Explore exhibitions and participate in artistic activities on the shores of Alabama

While spending an ample amount of time may be at the top of your list of priorities for your Gulf Shores trip, you may also find some serenity in venturing indoors and leisurely viewing artwork. By stopping by the Eastern Shore Art Center, you and your family can gain exposure to local art.

Save artistic activities for a rainy day in Alabama

While you have your fingers crossed that there will only be sunny days during your entire Gulf Shores vacation, you also know that even the most ideal locales are prone to rain from time to time. That being said, you shouldn't let a couple of showers interfere with all of the fun that you and your family are having on the Alabama Coast. By taking the children indoors to experience some local culture, you can successfully amuse yourselves, adding to your knowledge of the area at the same time.

Take in the artistic sights of Alabama
The arts are not reserved solely for New York City and Florence, Italy, and you can explore a variety of exhibitions that are both entertaining and aesthetically pleasing during your next Alabama trip. Right in Gulf Shore's backyard - Fairhope, Ala. - you can find an expansive collection of artwork that you and your family will appreciate. By journeying to the Eastern Shore Art Center on a rainy day, you can be sure to keep dry, while still guaranteeing the kids will be engaged.

What you may find especially appealing about this center is the admissions fee - there is none. This art museum is open to the public free of charge, and you can even take a guided tour through all five of its galleries without spending a penny. The pieces on display vary from month to month, differing from one another in terms of style, time period, geographic location and even mediums used. For example, you could pop in during any given month and see everything from traditional devotional oil paintings to modern metal sculptures made by Southern artists. 

Attend local art events

Explore exhibitions and participate in artistic activities on the shores of AlabamaIf walking around a museum is not really you and your children's thing, that's perfectly fine. The Eastern Shore Art Center hosts numerous events throughout the year. On the first Friday of every month, it holds a shindig debuting a new collection of exhibits. You and your family can go, sipping refreshments and chatting with locals about the most recent selection of artwork. On top of this, the center features different art festivals and shows, which are widely attended. 

Some of these events attract thousands of people, offering participants the chance to mingle, shop, peruse artwork, snack on local treats and enjoy live entertainment. The pieces of artwork on display during these festivals are some of the most impressive pieces of international, domestic and even regional artists.

Become artists yourselves

For families who like to have a more hands-on experience, creating art rather than viewing it, the center and its supporting organization, the Committee On Public Art, present travelers and residents alike the opportunity to take classes and workshops so that they can produce their own masterpieces. The Eastern Shore Art Center holds specialized seasonal activities for children, in addition to more advanced classes for adults. Although these workshops come with a fee, investing in one of them could provide you and your family with some creative entertainment, while also enabling you to pick up some skills from artists living in the Gulf Shores area

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.

Get creative at the Orange Beach Art Center

Get creative at the Orange Beach Art Center

Want to bring home a truly special souvenir or get in touch with your creative side and brush up your painting or drawing skills while staying at a Gulf Shores area vacation rental? Stop by the Orange Beach Art Center, where you can take classes or peruse and purchase local artwork showcasing Alabama's beautiful coastline.

Get your creative juices flowing at a Vino and Van Gogh Painting Party

Get your creative juices flowing at a Vino and Van Gogh Painting Party

Do you love spending your leisure time painting landscapes? While staying at a beach rental on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida, you can keep your creative juices stimulated during a Vino and Van Gogh Painting Party. This is the perfect relaxing activity for you and your closest friends!

Check out local artists at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach

Check out local artists at The Hot Shop in Orange Beach

The process of glass-blowing is fascinating to watch. At The Hot Shop in Orange Beach, you and your kids can witness local artists creating unique works of art, from bowls and cups to paperweights, ornaments and small sculptures.

Get a look at the history of naval aviation at one of the Gulf Coast's most fascinating attractions.

History awaits at the National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum is home to a fantastic array of retired aircrafts and educational exhibits, all of which are designed to inform and entertain guests. Visitors of any age will be able to enjoy the fascinating look at a section of U.S. military history.

Newest Articles

Coastal Arts Center Of Orange Beach To Open In 2017

Construction is underway at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. Expected completion date is early 2017.

February 04, 2016 - Orange Beach | Things to Do

2016 Hangout Music Festival Thursday Kickoff Party

Jumpstart your 2016 Hangout Music Festival weekend at the May 19 Thursday Kickoff party.

February 04, 2016 - Gulf Shores | Things to Do

5 Ways To Enjoy A Romantic Valentine’s Day Beach Weekend

With Valentine's Day on a weekend this year, enjoy a romantic weekend getaway on the beach on the Gulf Coast.

January 15, 2016 - Things to Do


Fairhope Map

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 9
    Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
  • Feb 9
    LuLu's 17th Anniversary & Mardi Gras Boat Parade
  • Feb 9
    Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
  • Feb 10
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 11
    Digital Marketing Summit 2016
  • Feb 11
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 11
    The 2016 NCAA Sand Dollar Classic hosted by The Fieldhouse
  • Feb 12
    Take a Number, Darling

Local Weather

weather icon 58º Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 27%
Wind: WSW 13 mph

Weather information provided by wunderground.com

Last Updated on February 7, 3:35 PM CST

Latest Video