By Kelly Baughman/Photo by Diane Davis

Hailed as one of the south’s most inviting and diverse shopping and entertainment destinations, The Wharf in Orange Beach has even more exciting things to offer in 2018.  Located at 23101 Canal Road and featuring a variety of restaurants from fine dining to casual Gulf Coast fare, the Wharf has something for every appetite.  Once you’ve filled up on delicious cuisine, the whole family will enjoy strolling the well manicure sidewalks in search of unique gifts for everyone on your list at specialty stores, boutiques, and locally owned, one-of-a-kind shops that will please even the pickiest of shoppers.  

The action doesn’t stop at the Wharf in Orange Beach when the sun goes down.  The fun is just beginning as the bustling night life kicks into action.  With Daiquiri Bars, sports bars, live music venues, and much more, the fun can keep going into the night at one of the many amazing late night places the Wharf has to offer.

Want to taste something fresh from the vine?  Take advantage of the freshest local produce around at the Burris Farm Market Bakery and Deli.  An authentic and iconic family destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast for 25 years, the Burris Farm Market boasts locally grown seasonal produce along with a full bakery with lots of homemade southern treats like pies, cobblers, and strawberry shortcake.  

Located at The Wharf on the west side of property next to The Event Center and SpringHill Suites hotel, the Burris Farm Market is easily accessed from Canal Road, the Foley Beach Express or Main Street at The Wharf.

Monthly specials at the Wharf include $3 Pint Night at Bayes every Tuesday starting at 4 pm, and $4 Martini Night every Thursday at Bayes.  Shopping specials for the month of August include a free white t-shirt with the purchase of any airbrushing on that tee at Fric-n-Frac, and special deals on henna tattoos, hair wraps, face painting, caricatures and more.

At the High Cotton Bath Company, you can buy 2 get 1 free on custom Bath, Body, Home & Pet products, and receive a free mini salt scrub with purchase of $15 or more.

If you still didn’t find what you are looking for, hang tight, because the Wharf has exciting new tenants moving in soon.  Kilwins Candies will please your sweet tooth with delectable handmade treats, A Coastal Zen will calm you with their holistic and earthy candles, scents, salt lamps, and more.  Be sure to stop by the signature Orange Beach Store for your souvenir shirts, hats, and even custom Orange Beach jewelry before heading over to A-Z Beach Rentals to find the perfect place to spend a relaxing week with the family along the beautiful white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.  If you make memories here that make you want to hang your hat by your own front door, head over to Movement Mortgage and purchase your own little slice of beachfront heaven.

Still looking for more ways to see all the Wharf has to offer?  Try a bird’s eye view as you take to the skies at the Hummingbird Zipline Course!  New for 2018, the Hummingbird Zipline Course features 8 ziplines spanning 6000 feet with heights up to 115 feet and speeds of up to 30 mph.  Guests will soar on a 2 ½ hour tour over picturesque bays, the Intracoastal Waterway and through a Federally-protected wetland, beginning and ending just off of The Wharf’s Main Street.

Zipline tours are $89 per person, but reserve your adventure for Saturday or Sunday, and receive $10 off per person with Weekend Special Code: WM10. You may book by calling 251-948-9494 or through our website at Zipthegulf.com.

If flying through the air isn’t your speed, take in a movie at the AMC Theater (formally Carmike Theater), tap into your competitive side with a game of mini golf, or take a romantic ride on the newly renovated Ferris wheel.  Having recently undergone a complete overhaul, the Ferris wheel is brighter, cleaner, and more comfortable than ever before.  In fact, thanks to the recent renovation, the Ferris wheel just had its biggest month ever in July with no signs of business slowing down.  For just $5 per person, you can see the town like the gulls, ospreys, and pelicans do.  Children under 3 ride for free.  Ferris Wheel hours are 12 pm-10 pm 7 days a week.

Want to see one of your favorite musicians up close and personal?  Then be sure to catch the big name acts at the Amphitheater at the Wharf.  Since opening its doors in 2006, the Amphitheater at the Wharf has been host to many sold out acts like Hank Williams Jr., Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Journey, and many more.  The state of the art outdoor concert venue seats 10,000, and can be reached by land or waterway.

Now halfway through the 2018 C Spire Concert Series, The Wharf has hosted monster acts like Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews Band, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and REO Speedwagon, just to name a few.  There’s still plenty of fun left to be had at the Amphitheater at the Wharf as they host Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Need To Breathe in the upcoming weeks.  For ticket information or for questions about upcoming shows, visit www.alwharf.com/events or call 251-224-1000.

Whether you have a boat or not, come experience all the Marina at the Wharf has to offer.  With popular events like the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Kyser Miree Memorial Fishing Tournament, The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show, The Blue Marlin Grand Championship, dubbed “the Greatest Show in Sportfishing” and the wildly popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series, called the most popular championship chase in big game sportfishing, there is something for everyone with a bit of salt in their veins.

The Marina at the Wharf also offers fishing excursions, dolphin and sunset cruises, daily boat rentals, and guests will enjoy the Techno-marine floating dock system, dockside fuel: Diesel, Ethanol-free Unleaded, Convenient on-site pump out facilities, Wi-Fi Internet, Cable TV provided, 30, 50 and 100 amp electric hookups, multiple Yacht Brokers on site, flexible long term slip rental rate schedules, and transient slips available at great rates.

Planning your next big event?  The Wharf offers several options to accommodate all of your needs like Heron Pointe, a plantation style waterfront venue with undeniable southern charm and elegant flair.  Perfect for weddings, anniversary or engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, or an elegant private party, Heron Pointe is sure to leave your guest breathless.  The 10,580 sq. ft. venue seats 400, has two bars, and offers a delicious array of catering options.

If you need something a bit more professional, look no further than the Orange Beach Event Center located at the Wharf.  This 18,000 sq. ft. venue is host to nearly 100 events annually, and can be configured in a variety of ways to serve various sized meetings, exhibits and receptions. Whether you’re planning a meeting for 25 or a convention for 2,500, the on-site Event Center staff are ready to help you plan and execute your event.

For more information about the Wharf at Orange Beach or any of its exciting stores, restaurants, or attractions, visit www.alwharf.com or call 251-224-1000.