Things to Do in Gulf Shores

No matter what kind of vacation you are looking for, you will find so many things to do in Gulf Shores. Of course the white sand beaches are the main thing people come for but when you are ready for other activities you have plenty of things to do in Gulf Shores to choose from. Orange Beach is just a short drive with even more activities to choose from.

Things to Do in Gulf Shores:Dolphin Sightseeing Cruises

Orange Beach Dolphin & Sunset Cruises @ The Wharf Aboard Sunny Lady

Prices starting at $12 per person

Yellow dolphin cruise boat with black dolphins on side

The Sunny Lady runs Dolphin Cruises daily. Family owned and operated, this is an ideal way to enjoy a relaxing 1.5-2 hour cruise watching dolphins play in their natural habitat. These boats feature a snack bar, restrooms and an air conditioned and heated cabin.


Waverunner Dolphin Tour with Alabama Extreme Watersports

Alabama Waverunner tour with dad and 2 boys

Hang out with dolphins in their living room! Our jet-ski sightseeing tour gets you up close and personal with smiling dolphins and their aquatic friends. Our small group tours are ideal for family enjoyment. Each tour will is guided by a qualified and professional jet-ski operator.


Dolphin & Nature Tour On the Explorer Orange Beach

Dolphin tour on pontoon boat with people and dolphins in the water

Learn lots of interesting facts about the Bottlenose Dolphins who call the calm bay waters of Orange Beach their home. Explore the area for birds and other creatures indigenous to Coastal Alabama. And kids will have a blast when it’s their turn to drive the boat!

Things to Do in Gulf Shores: Boat Rentals

Happy Harbors Runabout Boat Rentals – Full Day

2 men driving boat rental in Orange Beach with beach in background

Glide through the waters of coastal Alabama aboard your very own Runabout! Take on the role of “Captain” while exploring the stunning bays and coves in and around the Orange Beach Islands: Bird Island, Robinson Island, and Rabbit Island. These three small land masses are waiting to welcome you ashore. Gorgeous sparkling waters and white sands surround them, making each one a picturesque play.

Orange Beach Cat Boat Rentals

2 seater cat boats lined up along dock with red white and blue interiors

Grab a partner and hop aboard a cat boat in Orange Beach, AL! Explore the calm, coastal waters, while cruising on an excursion you’ll never forget!

Tour Highlights
→ See dolphins up close
→ Captain your own boat through the waters of Orange Beach
→ Explore Cotton Bayou, Ole River and view Ono Island


OB Watersports Full Day Pontoon Boat Rental

Small boy sliding down slide into water with dad and other kids watching on pontoon boat

Many travelers enjoy spending the day visiting Perdido Pass and Bird, Robinson and Rabbit Islands. Gorgeous sparkling waters and white sands surround the islands making them picturesque spots to lay out and relax, or explore ashore. Chartering a personal pontoon boat is a fun experience for your entire group. Your party of 10-12 passengers can explore the stunning bays and coves in the Orange Beach region.


Things to Do in Gulf Shores: Excursions & Activities

Gulf Island Charters Swim, Grill & Chill Excursion

Come spend 4 hours exploring the coast with Gulf Island Charters. Choose an experience consisting of tubing and swimming, exploring the beautiful beaches of Orange Beach and Perdido Key, or stop off at Bird Island for a swim! Even better, ask the captain ahead of time about grilling during this outing. You bring the food, he brings the grill!


Hummingbird Zipline Course @ The Wharf

The Hummingbird Zipline Course is the longest, highest, and fastest new adventure on the Gulf Coast! Prepare to soar and zip through tree-lined “tunnels” alongside the Wharf Marina and Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy panoramic views of Wolf Bay’s pristine wetlands from up to 115 feet, then experience a double zipline where two participants fly side by side for over 1,000 feet! Your 2 hour adrenaline-filled adventure ends where it began, at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Lost Bay Helicopter Tours in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

View the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coastline like you’ve never seen it before via a thrilling tour with Lost Bay Helicopters. A great idea for date night or a fun family outing, choose from the following tours for the best ride on the beach!


Chute for the Skye Parasailing – Tacky Jack’s

Experience the thrill of parasailing on the Gulf Coast! It’s a breathtaking way to see Orange Beach & Gulf Shores. Imagine looking down and spotting sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life! Get a bird’s eye view of the city and the gulf for a memory you’ll never forget! Book today for the trip of a lifetime!


Gulf View Hot Air Balloon Rides

view from inside blue and yellow hot air balloon

Hot air ballooning over the Gulf Shores – Orange Beach, Alabama area is a wonderful outdoor recreational activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Gently lift off into an adventure where you’ll experience the scenic vistas of the Alabama Gulf Coast from a whole new vantage point! Leave your cares on the ground and marvel at the serenity of being close to the clouds.

Things to Do in Gulf Shores: Bike Riding

Pedal Pushers Beach Cruiser & Bike Trailer Rentals


Do you love bike riding? Gulf State Park has over 25 miles of paved trails for walking and biking with several different ecosystems to explore. Guided interpretive signs along the trails help you learn about local environments and wildlife.


Wooden boardwalk bike trail with blue skies and green trees surrounding


Things to Do in Gulf Shores- Fishing Charters

Extreme Chaos Charters – Guided Inshore Fishing Excursion

Extreme Chaos is an inshore/near shore fishing guide service located at Zeke’s Marina in Orange Beach, AL. An outing on our boat provides anglers of all ages the chance to land a photo-ready fish, creating lifelong memories!
→ Target redfish, speckled trout, drum, sheepshead and flounder.
→ Tour is great for children and adults.
→ US Coast Guard approved & insured Captain.
→ Morning and afternoon charters available.
→ Bait, tackle, ice and fishing license included.

Offshore and Inshore Fishing with Salt Style Guide Service

Inshore or offshore? Two unique trips, two amazing experiences! Bring your family and children and join the pros at Salt Style Guide Service for an unforgettable outing. Pensacola native Aaron Abbott puts you on the best and most productive fishing spots around! Try your luck inshore along the back bay waters fishing for redfish, flounder, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and other shallow water fish. Offshore trips can bring big game fish and the prized red snapper. Target king and Spanish mackerel, Jack Crevalle, cobia, mahi mahi, and more. Cruise on a 24-foot Skeeter center console powered by a 250 HP Yamaha V6 engine, so no wasting time on a lengthy ride! With a maximum of 6 people per trip, depart from the world famous FloraBama for an intimate adventure

Things to Do in Gulf Shores: Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park’s  three miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into.

  • 3 miles white sand beaches
  • Pool/splash pad
  • Nature Center -living museum of plants and animals that are native to the Gulf Coast region.
  • Refuge Golf Course
  • 27 miles paved trails through 6 habitats
  • Outdoor activities- parasailing, kayak/paddleboard rentals,Segway tours, bike rentals
  • Largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Beach weddings and receptions

Campgrounds in Gulf Shores

Make sure you book your camping reservation early. Local campgrounds book up quickly.