Gulf Shores Travel Guide

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Gulf Shores Things to Do

  • Waterville USA

    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...

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  • Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

    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

    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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  • Creepy, Crawly Things

    They also have a separate building housing the "Creepy Crawlies" like various lizards, snakes and spiders. Gotta love that Tarantula.

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  • Zoo Animals

    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.

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  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

    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...

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  • Gulf Shores Museum - FREE

    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...

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  • Coastal Alabama Visitors Center

    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,...

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  • Gulf Shores

    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,...

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Gulf Shores Restaurants

  • Mediocre Food, Great Waitresses

    $10 as of January 2015. Most people do not come to Hooters for the food you come here to watch sports, drink beer and watch the ladies in the short orange shorts and tight t-shirts. This one was fairly typical with cute girls and mediocre food (this one had decent shrimp though). Hours are 11 AM to 11 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 AM to 12 AM...

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  • More Great Seafood

    The Steamer. $18 as of January 2015. The Steamer is a fairly non-descript wooden building with a slightly nautical and simple but nice interior. The staff was friendly and efficient. The menu includes a sandwiches and salads. Various types of oysters too. Kids menu available. Full bar. Hours are 11 AM to 8 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 AM to 9...

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  • Eat, Drink, Listen to Music

    Bill's by the Beach. $12 as of January 2015. Bill's has a varied menu of great seafood; but I tried the Shrimp and Grits for breakfast. Quite good. They have a deck with a nice view of the gulf. Listen to live music and have a drink from the extensive menu of fine wines, craft beers and cocktails. Hours are 7 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Thursday and...

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  • Great Seafood

    DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen. $18 as of January 2015. DeSoto's is a fairly non-descript wooden building with a slightly nautical and very colorful interior. The staff was friendly and efficient. The menu includes a wide variety of seafood, pasta and some "land lovers" fare like Hawaiian Rib eye, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Jamaica-Jerk Chicken. The...

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  • Top Quality Food in Gulf Shores Area

    We have had breakfast in many places from west coast to the east coast and you will not find a better breakfast or a Southern Home Cooked meal. This family owned restaurant puts their heart and soul into everything they do. If you are not happy, they are not happy. Their quality and Standards are very high. The staff and attention to detail are...

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  • Ocean's Restaurant

    Ocean's Restaurant about 4 miles down Ft. Morgan Rd. is a great place to get away from the crowd. They have a nice variety of food from seafood to burgers and italian alfredo. Plus their dessert is amazing too. Grouper Po Boy

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Gulf Shores Nightlife

  • Island Theme, Sports, Good Drinks

    $3 in January 2015. This place is associated with the Beachside Resort Hotel. It is an island themed bar with a few bigscreen TVs showing sports. The service was good the rum and coke well-prepared and the cost reasonable. In January it attracts an older crown (say 55 and up). Casual, shorts and T-shirts weather permitting.

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  • FloridaBama

    FloridaBama is one of the coolest bars ive ever been to, it has a cover charge but its worth it. people who are not 21 can get in with a larger cover charge and wear a bracelet saying they are not 21. its on the boarder of florida and alabama... this place is made up of several bars put together, one area for hip hop/rap music, one with pianos...

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  • Lets Head to the State Line!

    The Florabama is the famous club of this area. They have live music on several different stages, pretty much every night. Its always crowded on weekends and during the summer or holidays. The music ranges, but has a big emphasis on local acts. Its the best place in this area, so if you are going out... check it out! Whatever... its Florida!

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Gulf Shores Shopping

  • Where to Buy Souvenirs?

    There are several options for your souvenir needs in Gulf Shores. My choice was Island Outfitters, not because they had better stuff or better deals because they all are pretty similar but because it was closer to my motel. Nice girl from Moldova with a killer accent here but also at some of the others. Since it was off-season prices were a bit...

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  • The Oyster is Its World

    TIP Under constructionThe Original Oyster House bought this shopping center in 1995. There are ramps up to a boardwalk and it is listed as being handicapped accessible.

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  • "Sharking"

    They have all kinds of things... I like their local stuff, like shells, T-shirts, etc. If you like to buy small presents from your trips, this is the best place to shop. Pretty good prices...

