3-Day Vacation in the Gulf Shores

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This is the ultimate vacation in the Gulf Shores, a 3-day stay that includes the best local amusement park, thrilling boat rides, relaxation time on the beach, and historic attractions! What more could you want?

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Inside you will find such animals as lions, tigers, bears (oh my!), leopards, wolves, and primates, as well as many residents within the Reptile House, Petting Zoo, and Aviary. There are several different seasonal Animal Encounters, Animal Shows, and Zookeeper Talks, as well as various seasonal special events. Meet Buck and Boomer the Kangaroos or Rani the Tiger while exploring the zoo on your own, or perhaps sign up for a guided Animal Encounter, which allows you to journey into certain animal exhibits in a completely safe and incredibly immersive educational way. The exhibits open for animal encounters are the Kangaroo, Lemur, Sloth, Tamandua, and Reptile Garden exhibits.

Historic Fort Morgan

Named after Revolutionary War Hero Daniel Morgan, this fort has some seriously expansive history behind it. Sitting on land that was formerly home Fort Bowyer in the War of 1812, this 3rd system fort was build between 1819 and 1834 at Mobile Point. It played a very significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay, which took place in August of 1864 (Civil War Era). Soldiers here eventually surrendered to Union Forces after a 2-week siege. It also had a part in the Spanish American War, WWI, and WWII. The fort was retired as a historic site in 1946.

During your visit, your group will be able to explore the grounds and museum, which showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications made by the U.S Army over time. The site is a part of the Civil War Trail, which you can walk and learn more about during your visit. There are several living history reenactments and special events here regularly, so you may get to see a battle reenactment or arms showcase.

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Gulf State Park

Welcome to one of the most gorgeous places along Alabama's coast, Gulf State Park. This 6,500-acre public recreation area holds over 2 miles of beaches to explore, or as they so poetically put it, 2 miles of 'white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls, and seashells'. This means the outdoor recreation possibilities are almost endless, with opportunities to kayak, paddleboard, parasail, geocache, or just relax and stick your toes in the sand. Aside from the beach, there is also 25 miles of trails on the Hugh S Branyon Back Country Trail you can hike, bike, or Segway, a fishing pier, a Nature Center, the Refuge Golf Course, and a campground with a swimming pool and cabin options

Hummingbird Zipline Course

Hummingbird Zipline Course first opened in 2013 at the Gulf State Park but closed in 2016 to move to its current location. With its move, it gained 1 more zip line and twice the length it once had, spanning 6,000 feet here at its new location. You will reach speeds of up to 30mph and heights of 115 feet as you enjoy the 2.5-hour tour over bays, the Intracoastal Waterway, and protected wetland. The zips end on the Wharf's Main Street.

The Wharf at Orange Beach

The Wharf at Orange Beach is one of the best places to take your group while in the area for shopping, dining, entertainment, and live events!

When it comes to shopping, your group will have plenty to choose from, with several locally owned boutiques and specialty shops selling everything from fashion and home decor to sports gear and souvenirs. Some popular shops here are Salt Coastal Outfitters, Ooh La La, Ocean Eddies, and Fric N Frac.

Dining options certainly won't disappoint either, the Wharf offering fine dining options, casual southern flair options, and local seafood favorites. Eat at the Boat Bar, Sugar Shack, Bayes, or Blue Water BBQ Co (plus many more), depending on what kind of mood you are in!

As far as entertainment goes, there are seemingly endless options. Spend some time at a spa or salon for some relaxation, then head to the 15 screen movie theater. There is an 18-hole mini golf course, The Wharf Mini Golf, an onsite arcade (The Arena) with plenty of fun options for kids and adults alike, and even escape game options at Breakout Orange Room. At night the Wharf comes alive with SPECTRA, a nightly choreographed Sound and Light Spectacular along the palm-lined main street, as well as the Amphitheater, which hosts regular concerts and comedians.

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Beach Time at Gulf Shores

The Gulf Shores Public Beach, or Gulf Place, is a stretch of tranquil coastline perfect for beach recreation or relaxation. All along this beach, you will find beach eateries, beach boutique stores, pavilions, picnic areas, volleyball, and watersports options, as well as rentals for parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, and skimboarding. There are bikes, buggies, and beach wheelchairs available for rent, or you can simply dig your toes into the gorgeous white sand and relax for the day! There are plenty of eating options during your stay, a couple of our favorite options being Bahama Bob's Beachside Cafe or Sea N Suds. Bahama Bob's serves up delicious fresh fish, shrimp, and specialty burgers (try the pineapple and bacon burger), and Sea N Suds has all the southern classics like gumbo and crab claws!

Sand Castle University

Sand Castle University in Alabama's Gulf Shores specializes in teaching sand castle building techniques to all ages, providing a really unique learning experience on the beach! They provide 'the best tools, tips, and tricks of building amazing sand castles', and the best part is they come right to your personal beach location! The team will help you make a 'truly unique piece of beach art', providing you with the instruction, equipment, and even a free time-lapse video of your groups experience!

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Adventure Island

Known as 'the ultimate in family fun', this center is sure to keep your group occupied for a few hours, with several different activities, kiddy rides, and arcade games to choose from.Take a spin on the Bumper Boats, Go Karts, or Paddle Boats, then head inside for some seriously fun lazer tag or mini golf. There is a rock climbing wall, roller coaster simulator, and mini teacup ride inside the Alligator Alley Arcade, which also hosts over 100 different video and redemption games.

Orange Beach Jet Boat Thrill Ride

The Orange Beach Jet Boat Thrill Ride is the ultimate high-speed adventure, providing guests with a 60-minute wet n wild adventure along the back bays of the coast. This ride is like a 'roller coaster on the water', taking you up to 45 mph as you do 360-degree spins, slides, and turns. It is 100% guaranteed that you will get wet, so be sure to wear a swimsuit or bring a change of clothes.