Experience Nature in the Alabama Outdoors
Need a break from the city lights, mega malls and suburban sprawl? Get in touch with your wild side on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where schedules take a back seat to sunsets, to-do-lists aren’t nearly as important as tide charts and each change of season brings something awe-inspiring.
If you’re looking for land-based adventure, take a hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which winds through the rich flora and fauna of Orange Beach all the way to the pristine beach of Gulf State Park. A series of bikeways offers the chance to investigate things up close and get your exercise at the same time. Grab your binoculars and head out on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail where you’re likely to spot everything from the tiniest hummingbird to the statuesque Great Blue Heron.
Want to explore the coast from a less landlocked position? Plenty of water-based activities are waiting for you. Rent a kayak and paddle your way through serene back bays. Watch dolphins frolic as you learn all about their habitat on a dolphin sightseeing cruise. Or learn how local shrimpers catch the prized crustaceans we all love.
17 listings found.
21101 State Hwy. 135
We are the Gulf Coast's newest and most exciting provider of outdoor adventure. Hummingbird Ziplines consists of six exciting ziplines over the waters of Lake Shelby. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available.
23460 Wolf Bay Dr.
The Preserve has 484 acres of habitats and offers an interpretive center open M - Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., canoe/kayak launch, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, two 18-hole disc golf courses, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, archery park, and pavilion.
20115 State Hwy. 135
This Gulf Coast gem boasts 6,500 acres of land with 2 1/2 miles of
beach, three fresh water lakes, scenic nature trail, beach pavilion,
picnic area, campground, cabins, cottages and golf course.
20800 East Beach Blvd
Second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier on the Gulf. At 1,540 feet long, 20 feet wide, and boasting 2,448 feet of fishing space. Rates for fishing on Gulf State Pier: Adults/Children 12-older $9.00/day
Children 11-under: $5.00/day or free with paying adult
Sightseeing $4.00/ all day. $3.00/ one trip. Weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual passes available.
Butts on the Beach Food Truck at this location year round!
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Five Rivers’ exhibit hall, theater, trails, boat tours, banquet facilities and kayak rentals offer access to Alabama’s rich Mobile-Tensaw river delta. Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr.
Take your choice of hiking or biking on the multi-use Eastern Shore Trail. You can enjoy beautiful bay views and oak-canopied roadways.
999 Commerce Loop
The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp.
4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, representing the City of Orange
Beach, will provide a 2 1/2 hour trip M-F through pristine woodlands and
natural habitats on Pleasure Island in an open-air electric cart.
12295 State Hwy.180 W.
The Refuge is open year-round for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation and photography. Discover some of Alabama's last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat. Office hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., M-F.
Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.