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Celebrate the one you call Dad this Father’s Day with a break in a beach locale full of fun, sun, sand, and water. Make this trip memorable with a trip to the beach and crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama shores. Choose an Alabama Gulf Coast vacation for your ultimate destination and start planning the Father’s Day fun.

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Beach Time

You chose a beach destination for plenty of beach fun this Father’s Day. You and Dad can take part in any of the area’s lazy beach activities: lay out and sunbathe, plant a beach umbrella and spread out a blanket for a picnic, take a swim in the Gulf, or whatever other beach fun you can think of.

A beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast

Dad can head out to sea, or turn up the adrenaline with activities like parasailing, SCUBA diving, or snorkeling. Rip through the waves on a jet ski, or slow things down a bit with a sunset cruise or wildlife-watching cruise.

Fort Morgan Road Trail

Dad may want to change up the exercise routine a big during vacation. The 5.6-mile asphalt trail starts just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and stretches west. It runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road/Highway 180 through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods, finally ending at the Peninsula Golf Club.

The mostly flat surface trail is an easy hike or bike for people of all skill levels, but the eastern end has a few gentle climbs. Add some difficulty on that eastern end and continue on through Gulf State Park’s Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails.

Gulf Shores Museum

The museum is located in a house dating back to before World War II! The house stood as the beach house of Valerie Cole’s family from Mobile. The family donated the structure, which was originally located in West Beach. It was moved to its current home after Hurricane Frederic in 1979.

The museum features many permanent and temporary exhibits telling the story of local history, and offers various programs and activities for all ages and a variety of interests.

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Gulf State Park

Wander two miles of Gulf beachfront, or take part in some of Dad’s favorite beach activities: swim, surf, build sand castles, and more. Have a beach picnic, or move it to the shade and shelter of a beach pavilion.

For the dad that loves to fish, bring some gear and spend some time at the pier. For those looking for an adventure, try kayaking or parasailing.

Souvenir City

You and Dad will score some awesome souvenirs as part of his Father’s Day vacation activities. If you can’t find something to reflect the fun you’ve had so far, hit the shops of Gulf Shores.

The shop is a local icon, billed to have “thousands of gifts for everyone on your list,” so you and Dad are bound to find something to remember your time here. The shop has been a staple of the Gulf Shores community since 1956 and is open daily.

Glow Kayaking

Dad may enjoy taking a serene paddle around the water in the morning before the water and beach get busy for the day. The calmer waters around Bird Island are the perfect place. Several kayak tour companies want you to consider something different: glow kayaking. The nighttime-only trips are taken in clear-body kayaks outfitted with special underwater LED lights to light up the night and the water like you’ve never seen before.

You and Dad can choose a color or color pattern that suits your mood. Look down through the bottom of your boat not just for the lights, but also the beautiful creatures swimming below you. You can choose a two-person kayak to paddle around with Dad, or stick close to one another during the paddle but control your own vessel.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Dad and the family can go for a walk on the wild side this Father’s Day! Visit the zoo to see over 100 species, including 22 critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, or near-threatened species. Meet exotic residents like the African grey crowned crane, the Eurasian lynx, lemurs, various reptiles, and many others.

For everyone from the littlest guests to guests young at heart, there’s a petting zoo. Pet goats, sheep, donkeys, deer, and many other residents. Ask about close-up private encounters where each participant can touch, hold, feed, and learn about friendly animals like two-toed sloths (age restrictions apply).

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Alabama Gulf Coast Father’s Day Headquarters

When you and book a Father’s Day getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast with Poole & Associates, you and Dad won’t be short on fun and amazing activities to fill your time. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy the myriad of other activities available to help build an Alabama Gulf Coast vacation that is uniquely yours.

We have homes from one-bedroom units for Dad’s solo getaway, all the way up to four-bedroom homes so he can surround himself with family. Savor the flavors of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully-equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios or balconies. Unwind after a long day in a private bedroom, or gather some snacks and enjoy Dad’s favorite movies or TV shows together on a flat-screen TV with an entertainment center.

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