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Courtesy of The Wharf

Key Info

23101 Canal Rd.

Price & Hours



Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Cafes, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Situated in nearby Orange Beach, Alabama, The Wharf offers a family-friendly nightlife option for locals and visitors alike. The complex features dining, boutique shopping and a variety of activities and events. In addition to attractions like a Ferris wheel, a movie theater and mini-golf, The Wharf has a marina where visitors can rent boats or catch a dolphin cruise. Travelers also have the option of docking their boats at the marina.

Tourists enjoy The Wharf's atmosphere and the fact that there always seems to be something happening. Others recommend taking a sunset cruise from the marina for gorgeous views and some wildlife spotting. Travelers also say that unless you enjoy shopping, you may not find enough to do at The Wharf to stay longer than a few hours.

The Wharf is open daily, though operating hours vary by individual shops and restaurants. The complex is situated about 7 miles northeast of Gulf Shores Public Beach and is free to visit, though attractions and events will cost extra. Visit The Wharf's website for more details.

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Travelers regularly call the park beautiful and praise the clean facilities. Hikers enjoyed the park's trails and appreciate the water fountains located along the paths. Meanwhile, RVers offer rave reviews of the size of the grounds and the on-site amenities.

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