Sandy Key Perdido: attractions off the sand
January 22, 2008
As you may know if you've read my profile, I devote a lot of time to making sure that the vacations and vacation packages that I provide to my clients are everything that they want them to be - and furthermore, that the vacations are up to my standards as well.
As we speak, I'm currently on the Gulf Shores coast, and let me tell you, I'm not currently on those beautiful sandy beaches. Nope, this trip has been about exploring options "off the sand," and I have to confess I didn't know that not walking in the waves, collecting shells and soaking up the sun could be this fun.
I've typed up some notes on my adventures this past week. Maybe they'll help you spice up your next beach visit.
Sandy Key Perdido is famous for its miles of beautiful beaches and stunning ocean vistas. But did you know that there are also lots of things that you can do – for free or nearly free – just off the coastline? So when the kids are tired of the sand, your sunburn is feeling a little tender or you’re just ready for a change of pace, try out these area attractions and enjoy a different side of Sandy Key Perdido.
Big Lagoon State Park:
Not only does this extensive wildlife preserve offer miles of beaches, boating and fishing, you can also enjoy miles of hiking trails, spot rare birds in the salt marshes and try your hand at shallow-water crabbing before sitting down in the shade for a delicious picnic lunch beneath the shelter of majestic pines and oaks. Big Lagoon’s volunteer organization, Friends of Big Lagoon, host special events and festivals throughout the year, so check out the state park’s website for up-to-the-minute event agendas.
Twilight Golf and Other Sporting Packages:
Depending on the season and the time of day, local courses offer some really impressive rates as well as gorgeous vistas, lessons for parents and kids and special packages for groups and families. Touring the courses, father-son lessons or couple’s outings are all great ways to enjoy this classic sport together for years and years to come. Continue an old tradition or create a new one on Sandy Key Perdido golf courses.
Get a taste of winter at the beach! For nearly half the year, nearby Pensacola hosts its very own hockey team. Tickets are priced low to keep the community involved, and you can even meet the players and coaches at many events.
Nightlife, Restaurants and Local Festivals:
A little-known haven for songwriters and musicians, Sandy Key Perdido plays host to a yearly music festival and many other celebrations of the arts throughout the year. Whether you’re hoping to be discovered yourself or just dance to some beach tunes, nightly live music in local restaurants and bars is a fun way to enjoy a romantic – but lively – evening with the one or ones you love.