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Exploring Gulf Shores, Alabama

Exploring Gulf Shores, Alabama

Located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Gulf Shores is a quaint city with a population of just over 12,000 people. It’s the 56th-largest city in the state of Alabama, but don’t be bothered by that number because it has so much to offer!

The city didn’t gain popularity until the late-1930s when the Intracoastal Waterway was built. Two years later, the Gulf State Park was created and people started to gain an interest in the city. 1947 was another big year for the city, which was when the first postal office was built.

Gulf shores is widely known for its fishing, oysters, and shrimp. In fact, it has hosted the National Shrimp Festival every October since 1971. It’s an event that brings in over 200,000 tourists over a single weekend.

Gulf Shores, Alabama Restaurants Worth Trying

You can’t visit this city without getting a good taste of what the city has to offer. Trust us when we say there are a lot of Gulf Shores, Alabama restaurants worth your hard-earned money. Don’t worry, we’re going to detail some of our favorites!

We’ll start with a seafood and beer bar called Flying Harpoon. Located on Windmill Ridge Rd and Highway 59, this place is known for its New Orleans-style po-boys Fresh local caught seafood. For more seafood favorites, you can head over to Bahama Bob’s. This restaurant is located on W Beach Blvd. and W 5th St. and is open until 10pm.

Right down the street from Bahama Bob’s, you’ll find The Beach House Kitchen & Cocktails. They serve a mixture of American and seafood. The Hangout is another good American/seafood restaurant you should try.

Finally, we’ll throw in The Royal Oyster and Lulu’s Gulf Shores as honorable mentions, both known for their elegant and delicious seafood. 

Things to Do In Gulf Shores, Alabama

Once you can fill your stomach up and get that energy going, you’ll have plenty to do and even more to see. To make sure you get a solid view of everything Gulf Shores has to offer, we’ll go over three of our favorite places to go and things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Let’s take a look:

1.   Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo opened to the public in 1989, but was originally named the Zooland Animal Park. It covers 25 acres and is home to 118 species -- 22 of which are endangered or threatened species.

Some of the endangered species found at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo are the African lion, Black leopard, grey parrot, ring-tailed lemur, grey-crowned crane, brown lemur, bengal tiger, and the black-headed spider monkey.

2.   Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park covers 6,500 acres of beautiful land on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It covers most of the land between Highway 59 and SH 161. You can do everything from camping and lodging to beaches, dining, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, trails.

When they say there’s something for everyone at Gulf State Park, they’re not lying! This is definitely a must-see when in the area.

3.   Waterville USA

If you weren’t expecting there to be a 20-acre waterpark located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, think again. Waterville USA opened to the public in 1986 and is now home to a wide range of waterpark attractions and amusement park attractions.

Not only is this park the perfect place to bring the family, but it’s located just 0.25 miles away from the beach -- making this an all-day activity!

Now that you have a better idea of everything Gulf Shores, Alabama has to offer, you should start planning your trip down here so you can get a taste of it for yourself.

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