Halloween on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Spooky. Cute. Fictional characters. No matter your costume style, Halloween is a chance to let your imagination soar. Choose from a variety of opportunities for all ages to celebrate this fall holiday along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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For spooky or not-so-scary Halloween fun for any age, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place to be!

Nightly between 6 and 9 p.m. through October 31, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores becomes BooLu’s, including the Manor of Doom haunted house and maze plus age-appropriate games. The $5 donation goes to local school arts programs—and for another $5 donation, test your climbing and balancing skills on the Mountain of Youth Ropes Course.

Boo at the Zoo speaks to the softer side of the season. With furry, feathery and scaly friends all around, your little ones will squeal with extra delight Thursday, October 25 at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The costume contest for kids of all ages begins at 5 p.m., but games, prizes and snacks will round out the fun from 4 until 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for kids, $1 for adults.

Bring the whole family to the Uptown Foley Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25. This free event, 5:30–8:30 p.m., is a block party-style celebration. Local businesses will line the streets, where you’ll enjoy a food court, cake walks, spook house, obstacle course, face painting, free games and treats, an inflatable jump house, and a costume contest for all ages.

Combine trick-or-treating with a shopping excursion at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. This Friday, October 26, from 3 until 9 p.m., bring your own bag and pick up treats at the SanRoc Cay merchants. While you are there, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, shop to your heart’s content, and even paint a special Halloween mask at Life’s a Canvas.

Get spooked at the Terror on the Gulf haunted house at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. For just $5 (or $25 for a season pass), find your way through the maze—but watch out for creatures! Open 7–10 p.m. for all ages that can handle the fright, then the adults-only version will run from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. for those 18 and over. Dates are Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, then again October 29–31.

Let your pet in on the holiday fun! Bring your costumed pet, children and self to Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic at Hwy. 59 and Co. Rd. 6 at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for various categories for pets and people.

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Tiptoeing past a scary sight is just one of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Halloween Family Fun Night at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores includes fireside stories, carnival games, dunking booth, a cake walk, and costume contests. This event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 27. Admission and popcorn are free, and game tickets may be purchased for 50 cents.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets Saturday, October 27 for movie night on the marina lawn at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The full evening begins at 6:30 with Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special, followed by Monsters, Inc. at 7 p.m. As the younger children head home, the screen will light up with the scary Poltergeist at 9 and Amityville Horror at 11. Admission and popcorn are free for all movies.

On Saturday, October 27, 7–11 p.m., join the Treasures of the Isle krewe for their Halloween Fundraiser at the Orange Beach Community Center. Your $20 donation includes a dinner of barbecue, chips and slaw. Ice, cups and set-ups will be provided, and you can dance to the music of Knee Deep. Be sure to dress up—you could win prizes in the costume contest!

Of course, you’ll need a place to relax after all the spooky fright of Halloween. Plan now to stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals any time of year for pure peacefulness at the beach.

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Rockin’ Thursdays at The Wharf

Starting May 10 and running throughout the summer, Rockin’ Thursdays will bring a great variety of popular local acts to the Ferris Wheel Palm Plaza at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, offers year-round entertainment and activities, including this summer's Rockin' Thursdays.

Mark your calendars now to enjoy the following acts scheduled thus far:
May 10 — The Jay Williams Band
May 17 — Lee Yankie
May 24 — Bud Smith and The Budz
May 31 — Ryan Balthrop and Friends
June 7 — Jason Justice and Hung Jury

The music begins at 5 p.m. and will keep you hoppin’ for the next three hours. The best part? It’s free! So plan to spend your Thursday evenings at The Wharf this summer—music, dining, shopping and fun!

Choose to vacation in a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom condo at The Wharf, each with a marina view. Play all day in the pools, lazy river and waterfall, then walk to dinner and pick up a few fun items in the unique shops before taking the boardwalk to a headliner concert in the amphitheater.  Or take in a current movie showing on one of 15 Rave Theatre screens, followed by a ride on the Southeast’s largest Ferris wheel. You may find that you never want to leave!

