Learn more about the fishing culture on the Gulf Coast at these two museums near Orange Beach.

Orange Beach is one of the best places to rent beachside condos and houses if you want to head out on a fishing charter. To learn more about the industry before you go, check out these two museums that detail the way fishing and shrimping shaped the Gulf Coast community over the years.

Learn about the fishing culture in Orange Beach

Spending the day out on a fishing charter in Orange Beach is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the best of the Gulf Coast region - not only will you have the chance to reel in fish like red snapper and grouper (in season), you'll enjoy the sunshine and some of the most beautiful views of our white sand beaches and tranquil back waters. You'll definitely want to head out on a chartered fishing trip when you rent Orange Beach condos, but you can learn more about fishing in this region at two local museums. 

Bring the kids to these attractions before you head out on a fishing charter to give them a little more information about the sport and how it was a major source of income for the entire region at one time. Adults will also love getting more context about the fishing community in Orange Beach while learning about the area's history. 

Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

Learn more about the fishing culture on the Gulf Coast at these two museums near Orange Beach.The building that houses a great deal of Orange Beach's history and culture is a historical artifact in and of itself. This edifice was built in 1910 as a schoolhouse for the children whose parents made a living fishing in the area. The building has served as the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum since 1995. 

When you visit this historical hotspot, you'll get a glimpse into what life was like when the schoolhouse was operational and learn more about the Native Americans who started the whole fishing lifestyle in this part of Alabama. Families of the region's earliest fishermen have donated artifacts, school supplies and other collectibles that give visitors an authentic taste of life in the early 20th century Gulf Coast region. Check out the antique boating, fishing, school and farming items when you visit this museum, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gulf Shores Museum

This attraction offers insight into the culture of the fishing village that grew into the city that is now Gulf Shores. Like the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum, this museum's structure is a historic landmark, dating back to before World War II. It has been owned and operated by the city since 1982, and now houses the Gulf Shores Museum.

Come check out permanent exhibits like "Fishing the Lagoon: A Way of Life," to learn about how early settlers used the Gulf region's back waters, including Little Lagoon, to their advantage, and get even more insight into the fishing and shrimping industries in Gulf Shores and nearby Bon Secour. 

When you rent Orange Beach rentals, these museums are just a short drive away. Learning more about the early fishing industries may get the kids excited to head out on a fishing charter from one of the city's many marinas. After a day out on the boat, enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that dot the back waters, like Cobalt, Shipp's Harbor Grill or Louisiana Lagniappe. 

Related Articles

Forecast calls for rain? Take the kids to the museum

Forecast calls for rain? Take the kids to the museum

Just because the weatherman says the day will be a bit on the wet side, it doesn't mean you and your family can't still have an unforgettable vacation along Alabama's Gulf Coast. These interactive exhibits cater to kids with a thirst for knowledge.

Bring your pet pooch to Ginny Lane's Bands, Barks & Brews

Bring your pet pooch to Ginny Lane's Bands, Barks & Brews

Once a month, Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at The Wharf puts on a show just for you and your four-legged pal: Bands, Barks & Brews. Hang out with your furry best friend and listen to free music while drinking your own libations and spending quality time with your family as well.

Catch a live one on an Orange Beach fishing trip

Catch a live one on an Orange Beach fishing trip

Here in Orange Beach, Alabama, we know how to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're an experienced angler or don't know a bird nest from a bimini twist, Orange Beach fishing trips are the perfect way to enjoy the tranquil natural beauty of the Gulf Coast.

Orange Beach rentals provide household necessities, but you'll still want to pack some key items.

5 things to pack for your Orange Beach vacation

Packing for a vacation to the Gulf Coast is easy when you're staying in Orange Beach condo rentals, since you don't need to worry about household necessities. Still, there are a few things you'll want from home to make your vacation as fun as possible!

3 popular restaurants in Orange Beach

3 popular restaurants in Orange Beach

If you're staying at one of the many Orange Beach vacation rentals, you'll definitely want to check out the restaurants in town. Whether you're looking for a casual dining experience or want to share a romantic evening, Orange Beach has got you covered.

Newest Articles

Rubber ducks race for charity in Orange Beach

Cheer on rubber ducks in Orange Beach during a fun race for a good cause.

September 26, 2014 - Orange Beach | Things to Do

Spot dolphins off the Gulf Coast

For a perfect view of dolphins, let a cruise take you through the waters off the Gulf Coast.

August 29, 2014 - Orange Beach | Things to Do

Save artistic activities for a rainy day in Alabama

Whether you want to view, purchase or make art, heading to the Eastern Shore Art Center for some activities time could be the perfect addition to your Alabama excursions.

August 22, 2014 - Fairhope | Things to Do

Location

Orange Beach Map

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 23
    2014 Alabama State 40 & Over & 55 & Over Combo Doubles Tournament
  • Oct 23
    Adam Holt
  • Oct 23
    Bo Roberts, Mark Sherrill & Chris Newbury
  • Oct 23
    Experimenting with Acrylics/Marion Hawks
  • Oct 23
    Gilbey's Special Wine Dinner Event
  • Oct 23
    Karaoke
  • Oct 23
    Mark & Logan
  • Oct 23
    Monarch Butterfly Tagging Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Local Weather

weather icon 67ยบ Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 90%
Wind: North 6 mph

Weather information provided by wunderground.com

Last Updated on September 23, 12:56 AM CDT

Latest Video