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Address: 26389 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561-5010
Phone Number: +1 251-981-2787
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Nestled among stately oaks on the shores of Wolf Bay, this campus features...

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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We went because it was raining, but I wish we had gone sooner. They do a glass blowing demonstration and then you can blow your own glass ornament! Unfortunately we couldn't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Brie H
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Orange Beach, Alabama
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Orange Beach, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went because it was raining, but I wish we had gone sooner. They do a glass blowing demonstration and then you can blow your own glass ornament! Unfortunately we couldn't make anything because it has to fire for a day after and we were leaving. Definitely a must if you are planning a visit to this area!!!

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1 Thank Brie H
Jacksonville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Thank you Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach! We enjoyed talking with you while visiting the Orange Beach Area. The local artists in the area have amazing talent and when the new center is open Fall of 2016, they will have an incredible place to showcase their talents. We enjoyed visiting the Hot Shop and talking with Adam and Kerry.... More 

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3 Thank Alabama Trails M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Getting to make our own glass piece was incredible! Adam was so cool to work with and the experience to be that hands on was amazing. Definitely recommend!

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4 Thank Sara T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Although it took a while for the artist to warm up and talk to us, we really enjoyed watching the process. Although it was the hot shop, the open air construction made it very comfortable and shady. We all loved the experience and bought a beautiful starfish for our souvenir.

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3 Thank Kkhorst
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 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 12 enjoyed the visit. We also purchased some amazing and unique souvenirs from the gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 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!

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2 Thank Tina G
Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 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 in an inviting atmosphere with beautiful views of the bay. Very relaxing way to spend... More 

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1 Thank Dave_T171
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 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 a place we visited year after year if the reception was "warmer."

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

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 watch artists on the wheel, take classes, or paint your own. Nice mugs and other... More 

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Monticello, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 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 from one building to the other, we left and promised ourselves we would come again... More 

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