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One of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most popular attractions has found a new home. Gulf Adventure Center (GAC) has reached an agreement to relocate their popular zipline course to The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., subject to final approvals and permitting.

“Our planning with management at The Wharf is going very well. They’ve got a fantastic property, great infrastructure, established traffic and a sharp business development team,” said GAC Managing Partner Tom Schlinkert.

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The Gulf Adventure Center hopes to relocate to The Wharf in Orange Beach from its former location at Gulf State Park. (Gulf Adventure Center/Special to The Pulse)

After non-renewal of their lease at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., GAC was forced to close in the beginning of October 2016. According to the master plan for Gulf State Park, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to use the land that GAC formerly occupied for a parking lot and elevated pedestrian walkway over Alabama Highway 182, providing access to the new Gulf State Park Lodge.

With contract renewal off the table, GAC Managing Partner Tom Schlinkert began searching for a new location.

Schlinkert believes The Wharf provides an ideal location and says the GAC team is excited about creating a new course for visitors to enjoy there.

“We’re looking forward to bringing new activities to The Wharf and attracting new customers to the complex,” he said. “Once plans are complete, GAC will reveal details for the new course and expansions to the business.”

The target launch date is spring of 2017.

“The Wharf is thrilled to welcome Gulf Adventure Center to the property as it continues to provide unique entertainment options to the community and visitors alike,” said Kristen Guenther, management team leader at The Wharf. “We are confident in the success of this venture and look forward to what’s to come.”

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