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
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.