As the mighty Mississippi yields to the Gulf of Mexico, it brings with it deposits of sparkling, white quartz from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. White quartz rides the ocean currents to rest on the beaches of Gulf Shores. Sleepy, ancient dunes watch as the sun rises and sets on sugar-white sand. Sea oats sway in a gentle breeze while crystalline waters lap at the shore. It is here that families come from all over the world to rest, recharge and connect.
Playing in the waves isn’t the only family activity Gulf Shores have to offer. The Gulf State Park, opened in 1939, offers two miles of pristine beach, a Nature Center, and trails for walking and biking. Waterparks, mini golf, and the Gulf Shores Zoo are just a few of the other local attractions that the whole family will love.
Like the rest of Alabama, you will not want to miss out on the local cuisine. Every shrimp dish listed in Forest Gump can be found in Gulf Shores, made fresh with Gulf Coast shrimp and served up with southern sides. For desert don’t miss out on a local mainstay, Scoops. A Mom and Pop shop since 1980, Scoops is still serving up the best banana splits and soda pops on the island.
Whether you’re escaping the cold or coming to bask in the sunlight, Gulf Shores in a joy all year round. Romantic getaways, family vacations or just getting away from the hustle of the day-to-day, there’s something for everyone!