Orange Beach Alabama News, Weather & Information Directory

Category Archives: Tourism

Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile

July 27, 2017

BY JOHN MULLEN

Sports tourism is big business in South Baldwin county and Orange Beach is aiming to keep teams coming back with upgrades to its Sportsplex.

With nine baseball and softball fields and a soccer stadium and practice fields, the city recently voted to spend $610,000 in phase one of a three-year upgrade at the tourist-attracting complex.

via Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile.

Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG

July 27, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — It’s a choke point for traffic at the beach.  The Alabama-Florida line is a problem spot, where the Beachfront Road goes from five lanes to two, and where hundreds of customers of the Flora-Bama Lounge constantly cross the road to the establishment’s parking lot.

It’s a real mess, but changes could be on the way.

At all hours, cars zoom by Flora-Bama.

“We just have a lot of traffic in general in this area,” said Flora-Bama owner, John McInnis.

via Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG.

Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually)

June 28, 2017

On Saturdays, it often occurs to me that carloads of people are driving south along the many highways that lead to Gulf Shores so bursting with excitement that every cow pasture and roadside restaurant become a landmark heralding another step toward the final destination. Conversely, there are just as many cars heading north filled with people in the early throes of post-vacation depression, wondering why they can’t live where they’ve just spent the past week.

via Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually).

Families find ways to enjoy Gulf Shores beach despite double red – FOX10 News | WALA

June 23, 2017

It was another wild, windy day in Gulf Shores but the beach was still full of people this morning.

“I’m 31 and I’ve never been to the beach and neither have my girls so this is our first family vacation,” Heather Aldrich of Missouri said.

“As long as I can provide them to come out and join life with things not everybody gets to do, that’s alright with me,” Ryan Aldrich said.

via Families find ways to enjoy Gulf Shores beach despite double red – FOX10 News | WALA.

Some of the Best Gulf Beaches Are in Alabama – Southern Living

June 19, 2017

Today, Alabama beaches are among the state’s most popular tourist destinations, even attracting visitors from other Gulf Coast beaches with surf of their own. While Alabama doesn’t have as much coastline as its neighbors, the 32 miles of white sand and saltwater just south of Mobile are top-notch, offering gorgeous seascapes, abundant wildlife, a laid-back pace, and a family-friendly environment with plenty to see and do. And while all of these beaches are in close proximity, each one has something unique to offer.

via Some of the Best Gulf Beaches Are in Alabama – Southern Living.

Memorial Day beach-goers find light crowds in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

May 30, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

For many, Memorial Day meant extra time to enjoy time with friends and family and many did just that at Gulf Shores’ beaches.  Beach visitors were greeted by something that was hard to find the last few days…space.  While the majority of holiday tourists were making their way home, many Baldwin County residents took advantage of it.

via Memorial Day beach-goers find light crowds in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Thousands flock to Gulf Shores for Memorial Day weekend | AL.com

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day weekend did not disappoint as thousands of people took to Alabama’s most popular beach on Saturday, May 27, 2017. By noon, the clouds had cleared giving way to plenty of sunshine and rising heat, too, forcing many beachgoers into the rough waves of the Gulf of Mexico, despite red flags warning swimmers of dangerous riptides.

via Thousands flock to Gulf Shores for Memorial Day weekend | AL.com.

Tourism numbers show bright outlook for Baldwin County | WPMI

May 12, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Tourism is a huge economic driver for the state and it’s in Baldwin County where the bulk of the tax base is generated.

The 2010 oil spill hit this area hard, but we bounced back.

Everyone knows Alabama has a beach. Seasons like the Summer season are getting busier every year. Even shoulder seasons in the Fall and Spring have attracted more visitors.

via Tourism numbers show bright outlook for Baldwin County | WPMI.

Tourism generating billions in Baldwin County | WPMI

May 12, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Last year millions of visitors came to our beaches spending billions of dollars.

The stage is set for this Summer and the state has big plans to keep people coming for years to come. With more and more people coming the state has invested more than 80 million dollars to improve the Gulf State Park including a 56-million-dollar lodge and meeting facility.

via Tourism generating billions in Baldwin County | WPMI.

Orange Beach to request longer federal red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2017

When it comes to the federal red snapper season, many fishermen are saying three days is not enough. As it stands, the federal season for recreational fishermen starts on June 1st and goes through June 3rd – making it the shortest red snapper season ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It seems absurd … and I the thing is we thought 9 days was too short and all of a sudden to be reduced to 3 days – it’s almost an issue no you can’t go out and fish these open public waters,” said Ken Grimes, Orange Beach City Administrator.

via Orange Beach to request longer federal red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA.

Beach business booming year-round | WPMI

May 09, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The impact of Sports Tourism to the area along with the upcoming Hangout Music Festival are being felt along the Coast.

