Gulf Shores Travel Guide

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Gulf Shores Things to Do

  • Gulf Shores Lagoon

    This a a large lake isolated from the ocean by a small strip of sand and beach homes. It is not used much, and views of the area high rise units are visible

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  • Habitat Animals

    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.

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  • Rows of Beach Homes

    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.

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  • Beach for Sun & WAter

    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.

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  • Fort Conde

    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...

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  • Fun in the Sun

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

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  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

    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

    St.Athanasios Greek Orthodox ChurchAs 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...

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  • Home of Animal planet's The little zoo...

    The most amazing small zoo I've ever visited! It's small indeed,but has 2 tigers ,one of which is white Bengal (very rare thing in animal world)!They have a rescued pelican,who can hardly move,an American alligator :who used to live in national park and steal people's lunch baskets,but was brought to the zoo to save the whole situations and they...

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Gulf Shores Hotels

Gulf Shores Restaurants

  • 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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  • Home of the Throwed Rolls

    Lambert's Cafe specializes in down-home cookin'. Employees travel around the restaraunt with buckets of "fixin's" - good ol' southern stuff like macaroni 'n' tomatoes and sorghum 'n' molasses. That sorghum 'n' molasses is good to spread over your hot roll, which will be "throwed" to you from across the restaraunt whenever you raise your hand....

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  • DON'T GO HERE!!!!!

    Want bad service? Want a manager who threatens to call the police because you decline the automatic tipping? Want a staff who bashes other customers in front of customers? Then this is the place for you! Otherwise, I can recommend many others better. The food was second rate (one of our diners is sick from it), they couldn't get ANYONE'S order...

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  • Since 1983

    The first time we tried to eat here it was closed (may it was because it was Monday or maybe it was because it was New Years). But eventually (January 3rd which was a Tuesday) we went when it was open. Apparently there is also a branch in Mobile on Battleship Parkway which was opened two years after the original Original in 1985. They have Early...

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  • Tired of Seafood?

    On Wednesday, January 4th, we ate at Jake's Steakhouse. We drove out Gulf Shores Parkway in search of something that had lights to show that was open at this time of year and after the hurricanes. There were several restaurants right together in this complex including Doc's Seafood Shack, but at the moment, I didn't want seafood. Although actually...

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Gulf Shores Nightlife

  • 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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  • Flora-Bama,T-Bonz,Barefoot...

    Flora-Bama,T-Bonz,Barefoot (Tell Mike and Butch that Kelly and Kelly from WI say 'Hi'!)Flora-Bama is just unique- that's all I can say. They can feature up to 3 or 4 bands at the same time in different rooms... you can be inside or out.Barefoot is just a great time with excellent bartenders! This is newly remodeled with an outside deck.T-Bonz is...

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Gulf Shores Shopping

  • 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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  • Special Gifts For Everyone!

    .Just an example of many of the souvenir and beach shops that dot the expanse of land along the coast. If you forget something at home you'll find it in these places....as well as many so-so souvenirs and some worthwhile souvenirs. These places are just fun to browse through because they're so FULL of stuff, including swimwear, towels, beach...

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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 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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