Gulf Shores, Alabama

Enjoy the beautiful 32 miles of Alabama coastline by land or by sea. Ocean-lovers should take a dolphin and dinner cruise, where you’ll have a close view of bottle-nosed dolphins while dining. The more adventurous may choose to go deep-sea diving amongst the wreckage of the LuLu, a 271-foot cargo ship off the coast of Orange Beach. Or, get your adrenaline pumping at the Gulf Adventure Center inside Gulf State Park and zipline over the beaches. Parasailing, surfing, swimming, kayaking and skimboarding rentals are also popular recreational options.

Back on land, families won’t want to miss the Bon Secour Wildlife National Refuge or Fort Morgan historical site and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The culturally minded should visit the American Sport Art Museum and Archives, which has over 1,500 artworks on display. Dining options abound: order a seafood po-boy, a Southern shores specialty, at the Wolf Bay Lodge Restaurant and Bar. Jimmy Buffett fans won’t want to miss stopping by Lucy Buffett’s (Jimmy’s sister) waterside restaurant, Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, for a delicious burger or delectable seafood.