6. Wildlife and Dolphin Viewing
It's hard to believe the variety of wildlife around these Gulf Coast cities. Hike along the trails at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge where you may see alligator, sea turtles, and ghost crabs. Or catch a glimpse of bobcat, deer, and maybe even wild boar on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Eco-tours like the ones given by Wild Native Eco-Tours will give you your best chance at getting up close and personal with local wildlife. Everyone's favorite adventure is to watch dolphins as they play on the waves. The best way to view them is either by sea kayak or hop on one of the area's dolphin cruises, including the Cold Mil Fleet and Dolphins Down Under to name only a few.
Geocaching is another way to explore a new area by using GPS to find hidden treasures left by others using their GPS. You can really rack up the finds along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Bring your handheld GPS or smartphone and set up an account at GeoCaching.Com to get the coordinates for your next cache. Kids in particular enjoy the hunt, and you'll often discover new parks and trails you wouldn't otherwise visit.
8. Play a Little Disc Golf
Hit the links with a round or two of Disc Golf. There are two world-class courses on Pleasure Island—the 9-hole Orange Beach Disc Golf Course where you'll have beautiful views of Johnson Cove, or the challenging 18-hole Prairie Disc Golf Course at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve. The Prairie is a Professional Disc Golf Association course. No greens fees or expensive equipment, and anyone can play along. Originally written by RootsRated for Gulf Shores AL.