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Play all day in the pools, lazy river and waterfall, then enjoy dining, shopping, the Ferris wheel, music and more through the evening.

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Mardi Gras Festival

It’s not just parades and fancy balls.

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Warm up your voices and your catching arms, and go home with plenty of treasures from the 2012 Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival at The Wharf.

Some of you may find that hard to believe, but the Mardi Gras season really does include a wide range of activities. Proof of such is offered this Monday, February 20, at The Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival held at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The all-day party begins at 10 a.m. with street entertainers, face painting, clowns and fire breathers. Let the kids put their high energy to use in the bounce house and on the giant slide. At 2 p.m., even Fido can be part of the merriment during the Kid & Pet Parade along Main Street.

From 3 until 5 p.m., Wes Bayliss will break out his guitar and keep everyone happily engaged in the festivities with his country music.

The official Wharf Mardi Gras Parade begins at 5 p.m. Start warming up your voice now so your “Throw me some beads!” yell will bring you plenty of goodies for your bag. The people on the floats and go-carts are prepared to be generous, and the bands will punctuate the treasure collecting with their driving beats.

But don’t go away after that! Hang out with your friends and let those dancing feet prove their stuff as Knee Deep—with their funky blues, reggae and more—keeps things lively until 10 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, so if you can’t stay for the full day, feel free to come and go as you please. Don’t forget to shop, dine, ride the Ferris wheel or take in a movie while you are there. It’s a day for fun, and The Wharf is prepared to make that happen for you.

Can’t join us for Mardi Gras? How about a free night when you stay with us between March 1 and May 6, 2012? Find out how by checking out our spring special.

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TWO New Year’s Eve Celebrations at The Wharf

There is no shortage of opportunities on our island to celebrate the turnover of the calendar year. Some are catering to children and their families, some to the not-so-late-night partiers, some to the energetic adult crowd. But The Wharf in Orange Beach is offering something for all, and admission is free.

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Party with the kids all day and your friends all night. Free New Year's Eve celebrations at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. December 31, families can enjoy discounted Ferris wheel rides, face painting, clowns, kids games and contests, special movie presentations, giant sand piles, a bounce house and more. The active day will ensure the kids an early, solid night’s sleep that your trusted babysitter will appreciate.

But your celebration is far from over. Beginning at 6 p.m., six bands on two stages will be cranking out the tunes and keeping your energy revved. As street dancers and firebreathers stroll the grounds, you will enjoy plenty of food and beverages to keep you active into the night. Count down with Lady Gaga as the New York celebration is shown on the JumboTron, then count down with the local crowd as the 14-foot jeweled marlin drops. Toast the new year as large, colorful fireworks marks the occasion.

The night doesn’t have to end at midnight. Head to the Las Vegas Club at the Orange Beach Event Center next to the Main Street area. Or hop a free shuttle to Flora-Bama or Live Bait to extend your festivities into the wee hours.

It’s not too late to gather your family or a group of friends and head to the beach. We’ll even give you TWO FREE NIGHTS! Perhaps a 2-bedroom condo in Orange Beach would be the perfect size, or maybe a 3-bedroom Perdido Key property would be ideal.

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Upcoming Concerts Along the Gulf Coast

Who doesn’t love a great concert? Some of your favorite performers are headed to the Alabama and Florida northern Gulf Coast area. Take a look at what’s coming in just the next few weeks, as well as in the next few months:

Check out the great lineup of performances along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast over the next few weeks!

