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GULF SHORES AREA

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Tucked away few blocks from the white sugar sandy beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama, an ideal place for enjoying Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals, is the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, home to over 300 animals. Opened in June 1989 as Zooland Animal Park and established as a private enterprise by Joey Ward, who in 1991 formed the Zoo Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization and donated 17 acres for the zoo, which relies mainly on memberships, admissions, and donations.

The unbelievable struggle of the Alabama Zoo against three major hurricanes drew the attention of Animal Planet, which made this challenge as the prime time reality television series called The Little Zoo That Could™. The show presented the zoo director Patti Hall along with her staff and volunteers, as they evacuated the animals from the hurricanes, and was shot on site at the Gulf Shores, Alabama facility.

Home to the tigers, lions, monkeys, bears, and macaws, beside many others animals that populate this Gulf Coast haven, there is also a reptile house, petting zoo, aviary, and daily animal shows in the summers, making it a memorable Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals for you and your family. Other events include the annual Zoo Camp held in the last week of June, where over 200 children participate and are divided into two groups and sessions as per their ages. Conducted by trained volunteers and licensed teachers, the camp has age specific games, arts and crafts projects, and other zoo related events like fun activities and numerous hands-on education to learn. So, visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and make use of your Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals, by grabbing a sense of wildlife action.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-5732

www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org


Backcountry Trail Eco Tours 

Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide representing the City of Orange Beach will provide a 2 hour trip through pristine woodlands and natural habitats on Pleasure Island in a covered electric cart. $15 per person. Bring a camera. Restroom stops along the tour as well as water fountains. Please bring your own snacks, beverages and insect spray. BY RESERVATION ONLY.  

4009 Orange Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Phone: 251--981-1063
lellis@cityoforangebeach....
www.obparksandrec.com/parkstrails/backcountrytrail... 


 

 

Battleship Memorial Park

At Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park, you don’t have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and 25 combat aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well. Voyage through time and revisit an era of adventure and bravery as you tour our many exhibits.
 The recipient of nine WWII Battle Stars, the Battleship USS ALABAMA and her crew of 2,500 saw action in the Atlantic for a year before joining the Pacific Fleet in mid-1943. There she fought at such key locations as Leyte, the Gilbert Islands and Okinawa. After the signing of the war ending surrender documents in September 1945, USS ALABAMA, or the “Mighty A”, as she was known, led the American Fleet into Tokyo Bay. Aboard the Battleship, explore 12 decks, climb inside gun turrets, get locked in the Brig, man a 12 mm gun, and much more.
 Nearby, explore the Submarine USS DRUM. The DRUM is named for a large Sea-Bass found off the North Atlantic Coast. With its crew of 72 men, the DRUM conducted 13 war patrols, was awarded 12 Campaign stars, and sank 15 Japanese ships totaling over 80,000 tons. Visitors can climb inside and see the conditions that confronted our Navy’s submariners.
There is so much to see at Battleship Park! Come visit and return to a time of bravery and adventure and relive the many thrilling stories that played out aboard the heroes of Battleship Memorial Park. 

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36601
Phone: 251--433-2703
Toll Free: 800- GANGWAY
btunnell@ussalabama.com
www.ussalabama.com 


 

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge – Jeff Friend Trail

From AL 59, travel westward on AL 180 to the Jeff Friend Trail on the left (south) side of the road [6.0]. Drive through the gate and follow the road to the parking lot and trailhead. The Jeff Friend trail is a 1-mile loop to Little Lagoon and is accessible to disabled persons. Habitats include maritime forest, freshwater marsh, and open water along the north shore of Little Lagoon. A small observation deck midway down the trail at Little Lagoon is a great place to set up a spotting scope and look for common loon, bufflehead, and horned grebe in winter. Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Sandwich Tern, and Osprey may be seen over the water. On the trail, woodland birds including Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager, and Northern Parula may be observed in summer. At dusk and dawn (please keep in mind the refuge is closed at dark), Chuck-will's-widow and Great Horned Owl are commonly heard in spring and summer. Whip-poor-will and Eastern Screech-Owl are also occasionally heard calling. The 2-mile Centennial Trail connects the Jeff Friend and Pine Beach Trails and has forested wetlands on the eastern end that would be good places to look for Prothonotary Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and other migrants in spring and fall. Return to AL 180.

From Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, turn west on Highway 180 and continue for approximately:

6 miles to the Jeff Friend Trail
7.5 miles to the Refuge Office
9 miles to the Pine Beach Trail

http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour/trails.html 


Fort Morgan, A National Historic Landmark

Fort Morgan, a National Historic Landmark, has stood watch over the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1834. During the Civil War, the fort played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. The fort also served in the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II. Also available are regularly scheduled activities, picnic tables, fishing pier, bird sanctuary, and museum. Fort Morgan is operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a state historic site.

