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Experience Nature in the Alabama Outdoors

nature map pdfNeed 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.

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Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park

Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park
21101 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-9494
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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.
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Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
(877) 980-8224
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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.
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Audubon Bird Sanctuary

109 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-3607
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The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, dunes, a lake, swamp and beach. Multiple walking trails, some handicapped accessible, allow the avid birder miles of habitat for spotting neo-tropical migrants.
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Water Warrior

26233 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(225) 333-1357
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Stand up paddle lessons by Alabama's only ACA certified instructor. For lessons, parties,and excursions reserve your spot today. We tailor your experience to your needs. Become a water warrior.
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Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

11300 Hwy. 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-9792
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This public research and education facility includes an interpretive center with indoor displays, live animals and forested boardwalk nature trails. The boardwalk trails are within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.
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Wind & Water Learning Center

26233 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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We are a unique waterfront learning center that provides on-water educational opportunities for the community.
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Ocean Camp


 
(251) 802-8605
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Ocean Camp provides marine education camps, plus school field trips for children ages 5-12. Sea Turtle Talks can be scheduled on the beach during nesting season for families.
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Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Pkwy. E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
(251) 626-5529
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Situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, this 1,327 acre park features two self-guided nature trails that highlight the flora and fauna of this unique area.
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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1063
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Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex. The trail is located throughout Orange Beach and the Gulf State Park.
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Graham Creek Nature Preserve

23460 Wolf Bay Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 923-4267
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The Preserve has 484 acres of habitats and offers a canoe and kayak launch, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, 18-hole disc golf course, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, archery park, and pavilion.
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