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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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
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Where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay stands an incredible facility for outdoor recreation, conservation and land stewardship in Alabama: 5 Rivers. It's the ultimate place to begin your adventure into over 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods and wetlands. Or, simply soak up the natural beauty and history of the region with plenty to do and see at the facility itself. Gift shop features unique and locally made items. Great wedding and meeting venue. More Info More Info
Claude Peteet Mariculture Center/Marine Resources Division
999 Commerce Loop
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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CThe Claude Peteet Mariculture Center has been utilized for many activities since its construction in 1973, including basic and applied research into the intricacies of estuarine and marine ecology. Recently, the station has been used as a recovery tool, the production site for thousands of Florida pompano and red drum for annual restocking of depleted coastal fisheries. The center conducts studies and research that enhance our understanding of the life history of red snapper, various finfish and shrimp. • Tours available Wednesdays only • Call for appointment More Info More Info
Baldwin County Bicentennial Park
51233 State Highway 225
Stockton, AL 36579
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(251) 580-2572
The Baldwin County Bicentennial Park is a 367-acre area in North Baldwin County 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. The park is dedicated to preserving the county’s rich cultural heritage and leaving a historical legacy for future generations. Come explore The General Store, Montpelier Methodist Church,19th Century blacksmithing and working farm, Native American Village, Veterans Memorial Park, and have a picnic under the pavilion and then hike the Davida Hastie Nature Trail. More Info More Info
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses some of Alabama’s last remaining undisturbed coastal habitats. It was established in 1980 to protect neotropical migratory songbird habitats and threatened and endangered species. The Refuge also provides crucial habitat for the Alabama beach mouse. There are four trails of various lengths and terrain. Jeff Friend, one of our most popular trails, was recently renovated to become more accessible with an improved boardwalk and new trail surface. All of these trails are open year-round during daylight hours.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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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. More Info More Info
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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

* 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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