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Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, Alabama, Visitors Guide
If you hadn't heard of Gulf Shores before now, you've probably heard of Hangout Music Fest. Hangout is one of the world's largest festivals attracting tens of thousands of music-lovers to Alabama's beaches each year. If you're not much of a music lover, you'll still find lots to love about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including watersports, deep sea fishing, fresh seafood dining, and stunning white-sand beaches.
GeographyGulf Shores is the southernmost settlement in the state of Alabama and is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the southeastern USA, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are an easy drive from New Orleans (about 3 hours), and Atlanta (about 5.5 hours), making it an ideal addition to a regional tour.
NeighborhoodsWest Beach is an area of sandy beaches and private homes to the west of Gulf Shores. Located on the Fort Morgan peninsula, it is lined with restaurants, private homes, condominiums, and high-rise hotels.
Little Lagoon features walking trails, a wildlife refuge, bike paths, and inland and pier fishing. It is one of the best places to stay in Gulf Shores with kids because it also offers plenty of great things to do outdoors.
Island Wood is an upscale community that sits just north of Little Lagoon. Residents of Islandwood enjoy the lush landscaping of the golf course and easy access to nearby beaches and attractions.
Top Places to Visit
Gulf State ParkGulf State Park expands more than 6,500 acres encompassing the land behind the Gulf Shores beach community with the west end extending further south to a wide beach area. In addition to beaches, the park includes marshland, boggy tea-colored streams, pine forests, and three spring-fed, fresh-water lakes.
Robinson Island & Bird IslandRobinson Island & Bird Island Park is a sanctuary for birds & wildlife and is used by residents and visitors as a park/recreational area.
Little Lagoon Pass ParkLittle Lagoon Pass Park is a great spot for taking in the sites and accessing the beach. The park is situated directly on Little Lagoon Pass and is perfect for a beach day with the family.
ClimateMarch through May and September through November may be the best time to visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach when crowds are smaller & temperatures are cool, though the summer is the busiest time for tourism. The temperature ranges from 50 to 85 degrees throughout the year.
What is Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Known for
White Sand Beaches, Hangout Music Festival, The Wharf, Recreational Charter Fishing, Shrimp Festival, Nature Trails
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