When you stay with us, we know you're always looking for great things to do with your family. And we also know how hard it can be to find something that everyone in your group can enjoy. But, bring your crowd to Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL, and it will be easy to have great day! This beachfront park truly has an activity for everyone. You'll find hiking, biking, fishing, educational activities, places to eat, and so much more. But, before you visit, consider checking online to ensure that your chosen activity is available. While the park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., some attractions are only available in peak-season. The next time you visit the Alabama coast, consider spending a day with your family at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. We guarantee it will be a blast!
Find out more about all of the fun things to do in Gulf Shores when you download our free Vacation Guide. It's full of the best recommendations for things to see and do like enjoying a day at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL.
1. Fish at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier
If you know anything about Gulf Shores, you know that it is the best fishing destination on the Alabama coast. So, it's no surprise that one of the most popular family activity at Gulf State Park is fishing. Inside the park, you can fish on Shelby Lake or at the Gulf Shores Fishing and Education Pier. Both of these options are great of children of all ages and you can rent the gear you need inside the park.
2. Hit the Links at the Championship Golf Course
Another great way to spend a day at the Gulf State Park is with a round of golf at Refuge Golf Club. The 18-hole championship golf course is located within the park and offers a 6,593-yard course, driving range, putting green, pro shop and grill. Whether you play 9 or 18-holes, keep an eye out for the alligators and other wildlife who call the course home!
3. Explore Hiking and Biking Trails
If wandering without an agenda sounds like a great day for you and your group, you'll love exploring the hiking trails in Gulf State Park. With over 15 miles of trails, you'll discover diverse ecosystems bursting with beautiful scenery and active wildlife. And, the best part, you can rent bikes for everyone at the camp store on site!
4. Picnic in the Park
Whether you explore the beach or the trails, the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores is a great place for a picnic! You can pack a basket and bring it with you, or you can get a snack from one of the many food vendors in the park. Either way, you'll love making memories over a picnic in the perfect spot outdoors.
5. Go on an Outdoor Adventure
In addition to golfing, hiking, and biking, there are tons of other great outdoor activities at Gulf State Park. In the park, you can rent segways, paddleboards, and kayaks by the hour or for a full day. In addition, some other great outdoor activities in Gulf State Park include parasailing, geocaching, tennis, and volleyball.
6. Visit the Nature Center
If you and your kids would like to learn about the coastal Alabama ecosystem, you can visit the Nature Center at the Gulf State Park. At this living museum, you'll find great exhibits about the plants and animals in the region. In addition, the Nature Center also hosts weekly programs, including guided nature walks and programs for children.
Let Us Help You Plan a Family Visit to Gulf State Park!
After a successful day at the Gulf State Park, you'll love returning home to our modern, comfortable, beach-front vacation rental homes. If you haven't yet found a great house for your next family gathering, consider staying with us at Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals. We offer a wide range of large, luxury vacation rental homes. They are the perfect accommodations for memorable holiday gatherings, family reunions, extended family trips, and more.
With our vacation rentals, you can stay in well-furnished, spacious beachfront homes that are close to the best things to do in Gulf Shores, AL. Many of our homes include elevators, wide porches, private pools, and more. Browse our collection of beach bungalows and large family homes to find the vacation rental that is perfect for you. Then, book your stay or give us a call! We'd love to help you plan your stay!
See you in Gulf Shores,
Susan & Geoff Gaberino
Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals
Photo credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism