Monday, August 12, 2013

Foley, Alabama

Foley Alabama neighbors the coastal cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Alabama’s gorgeous Gulf Coast. It is a nice place to live with a lot to offer and its population is rapidly increasing. Many people who vacation at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach travel through Foley on their way to the beach. Some fall in love with the area and move to Foley because it is close to the beach, but not "too close." (Believe it or not there are some who don't want to live within walking distance of the beach).

• Festivals

The residents of Foley Alabama love their festivals. They find something to celebrate nearly every month. There is a Flower and Garden Extravaganza in April that is rapidly growing in popularity.

The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in June attracts huge crowds and people travel from near and far to partake in the fun.

Heritage Harbor Days, held each fall, is another fun festival in Foley. There is a huge fireworks display, food, art, live musical entertainment and tons of other activities.

• Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets is an outdoor outlet mall with over one hundred and twenty factory outlets. Stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren, TJ Maxx, Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama and Tommy Hilfiger offer their quality products at significantly reduced prices.

• City of Foley Train Museum

The City of Foley Train Museum is located inside of a train depot that was built in 1908. The city’s founder, John Foley used a great deal of his own money to bring the railroad to Foley. There is also an extensive model railroad exhibit. It is twenty-four feet wide and sixty feet long! There is over a quarter mile of tracks and 12 different railroads are included in the exhibit. The best thing is the museum is free! Everybody loves free things to do while on vacation.

• Holmes Medical Museum

The Holmes Medical Museum is a really cool museum that is located in the first hospital in Baldwin County. It was built in 1936. All of the various rooms are decorated with authentic items from that period. There is also a display of some really wacky old medical devices!

• Downtown Foley Alabama

Talking a stroll or driving through the downtown area of Foley is a feast for the eyes. The beautiful architecture of the buildings is quite beautiful, and some of it hasn't changed much since the early part of the last century. In 2004, the National Parks Service declared this area of Foley a Commercial Historic District.

• Golfing

There are numerous great golf courses in Foley. The glorious weather in the area will surely allow all avid golfers to play each day. Sampling a new golf course each day will certainly boost your skill level.

• Antiquing

Foley has more than its fair share of antique shops and malls. For those who enjoy antiquing, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. You should check the paper for garage and estate sales in Foley and the surrounding smaller towns. Sometimes there are great ones. You might score a collectible that will pay for your vacation when you get back home and list it on eBay

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