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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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
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX® Dome Theater
65 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36633
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(877) 625-4386
We have been voted one of Alabama’s top attractions several years in a row, and we remain a unique destination for school groups and families alike. From the young to the young at heart, the Exploreum has something for all ages. With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, there is always something new to experience. We have perfected the art of making science fun and memorable! Have your next birthday party or event with us. More Info More Info
Gulf State Park
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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(800) 252-7275

Gulf State Park’s three  miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. -Lakeside Cabins/Cottages -18 hole Golf Course -Largest Pier in the Gulf of Mexico -Beach Weddings -Nature Center -24 Miles Paved Trails -496 Campsites

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Gulf State Park
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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(800) 252-7275
This Gulf Coast gem of the Alabama State Parks system boasts 6,500 acres of protected lands. We’ve got 2.5 miles of beach, three fresh water lakes, a nationally recognized scenic nature trail, beach pavilion, Gulf fishing pier, picnic area, campground, cabins and cottages and, in late 2018, a new 350-room gulf-front lodge and conference center. Our nature center has permanent exhibits and seasonal programming. Twenty-seven miles of paved/enhanced trails wind through the park and the 496-site campground has improved and primitive sites. More Info More Info
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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