Most Popular Gulf Shores Attractions that Everyone Loves

The best thing about vacationing in Gulf Shores is that there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s just you and your sweetheart or the whole extended family, guests ages 2 to 92 will have fun opportunities around every corner. Nature lovers can go to a refuge or book a fishing tour, while shoppers can enjoy the biggest of today’s name brands or search for a unique souvenir in an antique shop.

When you’re in the area, there are a few things that you simply cannot miss out on. Here are our top 5 most popular attractions in the area, all just minutes away from our Gulf Shores vacation rentals.

The Wharf in Gulf Shores

The Wharf

The Wharf in Orange Beach is perfect for everyone any time of year. You’ll find everything from food and shopping to entertainment and more, all with the beautiful backdrop of the water. Both local and national brands can be found here, and the food options range from seafood to classic American fare and the best desserts. The Wharf also host tons of events throughout the year, so there is sure to be something fun for you to discover every time you visit. 

The Wharf is located at 23101 Canal Road. Visit their website for hours and a full event calendar.

Gulf State Park Beach Vacation

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park is one of the best places to come and let your kids run around while you bask in the beauty of the Alabama nature. Stretch out along the two miles of shore and spend your afternoon bathing in the sun or tossing around a beach ball. Gulf State Park also has great covered picnic tables for you to enjoy your lunch, or take the kids out of the heat and into the Nature Center to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Anything and everything you could think to do outside, you can find it at Gulf State Park! 

Gulf State Park is located at 20115 state Highway 135.

The Yard Milkshake Bar

For a delicious after-dinner treat or an afternoon pick-me-up, The Yard Milkshake Bar is the place to be. You can find typical milkshakes or create your own specialty flavor, as well as enjoy other treats like cones, floats, donuts, and more. Flavors include classics like cookies and cream and special varieties like cookie butter. You can get as creative as you want to, thanks to their extensive menu. Everyone in your party will be happy with their own signature creation! 

The Yard Milkshake Bar is located at 3800 Gulf Shores Parkway #218. They are open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 pm.

Visit Lulu's on Your GUlf Shores Vacation


Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s is a staple of the Gulf Shores food scene. Not only will you experience some of the freshest and most delicious food in the area, but you’ll also have the most fun you’ve ever experienced at a restaurant! Lulu’s is a place to hang out and let go of your worries, play a few games in the arcade, and listen to live music every single night. Their menu can suit everyone, including those with allergies to gluten, shellfish, soy, and more, so the entire family can have a delicious meal and spend quality time together. 

Lulu’s is located at 200 East 25th Avenue. They are open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 pm.

Gulf Coast Zoo Fort Morgan Vacation Activities

The Gulf Coast Zoo

Visitors young and old can appreciate the Gulf Coast Zoo, one of Alabama’s most treasured destinations. The zoo puts an emphasis on protecting endangered species, so you can watch beautiful creatures like the yellow footed tortoise, black leopard, grey parrot, and so many more. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day, and events happening throughout the year add an extra special touch to your visit. 

The Alabama Gulf Coast zoo is located at 1204 Gulf Coast Parkway. They are open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 PM.

Plan Your Adventure

These are just a few of the fun activities you’ll find in the Gulf Shores area, but there’s plenty more to be discovered right near our rentals on Gulf Shores.  For more information on all of our Gulf Shores beach house rentals, contact us today!