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PK Visitor Guide 2017

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16 VISITPERDIDO.COM tournaments throughout the year and offers teams for all ages. The Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association offers sports ranging from baseball to lacrosse to football. The Complex also offers nature trails, a playground and covered pavilions. The Orange Beach Sportsplex (obparksandrec. com/sportsplex), located at 4389 William Silvers Parkway in Orange Beach, Ala., is one of the area's most popular sporting locations. Its facilities include soccer, football, softball and baseball fields, as well as a 1,500 seat stadium with a press box, locker rooms and consession stands. The Sportsplex has proudly hosted a number of tournaments, including the Southeastern Conference Women's Soccer Championship since 2003, NCAA Men's & Women's Soccer Tournaments in 2007 for the University of South Alabama, Troy State University, Florida State University and more. Further west, there is the state-of-the-art Foley Sports Complex ( in Foley, Ala. The relatively new (2009) complex houses 10 baseball fields and five soccer fields on its 100 acre site. It also offers concession stands, playground, hospitality area, and pavilions. The complex has recently been the choice location for regional competitive tournaments, like the USSSA Baseball World Series and the Alabama Soccer Festival. Our area is also home to the Escambia County Equestrian Center, located at 7750 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526. Not only does the 151 acre complex offers a number of horse shows and competitions, both English and Western, but also events ranging from 5Ks to monster truck shows and more. Not only does the Perdido area have various outlets for athletes, it also has a few tamer locations for those who just like to relax and play. Luckily, we've got the inside scoop on local playgrounds many people don't know about, from the playground in Perdido Bay Golf Club to the tennis courts on Avon Avenue or the County playground in the Emerald Shores community off Gulf Beach Highway. We also have some more well-known parks, such as Big Lagoon State Park and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park. What these lack in playgrounds and jungle gyms, they make up for in beauty and adventure. Big Lagoon offers hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching and more. So depending on the level of activity you're looking for, Big Lagoon has got you covered. You can take a nice hike throughout the park, a bike ride along the roads, or you can leisurely climb the observatory tower and gaze across the best panoramic view of the water. In addition to offering rentable camp sites, Big Lagoon has a ( THE OBSERVATORY IN BIG LAGOON OFFERS A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE PARK & ISLAND

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