The transition from one event to another is now seamless. Events like the NCAA volleyball tournament, that’s new to the area, but the folks at the Hangout Music Festival they’ve been doing this since 2010.”

via Beach business booming year-round | WPMI.

Alabama beaches struggle to attract tourists from blue states | AL.com

May 07, 2017

When Jeremy Dorn visited Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for the first time last November, he didn’t know what to expect.

A California native and Hillary Clinton supporter, Dorn came to Alabama to visit friends and attend a University of Alabama football game. He happened to be in Alabama on Election Night.

via Alabama beaches struggle to attract tourists from blue states | AL.com.

Baldwin County businesses benefit from sports tourism – FOX10 News | WALA

May 05, 2017

Gulf Shores is hosting the NCAA women’s beach volleyball championships.

It’s just one of a growing number of marquee sporting events landing on the gulf coast.

If it seems like you’re hearing about more and more sporting events coming to the beach, you’re not imagining it.  This weekend alone there’s a state track championship, a junior beach volleyball championship for the gulf coast region and of course, the NCAA national championships where the top eight teams in the country will be kicking up sand and knocking down points.

via Baldwin County businesses benefit from sports tourism – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama’s tourism, fueled by beach-bound visitors to Baldwin County, continues record pace | AL.com

May 04, 2017

Alabama’s tourism industry continues to race ahead, leaving the 2010 BP oil spill disaster and the Great Recession in the rear-view mirror.

For the sixth year in a row, Alabama set a new record in annual tourism expenditures for 2016, and for the number of visitors coming to the state.

More than 25.8 million people visited last year, up 2.5 percent over the 25.2 million people who came in 2015.

via Alabama’s tourism, fueled by beach-bound visitors to Baldwin County, continues record pace | AL.com.

Expand Your World, Go to the Beach in Alabama – The New York Times

April 30, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. — My dad and stepmom live in Mobile, Ala., and spend their vacation time an hour’s drive away in Orange Beach, Ala. This means that, throughout my life, I have regularly vacationed there as well.

Whenever I tell people in Berkeley, Calif., where I live, that I’m headed to the beach in Alabama, they are shocked. Most people outside of the Gulf Coast have no idea that Alabama has beaches — even though if you look at a map of Alabama, there is a part of it that looks as if it should belong to Florida. There is even a bar at the Alabama-Florida border that commemorates this fact. That bar is named the Flora-Bama. (Calling it the Ala-Lorida would just be ridiculous.)

I often try to convince my wife, Melissa, that we and our two daughters should vacation in Orange Beach more often. I try to persuade friends to come, too. It is the perfect fun-and-sun vacation. We stay across the street from the beach, which is perfect for my wife. The resort has an old-school arcade room with one of those claw machines, which is perfect for our older daughter, even though she has never won anything from it. And it has a lazy-river pool, where you can sit in an inner tube and let the underwater jets push you around while thinking that you may be experiencing the pinnacle of human achievement. That’s perfect for me.

via Expand Your World, Go to the Beach in Alabama – The New York Times.

Flora-Bama prepares for 33rd Annual Mullet Toss – FOX10 News | WALA

April 28, 2017

This weekend is the 33rd Annual Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast Greatest Beach Party. The main events for the busy weekend start Friday but that didn’t stop dozens of people from flocking to Flora-Bama a day early as crews set up.

“This is a guaranteed vacation until I retire,” Wes Hotard of Louisiana said.

via Flora-Bama prepares for 33rd Annual Mullet Toss – FOX10 News | WALA.

The Factory’s business is jumping, from Gadsden to Gulf Shores | AL.com

April 28, 2017

There’s something liberating about play, says Bethanne Mashburn.

So when she saw a trampoline park in Nashville, she knew she wanted to open a similar business in her hometown of Gadsden. Now her spin on the entertainment attraction, known as The Factory, has two locations – in Gadsden and Gulf Shores – and is eyeing a third.

“I love the fact that people come here to have fun,” Mashburn said. “I love the play aspect, that we help people find a way to enjoy life.”

via The Factory’s business is jumping, from Gadsden to Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Local Leaders Work Together for Solutions to Air Show Traffic

April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25 leaders and staff from the Escambia County Commission, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Navy met to discuss the impacts on traffic from the very popular Blue Angel practices held at the National Naval Aviation Museum located on Naval Air Station Pensacola. In an effort to help alleviate traffic conditions for both air show goers and those traveling Gulf Beach Highway, the following steps will be taken:

via Local Leaders Work Together for Solutions to Air Show Traffic.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region

April 26, 2017

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s many miles of undeveloped beaches provide a big economic benefit to the region, according to a new study from the National Park Service.

