Children playing on beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Gulf Shores

Discover the charm of Gulf Shores, AL; a beach haven that caters to couples, families, and retirees alike with its pristine sugar-white beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The ideal weather makes it a year-round destination for swimming, fishing, and sunbathing. Bask in the beauty of Gulf State Park, or indulge in a round of golf at Craft Farms. Leaving this enchanting Alabama town will be the hardest part of your visit. One of the most iconic nearby cities to Gulf Shores is stunning Orange Beach.

Children playing on beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Don't miss the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, known as Animal Planet's "The Little Zoo That Could." This haven for exotic and endangered species, resilient through hurricanes, promises a memorable inland adventure. Families find it to be an affordable and captivating highlight of their vacation. Get up close and personal with the animals while gaining insight into wildlife conservation.

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The Little Zoo That Could

Explore Gulf Shores

Sweet Home Alabama: An unforgettable trip to the Gulf Coast

I see why it’s called Sweet Home Alabama! No seriously, if you are looking for your next trip, consider Alabama!

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At Home on the Road

RVers find a range of places in Alabama to pull in overnight, from primitive sites to resort-like accommodations, many of which are located within easy distance of top attractions.

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48 Hours in Beach Towns

Where Alabama embraces the Gulf of Mexico with white-sand beaches, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley provide the nonstop fun and laid-back charm you seek.

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Taste the Freshness

Go shrimping, pick peaches and fry up green tomatoes. Tables overflow with what is grown or caught nearby.

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast Is a Great Place to Birdwatch During the Spring

Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast is in the direct path of migratory birds during their spring return to the north.

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Experience the Musical Sounds of Alabama

There’s a lot going on in the music industry in Alabama, both historically and in the present day. In fact, Alabama is known for its rich musical history.

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How to Get There

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Gulf Shores is surrounded by major highways 182, 180, and 59. Visitors have several scenic and interstate options to get there, and the zoo is right off of Highway 59 S.
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The Mobile Regional Airport is roughly an hour and a half away by car. The Pensacola International Airport is roughly an hour away by car.

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