Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much does parking cost and where do I park to attend the Show?
A. Parking is free. Enter the Wharf on Main Street or at West Wharf Parkway and park in any parking lot or as directed by attendants. Note, Wharf Parkway will be closed to thru traffic from the SpringHill Suites Hotel down to Marlin Circle during the duration of the Boat Show.
Q. Where are the entrances to the Show?
A. There are two entrances for the Boat Show: East Entrance is located at the north end of Main Street through the Wharf Marina Outfitters Store easily recognized by the Marlin Tower Sculptures and large Boat Show banner on the condo building. The West Entrance is located on West Wharf parkway where the new SpringHill Suites driveway begins.
Q. What about inclement weather? Will the Show remain open if it's raining?
A. Yes, as long as the weather is not severe. In the case of severe weather, guests can take cover under the parking garages or in the Orange Beach Event Center. Also, many of the outdoor exhibits and displays are protected by tents and the Wharf has many fine restaurants and retail shopping opportunities to spend some time while a shower passes.
Q. If I leave the Show to eat in one of the Wharf's restaurants, can I get back in?
A. Yes, a wristband will be issued upon departing that will permit re-entry.
Q. What about handicapped accessibility?
A. Dedicated temporary ADA parking spaces are located immediately in front of the two Show entrances. ADA compliant restroom facilities are available in the Wharf Marina Outfitter Store and in the lobby of the Orange Beach Event Center. The Wharf Marina floating docks are ADA compliant; however, please use caution due to the high amount of pedestrian traffic and special boat show dockage and possible tripping hazards. Ask for assistance from any Boat Show personnel.
Q. What's all the buzz I hear about Thursdays VIP Stars Over Alabama Red Carpet preview event?
A. It's an unique and upscale Red Carpet event which allows you to enjoy the best of the Show with live entertainment, complimentary Champaign toast and special dealer events and promotions all prior to the official opening of the Show.
Q. How can I get an Invitation to the Stars Over Alabama VIP Red Carpet Preview Party?
A. Invitations are available through your boat or yacht dealer.
Q. What dress is required?
A. Resort casual is fine, although lots of Red Carpet glam surrounds the event and the paparazzi will be there...
Q. Will my Stars Over Alabama VIP pass allow me to re-enter the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday?
A. No. The VIP Invitation will only work for Thursdays event.
Q. For "Locals Day" on Friday, what is consider a local?
A. A "Local" is a resident with ID having a South Baldwin County, AL [south of I-10] address or in Perdido Key, FL.
Q. Are there restrooms available in the Show?
A. Yes, there is a climate controlled comfort station located on the south side of the BridgeWalk section as well as the lobby of the Orange Beach Event Center at the West End of the Show.
Q. Is first aid available?
A. Yes, first responders are located on the property.