The study, conducted by the park service and an economist for the U.S. Geological Survey, found that the 4.8 million people who visited the park in 2016 spent more than $206 million in surrounding communities and provided an estimated $251.8 million in economic benefit to the region.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region.

31 Things To Do In Orange Beach, AL That The Locals Love

April 25, 2017

Orange Beach is Alabama’s coastal community juxtaposing the Gulf of Mexico. A bustling destination for spring breakers and summer vacationers, this family beach retreat is also perfect in the more affordable shoulder season (the spring and bookends to summer). Known for blue-green waters that rush upon soft, white-sand beaches, Orange Beach presents a myriad of accommodations, an amazing culinary scene, adventure and water recreation.

via 31 Things To Do In Orange Beach, AL That The Locals Love.

Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI

April 15, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Officials say Baldwin County blew away any competition in the state in regards to tourist spending and nearly doubled the total of its closest competing county.

Baldwin County continues to grow and so does its economic footprint, especially when it comes to tourism.

Travelers spent $4.2 billion and were responsible for nearly 50 thousand jobs in Baldwin County last year, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department.

via Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI.

We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com

April 14, 2017

From breathtaking sunsets over the gulf’s white-sand beaches to the sweeping views from Cheaha Mountain, Alabama’s landscape is like no other. The beaches, forests, lakes, and rivers in our 21 state parks are teeming with flora and fauna. The Mobile River System is America’s Amazon. Our golf courses aren’t too bad either. So what specially does the Alabama the Beautiful motto refer to? I’ll be trekking across Alabama to find out.

via We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com.

Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | AL.com

March 29, 2017

Spring breaker Logan Layton loves Perdido Pass for one reason.

“I love jumping from this bridge,” Layton, 15, a student from Mortimer Jordan High School said.

Layton, along with other brave students, wasn’t leaping from the bridge, rather the 15-year-old was jumping from the base under the bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Yeah, I’ll do flips and whatever. It’s a blast.”

via Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | AL.com.

Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR

March 29, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. WEAR — Okaloosa County commissioners may soon do away with a program which spends more than $18 million every year. But commissioners still have a lot of questions before they cast their vote.

County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss, but not vote on, scrapping the county-run tourism department in favor of a public-private partnership with local chambers of commerce and business owners.

via Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR.

OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI

March 22, 2017

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — Spring is here and the Summer crowds are sure to follow along the Gulf Coast.

Many will come to experience the OWA amusement park under construction in Foley right now. For some retailers the park is causing a stir when it comes to seasonal hiring in the area.

Will there be enough employees to fill all the summer jobs? It’s not clear what OWA will be offering per hour above the minimum wage, but companies along Highway 59 in Foley and in Gulf Shores are already offering $11.50 per hour… so the “race is on” to get these employees.

via OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI.

Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County

March 22, 2017

Past all the entree’s, salads and desserts at Wolf Bay Lodge, there’s a problem. “We need so much more help.” Charlene Haber owns the restaurant that her parents started so many years ago. “Baldwin County is a year-round–we’re making it a year round attraction–and we need year round help; not seasonal anymore.”

An ever increasing demand for employees remains one of her biggest challenges.

Now a new computer program geared at connecting high school students in Baldwin County with potential employers may answer that challenge.

via Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County.

Orange Beach to finish boardwalk at Perdido Pass sea wall | WPMI

March 17, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — After years of deterioration. The Sea Wall at Perdido Pass in Orange Beach is finally on the mend.

Last year the city moved ahead and completed Phase One in revitalizing the boardwalk and fishing pier at the Pass.

Now it’s on to Phase Two of the project. It’s a toursit attraction and favorite for the locals that’s been lacking for years.

via Orange Beach to finish boardwalk at Perdido Pass sea wall | WPMI.

Booze ban or the weather? Gulf Shores, reeling from Mardi Gras, welcomes quieter Spring Break | AL.com

March 15, 2017

Who said the booze ban is keeping spring breakers off Alabama’s beaches? It’s Mother Nature that has been the party-pooper thus far.

“I don’t think we’re going out,” Sam Moeller, 22, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., said Monday while visiting coastal Alabama for the first time during a week-long spring break with friends. “It’s a little cold out here.”

via Booze ban or the weather? Gulf Shores, reeling from Mardi Gras, welcomes quieter Spring Break | AL.com.

There are lots of Fun Things To Do on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast; Fish, Boat, Golf, Beach, Dine, Bike, Kayak, Swim and list goes on...

...Read More

There are a lot of great places to check out on day-trips while you're in the Orange Beach area.  Here's a list of Daytrip Ideas for you to explore.

...Read More

If you want to know something about Orange Beach area and you can't find the answer email us and we will get the answer for you.

...Read More

Put the OBA Logo Logo to
Work for Your Business!

Visitors to The OBA Website have one thing in common, they are looking for information about the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

...Read More