Gulf Shores Travel Guide
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores, Alabama, began as a small fishing village that dated back to the 1800s. The first post office did not open until 1947, but, by the 1960s, the town was thriving during the summer months as tourists flocked to the area. The area is known for white, sandy beaches with clear water. The sand is made of quartz grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago, bringing families back to the town year after year. However, summer is not the only time to visit Gulf Shores as there are activities for the entire family throughout the year.
Things to see and do in Gulf Shores
Although beach related activities are the most popular in Gulf Shores, there are many other attractions in the area. In 1971, in an effort to bring tourists to the area after Labor Day, local area residents and businesses planned what turned out to be nothing more than a five-hour shrimp boil on the beach in October. A seafood cooking contest, “The Best of the FEST” was held that year as well. Almost 50 years later, the festival has grown to include more than 80 hours of musical entertainment, tastes of local culinary delights and many family-oriented activities. The Annual National Shrimp Festival is held each year in October and has become one of the largest festivals in the country.
During the summer months, you can enjoy a dolphin cruise or travel some of the back bays and the Gulf in a canoe or kayak. Quench your adventurous spirit with a zipline trip through Gulf State Park or get a taste of history with a day at Fort Morgan. It is the location where the Battle of Mobile Bay occurred during the Civil War. There is a living history program and an evening tour that is a must see.
Visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or take a horseback ride at Oak Hollow Farm. Take the children to Ocean Camp for marine education camps where they offer sea turtle talks during nesting season for families. Diving is also popular in the area. The Lulu, a sunken freighter is not far offshore and many divers enjoy exploring the ship which was sunk as part of an artificial reef program.
Gulf Shores gets an average of 59 inches of rain each year and no snowfall. It rains, on average, 84 days each year in the area. It is sunny approximately 223 days per year and the warmest month is July with an average temperature of 89 degrees while January is the coldest with a low around 47 degrees. It can be very humid in Gulf Shores, especially during the summer months.