Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Land-Based Attractions

Take a walk on the wild side on one of the many nature trails that wind through Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, teeming with birds and wildlife and shaded by large trees. Discover that there is more than white-sand beaches on your getaway to the Gulf Coast.

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Alabama
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Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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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. View our website to see sample itineraries of the area. We hope they’ll give you some ideas about everything we offer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. More Info More Info
Alligator Alley
19950 County Road 71
Summerdale, AL 36580
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See over 450 alligators from hatchlings to mature adults, relaxing, sunbathing, courting and nesting in their natural environment with an opportunity to feed them. Meet Captain Crunch who is 13 feet, 2 inches long and weighs over 800 pounds. He holds the world record for bite strength at 2,982 pounds. • Special rates for parties, field trips and other groups • Seasonal feeding times are 11am, 1pm and 4pm • Handicap accessible • Can accommodate up to 150 people • View other natural wildlife inhabitants including turtles, ospreys, owls, frogs and more More Info More Info
Audubon Bird Sanctuary
213 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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This lush sanctuary on Dauphin Island consists of approximately 150 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 in the spring and fall as well as native species all year long. Dauphin Island has been named one of the top four locations in North America for viewing spring migrations and the sanctuary has gained it recognition from the National Audubon Society as “globally important.” More Info More Info
Wade Ward Nature Park
500 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Wade Ward Nature Park is a public pedestrian access to a pocket of natural wetlands and waterways found in Gulf Shores. From a comfortably dry, elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands. It is also one of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail sites, a great place to look out for migrating and local birds. More Info More Info
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
11300 Highway 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
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This public research and education facility encompasses over 9,000 acres of protected estuarine habitats bordering Weeks Bay and Fish and Magnolia Rivers. The Reserve has an interpretive center with indoor displays and live animals as well as extensive forested boardwalk nature trails, a native pitcher plant bog and boat ramp. Scheduled guided group tours are available. The Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education into places "where rivers meet the sea.” More Info More Info
Ocean Camp Marine Center
4776 Main Street L210
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Ocean Camp offers environmental marine education camps and school field trips for children ages 5-13. Groups of 20 or less are welcome at the indoor center while groups over 25 can be accommodated at one of our Gulf Coast beaches nearby. Located at The Wharf, Ocean Camp Marine Center is open to the public with events related to environmental marine education. The marine center is a perfect learning space with aquariums and encounters with local marine life, centers for environmental learning, a media room plus games to enjoy! More Info More Info
Meaher State Park
5200 Battleship Parkway E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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This 1,327-acre park is situated in the wetlands of the Mobile Delta and is a day-use, picnicking and scenic park with modern camping hook-ups for overnight visitors. Meaher’s boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. The park offers a 300-foot pier with a 200-foot "T" for your fishing pleasure. Access to the pier is included in the park admission fee. Enjoy a self-guided walk on two nature trails including a boardwalk with an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. More Info More Info
Historic Blakeley State Park
34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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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. More Info More Info
Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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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. More Info More Info
Graham Creek Nature Preserve
23030 Wolf Bay Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
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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. More Info More Info

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