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Enjoy Active Adventures (and More) on Alabama’s Beaches

The month of April brings with it an array of outdoor activities and other things to do.

People always say, “April showers bring May flowers,” but on the Alabama Gulf Coast all April brings is a whole lotta fun! There’s a wide array of things to do in April including outdoor activities, live music and drinking cold craft beer.

Things to Do in April

Couple camping at Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park

Nestled between the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is Gulf State Park. Within the park’s 6,150 acres, you’ll find so many things to see and do. The park offers pier fishing, a freshwater lake for paddleboarding and kayaking, 28+ miles of paved hiking trails, 2.5 miles of public beach access, Segway tours, a Nature Center, dining, lodging and more. Visit our Gulf State Park page to learn everything the park has to offer its visitors. 

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, AL

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Encompassing some of the state’s last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (BSNWR) is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts vacationing along our shores. The refuge has four distinct trails of varying lengths and terrains. On the trails, you’re likely to come across a variety of flora and fauna, some of which are endangered species. One of the most popular trails is the Jeff Friend Trail, an ADA-compliant, one-mile loop offering gorgeous views and plenty of resting areas. Tune in to our blog next month for the first installation of our three-part series on BSNWR.

Teen deep-sea fishing in Orange Beach, AL

Fishing

Deep-sea, inshore, pier and surf fishing…we’ve got it all. From the Gulf of Mexico to the back bays, lagoons and freshwater lakes, there are countless waterways to cast your line when fishing on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Throughout the destination, you’ll find various charter fishing businesses. Whether you want to go on a shorter four- or six-hour excursion or an all-nighter, there’s something for everyone and every skill level.

Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores, AL

Big Beach Brewing Company

Did you know April 7 is National Beer Day? There's no better way to celebrate than by having a cold craft beer at a local brewery; and at Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores, you can do just that. This open-air taproom serves up a dozen beers on any given day including sours, cream ales, IPAs and more. Typically, on weekends, the brewery also hosts locally-owned food trucks and live music.

Live music at Flora-Bama Yacht Club in Orange Beach, AL

Live Local Music

Speaking of live music, spring is when things really started to heat up music-wise on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Our destination is teeming with talented musicians and vocalists who share those talents at bars and restaurants all across the island. From solos and duos at local dive bars to full bands at the Flora-Bama, there’s no shortage of spots to hear some jams in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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