Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama, a destination known for 32 miles of sandy-white beaches, is the perfect place to plan a Spring Break getaway.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama: Spring Happenings
Are you planning for Spring Break? Why not head to the quiet beach towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, on the Alabama coast. You can while your time away on the beach, or you can choose from a variety of activities if you need a break from the surf and sand.
Play A Round Of Golf
- Kiva Dunes Golf Course was recently ranked the #1 rated public golf course in Alabama, according to Golf Advisor. The unique links-style course at Kiva comes in at just over 7,100 yards of play area in a pristine conservation area with exposed sand, scrub oak and beautiful landscape views. Not only unique in design and play-ability, the golf course offers a dynamic pricing arrangement for daily green fees.
Visit Furry Friends
- The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo just welcomed two four-month-old lion cubs named Jabari and Nandi. Jabari is a male white lion whose name means “all powerful ruler” and Nandi is a tawny lion named after an African Zulu queen. The pair can be seen daily at various times as they adjust to their new home.
- Bird Banding returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast again this spring, courtesy of Birmingham Audubon and its partners. This year’s bird banding event runs from Tuesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 20 at historic Fort Morgan. Participants can expect to get a look at winged spring migrants traveling across coastal Alabama and will have unparalleled access to researchers at work, along with some up-close views of amazing birds.
- Serving as an educational base camp for visitors to Gulf State Park, the new eco-driven Learning Campus at Gulf State Park provides formal educational programming for residents and visitors of Gulf Shores to connect with and learn about the park’s nine unique ecosystems and local environment. Perfect for large groups – including meetings and corporate groups – the campus will have an auditorium, classrooms and two hostel-style bunk houses that sleep a total of 64 people.
- Sometimes the best views come from 115 feet in the air! Hummingbird Zip-line, lets visitors explore more than 6,000 feet of zip-line stretched among eight towers. The circular-shaped course ensures that participants begin
and end in the same place, sometimes traveling at 30 mph as they ride a total of eight zip lines during an experience that lasts about 2.5 hours. Two professional guides are along for the ride, ensuring that all guests feel comfortable as they fly through the trees at The Wharf.
Dive Into History
- An ancient canoe canal was recently discovered on the Fort Morgan peninsula in Gulf Shores. The 1,200-year-old canal is believed to have been built and used by Native Americans seasonally to move supplies between Oyster Bay and Little Lagoon. Hand-dug by natives, the canal stands eight feet deep, 30 feet wide and half a mile long, so it would have been a Herculean effort to dig it. The canal is in the process of being studied and the City of Gulf Shores is working to develop a plan for the best way to make this site, which is on city land, accessible to the public … so stay tuned!
- Woodside Restaurant at Gulf State Park is a new dining venue located within Gulf State Park (and near the Learning Campus mentioned above) that serves creative Southern cuisine and cocktails using locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. daily and features such locally themed items as the Armadillo Trail Biscuit Bowl (a scrambled eggs and biscuits dish) and the Beach Mouse Breakfast Sandwich (with a fried egg, country ham, grilled tomato and more). Lunch and dinner are served between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. with a variety of small and shareable plates, sandwiches, salads and desserts.
- Local legend Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, home to the self-proclaimed “Best Fried Shrimp in the Entire Civilized World,” will open a second location in Orange Beach next month. Doc’s Seafood Shack & Steaks is set to expand on the classic visitor favorites on their menu by offering 28-day aged steaks.
- Kilwins Orange Beach is a new addition to The Wharf in Orange Beach. Offering Mackinac Island-style fudge and 28 flavors of its original recipe super-premium ice cream, the sweet shop makes the majority of its products right in the store, where visitors can get a glimpse of all the sweet goodness in action.
From family friendly, to couples getaways these coastal towns are sure to have you longing for more time here.