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 places for food, shopping, and entertainment, such as The Wharf and San Roc Cay entertainment districts! Orange Beach and Gulf Shores prove to be a great day trip when staying in the Perdido Area and are a quick trip down the beach road!

Downtown Pensacola

Driving the other direction from Perdido Key, you will enter the heart of Pensacola! Offering a uniquely quaint downtown atmosphere, Pensacola offers a great nightlife and restaurant array in a walkable atmosphere! With much to do in art and entertainment and many events held year-round, this is a great day trip for those looking for a more social evening!

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Spend the day on one of Perdido’s most prized possessions! Johnson’s Beach on Perdido Key is part of Gulf Island’s National Seashore which is a magical stretch of beach protected by the federal government. While enjoying the beautiful, untouched shores of nature- you may find yourself bird watching from the accessible boardwalk trail, experiencing a picnic from one of the beach-side shaded pavilions, or simply relaxing in nature’s paradise on the beach!

Perdido Area State Parks

Being one with nature is a privilege here in the Perdido Area. Experience the essence of Perdido by visiting one of the area’s beloved state parks! Some popular parks include Perdido Key State Park, Big Lagoon State Park, and Tarkiln Bayou State Park! Offering a plethora of bird watching and an array of native plant species- this is the perfect way to experience the wonderful ecosystems that create our nature’s paradise!

Foley, Alabama

Heading back into Alabama is another town with tons of attractions to offer! Starting with the coast’s new resort and entertainment destination, OWA, showcasing a 14-acre amusement park and various shopping and dining opportunities, OWA is endless fun for all ages!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Military Life in Perdido Key

By: Erin Wilmer   It was May 1989, I was 19 and checking into my first duty station. I can remember feeling alone and scared. After completing the check-in process, I walk into my barracks dorm that would be my home for the nextfour years. In the middle of the...