and frying excellent seafood item. Pleasant atmosphere,
great product!.. Great
Original Oyster House The Gulf
Coast the best seafood in a great casual atmosphere with geniune Southern
Pappa Rocco's The home of "WARM BEER AND
LOUSY PIZZA". Has won many people's choice awards. Best oysters on the half
the Alabama Gulf Coast. Live Entertainment Nightly.
Shrimp Basket Provides an enjoyable and yet
affordable dining experience. Six locatins to serve you as well.
Tacky Jacks Breakfast, lunch and dinner! On
the water dining. Famous breakfast Farmer Omelet and Belgiun Waffle! Mouth