5 Fun Spots to Learn About Coastal Wildlife and Marine Life
Coastal communities have many things in common. Water, of course, is a given. But other things such as nature, water recreation, food and wildlife all come to mind as well.
And while vacationers might not always come in contact with wildlife, it sure is fun to learn about . . . and even better when you spot something in the wild that you’re already familiar with.
1.) The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers many “encounters” to become educated about different types of animals - some you might spot locally and some you might not. Either way, families can delight in the unique opportunities for close-up meetings with kangaroos, lemurs, sloths and more in a safe and nurturing environment.
2.) Alligator Alley in nearby Summerdale is perfect for learning about, well, alligators! Take a nature walk on the elevated boardwalk where more than 450 alligators (from hatchlings to mature adults) can be seen in their natural habitat. Visitors will also enjoy seeing other natural species such as turtles, ospreys, owls and bull frogs. There are opportunities inside the gator station to actually hold baby gators and learn all about these fabulous creatures.