Vacations are a time to sit back, relax, and maybe get a few (or a hundred) fun pictures to show our friends and family once we get back home. If you want to share your adventures in real-time on social media, head over to these ten best spots to snap a pic in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!
The Wharf Murals
The Wharf in Orange Beach is home to plenty of fantastic restaurants, incredible attractions, and a few picture-perfect spots. If you venture near the movie theater, you’ll find an eye-catching mural painted on the side of the Pepper Palace. This vibrant wall captures everything that makes our beaches so great and even has a designated spot for posing. If one mural isn’t enough, there’s also a mural for fishing enthusiasts on the side of The Spice & Tea Exchange.
The Wharf Ferris Wheel
While at The Wharf, head over to the vivid and luminous Ferris wheel. Standing at 112 feet tall, it’s one of the largest in the southeast, so you’ll get a fabulous view from above as you ride. If you prefer to stay on the ground, you can still capture the beauty of the Ferris wheel from below, as the color-changing lights provide an excellent background for photos.
The Hangout Shaka
Put on your shades and let the good times roll at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Offering waterfront dining and a fun atmosphere, this ever-popular place is filled with plenty of photo opportunities like its giant Adirondack chair, wall of lunchboxes, and surfer statue. The most recognizable spot, however, is the giant shaka that sits at the entrance to the restaurant. Be sure to throw up your hands and snap a pic hanging out at The Hangout.
You probably came to the beach expecting to take pictures in the sand and water, but how about a photo in front of Stonehenge? Don’t worry. You don’t have to travel all the way to England to get your picture with the renowned pillars. Located just north of the beach in Elberta is Bamahenge, a full-scale replica of the prehistoric monument. These fiberglass megaliths are aligned with the summer solstice, so you can time your pictures perfectly to mimic the original.
Gulf State Park Pedestrian Bridge
Gulf State Park is a must-visit when coming to Alabama’s beaches. With 28 miles of paved trails, three miles of beach, one of the largest piers on the Gulf and more, so much fun awaits inside the park’s 6,150 acres. For those who choose to explore the park, you’ll want to snap a photo on the pedestrian bridge that connects the park to The Lodge and the beach beyond. The scenic bridge spans the beach road and provides stunning views of the beach and Gulf State Park. Whether you bike, walk, or hike, be sure to check out this spot in the park while enjoying the Gulf Coast’s great outdoors.
Cool Shots Selfie Museum
Cool Shots Selfie Museum at The Wharf in Orange Beach is an Instagram lover’s paradise. With 4,900 sq. ft. of selfie scenes, Cool Shots is one of the largest selfie museums in the southeast. This unique space and its 50 immersive and dynamic backdrops will add a little excitement to your Instagram feed.
Souvenir City Shark
Have you ever had your picture taken with a shark? At Souvenir City of Gulf Shores, you can pose inside the mouth of the enormous Great White at the store’s entrance. While it may not be a real shark, it still makes for a memorable photo, and you can pick up unique souvenirs inside the store.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Animal Encounters
Although the shark at Souvenir city isn’t real, the residents at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo sure are!. A visit to this fantastic zoo will allow you to see dozens of unique species, feed one of the giraffes, and snap a selfie with a few furry friends. With a Gulf Coast Zoo animal encounter, guests can choose to get up close with sloths, lemurs, or kangaroos. What’s better than a picture with a lemur on your shoulders or a sloth hanging next to you?
Flora-Bama State Line
No trip to Alabama’s beaches is complete without a visit to the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar. Known as the last great American roadhouse, this joint attracts thousands of visitors every year. As its name suggests, Flora-Bama is located just over the Alabama/Florida state line, and there’s a sign that marks the spot where the two states meet. You’ll find the spot at the very right of the front of the building. It’s the ideal place to snap a picture showing you’ve been to the iconic Flora-Bama.
Life’s a beach, and this list would not be complete without a visit to one of our beautiful beaches. Gulf Place in Gulf Shores offers open-air pavilions and a picnic area on the sugar-white sand. This beach access is filled with many Instagrammable spots, including palm trees, pristine turquoise waters, and a grassy green area ideal for having a picnic or doing a quick yoga routine.
If you snap a pic at any of these spots, tag us @visitalbeaches so we can see your Instagram-worthy photos!
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