In town for the weekend? Here are some things to do on Alabama Gulf Coast, Baldwin County, over July 4 holiday

Plenty of options abound for rainy or sunny days

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Posted 6/30/22

Summer in the South should have this weekend in its definition.From fireworks and live music to food specials and clear surf breaking on sugar-white sand beaches, it doesn't take too much …

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In town for the weekend? Here are some things to do on Alabama Gulf Coast, Baldwin County, over July 4 holiday

Plenty of options abound for rainy or sunny days

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Summer in the South should have this weekend in its definition.

From fireworks and live music to food specials and clear surf breaking on sugar-white sand beaches, it doesn't take too much investigating into why people flock to the Alabama Gulf Coast over the July 4 holiday. But once you're here, what should you do?

Some people plan their vacations out a year in advance. Others get here and wing it. And there are two types of locals: those who want to try something new and those who want to know where the tourists will be and pick another plan.

Whatever category you fall into, here are some things to know and places to go if you're around this holiday weekend, taking into account it might rain. This and much more information can be found in Gulf Coast Media's annual Big, Beautiful Baldwin magazine, a complete guide to the county for newcomers and locals alike. It will be published in July.

For specific events happening this holiday weekend, go to page B1 and B2.

GO TO THE ZOO

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special adventures include encounters with kangaroos and sloths, lemurs and giraffes. Home to over 199 species, 31 sub-species and haven to eight endangered species. They even recently welcomed three new lions to the "Little Zoo that Could."

  • » Free parking
  • » 20499 Oak Road East, Gulf Shores
  • » 251-256-7008

RAINING? PLAY MINI GOLF INSIDE

Jurassic Golf is an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark dinosaur adventure. Handicap-accessible, located in Pelican Place Shopping Center in Gulf Shores.

  • » 3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Ste 142, Gulf Shores
  • » 251-948-0227
  • » 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4
  • » $13.50 for adults, $9 for kids ages 4-12, free for kids 3 and under

VISIT HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

BICENTENNIAL PARK

Gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural attributes of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta as they take in the beauty of the two-mile walking trail within the park. The park's displays chronicle Native American culture circa 1780s through the settlement by Europeans in the 19th century.

  • » 51233 Highway 225, Stockton
  • » 251-937-0264

HISTORIC BLAKELEY STATE PARK

Offering opportunities to tour a preserved Civil War battlefield, visit the site of one of the oldest towns in the state and learn about the plants and animals that inhabit Mobile Bay and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Examine more than five miles of Confederate and Union breastworks within the park that marks the site of the last major battle of the American Civil War. Relive the beginning of Baldwin County's heritage at the Blakeley town site in the park. While there were hotels, stores and churches serving about 4,000 people in the 1820s, the site has since been reclaimed by nature and is home to majestic oaks that line what were once busy streets.

  • » 34745 Highway 225, Spanish Fort
  • » 251-626-0798

FORT MIMS

On Aug. 30, 1813, a band of 700 Red Stick Creek Indians destroyed Fort Mims in northern Baldwin County and killed about 250 of those defending the stronghold. During the last weekend in August each year, the Fort Mims Restoration Association commemorates the 1813 battle during a weekend-long reenactment.

  • » County Road 80, Tensaw
  • » FortMims.org; 251-533-9024

FORT MORGAN

This brick-and-mortar fortress located at the mouth of Mobile Bay served American forces during the Civil War, Spanish-American War and both world wars. The 479-acre site includes concrete artillery batteries and historic buildings dating from 1899 to 1910. Also located onsite is a museum that features a complete history of Fort Morgan.

  • » 110 Highway 180, Gulf Shores
  • » Fort-Morgan.org; 251-540-7127

SWIFT-COLES HISTORIC HOME

The Swift-Coles Historic Home was originally built around 1882. In 1898, the Charles A. Swift family moved into the home, and as the Swift family grew in size, the home was expanded to its current 6,000 square feet, which includes 16 rooms, 10 fireplaces and 3,500 square feet of porches that look out onto the home's grounds. In the summer of 2009, the home and grounds were opened to the public for tours. In addition, the home is decorated during the Christmas holiday as it would have been in 1900s.

  • » 17424 Swift Coles Lane, Bon Secour
  • » SwiftColesHistoricHome.com; 251-949-5550

GO TO A MUSEUM

AMERICAN SPORT ART MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES

  • » 1 Academy Drive, Daphne
  • » 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • » Free admission
  • » ASAMA.org; 251-626-3303

BALDWIN COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM

  • » 25521 Highway 98 E., Elberta
  • » 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
  • » 251-986-8375

BLACK EDUCATION MUSEUM

  • » 1000 Main St., Daphne
  • » Call for an appointment
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-510-0355

FAIRHOPE MUSEUM OF HISTORY

  • » 24 N. Section St., Fairhope
  • » 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-929-1474

FOLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM

  • » Foley Heritage Park, 125 E. Laurel Ave., Foley
  • » 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Model trains 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-943-1818

GULF SHORES MUSEUM

  • » 244 W. 19th Ave., Gulf Shores
  • » 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-968-1473

HOLMES MEDICAL MUSEUM

  • » 111 W. Laurel Ave., Foley
  • » 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Saturday
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-970-1818

