Gulf Shores Things to Do

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    Waterville USA

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    This is two parks in one; 20 acres of a wide variety of amusements for all ages. The waterpark includes: the Flowrider which gives the feeling of surfing; a 25,000 square foot wave pool; a variety of waterslides, a pool for the little ones; and more. The amusement park includes: Racing go carts; a bounce house; mini-golf; an arcade and rides for the little ones. The waterpark is open 10 AM to 6 PM summer only. The Amusement Park is open Spring to Fall. Check the website for prices.

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    Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    The Pirate's Island Adventure Golf has two 18 hole mini-golf courses with waterfalls, caves, tropical plants, a pirate ship and other obstacles to challenge you ability to get that little ball in the hole. Admission is $10.25 for adults and $8.25 for kids. Reduced prices for subsequent games or buy an all day ticket.

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    The Hangout and the Music Festival

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    The hangout is right on the beach at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Highway 59. It has art, food, bars and a stage where they have a variety of entertainment but mostly music. This is where they hold "The Hangout Music Festival" which lasts 3 days in mid-May. The festival is hugely popular and tickets sell out quickly.

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    Zoo Animals

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    Here are photos of some of the animals on display in their natural habitats. Photo 1 is a couple of lions; photo 2 is "Chuckie" an 11 foot long, 800 pound rescued alligator; photo 3 is a couple of Bengal Tigers; photo 4 is a very colorful bird; and photo 5 is a baby white-throated Capuchin Monkey.

    There are more photos in the Travelogue.

    Lions Bengal Tigers Colorful Bird White-Throated Capuchin
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    Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    This 16 acre zoo is Animal Planets "Little zoo that could". It features 450 animals like lions, tigers, bears, an alligator, monkeys, and a variety of birds. Thankfully, the animals in photo 3 are not real. You can arrange encounters with lemurs, tigers, kangaroos and various reptiles. Check the website for availability. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Admission is $11 for adults (12 to 54); $9 seniors (55 and up); $8 for kids (3 to 11) and kids under 3 free. Zooland Mini-Golf is located in front of the zoo.

    Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Inside the Zoo Velociraptors Inside the Zoo
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    Gulf Shores Museum - FREE

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    The Gulf Coast Museum is located by the Gulf Shores City Complex and houses a variety of well-presented displays of fishing, shrimping and other mari-time activities from the last century to today. Do not miss the video "Hurricane Hunters". There are a variety of rotating exhibitions during the year. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. Admission is free.

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    Coastal Alabama Visitors Center

    by Basaic Written Feb 7, 2015

    A good first stop in Gulf Shores is the Coastal Alabama Visitors Center. Here you can get maps of the town, brochures of attractions, and coupons for money off deals. The helpful staff can make recommendations on how to best enjoy your visit based on the time available and your budget. There will be a new welcome center at 3459 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 opening in Spring 2015. They also have an office in Orange Beach.

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    Gulf Shores

    by Basaic Written Feb 6, 2015

    Gulf Shores is a fast growing town of about 10,000 (up 101% since 200 and not including tourists) located on the Gulf of Mexico in Baldwin County in extreme Southern Alabama. Alabama Routes 59, 180, and 182 all run through or to Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores is a beach resort community so it has the required water park, 9 golf courses, cruises, fishing, and all the other attractions you would exect along the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Shores City Hall, Police, Fire Department and Library are all located at the Gulf Shores City Complex. I liked the statue "The Guardian" dedicated to the town's firefighters.

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    Habitat Animals

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2014

    Walking along the paths in the state park-be aware there are some animals that can bee seen, but also could be dangerous. I had to kill a snake when it was approaching me on the path, and I did not want to kill it, but had no choice.
    The state park has a lot of trails and camping and picnicking available.

    View of alligator in its home turf View of alligator resting Snake was 3 feet, but skinny
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    Rows of Beach Homes

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 5, 2014

    These homes have had a series of rebuilding over the years as hurricanes and strong winds take them down. Now there is water standing in the roads in places due to reconfiguration of the sand and erosion. Most are simple second homes and not overbearing in being show pieces and monuments of wealth.

    Typical beach homes perched on the sand View of beach homes

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    Beach for Sun & WAter

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 5, 2014

    The town has many public accesses to the beach, and also has the same at Ocean Beach to the east. There are not a lot of crowds to pack the beach and it is big and deep for many beach chairs and umbrellas.

    View of the water White sand beach and not many people-yea High rise buildings ring the beach area.
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    Fort Conde

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2014

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    An impressive replica fort built originally in the 18th century by the French. It opened in 1976 and has a museum underground displaying the attire during that era for military uniforms and weapons and other items for the period. It is just right in the downtown area on 11 acres, and a nice tour.
    The fort was built by French in 1723, and later expanded under British, then Spanish rule of the area. With the War of 1812, US took control of the fort and the region
    The irony is the fort was torn down; brick by brick to use the bricks for other buildings. It was rebuilt by the city at 1/3 scale in a somewhat replica of the original design, but the first fort had seven pointed star shape to defend the perimeter. shape

    CAnnon ready to let go Sheer outer wall Inside of the fort compound Interior of the fort Contrast of old and New
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  • Fun in the Sun

    by JKCRIVERS Written Aug 1, 2012

    http://www.thelouisianalagniappe.com/index.shtml
    this is a great resturant in orange beach and next to it is an excellant Italian Resturant. LULU's is must, skip TackyJacks, and the Hangout as well is good for kids and adults

    You can fish from the Pier, Fort Morgan or Zeks for offshore

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    Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

    by eugini2001 Written Dec 25, 2011

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    It has 4 trails fron 1 mile to 4miles long.First day we hiked Jeff one and found a mushroom growing on a white sand!!!and much more of wild life.The second day was from Pine beach to Alligator Lake trail exploration experience.It was a nice hiking,quite ,peaceful,we saw a lot of birds and enjoyed beautiful Mother nature!!

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    ST.ATHANASIOS GREEK OTHODOX CHURCH

    by eugini2001 Written Dec 25, 2011

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    St.Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church

    As I mentioned in my main page this church was my main reason of visiting Gulf shores.

    Father Paul serves only on Sundays at 10am.They also have Sunday school and all Orthodox Christians and visitors are very welcome to join even for a short vacation time.This Greek church is like a little piece of Greece in AL.Nice people there,very welcoming!Although we couldn't stay there for service on Sunday,and father was out of town, he arranged it the way the founders of the church opened it for us on Saturday and let us put the candles and showed around,which is highly appreciated!

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