Dog-Friendly Beach Vacation

Vacation rentals in gulf shores Alabama pet friendly

A family vacation can be an amazing opportunity to bond with your loved ones and relax in a fresh, exciting location. However, when you realize you have to leave your furry friend behind, the vacation can suddenly begin to feel a little less fun. After all, your dog really is another member of the family. That’s why we want to help you plan a totally dog-friendly vacation in the Gulf Shores area. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about planning a completely dog-friendly vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Whether you’re after Gulf Shores dog-friendly rentals, or you need suggestions of great places to go with your pooch, we are here to help.

Good Walks for You and Your Dog

One of the best things you can do with your pup is to head out on a nice long walk through the beautiful trails of Alabama that surround Gulf Shores. 

Gulf State Park

There are plenty of gorgeous, extensive hiking trails in the Gulf State Park where your dog will be more than welcome. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a great place to start. This remarkable hike will take you through six distinct ecosystems and over 15 miles of land. This is without a doubt one of the best nature trails for wildlife spotting in the Gulf Shores Area. 

If you do head to the Gulf State Park with your pooch, be careful to avoid bike trails and horseback riding trails, where dogs are prohibited for safety reasons. You’ll also need to avoid stores, food service areas, and pools.

Graham Creek Nature Preserve

This expansive preserve is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. Covering 500 acres of land, there are multiple trails for hiking that are dog friendly. Notice the luscious pine savannah habitat in the area with its wildflowers and pitcher plants! You’ll also find a variety of water and land sports in the Preserve, so you may wish to come back without your pooch to enjoy kayaking, golf, or archery with the family.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

This gigantic 6,000-acre wildlife refuge is filled with fascinating endangered species and some largely us disturbed coastal land. For nature enthusiasts, this refuge is not to be missed. The refuge is dog-friendly, so you and your family, including your pup, can enjoy roaming this natural oasis while in Gulf Shores.

Fort Morgan Historic Site

The Fort Morgan Historic Site is one of the most famous sights in the Gulf Shores area. The incredible masonry fort was built between 1819 and 1833 to guard over the important bit of land where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. The fort offers a range of activities and immersive experiences including an escape room and a costume tour. 

However, if you wish to bring your dog along, you’ll find a range of outdoor sports that are dog friendly. With plenty of hikes, a picnic area, and a beach to explore, you’ll be able to bring your pup along if you forgo the indoor portion of the Fort Morgan experience.

Dog-Friendly Beaches in the Area

Most of the beaches in the area do allow dogs; however, it’s important to check for possible restrictions before heading out for a day in the sun. Here are a few examples of nearby beaches where your pooch can run free:

Cape SAN Blas I Fort Myers Beach I Fort Morgan Beach I Gulf Shores I Key West

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

The Gulf

27500 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL

The Gulf is a fantastic place to bring your dog when you are and your family starts to feel peckish in the afternoon. Situated right on the beach, this seaside haven serves up beautiful rustic cuisine made with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Your dog will be more than welcome in the outdoor seating area. Your whole family will love relaxing in the outdoor lounge furniture at The Gulf and taking in the spectacular views of Alabama Point.

The Royal Oyster

807 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL

This tiny, unassuming eatery is tucked away just off of Highway 59 in Gulf Shores. Known for its delicious, fresh oysters that are harvested just 3 miles down the road, this spot is a must-visit for seafood lovers. You’ll also find pasta, burgers, and more, so you’re bound to find something for everyone in the family. The Royal Oyster has a friendly, casual outdoor seating area that is perfect for dogs. Their staff are all dog-lovers, so your pup is sure to get a bowl of nice, cold water upon arrival.

Flora-Bama Yacht Club

17350 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL

A quick hop across the Alabama-Florida border, this gorgeous restaurant is great for foodies and dog-owners alike. This ultra laidback spot is the perfect place to relax, eat, and be merry as you watch the sunset over the water as the boats drift past. With healthy portions of steaks, oysters, mac n’ cheese, and more on the menu, it doesn’t get much better than Flora-Bama.

Local Dog Parks

When you arrive at Gulf Shores, you’ll need to know where to take your dog for some exercise, especially if you’re planning on staying in the area for a few weeks. If your pooch loves to run around off-leash and socialize with other pups, these dog parks will be perfect.

Gulf Shores Dog Park I Orange Beach Dog Park I Fairhope Dog Park I Foley Dog Park

Places to Avoid with your Dog 

Unfortunately, a few of the wonderful attractions in the area are not dog friendly. Here are some places to avoid if you have your pup with you for the day:

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo I Waterville Theme Park I The Track – Golf Park I

Pet-Friendly Lodging in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Finding a beautiful, clean rental becomes a lot trickier when you have a dog in tow. Here at Fort Morgan Property Management, we have a wide range of exquisite vacation rentals in the Gulf Shores area that are perfect for pet owners. Whether you are looking for a large family villa, or a small, cozy condo for you and your partner, we are sure to have the perfect home away from home for you, your family, and your pup. Here are a few of our finest dog-friendly rentals:

Shore Thang

Exterior of gulf shore beach house with full wrap around porch

4240 State Hwy 180

“Shore Thang” is a quaint, older 3- bed beach house situated right on the Gulf Front. Decorated with cozy cabin-style furnishings and features, you and your family will love relaxing in this charming oceanfront property. With a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, and a private driveway, you will love the luxury and privacy this rental offers.

Pure Pleasure

Exterior of yellow gulf shore beach house with front balcony.

6082 South Sea Circle

Pure Pleasure is a stunning vacation home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The property is newly redecorated in a fresh, cozy style. With a wood-burning fireplace and a huge television at your disposal, you’ll need to remind yourself to get outside to enjoy the nearby ocean. You’ll also have access to a shared pool with this property. 

Gulf Shores Rentals

Our team is dedicated to helping you find the ideal rental for your family’s needs and tastes. By choosing Fort Morgan Property Management, you can rest assured that you’ll find a comfortable, well-equipped family home from your vacation. If you are ready to start hunting for your perfect vacation home, visit our listings page for pet-friendly lodging in Gulf Shores, Alabama. You can also contact us to receive more information about our rentals.