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Things To Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Updated on June 9, 2016

Gulf Coast Fun

Gulf Shores, Alabama is a beach on the Gulf Coast with sandy, white beaches for miles. It's fun to play in the sand or play in the ocean waves all day.
Gulf Shores, Alabama is a beach on the Gulf Coast with sandy, white beaches for miles. It's fun to play in the sand or play in the ocean waves all day. | Source
The beaches are beautiful in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It's a great place to lay out in the sun or play volleyball on the beach.
The beaches are beautiful in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It's a great place to lay out in the sun or play volleyball on the beach. | Source
Waterville USA features lots of water rides plus a roller coaster. It's all day fun at the largest waterpark in Alabama.
Waterville USA features lots of water rides plus a roller coaster. It's all day fun at the largest waterpark in Alabama. | Source

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Having Fun at the Gulf Coast

There are many things to do in Gulf Shores. The main attraction, in my opinion, would have to be the beach. However, each person has their own connection to the beach.There are so many restaurants, in the area, that are great and I can't seem to get my fill of seafood while I am there. There's also great shopping all over the place. Whether it is a local shop or souvenir shop, there is always something to see and do.

Also, not too far north of Gulf Shores is Foley, Alabama. In Foley, there are outlets for everyone. If you stop at every store, you might have to make it a two day trip.

Never mind the scenery. If you do nothing but, drive up and down the coast, at some point during your vacation, then you are missing out on beautiful scenery. The sand dunes and wheat grass are a beautiful combination against the ocean, as a back drop. It makes a great picture. The coast is very pretty and we Alabamians should be proud that this is a part of our state. In my opinion, Alabama is truly, Alabama The Beautiful!

Some of the restaurants have been around for years and I simply do not know about you but, we tend to go to the same restaurants while visiting. Just because we come to Gulf Shores for the seafood, they also have some delicious Italian restaurants as well. In fact, we have this tradition, that we order some pizza our first night there. We get settled in and take it easy and go for a stroll on the beach. We also, stay at the same place each year. If you talk to different people who are from Alabama who go every year to the beach, each family tends to go to the same restaurants as well, like we do. As long as I can remember it has been that way. I have lived in Alabama all of my life.

A couple of my favorite things are getting up and making some coffee and sit on the patio and listen to the crash of the ocean waves. An early morning walk on the beach is also nice if it is not too early.

Beaches: Gulf Shores has almost five miles straight with nothing but water. Gulf Shores offers many water attractions including the glass bottom boat tours, deep sea fishing charter boats, dolphin tours, snorkeling, diving experiences and they even offer an island to tour that you can search for sea shells.

Volleyball nets can be found in various spots along the beach. So fun, if you have a group of people or even if it is just the two of you.

There are two major piers in Gulf Shores available for fishing or just to walk out on and look at the water. The beaches are very clean and the city does a great job of cleaning up seaweed and other garbage off the beach to keep them white and beautiful.

I have learned to believe, each day that it is a small world. Just like the song says. You never know who you are going to see at the beach. On several occasions at the beach, we will run into someone that we know. Whether it be family or friends, we would know that they were at the beach at the time and we run into them walking on the beach!!

Area Attractions: There is a water park or amusement park that is called Waterville, USA. It features a roller coaster and ten water slides. There are some put-put golf courses that are available at this amusement park for wholesome family fun. At Waterville, USA there is also a place to bungee jump, for the not so faint at heart. Go carts and bumper cars can also be found here.Great family fun or with a group of friends.

This are is booming with business so, therefore, there has been a constant influx of new businesses in this exciting City, Gulf Shores. The City of Gulf Shores always has surprise attractions during the summer and unplanned visits from famous people. This always drives everyone who is privileged enough to be able to attend.

Golf: Golfing is a major attraction in the city because of the amount of retired residents that live here but, on vacation, the crowd gets a little younger. Golf is very popular now among all ages. Plus, this is a good relaxing activity to do while on vacation. They have a restaurant and bar on the golfing grounds.

Night Life: Being part of the night life is very important to the younger generation who are looking to fall in love at the beach. There are restaurants and clubs that encourage singles to come and mingle among other nice looking men and women. When you reach Gulf Shores Parkway, at the intersection, there's a large restaurant/bar called The Hangout. There is an outside area on the patio and an area inside to hangout as well. Major concerts have been held here over the years. You will find all different genres and most recently when the oil spill happened in the Gulf it the home site for one large concert. It was quite successful in raising funds and awareness regarding oil spills.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: This is a small zoo but, they do feature unique things such as allowing you to be able to play with a lemurs, baby kangaroos, and tigers cubs. It has many signs and other literature showing information on all the animals and reptiles at the zoo in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Hangout

The Hangout club is located right off the beach and it's popular with locals and tourists. Music, dancing and spirits highlight The Hangout.
The Hangout club is located right off the beach and it's popular with locals and tourists. Music, dancing and spirits highlight The Hangout. | Source

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Beach Ranking

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Gulf Shores, Alabama

Waterville USA Rides

Triple Dog Dare
Jet Stream
Rainbow Falls
Screaming Demon
Cannonball Run
 
 
 
 
The Five Best rides at Waterville USA located in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Jon Bon Jovie performing live in Gulf Shores

Dolphin Cruise in Gulf Shores

Need some peace?

Gulf Shores is always relaxing and very peaceful to me. The wind and sun in your face is very comforting. The atmosphere is so addicting, you really don't want to leave to go home.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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    • Joseph Renne profile image

      Joseph Renne 4 years ago from Milton

      I live near by in Florida, I enjoy fishing in the Gulf. Waterville USA is a great place to have fun, The Wooden Roller Coaster is the bomb!

    • tipstoretireearly profile image

      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      The white sand beaches look wonderful! And fishing piers are the highlight of any trip to the beach.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the beach and this one has such nice white sand. I have never been here but I may soon come by. Good information.Great videos.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I've never been to Gulf Shores but our kids use to vacation there and loved it. Voted up on your hub.

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