One of our favorite boating destinations in the south, the pristine waters of Gulf Shores have something for everyone. Offering the usual wide variety of watersports, this popular destination is family ready. For the fishing enthusiasts, many chartered boats are available allowing you to experience deep sea fishing at its finest. The picnic hot-spot, Gulf State Park, offers three fishing lakes: Lake Shelby, Middle Lake, and Little Lake. All offer cheap day permits and the chance to catch bass.
Fort Morgan is a historical site built in 1819 after the War of 1812 to help guard against any possible attacks and strengthen the coastal defenses. Due to its rich history, the site was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1960 and is now open to the public. With various events running throughout the year with regular Civil War re-enactments, Fort Morgan provides an informative day out, and the perfect place to bring the family for a day.
Gulf Shores is home to hundreds of wreck sites both natural and man-made. Through the use of local knowledge, maps, and GPS devices, it has become very easy to fish a shipwreck. Wreck fishing is one of the best fishing methods used in the Gulf of Mexico given the high volume of fish that inhabit these areas. If you are looking to catch some snapper or grouper then just pull out a local NOAA map and plot a handful of wrecks for the day and you will not be disappointed.
There are more than a dozen trails located within Gulf Shores to choose from but Pine Beach Trail is by far a local favorite. It’s located right off Fort Morgan road and is the perfect opportunity to explore four different water bodies. North is Mobile Bay, South is the Gulf of Mexico, East is the Little Lagoon, and West is Gator Lake. According to local legends, it’s home to the largest alligators in the state given its unique water bodies.
Little Lagoon is located between the Gulf and Mobile Bay. On those really windy days where the waves are just too large to enjoy the beach, Little Lagoon becomes the perfect secluded getaway. It is a remote location with tons of wildlife which is why it’s one of the best kayaking spots on the Gulf Coast. Just drive down Fort Morgan road and stop at one of the 5 boat ramps. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole, there is always a good chance to catch a trout and redfish year round.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach host a range of concerts throughout the year. When visiting the area be sure to look up who’s playing and where. If you can catch one, you will not be disappointed. The Hangout Music Festival is a local favorite. It hosts a whole range of acts including popular big names like Calvin Harris, to state locals like Alabama Shakes. The Hangout Festival is one of the largest concerts on the Gulf Coast and is definitely something you do not want to miss.