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Gulf Shores Warnings and Dangers

  • contaminated water and beaches

    If you want to swim you need to know that 6000.00 gallons of raw sewage were released into Mobile bay today 3/15/12 and they continue to find oil on the beaches. Maybe you should consider Florida east coast.

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  • beaches

    Look out for those blue things ,these is jellyfish,dried one ,but if you hold it long enough you can burn yourself.

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  • Definitely the undertows......

    Definitely the undertows... watch for red flags and obey them!Watch out for jellyfish!! Take a flashlight when walking the beach at night so you don't step on the ones that wash up. I was stung when I was swimming once... not fun!There are some shady people down on the beach. Just use common sense and don't leave valuables out on the beach. Always...

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Gulf Shores What to Pack

  • Bag it at the Beach

    Sometimes, getting ready for a full day of fun in the sun on the Alabama Gulf Coast with the wholefamily reminds me of trying to plan a military invasion. But a little bit of forethought can make “storming the beach” a whole lot simpler.Here are a few tips I've learned for making the most of the least amount of supplies:Tip 1: Store sunscreens...

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  • Sun-phobic Packing List

    beach bag that can withstand sandplastic bags for wet clothes/shoeszip lock bags for food/money old bedsheet to put towels on--quick cleanup after-sun aloe balm--we like Banana Boat SUN UMBRELLA--for that 3rd day of scorching UVB we had a kitchen, so remember paper towels & Clorox wipes.shared bathroom = air freshener spray

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  • Packing List

    beach bag (something that is bound to get sand in it),Plastic bags (to protect things from sand),regular luggage Swim Suits,Swim Shoes,Sandals,Shorts,T- shirts/ Short sleeve,Sweatshirts (it can get kinda chilly!),jeans,swim suit cover-up,tennis shoes,rain coat (we always have 2 all-day rainy days) Aloe for sunburn,sting medicine for jellyfish...

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Gulf Shores Off The Beaten Path

  • Man The Guns!

    Fort Morgan.A really fun place to visit if you're a history buff. To see the history behind it visit the following link:Fort MorganThe place is pretty impressive with it's size and construction of stone, and for it's view out into the Gulf itself. The kids got plenty of exercise climbing the long stairs up and down to the various levels and peering...

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  • Our condo in the background...

    Our condo in the background (the 3-story one). It was a windy day. Good day to fly a kite. From left, Sam, Me, Barbara.This was a sporting kite, so of course I had to dive bomb the seagulls and pelicans. It livened up their day :) I don't need to hear from the PETA folks :)

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  • In our 3 br condo from left to...

    In our 3 br condo from left to right Sam, Ann, me, Barbara, Dave, and Linda. (Notice Linda seems to always be with another guy :-)

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Gulf Shores Sports & Outdoors

  • bike lanes & nature trails in Gulf State...

    Gulf State Park provides a bike lane alogn its roads, including the official Alabama birding trail. The park also offers walking nature trails near the campsites. Spring/summer=mosquito spraymaps from park headquarters' cabin

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  • Best Golf in Alabama

    I wish we would have had clubs, but we didn't. If you like golf, then you need to get a tee-time at Kiva Dunes Golf & Beach Club. It was named to Golfweek’s “America’s Best State by State” for Alabama. Although I haven't been. I have heard that courses in Alabama are first rate. Depends on your game, Happy... "Its circular... feel the flow... its...

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  • Gulf Shores Hotels

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Gulf Shores Favorites

  • White sand...

    The best thing to do in Gulf Shores, no matter what your interests, is going to the beaches. Outside of Florida, these are the best beaches you will find along the Gulf coast. There is a bit of nightlife (but you'll have to drive a bit), a definite sports presence with the spectacular golf courses, and some good shopping. As with any tourist area,...

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  • You must visit Fort Morgan! ...

    You must visit Fort Morgan! It is full of history and very interesting. If you get out to the Fort early in the morning (5 am) and walk along the beach, you can collect shells that were washed up by the high tide. You can also see the dolphins jumping in the ocean during the magnificent sunrise.Take time to stop at all the pubs and resturants along...

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  • To each his own, but I love...

    To each his own, but I love Fort Morgan for its privacy and beauty. We go in October when it is fairly quite. Papa Rocco's. love oysters! Pink Pony is nice too. The sunsets were awesome.

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