With multitudes of Southern charm and a tropical climate, the Gulf Shores boasts miles of
white sand beaches, turquoise waters and the comforting sound of crashing waves. You can head out on a deep-sea adventure and
cast a line in hopes of catching a massive fish, explore the sites that soldiers inhabited during Civil War battles, and dine on some of the most rich and succulent seafood you’ve ever had.
Gulf State Park:
Stretching over 6,150 acres of land, including two miles of white sand beaches, Gulf State Park is an outdoor oasis for travelers. This park features the largest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico, deep-wooded trails and a playground. Don’t forget to bring along your clubs either – Gulf State Park has the 18-hole championship Refuge Golf Course.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge:
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and become one with nature, the Bon Secour is the place to go. With 7,000 acres of wildlife habitats for sea turtles, migrating birds and the endangered Alabama beach mouse, this national refuge is one of the largest undeveloped regions along the coastline. More than 370 aviary species live or migrate through here during the year, so bird watchers should come prepared with binoculars in hand.
Historic Blakeley State Park:
Known as a Civil War site, this state park is ideal for both history buffs and nature lovers. Tucked along the woodlands of the Tensaw River, Blakeley State Park features a preserved battleground that you can bike or hike around. You can also visit sites along the Civil War Discovery Trail, which in total links 300 sites in 16 states that played a major role in the war.
Things to Do
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo:
As the shooting location for Animal Planet’s "The Little Zoo That Could," the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is an attraction for the kid in everyone. With more than 500 animals on 17 acres of land, both children and adults will love getting up close and personal with some of nature’s most unique and elusive creatures. The zoo is only a few blocks away from the sandy shoreline, but you’ll get to explore the African safari, depths of the ocean and lush rainforest all in one place. Macaws, monkeys, lions, tigers and bears are just a few of the creatures that live here.
Need to cool off, but sick of getting all sandy? Head over to Waterville USA where you can splish and splash across 20 acres of amusement and water park attractions. A wave pool, water slides, arcade, carnival rides and much more await you at this attraction.
Top Restaurants and Shopping
With the Gulf of Mexico just steps away, you’re sure to find some of the best seafood around, whether you’re looking for a chic romantic evening or casual eatery. Check out spots like Gulf Shores Steamer, King Neptune’s Seafood Restaurant, Sassy Bass Amazon Grill, Nolan’s or Kitty’s Kafe.
Most of the shops in Gulf Shores are located along the shoreline, but if you’re looking for bargain shopping, you should head over to the Tanger Outlet Center. The shopping enthusiast will love finding brand name clothing and accessories at discount prices. Or, you can venture to San Roc Cay in nearby Orange Beach where you’ll find quaint boutiques as well as art galleries and cafes.
Wildlife lovers should make their way to Gulf Shores during the fall and winter seasons when migrating species are in action, and the heat doesn’t force other creatures into hiding. But throughout the year, annual events, festivals, attractions and more will make your getaway one to remember.