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Sightseeing in Gulf Shores

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A trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama is always inspiring, especially when visitors realize just how much there is to see and do! When sightseeing is a priority, you’re in luck. The following are just a few of the many Gulf Shores sightseeing stops you’ll want to add to your itinerary when you’re looking to make the most of your adventure from start to finish.

Bask in the Beauty of Local Beaches

One of the highlights of time spent sightseeing in Gulf Shores is definitely making the most of moments spent on stunning shorelines. Gulf Shores is loved by travelers from near and far with a passion for time spent soaking up the sun, digging their toes in to the sand, swimming in gentle surf or exploring beach nature trails which are also accessible in abundance. Whatever your preference may be, making time to experience the best of beaches while you’re in the area is a must! Fortunately, it’s not hard to find a variety of beautiful beaches to check out while you’re here. Start your beach-focused sightseeing at The Gulf State Park Pavilion. This stop is located at 22250 East Beach Boulevard and offers up a tranquil stretch of shoreline to enjoy just 6 miles east of Highway 69. The Gulf State Park Pavilion is a family-friendly spot that’s popular amongst anglers as well looking for a scenic space to enjoy. While you’re here, you can admire sand dune and sea oats alike or take time to enjoy a beach picnic.

The Gulf Shores 10th Street Public Access is another great beach sightseeing option to add to the list. This destination is found at West 10th Street Beach Boulevard and has easy visitor parking options just across the street. Both restrooms and showers are found on-site making for a more convenient visit for those looking forward to swimming and sunbathing during their time at the 10th Street Access.

Gulf Shores Main Public Beach is a beautiful place to add to your itinerary when you’re really looking to embrace the best of Gulf Shores through sightseeing. Found at 101 Gulf Shores Parkway, this beach is a popular place amongst outdoor revelers looking to spend as much time as possible on the sand and under the sun. Gulf Shores Main Public Beach is known and loved for its many open-air pavilions and picnic areas paired with sand volleyball courts and beach bar access. Beach mats are provided by the city to make this stop more accessible, which is yet another great reason to swing by and spend some quality time on the shoreline.

Lastly, make sure to make time for a rip to Lagoon Pass Beach while you’re visiting Gulf Shores. Found at 1660 West Beach Boulevard, Lagoon Pass Beach is a scenic and shallow waterway point that connects the Gulf to Little Lagoon. The fishing pier here is fun to explore while the on-stie water foundation is another highlight. It’s $5 to park at Lagoon Pass Beach but the cost is worth your while as it’s a destination many tend to linger longer than they may have originally planned.

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Family-Fun Gulf Shores Sightseeing Attractions

Gulf Shores is a great place for travelers of all types to get away from the daily hustle but it’s a particularly appealing destination for those who are looking forward to spending quality time with the entire family. When you’re in town with the kids, there are plenty of Gulf Shores sightseeing options to choose from. Be sure to make time for an afternoon at The Track Recreation Center when you’re looking to elevate the family-getaway experience. Found at 3200 Gulf Shores Parkway, this stop promises to be fun for the whole family! The Track is home to adrenaline-pumping thrill rides and roller coasters as well as go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf and more. It’s easy to customize your visit according to the age and interest of your family members making this a popular stop with families from across the map.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is another must-visit sightseeing destination for families with their travel sights set on Gulf Shores. This destination is situated at 20499 Oak Road East and first opened in 1989. Today, it’s a testament to incredible wildlife conservation and education that thrills visitors from the moment they step through the gates. Sprawling across 25 acres, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is easy to get through in an afternoon and hosts more than 300 animals on-site. During a visit, guests can encounter everything from monkeys and macaws to leopards, tigers and more. The zoo also hosts its own aviary, reptile house and petting zoo.

Book Your Gulf Shores Vacation Today

No matter when your travel plans bring you to Gulf Shores, the team at Poole & Associates is here to make sure you have the luxurious vacation rental in place to match! Reach out today to learn more about our incredible property options and to start planning your next adventure.

FAQs About Sightseeing in Gulf Shores

  • We are going to spend a lot of time at the beach during our Gulf Shores vacation, but we want to explore other sides of Gulf Shores. Is there anything else to do while there?

    Your Gulf Shores getaway should be a well rounded one, experiencing a beautiful blend of beach time, comfort time at home, and sightseeing adventures that you will never forget. From historic sites to waterparks and cool zoos to aquariums, there is a lot more than beaches to explore during your stay with us.

  • What kind of historic sites are you talking about?

    Perhaps the most well known site is Fort Morgan, known as the Guardian of Mobile Bay since construction was finished in 1834. The history of this stunning stone structure will excite history buffs and its location on the bay will bring serenity to those who are only along for the ride. Free admission for military, both active duty and retired, and a low admission for families ($20 for 4 people) makes it a popular and budget friendly sightseeing activity.

  • I haven’t been to a water park in years, how fun is the one in Gulf Shores?

    Waterville USA, located at 906 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, will bring back all the feels as you remember the fun times you had the water parks in your home town all those years ago. Offering 20 acres of excitement, the water park is only part of the amusement compound, as it offers an amusement park, and escape rooms, making it an exhilarating family activity that will be loved by visitors of all ages.

  • What sights can I see without leaving my Poole & Associates vacation rental?

    Perhaps the most exciting and serene sight of all will be the Gulf of Mexico visible from many windows in your beachfront escape. Spend your days building sandcastles and frolicking in the surf and your evenings and nights enjoying the beauty of your daytime playground, as many of our sanctuaries are located right on the beaches of Gulf Shores.

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