MARIETTA JOHNSON MUSEUM

  • » 10 S. School St., Fairhope
  • » 2-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; or call for appointment
  • » Free admission
  • » MariettaJohnson.org; 251-990-8601

DAPHNE HISTORY MUSEUM

  • » 405 Dryer Ave., Daphne
  • » Call to check on current openings.
  • » Free admission
  • » DaphneMuseumAlabama.org; 251-621-9620

ORANGE BEACH INDIAN AND SEA MUSEUM
Note: Groups of five or more should make reservations by calling 251-981-6039

  • » 25805 John Snook Drive behind city hall, Orange Beach
  • » 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; hours vary by season
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-981-8545

SPEAR HUNTING MUSEUM

  • » 20216 Highway 59, Summerdale
  • » 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • » Free admission
  • » SpearHuntingMuseum.com; 251-989-7700

STOCKTON HERITAGE MUSEUM

  • » 52915 State Hwy 59, Stockton
  • » Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. or by appointment
  • » 251-937-3738
  • » Free admission
  • » StocktonHeritage.org

SUMMERDALE MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

  • » 300 W. Jackson St., Summerdale
  • » Tuesday 1-4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • » Free admission
  • » 251-989-6682

PLAY DISC GOLF

  • DAPHNE CENTRAL PARK, 28 Lakeshore Drive, Daphne
  • FAIRWAYS OF FAIRHOPE IN VOLANTA SPORTS PARK, 805 N. Greeno Road, Fairhope
  • FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 18200 Alabama 104, Robertsdale
  • GARRETT PARK GOLF COURSE, Pennsylvania Street, Robertsdale
  • GULF SHORES DISC GOLF COURSE, 22391 Russian Road, Gulf Shores
  • LOXLEY MUNICIPAL DISC GOLF COURSE, Municipal Park Drive, Loxley
  • ORANGE BEACH DISC GOLF COURSE, 28141 Canal Road, Gulf Shores
  • OSCAR JOHNSON PARK, Highway 104, Silverhill
  • THE PRAIRIE DISC GOLF COURSE AT GRAHAM CREEK, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley

RENT JET SKIS

  • ALABAMA EXTREME WATERSPORTS, 5749 Bay La Launch Ave., Orange Beach, 251-345-1301, AEWatersports.com
  • BAREFOOT JET SKI TOUR CO., 5749 Bay La Launch Ave., Orange Beach, 251-609-3444, JetSkisOrangeBeach.com
  • BLUE SKY PARASAILING & WATERSPORTS, 401 E. Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, 251-981-7400, BlueSkyParasailingandWatersports.net
  • CARIBE MARINA, 28101 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 251-980-8410, CaribeMarina.com
  • FLORA-BAMA MARINA & WATERSPORTS, 29603 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 251-980-5222, FishFlorabama.com
  • HAPPY HARBOR MARINA & DRY STORAGE, Orange Beach, 251-981-6111, HappyHarbors.com
  • HUDSON MARINA AND WATERSPORTS, 4575 S. Wilson Blvd., Orange Beach, 251-981-4127, HudsonMarina.net
  • ORANGE BEACH PRIVATE FAMILY DOLPHIN TOURS & BOATING SAFARIS, Orange Beach, 251-609-3444, OrangeBeachDolphinTours.com
  • SOUTHERN ROSE PARASAILING AND DOLPHIN CRUISES, 27212 Mairna Road, Orange Beach, 251-981-7673, SouthernRoseDolphinTrips.com
  • WAHOO WATERSPORTS, 26214 Garrett Lane, Orange Beach, 251-981-1998, WahooWatersports.com

TAKE A DOLPHIN CRUISE

  • AMERICA II CHARTERS, Orange Beach, 251-981-4127, HudsonMarina.net
  • BLUE DOLPHIN CRUISES, 251-981-2774, BlueDolphinCruises.com
  • DOLPHIN & SAILING TOURS BY CETACEAN CRUISES, 4673 Wharf Pkwy W, Orange Beach, 251-550-8000, CetaceanCruises.com
  • CRUISE ORANGE BEACH ALABAMA DOLPHIN CRUISES, Orange Beach, 251-986-6694, CruiseOB.com
  • DOLPHIN CRUISE ABOARD DOLPHIN TALES, Orange Beach, 251-269-5555, 10DolphinCruise.com
  • DOLPHIN CRUISES ABOARD THE COLD MIL FLEET, Orange Beach, 251-943-3510, DolphinCruises.com
  • DOLPHINS DOWN UNDER, Orange Beach, 251-968-4386, DolphinsDownUnder.net
  • ORANGE BEACH PRIVATE FAMILY DOLPHIN TOURS & BOATING SAFARIS, Orange Beach, 251-609-3444, OrangeBeachDolphinTours.com
  • SOUTHERN ROSE PARASAILING AND DOLPHIN CRUISES, 27212 Marina Road, Orange Beach, 251-981-7673, SouthernRoseDolphinTrips.com
  • SUNNY LADY DOLPHIN CRUISES AT THE WHARF, Orange Beach, 251-589-7117, dolphinCruiseOrangeBeach.com
  • SURF'S UP DOLPHIN CRUISES, Orange Beach, 251-965-7873, SurfsUpDolphinCruise.com
  • THE FUN BOATS DOLPHIN CRUISE, 3900 Bayou Road, Orange Beach, 251-971-1893, DolphinCruises.net

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