Maybe you're planning a Gulf Shores vacation just for the beautiful beaches and to soak up some sun. However, there's more to Gulf Shores than that. Know before you go.
Find out the top attractions to visit while on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
Make a splash at Waterville USA, home of the new Screamin' Demon water slide. Waterville is a main attraction for a Gulf Shores vacation, with over 20 acres of water park and fun park, all rolled into one. This is a "pay and stay all day," because it's going to take you all day to do everything inside the gates. Check the website for seasonal hours. It becomes an amusement park only when the water park is closed.
Visit the Wharf in nearby Orange Beach, where there's always something going on:. concerts, a round of golf, shopping, dining and the amphitheater. Check the calendar of events.
Ride the ferry, which is just up the road from the main beach strip. Load up the car and yourself on the ferry. This ferry goes from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island and back again, all day long. Once on Dauphin Island, visit the Estuarium and Sea Lab. The kids will love learning about sea creatures in the Lab.
Visit Fort Morgan. For history buffs, it's a must see. It served as a fort during the Civil War and the Battle of Mobile Bay. A museum on grounds explains its rich history.
Go see the dolphins. On a dolphin tour, you can stay in the boat, go snorkeling or swim with the dolphins.
Eat at LuLu' s. Besides the fact that she's Jimmy Buffett's sister, her restaurant has good food, a laid back, "beachy" atmosphere, and noteworthy hospitality.
Go fishing at Gulf State Park. Bring along the rod and reel for a day of fishing just off the beaten path. Grounds are clean and the staff is very friendly. The park also has cabins you can rent if you'd rather stay away from the hustle and bustle.
Visit the zoo. Many people on their Gulf Shores vacation don't even realize it's there. Nestled just off the Parkway, it's a little zoo with lots of animals, including tigers. This is something the kids are sure to love.