Historic Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores is around 200 years old offering guests a taste of history. These amazing aerial views really show the thought and work surely put in to creating this military stronghold.
The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park is open and ready with the coast's newest adventure: the Hummingbird Zipline Course. This 2 1/2 hour adventure over more than a mile of ziplines will sail you past scenic beach views, and across the park's beautiful Lake Shelby. Also available at the Adventure Center are kayak and paddle board rentals on the lake. No vacation trip this summer can be complete without a visit to the new attractions at Gulf State Park. Check here for more information, pricing, and reservation details.
New Osprey Chicks!
Ospreys are amazing animals... large raptors which can grow to a wingspan of 50 to over 70 inches, and their habitat includes our back yards. In a partnership between the Alabama Coastal Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Orange Beach, with grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we get to watch a remarkable event... the rearing of baby Osprey chicks. They just hatched over the weekend, Friday May 3rd and Sunday the 5th. Keep posted as they grow, and even watch mama bring home some fish !
Daily Beach Update--See ALL the fun stuff to do down here ! See Allbeach update videos
Let Mike Cranston find you information on the perfect Gulf Shores condos for sale. Not only will you be able to enjoy year round vacation access, but condos at the gulf are a great investment.
Home of the Southeast's largest Ferris Wheel !
The Wharf offers shopping, dining at some of the favorite local restaurants,
and the Amphitheater, that brings in your favorite musical acts, from todays biggest stars to your tried and true favorites !
Just this summer alone, The Amphitheater at The Wharf offers concerts by Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Alabama, the Dave Matthews Band and many, many more !
Visit www.TheWharf-OrangeBeach.com for more information, including the best shopping and dining directories of The Wharf, plus an entertainment listing, with links to ticket sales, powered by SeatGeek.com. Seat Geek is the web's largest ticket search engine, that shows you all the tickets available across the major sellers, and can let you comparison shop prices while looking at the seat locations mapped out on a floor plan !
This year's Shrimp Fest was a blast, but it comes back around again!
42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival dates will be OCTOBER 10-13, 2013
(Press-Register/John David Mercer)
This is a REAL 95.2 pound fish caught in our waters. Is Gulf Shores a fisherman's paradise or WHAT !
Jeremy Shook, Lee Windham and Cody Shows hold onto a 95.2-pound cubera snapper. Windham caught the giant while the 3 of them were fishing Thursday, June 11, 2009, about 25 miles southeast of Orange Beach."We didn't know what it was," he said. "None of us had ever seen a fish that big. We thought it might be a goliath grouper because of the gold color, but I knew goliaths don't have scales like this fish had." Finally, Windham said they consulted the Florida fishing regulations booklet with its pictures of saltwater fish before positively identifying it as a cubera snapper. They never knew such a fish existed. Read article.
This beautiful Speckled Trout was caught by Dave Perry the day after Memorial Day, late afternoon in Little Lagoon. Caught from the small pier that you see in the background. He used a smelly old shrimp for bait.
Gulf Coast Fishing Reports
Kayaking the Bon Secour River
Any day, even a hot day, is a great time for a leisurely boat float on the Bon Secour River. It is amazing how close to busy Gulf Shores the Beachin' Kayak Rentals business is. This uncrowded paradise is a great water sports spot for the non-sporting crowd. These rigid, floating, sit-atop kayaks are easy for anyone to maneuver and paddle.
Want a fun book for the beach? Follow the 'Beach Read' link
Cool stuff about Alabama:
Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The original Mardi Gras in the US began in Mobile, AL. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
"Alabama" is the official state song.
Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America.
Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.
At 2,405 feet Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest point above sea level.
In 1995 Heather Whitestone of Alabama was chosen as the first Miss America with a disability.
Mobile is named after the Mauvilla Indians.
Hematite is Alabama's official state mineral and is known as oxide of iron.
Wondering where you can hear some good live music in Gulf Shores? Be sure to check our night life section.
What does the City of Gulf Shores do with surplus items? They are going to list them on an online auction site www.govdeals.com according to the Baldwin Register newspaper. Using the Advanced Search feature, you can use the 'city' drop down list to see which items Gulf Shores has listed.
Everyone loves the bright white sugar sands of Gulf Shores Alabama, Orange Beach Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida. Our mild climate allows year long watersports, deep sea fishing trips, bird watching and long walks making the area a well-loved spot, for natives and tourists alike.
Historical Ft. Morgan is a great site for a leg stretching outing as is the battleship U.S.S. Alabama in nearby Mobile. Ft. Morgan annually will hosts 4 Civil War day camps for children in the summer. Condidering a move not at the beach? Check out one of the America's favorite cities with Fairhope homes for sale
Fireworks light up our beaches this summer as the City of Gulf Shores sponsors our 4th of July celebration. The City of Orange Beach combines it's show with the Perdido Beach Resort for a great show.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
operates the Welcome Centers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, so be sure to stop for lots of information and coupons.
If you want to eat seafood you've come to the right place. Our area restaurants serve it up right! If you like it fried, that is!! No, actually, see our restaurant reviews for some alternatives.
The Alabama coastal area is famous among birding fans.
Off the beach enjoy the area’s attractions, such as water slides,
bungee towers, tropical garden miniature golf, and go-cart tracks.
The Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival (also called The Annual National Shrimp Festival) in the fall is always a treat.
We are blessed with some of the countries prettiest and most challenging golf courses on the coast.
Many people do not know that Alabama
even has beaches, but Alabama has the most beautiful white sugar sand beaches around. The
weather is glorious, the area is full of golf courses, and the Alabama Gulf Coast has been
a steady award winner in family beach vacation categories. Gulf Shores is the original and
most well known part of the beach, Orange Beach has been more recently developed and
Perdido Key is right next to Orange Beach. We do not have nearly the traffic
problems that the Destin area seems to have now-a-days. The prices are very reasonable
down in Dixie, the weather is exceptional, and the people are
the friendliest ever !