If the pristine coastline along Orange Beach isn't enough to spark a flame in your creative side, then perhaps a visit to the Coastal Arts Center will do the trick. With a mission statement to provide education, enjoyment and, most of all, inspiration to everyone who comes through, this community arts center strives to bring out the imaginative abilities in all of us. Whether it's a rainy day or the sun is shining, as it usually does, you can take your family to the arts center to enjoy classes or simply peruse the fine art displays.

Some information about the gallery space

Head to the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach for a touch of fine artAdmission to the main gallery space at the Coastal Arts Center is totally free to the public, and you can spend as long as you want looking at the beautiful pieces - many of which emanate the spirit of Alabama's Gulf Coast. The exhibits change regularly, especially because numerous residents and visitors find it difficult to leave without making a fine art purchase; no matter how many times you come back to stay in your favorite Orange Beach vacation rental, you can expect to see something fresh.

If you find something that catches your eye, you can easily have it shipped to your home so you don't have to worry about packing and transporting it yourself.

Classes

Ever wonder what it takes to make a piece of hand-blown glass? At The Hot Shop, which is the only public glass-blowing studio in the state of Alabama, you can take a class to learn the basics of this unique art form and even go home with a piece you created.

If the hands-on experience of the glass-blowing studio doesn't appeal to you, you may prefer a class at the clay studio, which is also perfect for the young artist in your family who wants to get started with sculpting. Or check the schedule and sign up for drawing, painting and more. Who knows - your children's work may one day make its way to the Coastal Arts Center!