Gulf Shores fun facts

Fun Facts

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

  • The nickname “Pleasure Island” was suggested by Gov. Jim Folsom and was officially adopted by the Gulf Shores Lions Club in 1949.
  • Alabama boasts the largest artificial reef program in the U.S. The state currently has more than 17,000 artificial reefs off its coast.
  • Pirates once hid in Perdido Pass and Perdido Bay to raid ships, and they may have buried some of their treasure in Baldwin County.
  • Orange Beach was named after the short-lived success of locals who attempted to grow oranges, grapefruit and satsuma trees on the shores.
  • Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park is believed to be one of the closest bodies of freshwater next to a body of saltwater in the world.
  • Fort Morgan was purchased for $8,000 in 1927 by the State of Alabama. The first Native American village in America to be visited by an explorer was located near the present-day site of Shellbanks Baptist Church on Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores.
  • Admiral David Farragut reportedly uttered his famous words, “Damn the torpedoes…full speed ahead,” just off the shores of Fort Morgan State Historic Site.
  • LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, owned by Jimmy Buffett’s sister, typically hosts about 4,000 hungry patrons per summer day. 
  • Ono Island, which was once called “Goat Island,” was purchased in 1945 for $3,000. Ono is now home to some of the destination’s most spectacular multi-million dollar homes.
  • The Ferris wheel at The Wharf is the second tallest in the Southeast. This Italian-made structure stands at an impressive 112 feet.
The Wharf Ferris Wheel Orange Beach
Diver explores one of Coastal Alabama's artificial reefs