Joe BonamassaWednesday, December 1, 2010, is your date with this former child prodigy, now blues rock star and guitar wizard, at Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

Side By Side Tour: Shelby Lynne with Allison MoorerSaturday, December 4, 2010, brings this Alabama singer/songwriter/actress back to her stompin’ grounds and to the stage of the Mobile Saenger Theatre.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder – Enjoy a full slate of country and bluegrass music as the Grammy-winning artist shows off his skills on mandolin, banjo, guitar and fiddle while he sings at the Mobile Saenger Theatre on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Christmas with the Aaron Neville Quintet – Charles Neville joins the group to celebrate the holidays on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the Mobile Saenger Theatre.

Monty Python’s Spamalot – Who can resist the tale of King Arthur and his knights, especially when told tongue-in-cheek and set to music? The 2005 Tony Award-winning musical plays at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

The Color Purple – Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for its jazz, blues and gospel music, this musical performance on Monday, January 10, 2011 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre will bring inspiration and joy to all who attend.

Fab FourSaturday, January 22, 2011, becomes an evening of nostalgia when “Ed Sullivan” hosts the uncanny live renditions of The Beatles’ music in a multimedia presentation at the Mobile Saenger Theatre.

The Wizard of Oz – Follow the Yellow Brick Road to classic family entertainment when Dorothy, Toto, and all the characters drop into the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Last Comic Standing Tour – Join last season’s winner, Felipe Esparza, plus the other Top 5 finalists—Myq Kaplan, Mike Destefano, Roy Wood Jr., and Tommy Johnagin—for continuous laughter Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the Mobile Saenger Theatre.

Tim Conway – Spend an evening chuckling, giggling and downright guffawing as Tim recreates numerous beloved characters on the Pensacola Saenger Theatre stage Friday, February 25, 2011.

Mamma Mia! – Be at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Tuesday, March 10, 2011, to fall in love with this musical filled with laughter, love and friendship.

A Chorus Line – The longest-running American Broadway musical—and winner of 9 Tony Awards plus a Pulitzer prize for drama—bursts on stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 22, 2011.

Each of these events can be enjoyed even more when you combine them with a beach getaway. With Meyer Real Estate vacation condos and houses from Perdido Key, Florida (just 20 minutes from Pensacola’s Civic Center and Saenger Theatre) to Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Gulf Shores, Alabama (one hour from Mobile’s Saenger Theater and Civic Center), you have plenty of options. Meyer also offers condos at The Wharf for walking distance to The Amphitheater shows. Stay directly on the beach or backwaters for easy access to those venues as well as many others that feature live music nightly or on the weekends.

And with a variety of specials and specific-property hot deals to save you 10%, 15%, 25%, and even up to 50%, you can save more than enough money to pay for your favorite concert. Check out all the possibilities with Meyer Real Estate, and join us at the beach for incomparable entertainment!

Fun in the Sun with Cool Cars

Eye candy on the highway.

The 10th Annual Corvette Show is Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Since it appeared on the scene in 1953, the Corvette has likely garnered millions of whistles of appreciation. Yes, this famous Chevrolet model—coupe, convertible and T-top—holds bragging rights as one of the most admired vehicles on the road.

If you enjoy spotting one of these cherished cars on the road but at the same time feel disappointed that you only get a quick glimpse as it goes by, you will certainly want to attend the 10th Annual Fun in the Sun Corvette Show along Main Street at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The Lower Alabama Corvette Club will host more than 150 Corvettes from across the Southeast. Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, you are invited to feast your eyes on these beauties of the automobile world, and even vote for the best car; the awards announcement will be made at 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the live entertainment during the show, and before and afterward take time to explore the marina, restaurants, shopping and movie theater at The Wharf—and don’t forget to ride the Southeast’s largest Ferris wheel.

Admission is free. Should there be rain, the show will move into the parking garage—but at the time of this writing, the weekend forecast looks absolutely beautiful, so get out and enjoy the warm sunshine!

If you have a Corvette you’d like to show off, registration is just $30 and includes a Friday evening dinner and gathering of enthusiastic owners. Contact Dennis Frazier at 251-968-8141 or dfrazier@gulftel.com.

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