Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If you're looking to get off the beaten path of Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have several interesting attractions and points of interest for the sightseeing vacationer. Between the dolphin cruises, the giant Ferris wheel and the trampolines, it’s impossible not to relax and have fun in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
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34745 State Hwy. 225
Historic Blakeley State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of the largest National Register Historic Site in the eastern United States. The park's grounds include the site of the last major battle of the Civil War, including several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley of April 9, 1865; the site and remnants of the important early Alabama town of Blakeley; colonial era homesteads, and evidence of American Indian habitation from the Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic periods. The park features regular boat excursions into the scenic and historic Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and offers over fifteen miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, plus RV and tent camping facilities, as well as fully-furnished cabins. Special educational programs and tours take place throughout the year.
350 Oakleigh Place
The Historic Oakleigh House Museum is a circa 1833 country villa built by Virginia cotton mogul James Roper. A raised T-Shaped Greek Revival home, Oakleigh is a remarkable example of historic preservation and adaptation. The home has been occupied for more than 180 years, first as a home to five families, then by the Greek Orthodox Church and finally, by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Oakleigh has one of the most exquisite decorative and fine art collections in the South, containing more than 1,000 artifacts.
111 S. Royal Street
The History Museum of Mobile is a visual masterpiece that provides an unparalleled museum experience. Housed in the 1857 Southern Market/Old City Hall National Historic Landmark, our collection boasts more than 90,000 artifacts related to Mobile history. See items like a cannon from the CSS Alabama and a baseball signed by Mobile legend Henry “Hank” Aaron. We feature permanent exhibits that explore Mobile’s history, themed exhibits highlighting Mardi Gras, shipbuilding and daily life in Mobile Bay. We also feature special exhibits that are rotated periodically.
4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Gulf State Park’s Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail Complex consists of 15 trails among six distinct ecosystems that make up more than 27 miles of paved, winding scenic paths perfect for hiking and biking. It connects both of the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Prepare to gasp in amazement when you spot an alligator basking in the sun in a freshwater marsh or spy a white-tailed deer on Gulf Oak Ridge among the park’s 6,000 acres of pristine coastline and wildlife refuge.
4830 Main St., Ste. G-114
Experience the thrills of Alabama's longest zipline course, over 6000 feet of flying fun! Your 2 hour guided tour soars up to 110 feet above ground as you see and learn about the pristine coastal wetlands setting, starting from and ending at the wharf in Orange Beach. Bring your family, group or team for an unforgettable, adrenaline-filled Zipline adventure.
23030 Wolf Bay Dr.
Graham Creek Nature Preserve is home to hundreds of plant and wildlife species. This 500-acre nature park offering passive recreation opportunities and educational programs. We have a handicap accessible boardwalk and tree grove and multiple trails for walking, hiking, dog walking and bird watching. Pine savanna habitat features wild flowers and pitcher plants. Bring your gear and hit the water from our kayak launch or play on three disc golf courses, archery park and playground. Restrooms, outdoor classroom, pavilion and Interpretive Center.
2881 S. Juniper St.
This family owned and operated attraction has been providing fun since 1959. We are a 35,000 square foot family entertainment center with a spectacular VIP boutique bowling room with private bar. We have 16 traditional lanes and seven VIP lanes. Additional amenities include arcade, laser tag, high ropes course, pool tables, and party rooms. Our fabulous fare from the full-service Captain’s Galley seafood restaurant and lane side grill is a local favorite. From birthdays to corporate events to karaoke fun, join us.
225 E. 24th Ave.
The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance is a membership organization with the purpose of expanding the arts in Gulf Shores and coastal Alabama. The GCAA Art Gallery and gift shop feature the works of more than 50 local and regional artists. The GCAA also hosts Art Markets which allow artists to show and sell their original work in Gulf Shores’ Waterway Village. The alliance presents the annual Ballyhoo Festival, a fine arts festival with emphasis on cultural exchange held the first Saturday in March.
2703 Battleship Pkwy.
This hilarious yet informative adventure covers local tales, some tall, as well as exciting stories about the USS ALABAMA, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Bay, the Port of Mobile, and much more! This duck boat tour is sure to exceed your expectations. Be wildly entertained as our energetic tour guides bring hilarity and fun to this interactive tour. Our tours leave out of The Fort of Colonial Mobile. We offer group tours, annual and day passes, and many other options. Bring your family to explore with us!
701 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Ste. A
We offer a fun and challenging real-life adventure game. Your team will work together to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from one of the four themed rooms. That sounds easiest enough, right? Plot twist: you only have 60 minutes. We have five scenarios to choose from including Bates Motel, Zombie Autopsy and The Doll Room. We offer rooms for birthdays and corporate outings as well as families looking for a fun inside activity to take a break from the sun.
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Unforgettable, Pristine Beaches
Discover 32-miles of some of the finest beaches you will ever see, and one of Alabama’s hidden gems. Whether you come for a romantic weekend getaway, a week-long family vacation, a business conference or a sporting event, relax and put your feet in the sugar-white sand, and take a dip in the salty, turquoise water to cool off. Check out the beaches in Gulf Shores
, or the other public beaches
on the Alabama Gulf Coast. You will be amazed at the beauty!
Outdoor Lovers and Fishing Enthusiasts Rejoice
Hike, bike, fish and view nature at Gulf State Park
, where the possibilities are endless. Among the park’s 6,000 acres of pristine coastline and wildlife refuge, you might spy an alligator basking in the sun or a white-tailed deer grazing along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
which includes more than 27 miles of paved, scenic paths. With more than 900 acres of freshwater lakes and the second largest pier in the Gulf, the state park is also a fisherman’s paradise. So, grab your lucky fishing pole or rent one at the pier and prepare to catch the biggest fish of your life.
Orange Beach is home to one of the largest fishing charter fleets in the Gulf with more than 100 experienced captains ready to take you out on the water to reel in the catch of a lifetime. What makes the fishing so great? With more than 1,000 square miles of reefs just off the coast (the largest artificial reef system in the country), it’s an angler’s paradise. Book your back bay, offshore or spearfishing charter trip
Delve into History
While in the area, travel back to a time when the thundering booms of cannons guarded the waterways and visit historic Fort Morgan
, a masonry fort built between 1819 and 1823. The fort's museum details life in the fort and the history of the U.S. Army.
Cultivate Your Love of the Arts
View demonstrations on ceramics or try your hand at the pottery wheel at The Clay Studio
. If you prefer the beauty of glass, The Hot Shop
has been Alabama’s premier hot glass blowing facility since 2009. At the SEA Quilt Shoppe
, learn the art of quilt making. Your masterpieces will always invoke memories of your exploration of the arts along the Gulf Coast.
Imagine seeing your kid’s face light up with joy when they interact with the more than 500 animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
. And their streaks of excitement when they hold a baby kangaroo, sloth or lemur during an animal encounter. Or perfect your family’s sand castle building skills by taking a class at Sand Castle University
For kiddie rides, bumper cars and boats, go-karts, miniature golf and more, take your children to The Track Recreation Center
. For some tumbling and bouncing action, visit The Factory in Gulf Shores
. You’ll also find batting cages, foam pits, trampoline dodgeball, trampoline basketball and arcade games.
Browse the listings above of the most popular attractions on the Alabama Gulf Coast.