- Our list of the best things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama, features the top 113 nearby activities — including 59 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Gulf Shores, AL has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Water Activities, Sights & Landmarks, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 29 things to do within the city of Gulf Shores, AL , followed by 84 popular activities in nearby cities, including Orange Beach, Fairhope, Foley, Pensacola, Perdido Key, Bon Secour, Elberta, Point Clear, Daphne and Summerdale
90% 172 votes
12295 State Highway 180, Bon Secour, AL 36542 MoreLess Info
Bon Secour (meaning 'safe harbor,' ) National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000 acre nature preserve with a number of endangered species, such as the Alabama beach mouse, more than 370 species of bird, including ospreys and herons, nesting sea turtles and mammals such as red fox, coyotes, and armadillos.
Cetacean Cruises offers a 1.5-hour dolphin viewing cruise onboard their 40-foot pontoon boat, and a two-hour dolphin and nature cruise that explores the swamps with plenty of time to see the dolphins too. The company also hosts special events on their 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran.
100% 283 votes
4688 Walker Ave, Mess About Marina, Orange Beach, AL 36561 MoreLess Info
A wide range of family-friendly water recreation is available through Barefoot Family Dolphin Safaris & Private Boating Adventures, including trips to get wet or stay dry. Popular offerings include dolphin tour packages, dinner cruises, kayak tours, and sunset trips.
100% 16 votes
26448 Cotton Bayou Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561 MoreLess Info
Family owned and operated, Paddled By You Kayak Rentals features multiple locations along the Alabama Gulf Coast. The company offers an array of standard and fishing kayaks for rent, as well as stand up paddle boards.
At the Coastal Arts Center, sometimes known as the Orange Beach Arts Center, visitors can view hot glass demonstrations, make their own fused glass projects, view pottery demonstrations, and make their own clay items. Visitors can also buy items in the gift shop.
99% 67 votes
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 MoreLess Info
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is an art gallery with more than 100 regional artists and a hot glass studio, clay studio and gift shop. Classes are offered daily for both adults and children.
Specialized in deep see fishing, Distraction Charters are suited for the entire family. There are plenty of packages from which the client can choose, including in here the Children and Kids fishing, the Catch, Photo and Release Fishing, and Deep Sea Fishing.