HOURS:
Fort-(Open daily)
April through October, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
November through February, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Museum-(Open daily)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Grounds and Museum closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

ADMISSION:
Adults - $5.00
Children (6-18) - $3.00
Children under 6 - FREE
Group rates are available.

LOCATION:
The fort is at the western end of Highway 180, 22 miles west of Highway 59 in Gulf Shores.

51 Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

http://fortmorgan.org/

Phone: 251-540-7127


 
 
Life's A Canvas Paint. Sip. Shop
 
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don't know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Life's A Canvas is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. 
 
27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard,
Suite C-103,
Orange Beach, Al 36561
(251) 981-7770

 

Seed Of Life Day Spa 

Welcome to the Seed Of Life Day Spa. Escape into a world of total comfort, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Treat yourself to a luxurious experience...you deserve it! Our full service day spa will make your stress fade away into a distant memory. Our friendly, professional staff will pamper you, renewing your mind, body, and soul. 

Indulge yourself with one of our special Seed Of Life packages, and experience a specialized combination of treatments that will perfectly transform your body and spirit. Our first-class service includes a variety of massages, scrubs, aromatherapy, body wraps, skin care, facials, and complete salon services. Our staff is highly trained and your privacy is assured. 

We offer romantic couples treatments, bridal and wedding parties, and corporate plans. 

251-948-3800
618 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
  

www.seedoflifedayspa.com


The Track

The Track is your family headquarters for fun in Gulf Shores, AL. Our action – packed family fun recreation center, with many amusements, FEATURES the ultimate in go kart tracks, like The Wild Woody, a three – tiered go kart / roller coaster hybrid. Race your kart around our large figure eight style Track. Challenge your friends and family to exciting themed miniature golf, splash ‘em on Blaster Boats, and smash ‘em on Bumper Cars. Test your courage from the top of our Bungee Jumping Tower, or enjoy the thrill of a skydiving effect on The SkyFlyer! Visit Kids Country for your kid’s activities, which feature the following: The Rio Grande Train, The Carousel, The Red Baron Planes ride, The Spin Tops, The Swing, The Ferris Wheel, and The Noah’s Lark Swinging Boat! Also featured are two smaller go kart tracks better known as The Kiddie Karts and The Rookie Karts. Whether you are local here or on vacation, consider having you kids birthday party here with us. Maybe you are a part of a large group? We would be happy to put a vacation package together for your particular needs. The Track is centrally located near condos, hotels, and the beach!

 

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Phone: (251) 968-8111

www.gulfshorestrack.com


Waterville USA

 

Waterville USA is a 20 acre Water park & Amusement Park located 1/4 of a mile from the Beach in beautiful resort community, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Waterville opened the original Water park in 1986. After eight years of stagnant numbers and rising costs, it was time for a change. In 1995 the Park began a process of rebuilding with the start of a new management regime. Since that time the park has added over $8 million in new or replaced attractions and has seen virtually all of the core changes as well. Waterville USA has the best collection of water rides on the entire Gulf Coast and is again raising that bar for its guests for 07'. 

 

Waterville is heavily involved in school programs and charities all over the local area and has employed a huge percentage of the local youth over the years. Waterville USA has become the most well known Alabama Gulf Coast attraction during its 20 years, and with installations like the FLOWRIDER and this years 3 other sizzlers, we will be sure to continue that tradition for years to come. Waterville USA is committed to you having a truly fun, memorable, and safe visit to our Park and area. Please explore the full extent of the new web-site, as you will see ongoing changes to keep you up on what's going on at the park. We look forward to seeing you at the Waterville USA this season, what will clearly be the best season yet!

 

Waterville USA

906 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

251-948-2106

www.watervilleusa.com


 

PANAMA CITY BEACH AREA

 

Wild Thang Airboat Tours

Northwest Florida's Ultimate Attraction! Experience the marshlands as you have never seen before. Take Panama City Beach's Ultimate "Eco" Tour and exdperience a true taste of Florida.

These amazing boats can tour the backwater creeks or slide through the marshes in just inches of water, where no other boats dare to go, and then thrill you with 360 degree spins all while searching for alligators, dolphins, herons, & birds of prey! Whether it is stopping at Crab Beach, or staying out after dark to "Shine" for gators each tour is unique.

