Boating Guides / Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, AL

One of our favorite boating destinations in the south, the pristine waters of Gulf Shores have something for everyone. The Gulf Shores are a treasure-trove of adventure waiting to happen with sugar-white beaches, fresh seafood, watersports for all ages, charter fishing trips, and up-close nature encounters. 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. Once heralded as a little-known secret, Alabama’s Gulf Shores have become a hot spot for beach goers and travelers looking to unwind and soak up the sun on the Gulf’s pristine sands with Gulf Shores boat rentals. Upon discovering the 32-mile stretch of white shoreline, swaying palm trees, and clear emerald waters, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a faraway land. 

 

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Fort Morgan

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.

Fish a Wreck

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.

Pine Beach Trail

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.

Kayak Little Lagoon

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.

Local Concerts

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.

Dolphins in Gulf Shores

Looking to feel the splash of warm Gulf water on your skin? Explore the local waters aboard a pontoon or party boat, or hop on a console fishing boat and cast a line. Whether you cruise the gulf in a schooner, go on a shrimping excursion, or take a sunset cruise, you’ll likely see dolphins swimming in the warm gulf waters.

Deep Sea Fishing

Cast your cares away as you board a deep-sea fishing on Gulf Shores boat rentals in Orange Beach, home to the country’s largest artificial fishing reef and nominated as one of the Ultimate Fishing Towns in America. This fishing mecca provides ample opportunity for boating, as well as attractions like zip lining, golfing and various watersports.

Oystering

Take a charter and learn the techniques for shrimping, oystering, and crabbing. Along the way you’ll likely witness Pelicans and Great Blue Herons taking flight, and experience other wildlife in its natural habitat.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors of all ages are welcome at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, which offers up-close nature encounters and the opportunity to explore native flora and fauna. This 7,000-acre wildlife habitat has been designated as one of Alabama’s Ten Natural Wonders and is home to indigenous and migrating birds. The refuge includes maritime forests, coastal marshes, beaches, and open waters, and offers visitors boat tours of the area’s bays, bayous, and marshes.

Alligator Alley

Set on 20 acres of natural cypress swampland, Alligator Alley will wow you with its star attraction—an 800-pound alligator known as Captain Crunch. You’ll also see over 450 alligators in various life stages, from hatchlings to mature adults, sunbathing and nesting. Take break from Gulf Shores boat rentals and go on a nature hike on the elevated boardwalk where you’ll also find other natural alley residents, including turtles, ospreys, owls and bullfrogs.