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Experience Nature in the Alabama Outdoors

nature map pdfNeed a break from the city lights, mega malls and suburban sprawl? Get in touch with your wild side on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where schedules take a back seat to sunsets, to-do-lists aren’t nearly as important as tide charts and each change of season brings something awe-inspiring.

If you’re looking for land-based adventure, take a hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which winds through the rich flora and fauna of Orange Beach all the way to the pristine beach of Gulf State Park. A series of bikeways offers the chance to investigate things up close and get your exercise at the same time. Grab your binoculars and head out on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail where you’re likely to spot everything from the tiniest hummingbird to the statuesque Great Blue Heron.

Want to explore the coast from a less landlocked position? Plenty of water-based activities are waiting for you. Rent a kayak and paddle your way through serene back bays. Watch dolphins frolic as you learn all about their habitat on a dolphin sightseeing cruise. Or learn how local shrimpers catch the prized crustaceans we all love.

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Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park

Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park
21101 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(877) 947-8434
(251) 948-9494
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We are the Gulf Coast's newest and most exciting provider of outdoor adventure. Hummingbird Ziplines consists of six exciting ziplines over the waters of Lake Shelby. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available.
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Water Warrior

26233 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(225) 333-1357
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Stand up paddle lessons by Alabama's only ACA certified instructor. For lessons, parties, and excursions, reserve your spot today. We tailor your experience to your needs. Become a water warrior.
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Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

11300 Hwy. 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-9792
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This public research and education facility includes an interpretive center with indoor displays, live animals and forested boardwalk nature trails. The boardwalk trails are within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.
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Wind & Water Learning Center

26233 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 424-5909
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We are a unique waterfront learning center that provides on-water educational opportunities for the community.
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The Dog Pond

20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 948-7275
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Hours are from 8:00am to sunset. The Dog Pond at Lake Shelby will be working on adding improvements to include fencing, trees, seating, waste bag stations, etc. in the next few months, but the dog park will remain open during this time. The dog park is located on the West end of the parking lot, under the Gulf Adventure Center on Lake Shelby.
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Ocean Camp


 
(251) 802-8605
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Ocean Camp provides marine education camps, plus school field trips for children ages 5-12. Sea Turtle Talks can be scheduled on the beach during nesting season for families.
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Orange Beach Dog Park

27920 Canal Rd
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Double gated entry to 3/4 acre shaded area, separate fencing for small and large dogs. Benches and water for the dog. Parking at Sportsman Marina's Dry Storage.
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Orange Beach Waterfront Park

26425 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Located on beautiful Wolf Bay, this park includes a fishing pier, picnic shelters with grills, paved walking paths, and a lighted kid’s park. Pets must be on a leash and cleaned up after.
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Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Pkwy. E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
(251) 626-5529
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Situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, this 1,327 acre park features two self-guided nature trails that highlight the flora and fauna of this unique area.
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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1063
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Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex. The trail is located throughout Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the Gulf State Park.
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