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Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach

26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561-5010
+1 251-981-2787
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Free hidden gem among all of the touristy shops.

Our family stopped by during the afternoon and had a wonderful time! The artists were on-site... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2015
Niecey G
Plano, Texas
So cool!

I went to Gulf Shores Visitor center - looking for something to do on a rainy day. The glass... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2015
Tina G
via mobile
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Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, this campus features Alabama's only daily, open-access hot glass blowing facility where you can watch glass artists make beautiful hand blown works. Also available is The Clay Studio where you can work with our resident clay artist. Classes are also available in both studios. Our art gallery featuring gulf coast artists is currently housed in a small cottage, but our new waterfront gallery will be open in summer 2016. The bay front grounds are perfect for weddings and special events. The Art Center is also home for the highly regarded annual fine arts show "Festival of Art" of Orange Beach held the second weekend of March.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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“hot shop” (16 reviews)
“local art” (5 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561-5010
+1 251-981-2787
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

Our family stopped by during the afternoon and had a wonderful time! The artists were on-site working and immediately welcomed us and began explaining their craft. They make incredibly beautiful blown glass in all shapes and sizes. Everyone in our party from age 70 to...More

3  Thank Niecey G
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

I went to Gulf Shores Visitor center - looking for something to do on a rainy day. The glass blowing was amazing to watch and then we went next door to the pretty and Paint building and did the "pick and Paint" activity. So awesome!

4  Thank Tina G
Reviewed 22 March 2015

We were there during the Art Festival and we really enjoyed many different artists, the food and the overall atmosphere. The center by itself is certainly worth a visit even without the larger art fair. Several buildings with glass blowing, ceramics, dance and music, set...More

2  Thank Dave_T171
Reviewed 1 March 2015

Expensive day making Christmas ornaments as a family.. we are a pretty inquisitive bunch.. the glassblower said maybe two words and the lady in the office that lost our reservation was pretty rude. We are all artists in our family and this would have been...More

4  Thank Dawna J
Reviewed 28 February 2015

Stopped in here after lunch to watch the glassblowing craftsmen. Always fascinating to see how the artists make glass vases and other items. They will also teach you how to blow glass yourself! Items available for purchase. There's also a pottery studio where you can...More

4  Thank Saranger
Reviewed 28 February 2015

It was cold and raining cats and dogs the day we visited, but we watched the glass blowers make a couple of pieces and it was fascinating. There was much more we would have loved to see, but after we got cold and wet getting...More

1  Thank Brenda K
Reviewed 16 February 2015

Wonderful Local Art. Hands on Pottery classes, Glass blowing experience, etc. it is in a beautiful setting on Wolf Bay. All through the year they have special events going on that are entertaining, educational and Fun. Go!!!!

2  Thank Tootsis3
Reviewed 22 January 2015

Stopped by on a cool day and was I impressed, a great and educational attraction for folks of all ages -- the staff was very knowledgeable and the artisans were fantastic

3  Thank viking226
Reviewed 15 November 2014

There was an amazing range of artists' styles and mediums displayed, and a beautiful small gift shop in a large coastal-style home. Our favorite part by far was our visit to the "Hot Shop" to watch a very skilled couple of glassblowers in action. This...More

1  Thank C J
Reviewed 12 November 2014

It is difficult to add to the positive things said about this facility. The "HotShop" is where my fascination lies with this. There are "glory holes" in abundance with glass, glass and more glass. The glassblowers are inspired, professional, enthusiastic and friendly, they will walk...More

5  Thank Trillium1411
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8 August 2017|
Response from Angela W | Reviewed this property |
I think it's appointment only, but the schedule seemed pretty open when we went. Be sure to dedicate the right amount of time to your schedule. The glass process takes a while, buts it's so cool and worth it!
9 December 2015|
Response from Niecey G | Reviewed this property |
According to their December newsletter, they will be closed December 24-25 and January 1st.