Gulf Shores Outdoor Attractions: 4 Places to Play, Enjoy Nature

Home to beautiful beaches and outdoor recreation, Gulf Shores attracts visitors from all over the U.S. Part of its appeal is the city’s Gulf location where visitors can enjoy spacious beaches and explore natural areas in southern Alabama. For those who can’t get enough of the salty air, here are four Gulf Shores outdoor attractions.

4 Gulf Shores Outdoor Attractions for the Family

Walk or Fish on the Pier

Take a casual walk on Gulf State Park Fishing Pier or cast a line into the water. The pier ranks as a popular spot for both fishing and sightseeing. Those fishing will find a tackle shop, souvenirs and benches. Those not fishing can watch for boats and wildlife, feel warm breezes and view scenic sunsets.

Hike Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park features a backcountry trail system and 3 miles of beaches. Start on the Hugh S. Branyon trail, home to 25 miles of paved trails. Here visitors can explore multiple ecosystems and the natural environment. Love the water? Then relax on the beach and have a picnic lunch at one of the tables. For added convenience, Gulf State Park also has restrooms and showers. Find more things to do at Gulf State Park.

See Live Animals

As one of the top attractions in Gulf Shores, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo provides a good time for adults and kids. Up-close encounters with kangaroos, lemurs and reptiles delight all ages. Or see tigers, animal shows, tropical birds and birds of prey, and over 500 different animals. Alabama Gulf Cost Zoo works to care for animals while educated visitors is under $20 per person.

Learn About History

Fort Morgan Historic Park doubles as a historic and outdoor attraction located in nearby Fort Morgan. At the park, families can take guided tours and see live demonstrations with cannons. In addition, the park welcomes everyone to play on the beach, go bird-watching and fishing. Nature trails and an on-site boat launch provide access to the natural environment for a day enjoying nature.

Want more ideas? Read why bird-watchers flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Or browse our Gulf shores vacation rentals and begin planning your trip.