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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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Lodging Near Gulf State Park

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gulf Shores

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gulf Shores

160 W Commerce Avenue, Gulf Shores
4.4
of 5, from 750 reviews
3.0 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).

$93
Best Western On The Beach

Best Western On The Beach

337 E Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores
3.9
of 5, from 606 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Gulf Shores hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores Beach, and Waterville USA. Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$42
Quality Inn Gulf Shores

Quality Inn Gulf Shores

213 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores
3.6
of 5, from 95 reviews
2.5 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).

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

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

1701 E 1st Street, Gulf Shores
4.9
of 5, from 19 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gulf Shores, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf State Park and The Track Family Recreation Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

A Slice of Paradise for Everyone

A Slice of Paradise for Everyone

1701 E 1st St, Gulf shores
5.0
of 5, from 9 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Gulf Shores, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf State Park and The Track Family Recreation Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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

1701 E 1st St., Gulf Shores
4.9
of 5, from 26 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gulf Shores, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf Shores Museum, Zooland Mini Golf, and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf State Park and The Track Family Recreation Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$63
Hampton Inn Gulf Shores

Hampton Inn Gulf Shores

1701 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores
4.6
of 5, from 178 reviews
3.0 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).

Blue Crab 2 Sleeps 10 Beach And Pool View Unit 10

Blue Crab 2 Sleeps 10 Beach And Pool View Unit 10

487 East 1st Ave, Gulf Shores
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Gulf Shores, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park and Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Waterville USA and Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).