Free Things to Do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
1. If your passion is on the ground instead of the air, stop at the Foley Railroad Museum. The historic depot has photos, tools and memorabilia that document the city’s history and the important part the railroad played in developing the area. There’s also a model train exhibit covering 1,200 square feet of table top. The museum is located in nearby Foley.
2. Don’t miss the Gulf State Park Nature Center for free, fun options, too. Gulf State Park is It’s a living museum of plants and animals meant to inspire visitors to care for the environment. Here, you’ll find activities including guided nature walks, beach walks and pier walks.
3. Swing by the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum. Part of the fun here is the actual building where the museum is located. It was originally built in 1910 as a schoolhouse. It is home to many local artifacts and memorabilia relating to the area’s Native American and fishing heritage.
4. Gulf Shores Museum offers another option. There are new and permanent exhibits to explore, along with seasonal programs and events that detail the history of your favorite beach.
5. Bike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail for free with the park's 3-hour bike-share program. Explore the Gulf and get up close and personal with some of Alabama’s natural inhabitants, from alligators to white-tailed deer. There are marshes and swamps and even a butterfly garden along more than 28 miles of paved trails. The bikes are located at several spots throughout the park including the Beach Pavilion and Woodside Restaurant.