9 of the most Instagrammable spots in Gulf Shores, including Live Bait


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Snap a beautiful foodie photo at Live Bait in Orange Beach. (Courtland W. Richards)

Looking to keep your social feed fresh? Summer travels make it easy—especially when your destination is filled with great food, fun shopping and gorgeous beach views. We’ve rounded up nine of the best spots for the ultimate photo ops in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Bonus: They’re an easy four-hour road trip from Birmingham.

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1. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

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Photo bombed by a lemur. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

What could be more exciting than a picture with an amazing animal photobombing your shot? Join one of the Zoo’s incredible animal encounters to see sloths, lemurs or kangaroos up close.

Want more reasons to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo? Here are five reasons you’ll love it.

Where to find it: 20499 Oak Rd E, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Stunning photos are just a snap away. Plan your trip with Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism now.

2. Gulf State Park Pedestrian Bridge

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Adventure awaits at Gulf State Park. (Chris Granger)

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or simply seeking an exciting photo op, Gulf State Park is overflowing with camera-friendly spots.

Our suggestion is to rent a bike from the Park’s bike share program and have your adventure buddy snap an action shot while you ride across the Pedestrian Bridge.

The Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail was also named the best recreational trail in the country by USA Today.

Where to find it: 20115 State Park Rd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

3. Live Bait

Grab a delicious meal and a memorable foodiegram photo at this cool restaurant and night club in Orange Beach.

This fun gathering spot features a loaded menu filled with mouthwatering sandwiches, colorful salads and creamy, twirling pasta.

Live Bait has a tiki bar, too. Cozy up to the camera while sipping on a vibrant cocktail like a Moscow Mule or Pomegranate Martini. 

Psst—you’ll also find a mechanical shark that makes for some terrifyingly fun Jaws-inspired snapshots.

Where to find it: 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Gulf Shores

4. Tacky Jacks

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Leaving memories one piece of tape at a time at Tacky Jacks. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

Tacky Jack’s is a popular hangout drawing in visitors with good food, lively music and a fun gift shop. The coolest part? The colorful pieces of duct tape plastered on nearly every inch of the building’s structure. 

Why the tape? Guests of Tacky’s Jacks are asked to leave their name or a message on a piece of duct tape and then stick it to a wall, the floor or anywhere it will stay put. 

There’s no better place to leave your mark and capture a nice memory.

Where to find it: 240 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

5-6. The Wharf’s Mural + Ferris Wheel

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Grab a pic in front of this Orange Beach-inspired mural. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

For fun vibes, The Wharf in Orange Beach is filled with fantastic restaurants and attractions. It also features two of our favorite picture-perfect spots—an “Orange Beach is my happy place” mural and the Ferris Wheel.

Designed and commissioned by The Wharf, this fun mural (shown above) is not only eye-catching but has a designated spot to pose for photos. You can find it at The Wharf by the restaurant Pepper Palace.

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All smiles at The Wharf’s Ferris Wheel in Orange Beach. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

When the night sky rolls in, The Wharf’s Ferris Wheel blinks to life, creating amazing photo opportunities. Whether you hop on to take a ride or prefer to keep your feet on the ground, your photo backgrounds will be filled with rich, colorful lights.

Where to find The Wharf: 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

Gulf Shores

7. The Hangout

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Hang ten with The Hangout’s shaka statue. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

Get ready to hang loose at this always-popular waterfront dining spot in Gulf Shores. The space is filled with camera-ready spots like a giant Adirondack chair and a wall of lunchboxes.

Sitting at the restaurant’s entrance is The Hangout’s iconic shaka statue—you know, the worldwide surf-culture hand sign for “hang loose” or “right on”. Just imagine the fun photo shots you and your pals can take.

Where to find it: 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

8. Sail Wild Hearts

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Set sail with Wild Hearts. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

For fab photos, set sail on the Wild Hearts Catamaran. Docked in the heart of Orange Beach at the Perdido Beach Resort’s bayside dock, the 52-foot open-ocean yacht provides swoon-worthy Gulf Views you have to see to believe. You’ll also want to get photos of the yacht’s leading lady, Grace, the mermaid.

Where to find it: 27075 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561

9. On the beach

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Grab your friends, it’s time to capture memorable beachside photos. (Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism)

Don’t forget Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s gorgeous sandy shores make for stunning visuals. The best times to capture a beautiful photo beachside are during sunrise and sunset. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

Ready to capture amazing photos? Plan your beach getaway now—visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.

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