Gulf Shores Alabama
Gulf Shores Alabama is a seaside settlement on the south coast of Alabama. Currently it is inhabited by over 5000 people, with numbers growing each year. Located at the Gulf of Mexico it attracts visitors with white sand beaches, outdoor activities in the sun as well as historical landmarks which it gives home to. In the recent years the Gulf suffered from several hurricanes as well as a large oil spill. However, it seems that the city tackles all peril well and rehabilitates extremely fast. Along the water related activities, Gulf Shores is one of Alabama's top golfing destinations and also a wildlife (especially birds) sanctuary. Gulf State Park Occupying most of the east side of Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park features more than two miles of white sand glistening in the sunlight, surfing and snorkeling activities as well as camping points (or cottage rentals for those who prefer more of a solid accommodation) and plenty of liveliness. The Gulf State Park's fishing pier makes a perfect relaxation spot with amazing views of the Gulf. Adventurous types can swim to the Adventure Center's Hummingbird Zipline and take a sky dive to experience the thrill of cutting through the air. Moreover, traditional sporting activities include a variety of tennis courts, golf courses (two of Alabama's top rated golf courts are located in Gulf Shores) and hiking trails which provide opportunities to encounter some of the local wildlife (bobcats, alligators, deer and black bears). Along with the saltwater fishing at the pier, Lake Shelby offers superb freshwater fishing possibilities. Take time to sense the smooth sand under your feet and soak up the sun in a carefree, positive environment. Fort Morgan State Historic Site Built on at the location of Fort Bowyer, Fort Morgan represents one of the exceptional models of fortification architecture in the United States. The masonry star-shaped coastal citadel was constructed in 1834 at the gate of Mobile Bay. However, the site has value not only as an architectural landmark. The historic strategical importance of the location dates prior to the construction of Fort Bowyer as it was here where final combats of the War of 1812 took place. Take a guided tour of the fortress and feel the breeze of time howling through the stone walls. The Bon Sevour National Wildlife Refuge The 'Safe Harbor' refuge serves as a sanctuary for the endangered beach mouse, migratory birds and sea turtles. Its mission is the protection and preservation of wildlife as well as an educational station for the public. Waterville USA Head over to the Waterville USA waterpark and amusement resort in the vicinity of the city. Take the whole family on a day long adventure with numerous attractions. Gulf Shores provides a medley of midday and sunset cruises along the coastline as well as dolphin watching sessions. The shopping mall is one of many gathering areas and a great souvenir shopping destination. If you find yourself in Gulf Shore in May make sure to attend the annual Hangout Music Festival on the beach.