Gorgeous beaches, family attractions and famous annual events make Gulf Shores our most popular stretch of paradise. The city is built for convenience, with a walkable downtown full of great restaurants, shopping centers and fun entertainment venues. Condos and charming beachfront homes provide easy access to all Gulf Shores has to offer. And it’s all built around some of the most beautiful Gulf Coast beaches in the country.
Fun in the sun awaits at Gulf Place, the city’s main public beach, where miles of sand and surf are complemented by amenities like open-air pavilions, comfortable bathhouses, volleyball courts, picnic and play areas, and several beachfront restaurants. Visitors can make a splash with fun activities like watersports, parasailing, jet skiing, and body surfing. You can also explore beyond the beaches to enjoy Gulf Shores attractions like thrilling theme parks, the state’s #1 zoo, and the award-winning Gulf State Park.
Fun Facts about Gulf Shores
Orange Beach is not your ordinary beach destination. Stretching from the east side of Gulf State Park to the Florida state line, its miles of scenic shoreline are complemented by vibrant bays and lush lagoons, luxurious condos, upscale restaurants, and nature trails. This small beach city is big on outdoor adventure, and visitors can spend their days exploring its intricate waterways, boating to its sunny off-shore islands or taking an Orange Beach charter fishing trip.
If you prefer rest and relaxation, Alabama Point is a wide public beach with modern amenities like boardwalk access, covered picnic tables and on-site restrooms. When you’re done in the sun, head to The Wharf to browse boutique shops, enjoy waterfront dining, take in a laser light show and ride the southeast’s second-largest Ferris wheel. It won’t take you long to discover that life is better here at the beach!
Fun Facts about Orange Beach
You won’t find rows of beachfront restaurants or shops in Fort Morgan, but that’s part of its quant charm. A small peninsula to the west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is the picture of peace and serenity with its wide, unspoiled beaches and protected nature preserves. Here, visitors can experience the natural beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast while still enjoying easy access to amenities like restaurants, shopping, and theme parks in nearby Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
On warm and sunny days, Fort Morgan’s miles of spacious shoreline are perfect for playing fetch with your dog, building sandcastles, hunting for seashells, or snoozing on the sand. If you’re looking to learn, visit a local oyster farm to get a hands-on lesson in aquaculture or tour the town’s namesake historic site to explore an authentic masonry fort. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk on the wild side at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (but watch where you step – it’s home to nesting sea turtles and the shy Alabama beach mouse.)