Gulf State Park
There’s something for everyone inside Gulf State Park. The beach pavilion provides picnic tables under a shelter, the nature center is a great place for the kids to learn, the swimming pool becomes a cool place to refresh, and Lake Shelby day area offers kayaking and canoeing. For a change of pace while visiting, check out the fishing and education pier, miles of biking on the Backcountry Trail, and the beautiful flowers in the butterfly garden. See if you can find Lefty, the three-legged alligator that lives along the dunes inside the park. If you see him, keep a safe selfie-taking distance.