Elberta, Alabama, is a family-friendly destination that is the perfect combination of Southern ease, history, and culture as well as mouthwatering comfort foods. You can spend your days picking fresh berries at Hillcrest Farm or sampling the homemade cheese at Sweet Home Farm. If you’re in the mood for something more adventurous, you can go skydiving over the Gulf of Mexico with Skydive the Gulf, enjoy foam parties at Jellystone Park, and go paddleboarding at Hut of Elberta.
1.Sweet Home Farm
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Sweet Home Farm is one of those hidden attractions that not everyone knows or talks about, but once they go, they’ll love it! The epic cheese farm is the first ever farmstead cheesemaker in Alabama and is a must-visit for people who absolutely love cheese. The company has been in operation for over 30 years and has gained many loyal patrons, who come from far and wide to sample their delicious cheeses. You’ll be able to see their many all natural, high-quality cheeses that are proudly made with no herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, growth hormones, or artificial colorings. Local honey, olives, and fresh organic fruits are also available.
27101 Schoen Rd, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-986-5663
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Why go all the way to the UK to see Stonehenge, when you can see a full-scale fiberglass replica right in Alabama known as Bamahenge? It is the work of artist Mark Cline, who’s initial “Foamhenge” in Virginia caught the eye of Alabama billionaire George Barber. The billionaire commissioned the work, which is an exact replica of the real thing, right down to the summer solstice and the orientation of the stones to the sun. The billionaire commissioned many other works from the artists, many of which you can see while on the private property, including four life-sized dinosaurs along the edge of the woods and a 50-foot woman floating in a lake.
3.Skydive The Gulf
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Considered one of the top destinations to skydive in the Gulf of Mexico area, Skydive the Gulf is one of the only places in the area where you’ll be able to experience sunset beach landings and ocean views. The experience starts with a drive out to their private airfield in Elberta, followed by a flight to over 10,000 feet in the air. You’ll love the breathtaking views of the Gulf coastline while you and your tandem instructor leap out together. The free-fall drop can reach speeds up to 120 mph before you open up your parachute and glide away as you enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico and Perdido Bay.
28502 Frank Rd, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 850-208-3011
4.Soldiers Creek Golf Club
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Often voted one of the “best greens in the area,” the Soldiers Creek Golf Club comprises a world-class, 18-hole golf course with superior playing conditions. All levels of golfers will have a great time on the playable course as it’s non-residential and set amidst nature trails, lakes, and rolling hills. In addition to the wonderful layout, guests will be able to challenge themselves, test their accuracy, and improve their game with water hazards, sand traps, and fairways. The friendly staff will be more than happy to help you book your next round; there are many events and tournaments held throughout the year for you to try your luck in as well.
12054 Gateway Dr, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-986-8633
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Owned and operated by the Hixson family for over 30 years, Hillcrest Farm and Vineyard has become an iconic landmark for residents and visitors in Elberta. It’s a fun destination for you and the family to visit as there’s usually a fruit in rotation during the u-pick season. Kids love hand picking their very own grapes, blueberries, and blackberries – as well as feeding the hens. Afterwards, cool down with some refreshing homemade ice cream or stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other homemade products like jams and ice creams to take back with you.
30497 Hixson Rd, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-962-2500
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Home to Yogi Bear, Jellystone Park’s stunning location on the Alabama Gulf Coast makes it a must-visit attraction while there. There are tons of things to see and do in the camp resort, such as fishing, gem mining, and going on local wildlife tours to meet the animals that live there. The park also hosts fun activities for kids such as foam parties, pool parties, a chocolate slip-n-slide, water wars, and a shaving cream whiffle ball. If you’re planning on staying overnight, you’re more than welcome to stay in their tent and RV camping sites or to rent out one of their fun cabins, which are filled with amenities.
12160 Wortel Road, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-986-3566
7.Baldwin County Heritage Museum
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The Baldwin County Heritage Museums is a 20,000-square-foot space that is filled with interesting things to see and do for free. There are six large display rooms and 5 acres of grounds that are packed with artifacts and memorabilia to pique the interest of visitors of all ages. Some of the more popular exhibits include their many vintage tractors, a 1908 church, a potato shed, and a blacksmith shop – all in pristine condition. The museum preserves these significant buildings, documents, and artifacts as a means of showcasing to newer generations the culture of early Baldwin County’s farming communities.
25521 US-98, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-986-8375
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8.Hut of Elberta
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Hut of Elberta is a health and wellness co-op that provides experiences for the mind and body at reasonable prices. One of their most popular activities is paddleboarding; visitors will be able to have a relaxing exercise experience as they enjoy views of the gorgeous Gulf Coast waterways. You can either go for a one-time experience – all equipment and instructions are provided – or you can sign up for their weekly classes, which are great for beginners or those who want to paddle for exercise. Yoga is also a popular offering and there are classes for various levels and styles.
24980 State St, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-979-4374
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Though the name may not make it seem like an appetizing place to eat, the Roadkill Café offers delicious, no-nonsense meals throughout the day. It is a staple with the locals, who come through the doors on a regular basis and chat with the staff as friends do. The authentic home-style Southern cooking is absolutely mouthwatering and varies daily from chicken-fried steak, cornbread, and mashed potatoes to fried chicken, red beans and rice, and much more. The menu is listed on a chalkboard for you to order from, but if you’d like to try a little bit of everything, the cafe also offers a buffet.
25076 State St, Elberta, AL 36530,Phone: 251-986-5377
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Renowned for having “the best cheeseburgers in these here waters,” Pirates Cove in Elberta, Alabama, truly attracts people from all over the nation, who go there to get their cheeseburger fix. The marina and restaurant pays attention to every aspect of the burger, ensuring that it’s just right, from the flavorful beef to the crisp buns. If you’re not a fan of cheeseburgers, not to worry: Their extensive menu also includes fried chicken, chili dogs, and beer-battered onion rings. On the weekends, Pirates Cove pulls out a special pizza menu that you can top with everything from sun-dried tomatoes to fried chicken.
6664 Co Rd 95, Elberta, AL 36530, Phone: 251-987-1224
10 Best Things to Do in Elberta, Alabama
- Sweet Home Farm, Photo: Sweet Home Farm
- Bamahenge, Photo: Courtesy of Anna - Fotolia.com
- Skydive The Gulf, Photo: Courtesy of zefart - Fotolia.com
- Soldiers Creek Golf Club, Photo: Courtesy of yellowj - Fotolia.com
- Hillcrest Farm, Photo: Courtesy of Jaroslav Moravcik - Fotolia.com
- Jellystone Park, Photo: Jellystone Park
- Baldwin County Heritage Museum, Photo: Baldwin County Heritage Museum
- Hut of Elberta, Photo: Courtesy of rh2010 - Fotolia.com
- Roadkill Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of Antonio_Paris - Fotolia.com
- Pirates Cove, Photo: Pirates Cove
- Cover Photo: Town of Elberta