During our trip to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama one of the things we were really impressed with is there is something for every member of the family to enjoy during a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! We could easily see doing a multi-generational trip to Gulf Shores and having so much fun! Today we are excited to share our top things to do in Gulf Shores Alabama!
Things to do in Gulf Shores
We stayed in a condo managed by Harris Properties that could easily sleep 8-10 people comfortably. We had a giant master suite, a bedroom with 2 bunk beds, another bedroom with a queen size bed and a comfortable couch.
There were two bathrooms in the condo including a walk in shower that would be easy for anyone with knee or hip problems to maneuver in and out of. You can see a video of our condo here on Facebook.
Our condo was in the Avalon building condo #1603
Now that you have a place to rest your head at the end of the day what about all of the activities you can do as a family!
I am so excited to share these Top Things to Do In Gulf Shores, Alabama with all of you!!! We loved our time in Gulf Shores and can’t wait to plan a return visit!
Gulf Shores Beaches
First and easily reachable from the condo or almost anywhere in Gulf Shores is the BEACH! Sugar sand awaits your toes along with gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. Dip your toes in the water, build a sandcastle or watch the birds along the shoreline.
You might even spot an endangered dune mouse as you sit on the beach. One thing to know is most beaches have boardwalks that guide you out to the beach. This is to protect the dunes and the grasses. These areas are so important to land health and hurricane safety.
Gulf Shores is really focused on making sure they are taking care of the environment and protecting important animal species. They do ask that you remove all of your beach items each night to help protect the sea turtles that come up on the beach to lay eggs.
One thing I love is Gulf Shores just rolled out an “Access Mat” at the West End of Gulf Place Public Beach. The Access Mat is described on its website as “an ADA Compliant beach accessibility surface.” This pedestrian pathway will make the beach more accessible for beachgoers of all ability, elderly people, wheelchair users and parents with strollers. I love that Gulf Shores is taking care of its visitors and making the beaches more accessible.
Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge
If you want to learn more about the wildlife and nature in Gulf Shores head to Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. This wildlife refuge includes both beach access, sand dunes, and a great trail system. You can go for a short walk or a couple of hour hike depending on your mood.
The Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge has a great visitor center with information on the flora and fauna from the area. Brittany who works there is fantastic and gave us a tour and information on the park. She is a fountain of knowledge about the area and a total bird nerd which you know we love!
Gulf State Park Pier
Speaking of birds if you want to see pelicans up close and personal head to Gulf State Park Pier and you can’t miss them hanging out waiting for a fish or two. We also saw Great Blue Herons walking along the pier with everyone looking for fish.
The pier only costs $3 for a one-time visit per person and is a great way to look for dolphins in the bay, get a great view of Gulf Shores and hear a fish tale or two from a local fisherman. They also offer yoga on the pier and other great programs through Gulf State Park. The 1,540-foot fishing pier was added to the beach recently as part of the repairs after Hurricane Ivan.
Gulf State Park
Looking to take a walk on the wild side? Head to Gulf State Park and walk/hike one of their 25 miles of trails including a gorgeous boardwalk over the water. Gulf State Park also offers Segway tours of the park which looked like so much fun!
They also offer RV camping and tent camping along with cabins in the park.
Need a break from the kids? Don’t worry we won’t judge… check out the day camps that are offered at Gulf State Park. You can sign the kids up for day camp and have an adult day in Gulf Shores! Woohoo!
If you want to head out on the water you have so many choices in Gulf Shores! From Charter fishing to an eco boat ride.
Both of these options we sadly did not get to do due to weather and the wind during our trip but they sound absolutely amazing! The photos and stories we heard from these tours sounded amazing! A must do on our next visit!
Grab a photo with the Souvenir City Shark
You can also head out to one of the putt-putt golf course, go-kart tracks or get a photo with a giant shark at souvenir city!
We had to stop and get a pic of the shark! John remembers getting family photos under the shark when he was a kid. Now I am on a hunt to find those photos and compare them to our photos. LOL
Want to learn a bit of history during your trip to Gulf Shores? Head over to Fort Morgan to learn more about how this fort played a part in US history. This is a great place for stretching your legs, having the kids wander about on the lawn and learning about history. Fort Morgan played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. The fort was also sporadically used during the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II.
Fort Morgan offers a ton of programs including re-enactments, a museum, and walking tours.
Enjoy a Sweet Treat
After all of this activity if you have worked up a sweet tooth check out our list of Sweet treats you need to try in Gulf Shores, Alabama! Trust me these sweet treats will make any sweet tooth happy.
Grab a local Beer
Craving a good beer? Head over to Big Beach Brewing for a great atmosphere and a wide selection of beers including Rod’s Reel Cream Ale, Small Town Brown Ale, Dixie’s Heart Red Ale, Better Watch Out Stout, Kiss Me I’m Irish Stout, and Hundred Daze IPA to name a few. We loved the relaxed atmosphere of the brewery during our visit.
Enjoy an amazing Gulf Shores Restaurant!
There are so many great Gulf Shores Restaurants to explore and check out! From fine dining to down-home cooking you can find the perfect restaurant for your family!
Check out what it is like to judge the World Food Championships held in Gulf Shores!
Sail Wild Hearts Dolphin Cruise
We enjoyed an amazing dolphin cruise in Orange Beach with Sail Wild Hearts! There is something so magical about being out on the water and looking for bottlenose dolphins! So peaceful and relaxing. Plus you get another view of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from the water!
Check out our full article on Sail Wild Hearts!
Check out a few of my favorite travel bloggers articles about Things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!!!
The amazing Cory Lee shared wheelchair accessible attractions in Gulf Shores!
Check out the amazing flight Sara from Travels with Sara took with Beach Flight Aviation!
What are your favorite things to do in Gulf Shores?
We were invited to Gulf Shores on a press trip. All opinions expressed are our own.