Animal Encounters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Gulf Shores

If you’re looking to get up close and personal with wildlife during your Gulf Shores vacation, there are boundless opportunities for you and your family to do just that!


Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is often touted for its animal encounters where guests can interact with exotic creatures like lemurs, kangaroos, sloths, reptiles, and more. Visitors can also purchase food to feed farm animals such as goats, donkeys, sheep, plus deer and alpacas!

Depending on the time of year of your vacation, be sure to check out the zoo’s events calendar for events including Summer Camps, Boo at the Zoo, and more!


Dauphin Island Estuarium

Located at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Estuarium is a public aquarium dedicated to highlighting the habitats of Coastal Alabama. Visitors can explore a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, a Living Marsh Boardwalk, plus 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats. It’s a fun and educational experience for all!

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Alligator Alley

Have you ever wanted to feed, hold, or have lunch with an alligator? If so, Alligator Alley in Summerdale is the perfect place for you! Visitors can take a guided adventure to an elevated viewing platform to see over 450 alligators in their natural environment. At the Gator Station, hold a baby alligator, and then be sure to stay for feeding times (11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm daily) where you get to be the gator’s waiter!

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Still looking for more animal life during your Gulf Shores vacation? Why not try exploring the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail or hit the water and book a Deep Sea Charter fishing trip? If you’re bringing your own animals and need a vacation rental to accommodate your dog, be sure to check out our dog-friendly rentals!


Fort Morgan Property Management
6930 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA
(800) 959-7326