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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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Hwy. 225
Stockton, AL 36579
(251) 580-2572
(251) 972-8555
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The Baldwin County Bicentennial Park is a 367-acre area that offers a unique family experience of flora, fauna, wetlands, various exhibits and a working farm that provides extended hands-on opportunities to learn about the county’s history.
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720
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The Jeff Friend Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will be CLOSED from the end of August/beginning of September until the spring of 2018. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge continually strives to improve their visitors’ experiences. In order to continue this effort, the Jeff Friend Trail will undergo construction at the end of August/beginning of September through the spring of 2018. During this time frame, the trail will add an improved boardwalk and become ADA accessible. Although this trail will be closed, the Pine Beach Trail, Gator Lake Trail, and Centennial Trail will remain open. We appreciate your patience and look forward to everyone enjoying the renovations! 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 are M-F. 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720
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The Friends of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is wanting volunteers to staff the Refuge office and visitors center with office and retail duties during the week from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you are interested, please email crisdonna@aol.com. We invite you to visit our new website at http://www.bonsecourfriends.org or contact us through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BonSecourNWR.
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Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
(877) 980-8224
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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.
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Alligator Alley

19950 County Rd. 71
Summerdale, AL 36580
251-946-BITE (2483)
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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! Seasonal feeding times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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Audubon Bird Sanctuary

213 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-3607
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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.
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Wade Ward Nature Park

500 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1420
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From its elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such as otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen in its shallow water.
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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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Ocean Camp Marine Center

4776 Main St. L210
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 802-8605
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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!
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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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* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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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.

18 listings found.

Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
(877) 980-8224
Website
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.
Map & Directions
Locations Map

Alligator Alley

19950 County Rd. 71
Summerdale, AL 36580
251-946-BITE (2483)
Email
 • 
Website
See over 450 alligators from hatchlings to mature adults, relaxing, sunbathing, courting and nesting in their natural environment with an opportunity to feed them! Seasonal feeding times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Map & Directions
Locations Map

Audubon Bird Sanctuary

213 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-3607
Email
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Website
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.
Map & Directions
Locations Map

Wade Ward Nature Park

500 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1420
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Website
From its elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such as otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen in its shallow water.
Map & Directions
Locations Map

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

11300 Hwy. 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-9792
Email
 • 
Website
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.
Map & Directions
Locations Map

Ocean Camp Marine Center

4776 Main St. L210
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 802-8605
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Website
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!
Map & Directions
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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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Historic Blakeley State Park

34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
(251) 626-0798
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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. Within the park's grounds are 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.
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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail

4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-1063
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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 25 miles of paved trails within the 6180 acres of land inside the park and connects both of the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
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Graham Creek Nature Preserve

23460 Wolf Bay Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 923-4267
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Graham Creek Nature Preserve is a 500 acre nature park offering passive recreation and educational programs. An Interpretive Center is open 10-4 M-F and 10-2 on Saturday. - Handicap accessible boardwalk and tree grove - Multiple trails for walking, hiking, dog walking and bird watching - Kayak Launch - 3 Disc Golf Courses - Archery Park - Playground, Restrooms and Pavilion - Pine savanna habitat features wild flowers and pitcher plants
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* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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