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101 Things to Do in Perdido Key

For some, visiting the beach means unwinding on a bed of white sand while listening to the birds’ chirp and the waves crash, for others, visiting the coast translates to adrenaline pumping water sports or maybe an exciting night on the town listening to the vibrant live music scene, ranging from local downhome artists to Grammy award-winning songwriters. While Perdido Key has an exclusive barrier island feel, it is actually in close proximity to many family-friendly attractions, culture & entertainment experiences, and outdoor activities for fun in the sun!

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Doing Business Across Statelines

Doing Business Across Statelines

By: Emily Klinga   Something that makes the Perdido Chamber unique, is that the membership is basically split down the middle- literally between state lines! As a state line Chamber, one of the most important things we can do for our members is to stay up to date...

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Holiday Harbor Marina and Sunset Grille

Holiday Harbor Marina and Sunset Grille

By Emily Klinga and Allen Bizzell Through its twists and turns, 2020 was a year of reflection, opportunities for growth, and new developments to come in 2021. For the Bizzell family, this year is an exciting celebration of 30 years in the family business that is...

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History of Perdido Key

History of Perdido Key

By Emily Klinga In 1693, explorers had heard of a great mysterious body of water in-between Pensacola and Mobile, but they were unable to find the entrance. Even after locating the mouth of the bay, they were unable to find a waterway deep enough to sail through....

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Bird Watching in Perdido Key

Bird Watching in Perdido Key

The Perdido Area is a bird’s paradise! From nature trails to beach habitats, birding in the Perdido Area is a huge pastime for visitors and locals alike! The diversity of habitats ranging from pinewoods to beaches and saltwater to open woodlands make an attractive...

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The Little Zoo that Grew

The Little Zoo that Grew

Starting as a small, community zoo in 1989 called “Zooland Animal Park” in the heart of Gulf Shores, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has gone through challenges and triumphs to become the amazing new zoo that stands today. After a devastating hurricane, Ivan hit the Gulf...

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Day Tripping in the Perdido Area

Day Tripping in the Perdido Area

Going to or from Perdido Key, You Can Discover some of the best day trips around!Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama Sitting just on the other side of the state-line is Perdido’s friendly, neighboring cities- Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL! With many great...

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Inshore and Offshore Fishing in Perdido Key

Inshore and Offshore Fishing in Perdido Key

One of the most amazing and unique aspects of Perdido Key is the extensive and diverse recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you bring your boat, charter local guide service, use a kayak, or simply stand on the bank with a rod, there are fish in reach all year...

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Wildlife in Perdido Key

Wildlife in Perdido Key

Perdido Key is known for inhabiting vast amounts of different wildlife and keeping the area natural and safe to cohabitate with its original residents! Perdido Key Beach Mouse The Perdido Key Beach mice inhabit the coastal dunes along with Perdido Key in both Escambia...

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Hiking Trails in Perdido

Hiking Trails in Perdido

By: Rick O'Connor Looking for discoveries and trails in the Perdido Key Area? Check out this list of seven unique trails in the area. Always remember to bring good shoes, as some of these trails could have portions of loose sand, and some could be wet. Also, be sure...

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My Barkidiary: The Adventures of Rudder and Squirt Continue

My Barkidiary: The Adventures of Rudder and Squirt Continue

By: Christina Steffen and Rudder   It’s been 2 years since I last wrote in my diary about my life in Perdido Key. Lots of things have changed. I’ve got a new brother…his name is Squirt. He’s a French Bulldog. That’s us in the picture! We love flying with our Dad...

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Eden Condominiums and Chamber Stand Strong on the Key

Eden Condominiums and Chamber Stand Strong on the Key

By Ideaworks   Cynics scoffed 35 years ago when they heard about plans to build Eden Condominiums, the one-of-a-kind structure on Perdido Key. “Too fancy,” they said. “Too far away.” “It will never last,” they said. But Eden did indeed flourish and thrive despite...

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History of Perdido, 1985-2020 “35 Years of Perdido Key”

History of Perdido, 1985-2020 “35 Years of Perdido Key”

1985 is a year some may remember as the year of Coca-Cola’s “New Coke”, Michael Jordan being named NBA’s Rookie of the year, the year of the first .com registered, the first version of Windows, and a series of Live Aid Concerts raising millions for famine in Africa....

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The Boom & Bust of Perdido in the 1920s

By John Vick   “The past is not dead, it’s not even the past” –William Faulkner  The present-day, much visited and popular area of Perdido Key, Ono Island, and Innerarity Point has its origins in and many parallels to the great “Florida Land Boom” of the 1920s....

The Story of Innerarity Point

By Christy Emmanuel   The dense, vibrant expanse of soaring and gnarly trees has weathered decades in silent witness to our family’s 80-year history at Innerarity Point.  There is something profoundly enchanting about the forested landscape fronting the...

101 Things to Do in Perdido Key

From adventurous water activities to relaxing sunset vibes, explore Perdido Key and plan your island getaway with things to do for everyone! 101 Things to Do in Perdido Key includes links to some of the local's favorite activities, dining, and entertainment in the...

A Local’s Lyrics

By Vicki Woolford Some call it history and you may call it fate, but I refer to it as a blessing. This historical account is penned in archives, located on maps, and the subject of stories told by the old still being spread today. Those who know applaud a Bear Point...

The Forgotten

By Chris Warner   “The songwriter is the most forgotten person in the music business.  They are also the most indispensable.  Called the poets, wordsmiths, and cave painters of our time, this is the celebration of the Songwriters, the people who write the songs...

Beach Appetit!

From the introduction in the "Beach Appetit" cookbook, published by the Perdido Chamber in March 1999: Perdido Key and the surrounding Gulf Coast area offers a distinctive melting pot of breathtaking scenery, fresh bounty from the sea and land, and a rich blend of...

The Perdido River Paddle Trail

By Rick O'Conner, Sea Grant Extension, Escambia County   Are you looking to get away from it all?  Looking for a quiet place with natural areas all around?  Then you might enjoy paddling the Perdido River Paddle Trail.   Serving as the state line, the Perdido...

Fishing in Perdido

By: Bob Pitts, Visitor Use Assistant, Gulf Islands National Seashore   One of the most impressive aspects of Perdido Key is its extensive and diverse recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you bring your boat, charter a local guide service, use a kayak, or...

PBUMC Nature Trail: The Way

By: Jerry Patee, Florida Master Naturalist  Uplands….Wetlands…Coastal Ecosystems    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6    There are few places along the Gulf Coast like the 0.32-mile nature trail called...

Bird Watching in Perdido Key

From nature trails to beach habitats, birding in the Perdido Area is a huge pastime for visitors and locals alike. The diversity of habitats ranging from pinewoods to beaches and saltwater to open woodlands make an attractive destination for native and migratory bird...

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