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Gulf Shores

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Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 9,741.GeographyGulf Shores is located on the Gulf of Mexico at 30°16'4.069" North, 87°42'5.285" West (30.267797, −87.701468). It is the southernmost settlement in the state of Alabama. It is served by Alabama State Route 59 (Gulf Shores Parkway), which leads north to Foley. Route 182 (Beach Boulevard) runs east-west along the shore front, while Route 180 (Fort Morgan Road) runs parallel to it, north of Little Lagoon. Gulf State Park occupies a large eastern part of the city.Gulf Shores is located 33 miles west of Pensacola, FL, 54 miles south of Mobile, AL, 197 miles east of New Orleans, LA, and 194 miles south of Montgomery, AL.Gulf Shores is located in Baldwin County.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 72.5km2, of which 60.0km2 is land and 12.5km2, or 17.24%, is water.ClimateThe location of Gulf Shores on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico makes it vulnerable to hurricanes. In September 1979, Hurricane Frederic leveled most of the town. In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused extensive wind and flooding damage. In 2005, while the city was still cleaning up from Ivan, Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage and flooding.
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Beach
Gulf State Park
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Zoo
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Pier / Boardwalk
Gulf State Park Fishing Pier
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Zipline
Zipline
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Gulf Shores

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours Orange Beach
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Orange Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Battleship USS ALABAMA Mobile
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding Orange Beach
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Gulf Shores

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Hiking Trail
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Back Bay Charters
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Theme Park
Waterville USA
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Gulf Shores

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Beach
Gulf Shores Public Beach
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Chocolate Corner
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir City
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Gulf Shores

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Golf Course
Gulf Shores Golf Club
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
Kiva Dunes Golf Course
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
Craft Farms Golf Club
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Gulf Shores

Wildlife Area
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Down Under Dive Shop
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Gulf Shores

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