It may be best known as host to one of the Southeast’s biggest music festivals, but The Hangout in Gulf Shores has been showing crowds a good time for far longer than the Hangout Music Festival’s 10-year tenure. Beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Hangout was a popular place for locals and seasonal visitors alike to prove the destination’s namesake. With an arcade, dancing, drinks, candy, film, beachwear, and supplies, The Hangout quickly became a hub for community and culture along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The local surfer community, in particular, found kinship in The Hangout’s laidback vibes and signature shaka hand logo.
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed The Hangout entirely. Four years later, the entertainment giant was back and bigger and better than ever. If you have plans to be in or around Gulf Shores or Orange Beach this summer, The Hangout is more than worth a visit. Here’s how you can spend a day—or more!—at this legendary venue, known for its prime location right on the sandy shores of Gulf Shores.