There is also a snack bar by the pier that serves light food and snacks of the microwaveable variety. Prices are average. My pizza was fine, for microwave pizza.
There are a few picnic areas in the park so you can bring your own food and eat lunch by the water. The picnic area by the pier is pretty large.
The sand dunes along the beach support a variety of wildlife but are very fragile so please stay off them and enjoy them from an appropriate distance.
The Gulf State Park hotel has a buffet restaurant. The morning buffer is quite popular. With huge windows facing the Gulf,it's a relaxing place to enjoy the quite sizeable breakfast buffet (but they also have lunch and dinner and seafood buffet on Friday). It's not fancy and a little kitsch with the marine decoration but it's affordable and the food quality is good.
Favorite Dish: The sausages and bacon are quite good.
Please obey all warning signs they are there to protect you and the facilities. Beware of occasional strong currents in the water and watch out for excessive heat and sudden thunderstorms in the summer.
Favorite thing: Gulf State Park consists of 6150 acres located in the city of Gulf Shores on the gulf coast of Alabama. It boasts 2 miles of beautiful beaches with fine white sand, surf to play in, lots of sun to enjoy, seagulls to watch and shells to collect, and lots of other activities. Gulf State Park has modern and primitive camping, cottages, trails and fishing from the new fishing pier. There is also tennis, group pavilions, an 18-hole golf course, a 900 acre lake for fishing, swimming, and water skiing, nature programs and picnic areas. There is even free Wi-fi at the activity center in the campground. Hours are 7 AM to sundown for the day-use areas and the fishing pier is open 24 hours/7 days a week. Admission to the fishing pier is $2.