Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
Gulf Shores Shopping
For many, a vacation experience isn’t complete without shopping. Here on the Gulf Coast, we aim to please.
Tanger Outlet is a top attraction for visitors to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. If you are looking for top brands at discounted prices then Tanger Outlet is a must visit while vacationing on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Located in nearby Foley, Alabama right on Highway 59, this shopping mecca has over 120 brand name store from Coach Factory to the Crocs Outlet to the Polo Ralph Lauren factory store. Open 7 days a week including all major holidays.
Pelican Place at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores features unique specialty stores like Sand Dollar Shoes along with national favorites like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. Catch a movie at the Pinnacle Theatre with 14 screens featuring the latest movie releases and summer blockbusters.
San Roc Cay, located in Orange Beach, is an upscale shopping center and marina that features some of the shopping essentials of any beach vacation: swimwear, sportswear and spas. Enjoy delicious casual or upscale dining, or if you’re more adventurous, charter a fishing boat from the marina and catch your own supper.
Nightlife & Restaurants in Gulf Shores
The sun may have set, but don’t let that stop you.
This longtime local favorite, located at Sawgrass Landing in Gulf Shores, offers award-winning steaks and seafood in a serene setting overlooking the bayou in the heart of Gulf Shores. With live dance music nightly, Nolan’s lets you kick it up a notch after a relaxing day on the beach.
You can come casual to Cosmos at Fish Camp Landing in Orange Beach, but don’t expect casual service or food. This local hangout offers excellent service and a varied menu that includes sushi, fresh local seafood, succulent steaks, savory chicken, and much more. Plus, you can enjoy nightly entertainment on the outdoor deck. Cosmos is located on Canal Rd in Orange Beach.
LuLu’s, Gulf Shores’ famous waterfront restaurant is owned by Lucy Buffett, the sister of famous brother, Jimmy Buffett. LuLu’s first location was Weeks Bay where it thrived for five years before loading on a barge and landing under the Highway 59 Bridge on the Intracoastal Canal. Homeport Marina, a full-service marina adjacent to the restaurant, opened in January of 2005. With casual seafood dining, cheeseburgers in paradise, specialty tropical drinks, live music, and multiple activities to entertain the kids, LuLu’s is a one of a kind. Easy to find by boat, plane or car, LuLu’s is more than a meal – it’s an experience the family will never forget.
The Hangout – A celebrated beachfront club and restaurant, the Hangout’s origins date back to the 1950s and 1960s in Gulf Shores, when it was an open-air arcade and burger joint. These days, the Hangout has been reinvented and is back and better than ever. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the summer they have kid themed productions that entertain the little ones during breakfast and lunch. At night, year-round bands entertain the adults. In addition to the restaurant they also produce the Hangout Music Festival in May (the weekend before Memorial Weekend) and Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout which takes place the first of November.
The legendary Flora-Bama, located on the beach at the Alabama, Florida line, has been a “Redneck Riviera” institution since 1964. After a near-death experience at the hands of Hurricane Ivan, the bar and grill not only survived but thrived. Known for its nightly music, occasional celebrity sightings, and infamous bushwhacker drinks, the Flora-Bama is a must-stop on every adult visitor’s list. The whole family can experience great food and music at their two restaurants, The Yacht Club and Old River Bar, across the street. They also have a Marina where you can charter Fishing excursions or rent boats, jet skis or paddle boards. The Flora-Bama Lounge is also where the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival originated, this festival is dedicated to the late Frank Brown who was a night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 28 years. The festival takes place in November each year and starts on the first Thursday and lasts until the second Sunday. The singer/songwriters perform at venues throughout Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, AL and Perdido Key, FL, including the Flora-Bama establishments.