The Wharf: The Orange Beach Entertainment Hot Spot

The Wharf in Orange Beach has become ‘the place to be’ when visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Packed with dozens of shops and restaurants, a live music venue, Ferris wheel and on-site marina, The Wharf showcases the best in Orange Beach entertainment. Visitors can see the hottest acts in music and find fun attractions for the whole family — all in one place. Read more to learn about this popular spot.

The Wharf: Activities, Food and Family Fun

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Photo courtesy: The Wharf

See Big Acts in Music

The Wharf hosts many world-renown performers throughout the year. Concerts are typically held at The Wharf Amphitheater, which opened in 2006 and has become a top spot for live music in the South. Past performers include Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, Widespread Panic, Shinedown, with concerts added nearly every month. Music fans are sure to have a rockin’ good time at this open-air venue.

Attend an Orange Beach Event

As one of the top spots for entertainment, it shouldn’t come as a surprise The Wharf also hosts festivals and kids events. Signature Orange Beach festivals include holiday street parties – such as Mardi Gras, July 4th and Labor Day – as well as fishing tournaments and food and drink festivals. Signature events include:

  • Top of the Hops Beer Festival
  • Wharf Uncorked Food and Wine Festival
  • Seafood Festival and Car Show
  • The Wharf Beach Ball Drop
  • World Food Champions

Get on the Water

Looking for boating fun and marine encounters? The Wharf has it covered. Head to the on-site marina for boat tours and water excursions. Three companies offer Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area tours, where guests can see dolphins, birds, islands and sunsets.

Visitors can also rent their own boat, book a fishing trip and attend marina events. Must-sees include: Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, and Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

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Photo courtesy: The Wharf

Shopping and Dining

Shopaholics can easily spend a day browsing the boutiques and stores here. Whether strolling with kids or having a girls day out, The Wharf’s retail partners offer name brands and specialty items. More than a dozen stores sell clothing, shoes and accessories. Guests can also shop for their homes and find area souvenirs. In addition, three spas greet guests with pampering and relaxation.

More than a dozen restaurants feature different menus and experiences. Those looking for a sit-down meal can choose from American favorites, Caribbean, sushi, Mexican and more tasty treats. For a quick break, stop for coffee, ice cream or have a drink at one of the bars.

Ride the Wheel

No visit to The Wharf is complete without riding one of the largest Ferris wheels in the South. Measuring more than 112 feet, the Ferris wheel serves as an affordable and fun way to get tree-top views and Gulf breezes. The attraction is open daily until 10 p.m., and kids under 3 ride free.

Catch the Latest Flicks

Located on site, guests enjoy a state-of-the-art theater to watch new releases. The theater includes 15 screens, showing new movies and special film events, such as the summer kids series. Visitors can also benefit from discount prices on concessions and tickets.

Play a Round

For less than $10 per person, families can play putt-putt. Often a popular activity in beach destinations, the course provides families a way to have friendly competition and test their skills.

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