Experience Nature in the Alabama Outdoors
Need a break from the city lights, mega malls and suburban sprawl? Get in touch with your wild side by walking, hiking or biking 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 more than 15 miles of the rich flora and fauna of Orange Beach all the way to the pristine beach of Gulf State Park. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times. A series of connecting bikeways offers the chance to investigate natuer 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 as you hike to different locations.
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 travel through their habitat and learn about their behavior. Or learn how local shrimpers work to catch the prized crustaceans we all love.
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30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Five Rivers’ exhibit hall, theater, trails, boat tours, banquet facilities and kayak rentals offer access to Alabama’s rich Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. We are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.
29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Dr.
Take your choice of hiking or biking on the multi-use Eastern Shore Trail. You can enjoy beautiful bay views and oak-canopied roadways.
999 Commerce Loop
The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp.
12295 State Hwy.180 W.
The Refuge is open year-round for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation and photography. Discover some of Alabama's last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat. Office hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., M-F. Refuge is open from Dusk till Dawn.
Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
213 Bienville Blvd.
The sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, dunes, a lake, swamp and beach. Multiple walking trails, some handicapped accessible, allow the avid birder miles of habitat for spotting neo-tropical migrants.
11300 Hwy. 98
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.
26233 Canal Rd.
We are a unique waterfront learning center that provides on-water educational opportunities for the community.
20115 State Hwy. 135
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.
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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