The bright sunny summers and warm winters of Alabama’s Gulf Coast provide perfect conditions year-round to relax and explore this scenic area. In order to help you narrow down the best of the best, we’ve created our list of the top 10 things to do in Gulf Shores.
1. Bike the Backcountry Trail at Gulf State Park
Home to two miles of beaches, the Gulf State Park has a fishing pier, beach pavilion and plenty of sand to sink your toes into. This area is also perfect for hiking and biking the Backcountry Trail. The 25 mile trail is actually made up of seven trails among six diverse ecosystems and passes right through the Gulf State Park. Bikes are available to rent from Infinity Bike.
2. Visit Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge & Beach
French for “safe harbor”, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge has been protecting part of Alabama’s last remaining coastal barrier habitat since 1980. This sanctuary for native plant and animal life is alive with things to do. Visitors to Bon Secour can enjoy wildlife viewing, turtles hatching, self-guided walks, fishing, boating and more.
3. Discover Magnolia River & Weeks Bay
Hop aboard a boat cruise, or just a short walk from Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast, you can rent a couple kayaks and paddle up to three miles down the picturesque Magnolia River to the Weeks Bay Reserve where all of Mobile Bay opens up. Visit the stunning Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog, one of the most diverse habitats for flowering plants in North America. *Please call us to add a boat cruise package to your stay. For non-guests, call the tour company directly.
4. Cruise at Sunset
Add some romance to your water adventure and take a sunset dolphin cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway on one of these Orange Beach Boat Tours.
5. Explore Orange Beach & The Wharf
Spend a full day at Orange Beach enjoying the clear surf, white sand, delicious food, and never-ending excitement! The Wharf at Orange Beach offers plenty of options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The long list of restaurants and shops compliments the fun spirit of the wharf, where visitors can ride a Ferris wheel, experience the thrill of the Hummingbird zip line, play a round (or two) of mini-golf and more.
6. Dive into History
Experience the rich history of Alabama with a visit to Fort Morgan Historic Site. This National Historic Landmark has something for everyone including nature areas, a boat launch, picnic area and beaches! Or head over to Dauphin Island and visit Fort Gaines on the eastern edge. The well-preserved forts guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for nearly 200 years and is now considered one of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites in America due to continuing shoreline erosion.
7. Drive Alabama’s Coastal Connection
The nationally designated scenic byway follows Alabama’s southern tip. It gives visitors a chance to view the link between the traditions of the Deep South and a more relaxed island lifestyle. Stunning beaches, wildlife preserves, historic sites, vibrant downtowns, and the freshest seafood are waiting for you to enjoy on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
8. Dine at Jesse’s Restaurant
After a long day of adventure, dinner at Jesse’s Restaurant is sure to impress! They offer casual-fine dining in a central location. Tip: Don’t forget to close your mouth when you see your Dry-Aged Bone in Strip, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Shrimp and Grits, or House-Cured Slab Bacon approaching the table. Advance reservations required.
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10. Stay at Magnolia Springs B&B
After a long day’s explorations there is nothing better than relaxing in a cozy bed. Our bed and breakfast near Gulf Shores Alabama offers the best of Southern hospitality, a wonderful 3-course gourmet breakfast, and when you stay longer you save!The best way to truly experience the Gulf Shores area is to spend 2 or more nights centrally located in Magnolia Springs, so we’re offering $10 to $50 off per night depending on the length of your stay. View all of our Alabama Travel Packages & Specials before you visit!