Bear Point Easter Egg Hunt will be April 20 at the waterfront park.

By John Mullen

April 11, 2019 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) - Easter Sunday may not dawn until April 21 but there’s plenty of opportunities along the Alabama-Florida Gulf Coast to celebrate the weekend before, the day before and the day itself.

Included are sunrise services, Easter egg hunts, breakfast and photo ops with the Easter bunny and even a bunny dropping from the sky, an annual tradition at the Flora-Bama.

EASTER SERVICES

The Flora-Bama will have its ninth Easter Sunday services at Central Flora-Bama, a non-denominational Christian church. This year, the church will have the largest tent available in the Southeast set up on the sand behind the Flora-Bama Lounge to house the three services at 6:30 a.m. Sunrise, then experiences at 9 and 11 a.m. and includes a carnival for kids from first to fifth grade. Because of the big crowd expected worshipers are invited to bring along chairs.

Everyone is welcome at the Easter Sunday sunrise service at the Hangout in Gulf Shores at 6:30 a.m. Bring beach towels, blanks or chairs and the attire is casual holding with the annual Hangout traditional. The event is hosted by Gulf Shores United Methodist Church and will be on the main outdoor stage. GSUMC Praise Band and sinners will provide music led by Director of Worship Cody Johnson. Rev. Bob Tindale will have the Easter message. There will be a gourmet Easter breakfast buffet and $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys from 7:30-11 a.m. and there will be meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny at 9 a.m.

Praise the Lord at a sunrise service, hunt for eggs and enjoy a breakfast buffet at Perdido Beach Resort on Easter Sunday. A sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Paradise Reef followed by an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. A special brunch menu selected by Chef Brody Olive will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and the egg hunt will be at 12:30 p.m. on the pool deck. Call for reservations at 251-981-9811 ext. 103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Neil Dover will provide the music and the Rev. Donna Mullis will speak at an Easter Sunday ecumenical sunrise service Gulf State Park Pavilion in Gulf Shores, beginning 6 a.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Elberta will host a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Camp Dixie at 29711 Josephine Drive on Perdido Bay. There will be coffee and biscuits afterwards. For directions or information, call the church office at 251-986-8133.

Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon will have an Easter sunrise service at Big Lagoon Park at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. The park will open at 5:30 and the entry fee is waived for the sunrise service. For more information call 850-492-5634 or 850-492-1595.

PHOTO OPS

Come out to The Wharf on April 13-14 and April 20-21 for pictures with the Easter. He’ll be available from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Port at 4720 Main St. Photo ops with live bunnies will also be available.

Gulf Shores is again hosting its Breakfast with the Bunny on April 20 at 8 a.m. at the Erie Meyer Civic Center. The first 50 kids will get a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny and families can enjoy a breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes for $5. Children 3 and under are free and you can call 251-968-1171 or visit the city’s website.

http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/1245/Breakfast-with-the-Bunny

The Easter Bunny will drop from the sky at the Flora-Bama about 1:30 p.m. on April 20 and will be available for pictures. The even starts at 11 a.m. with crafts, games, face painting, a free Rouses Supermarkets cookie-decorating table and more than 5,000 eggs will be hidden in the sand for kids of all ages to find. Kids will be separated into four age groups.

EASTER EGG HUNTS

Everything’s fun at LuLu’s and the Easter Sunday Egg Dash at at 2 p.m. will be no exception. The fun starts at 1 p.m. so come early for a good spot. You never know who is going to stop by LuLu’s, and how can anyone resist the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and see what is in those eggs? Divided by age groups for safe full for all, as well as some “golden” eggs with prizes from the gift shop. The fun will also include LuLu’s usual family fun activities and delicious food. For more info, call 251-967-5858.

The Bear Point Civic Association will have its Easter egg hunt on April 20 with a 1 p.m. appearance by the Easter Bunny. There will be an egg hunt for children 0-10 years of age, and parents are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for each age group (0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10). For more info, please call 251-979-3233.

Perdido Kids’ Park will be the spot for the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon’s 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at 10 a.m. Children are invited to gather and find eggs placed in areas designed for each age group from (1-3), (4-5) and (6-7), thus ensuring the younger children have an opportunity to find their eggs. There will games for the kids and prizes awarded after the hunt. Parents will be able to accompany the youngest children.

Wales West RV and Light Railway in Silverhill is providing a special ride to the Bunny Hutch for pictures with the Easter Bunny, and egg hunt and mask making. The ride costs $15 per person and are available April 13-14 and April 20. There will be a free bounce house after the train ride, a hayless hay ride, free refreshments, a mini-train ride and a playground. The petting zoo and pony rides are available for a slight fee. Food will also be available in the diner. For info, call 888-569-5337 or visit Waleswest.com.

BRUNCH

Both Cobalt and GT’s By the Bay will have special brunches on Easter Sunday and the other properties in the family of restaurants – Cosmo’s, Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets will have specials as well.

45 Restaurant and Bar One Club in Gulf Shores is also planning a special Easter brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m featuring bottomless mimosas.

Gilbey’s Seafood and Steak will have special Easter menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $30. To-go plates will be $27.50 and the entrees are honey-glazed ham or garlic roasted rack of lamb.

On April 20 in a non-Easter event, Gulf Shores is hosting the Fifth Annual Zydeco Crawfish Festival in the Waterway Village District with lots of Cajun music, kids fun and thousands of pounds of boiling crawfish.