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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach: It's a Whole Different State

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The transformation begins the moment your toes touch our sugar-white sand and you hear the sound of waves lapping the shore. Suddenly, you're in a whole different state of connection. Life seems to slow down, senses are magnified and families are strengthened in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Snow-White Sand Beaches

The Alabama Gulf Coast's 32 miles of pristine white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise water set the scene for memories that will last a lifetime. Experience the warm, Southern hospitality that keeps families returning to our beaches year after year. And although relaxing and playing in the sand and surf are a favorite activity, the fun doesn't stop there. When you're ready to venture off the beach, you'll find a wide variety of activities and attractions for all interests and ages.

Connect with Nature

Our beautiful coast offers abundant opportunities to get close to nature. By land, Alabama's Coastal Connection, an award-winning National Scenic Byway, maps out themed itineraries connecting nature, land and the sea with unique discovery experiences. Take to the many trails for walking and biking, or observe the banding of migratory birds on their return from Central and South America. Take to the water and reel in the big one on a full- or half-day fishing charter, enjoy a dolphin cruise, kayak, paddle board, or dive below the surface and explore Alabama's first whole-ship diving reef, the LuLu.

A short car ferry ride to Dauphin Island transports you to the Bird Sanctuary and Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where visitors learn about the mysterious swamps, the port of Mobile Bay and how hurricanes impact barrier islands. Touch-tanks and exhibits provide the opportunity for up-close observation and discovery of the area's sea life.

Just for Fun

Adventurers will flock to the Hummingbird Ziplines' mile-long zip course, or thrill in the plunge of a water slide at Waterville USA. Take a go-cart for a spin, play a round of mini golf or experience an animal encounter at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Take to the sky on one of the Southeast's largest Ferris Wheels, parasail over the Gulf of Mexico, or take a helicopter tour.


Our variety of signature golf courses is second to none. Each is creatively designed and strategically placed by some of the greatest names in golf course design, including Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate and Earl Stone. The area's courses include scenic coastlines, wetland preserves, rolling hills, links-style golf, even courses cut right from an Alabama forest preserve. Our golf courses are challenging and picturesque but conveniently close to accommodations and dining.


Seafood is the centerpiece of dining in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and an abundance of restaurants from casual to upscale feature the fresh, local seafood the area is known for. Families will love the variety of restaurants from open-air to beachfront, many with live entertainment and children's play areas.


No trip to the beach would be complete without a souvenir or two and you're sure to find that something special while shopping at one of the area's many specialty shops and boutiques. Serious shoppers will delight in the bargains and selection of name-brand retailers found at the nearby Tanger Outlet Center.


Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a vast selection of accommodations including beachfront condos, national brand hotels, private beach houses and full-service resorts, with accommodations to fit any budget. With so many choices, you're sure to find the perfect place to make memories and reconnect.

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