Alabama Gulf Coast Beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach showcase miles of sparkling water and beautiful white sand. A top tourism destination, area attractions bring families together and provide action-packed fun. If you want to see alligators, learn about Civil War history or spend a day swimming, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have it all. When you’re ready to venture out, add these places to your must-see list:
Go Wild With Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Perfect for all ages, the zoo is home to a reptile house, an aviary and a petting zoo. Up-close encounters include opportunities to hold baby kangaroos and have a lemur climb on you. Some animals you may see include tigers, alligators, birds of prey and snakes. The zoo also hosts educational programs and events year round.
Learn About the Battle of Mobile Bay
American history fans find a special treat in Gulf Shores. The area’s Civil War trails extend from the Gulf of Mexico to more than 90 miles north into Mobile County, comprising more than a dozen Alabama Civil War sites. The trail documents the way of life and military movements in the Mobile Bay area during the Battle of the Bay (August 1864) and the Overland Campaign (March-May, 1865). Find exhibits, houses, hiking trails, orchards and much more on this historical tour.
Play Fetch At the Dog Pond
Need a place for your four-legged friend to roam? Visit the dog pond located under the Gulf Adventure Center on Lake Shelby, one of the area’s newest additions at Gulf State Park. Dogs will love playing with their owners or other dogs at this off-leash attraction. Find rules and hours.
Explore Gulf State Park
Outdoor lovers flock to Gulf State Park, where they find a championship golf course, beach pavilion, tennis courts, hiking trails, ziplines and a fishing pier. The pier extends more than 1,500 feet into the Gulf, allowing for prime catches. Ten hiking trails provide opportunities to see wildlife including bobcats, deer and rabbits, and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a must.
The picnic area features covered pavilions, grills and restrooms, and families enjoy gathering for reunions and parties. Campsites and RV sites are also available.
Watch Boats At Florida Point
In proximity to the Perdido Pass Bridge, this public beach offers sand dunes, boardwalks, picnic areas restrooms and showers. Florida Point provides great views of incoming and outgoing charter boats, and is a top spot for a family day on the beach. Parking is free, so bring the beach gear and enjoy the weather.
Ride Trains With Wales West RV Resort
This RV park/resort has several options for guests to enjoy the great outdoors. Wales West offers scenic train rides year round through the Alabama rural countryside and pecan orchards. Riders will get some history and encounter childhood favorites such as the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, depending on the season. Outdoor swimming and a huge waterslide will entertain the kids, and at the end of the day, have dinner at a picnic table.
Splash At Waterville USA
Grab the sunscreen and plan for a fun-filled day at this amusement/water park. The amusement park features rides, a bounce house, an arcade, go-kart racing and mini golf. In the summer, cool off on water rides or in the wave pool, complete with slides and other places to roam. Parents can relax in the lazy river or join in the action!