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Gulf State Park

Stretch out on long white-sand beaches at this oceanfront state park. Drive up your heart rate with extreme activities, such as zip lining and parasailing.

Gulf State Park is a popular vacation spot with spacious, sandy beaches and diverse activities. Trips here can be as active or as relaxing as you like. Try exhilarating water sports, go fishing, learn about coastal creatures at the nature center or simply sprawl out on the sands.

Bring the family along to the beach and splash about in the water. The park has over 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) of white sands, so it won’t be hard to find a spot to lay your towel. For a little more adventure, sign up for one of the thrilling ocean experiences. Speed behind a motorboat on an inflatable dinghy or parasail through the skies. Rent canoes and volleyball nets for family fun at the beach.

Continue your extreme activities at the adventure center. Swoop over the landscape on a zip-line network, which stretches over fields and even a portion of the ocean. If you have any energy left, rent a bike and pedal around the surrounding area.

When you want to slow things down, find lots of less strenuous activities. Drive and putt at the Refuge, a golf course hidden amid green woods. Drop a fishing line into the ocean from the long pier or into the fresh waters of Lake Shelby. Read the information points along the pier to find out what underwater species you may reel in and look for herons and pelicans also attempting to snare a catch.

Get close to wild animals at the nature center. Here, displays document local plants and animals. Visitors have the opportunity to see and sometimes even touch some of the creatures, including snakes, owls and turtles. Sign up for one of the center’s educational expeditions to discover more about the surrounding habitats.

Gulf State Park is in southern Alabama, just over an hour from Mobile by car. The nearest commercial airport is in Pensacola, also about an hour’s drive away.


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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gulf Shores $93
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gulf Shores

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gulf Shores

160 W Commerce Avenue, Gulf Shores
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 764 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Gulf Shores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf Shores Golf Club and Waterville USA are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Absolutely Beautiful Condo, Lower Level-gorgeous Courtyard Pool Great Location!
    Absolutely Beautiful Condo, Lower Level-gorgeous Courtyard Pool Great Location!

    Absolutely Beautiful Condo, Lower Level-gorgeous Courtyard Pool Great Location!

    , Gulf Shores
       
      4.9
      of 5, from 19 reviews
      0.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Gulf Shores, this property is close to Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Gulf State Park. Also nearby are Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Waterville USA.

      A Bit Of Paradise For Your Family To Enjoy
      A Bit Of Paradise For Your Family To Enjoy

      A Bit Of Paradise For Your Family To Enjoy

      , Gulf Shores
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 31 reviews
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this property is close to Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Gulf State Park. Also nearby are Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Waterville USA.

        Hampton Inn Gulf Shores $117
        Hampton Inn Gulf Shores

        Hampton Inn Gulf Shores

        1701 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 206 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Gulf Shores, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf Shores Golf Club and Waterville USA are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          A Piece of Paradise With 5 Stars
          A Piece of Paradise With 5 Stars

          A Piece of Paradise With 5 Stars

          , Gulf shores
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 9 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the city center, this property is close to Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Also nearby are Gulf State Park and Waterville USA.

            Ground Floor!! Newly Remodeled 2 Bed 2 Bath. Pool View, Free Wi-fi & Parking
            Ground Floor!! Newly Remodeled 2 Bed 2 Bath. Pool View, Free Wi-fi & Parking

            Ground Floor!! Newly Remodeled 2 Bed 2 Bath. Pool View, Free Wi-fi & Parking

            , Gulf Shores
               
              4.9
              of 5, from 27 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Gulf Shores, this property is close to Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Also nearby are Gulf State Park and Waterville USA.

              Quality Inn Gulf Shores $55
              Quality Inn Gulf Shores

              Quality Inn Gulf Shores

              213 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 118 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Gulf Shores, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zooland Mini Golf and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf Shores Museum and Waterville USA are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Crystal Shores West 1206 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home
                Crystal Shores West 1206 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

                Crystal Shores West 1206 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

                931 West Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Gulf Shores, this property is close to Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Zooland Mini Golf, and Waterville USA. Also nearby are Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores Museum.