 


Gran Maze of Coconut Creek

It's AMAZE-ING! Safe, FAmily Fun! Gran Maze, a giant size human labyrinth abouot the size of a football field! Experience the adventure, excitement and challenge of finding the four checkpoints in the Gran Maze. The maze routing is changed frequently to keep you on your toes. Some people compete individually against each other; others work as a team to solve the maze puzzle in record time. A trip to the restroom is recommended prior to entering the Gran Maze. When it comes to adventure and fun, COCONUT CREEK is the king of the jungle! 

9807 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32413

http://www.coconutcreekfun.com


 

Noah Wells Presents MAXIMUM MAGIC

Award winning "Illusionist of the Year" Noah Wells presents MAXIMUM MAGIC at Gulf World Marine Park! You'll see almost 2 hours of GRAND ILLUSIONS, COMEDY, AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, MENTALISM, AND SPECIAL EFFECTS, all wrapped up in action-packed show the whole family will LOVE! It's a Las Vegas style show appropriate for ages 3-103! Noah Wells was recently awarded the Merlin Award 2 years in a row for "Illusionist of the Year" from the International Magicians Society. It's the highest award given in the field of magic and illusion. Noah made history as the youngest magician in the USA to ever receive the Merlin Award .

15412 Front Beach Rd.,
Gulf World Marine Park,
Panama City Beach, FL 32413  
http://noahwells.com/


Panama Dunes Dune Buggy Adventure Park

Panama Dunes, dune buggy & aerial adventure park is located at 12500 Front Beach Road, directly across from the exquisite waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
12500 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
(850) 708-1115
https://www.facebook.com/panamadunesadventurepark/info



Panhandle Helicopter


Panhandle Helicopter provides air tours from Panama City Beach, FL. Tours vary depending on the amount of time you'd like to spend in the air viewing "the world's most beautiful beaches" from the best seat on the beach. Safety is their number one concern; our staff is highly trained and all aircraft are maintained according to  the hightest FAA standards. Pilots are commercically rated and their only goal besides your safety is to leave you with a smile on your face.

 

Pier Park

Visit Pier Park, located in the heart of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Among the 124 stores, Pier Park features Target, Forever 21, Dillards, JCPenneys and Marshalls. Our outdoor property boasts many dining and entertainment options:  A movie at the Grand IMAX Theater… dinner, drinks, and dueling pianos at Rum Runners Tropical Grill…or live music at Tootsies. Pier Park serves the surrounding Panama City Beach, Panama City and 30A communities, and has stores ranging from jewelry to women’s clothing to home décor. Pier Park is proud to be a premier shopping destination to locals and visitors alike 

600 Pier Park Dr,

Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2179

http://pierpark.com/


RIPLEY'S Believe It or Not!

Amazing Exhibits, Unusual art, unbelievable & genuine artifacts from around the globe!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is Panama City Beach's home to world class family fun! With over 10,000 square feet filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable! Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is the weirdest thing on the Florida coast! Experience in person the incredible Believe It Or Not! stories you've read about in Ripley Books, cartoons, and seen on TV! Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium is a self-guided, self-paced interactive tour that is fun for the whole family and allows guests to fully enjoy Panama City Beach's most bizarre attraction! 

Also, enjoy our Moving Theater! You will receive Two, six minute movies in 3-D, while your chair interacts with each of the movies.

9907 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 230-6113

http://ripleys.com/pcb


 

Sunshine Water Sports of PC

Sunshine Watersports of Panama City, Jet Ski Rentals, jet ski dolphin tours, pontoon boat rentals, Parasailing, Beach Chair Rentals and Banana Boat Rides are our most popular If you are looking for the best Jet Ski dolphin tours in Panama City Beach, Florida then you must come ride one of our NEW Yamaha Waverunners. We offer 30 minute or 1 hour Jet Ski rentals at our beach locations. While you're here you have to try soaring through the air, taking in our spectacular views from high above Shell Island in a parasail chute or lounging on the beach on one of our comfortable beach chairs. Shell island Boat cruise, excursion, Sunshine Watersports has it all.

 

WONDERWORKS

WonderWorks™ is an amazing Panama City Beach attraction where scientific principles and fun come together to provide an unrivaled educational experience.

The laws of nature and probability interact with human skills and perceptions to create some of the most mind boggling, head scratching virtual challenges, mental challenges and physical challenges.
General Information

WonderWorks features more than 100 interactive exhibits for adults and children.

(850) 249-7000

9910 Front Beach Road

Panama City Beach, FL 32407 

www.wonderworkspcb.com


PENSACOLA AREA

 

Historic Pensacola Village

Historic Pensacola Village consists of twenty-seven properties in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. Eleven of these properties are interpreted facilities that are open to the public. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, originally the 1908 City Hall building, is a virtual treasure trove of historic artifacts, Americana, and West Florida history. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum houses three floors of permanent and traveling exhibits. The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, located in Milton, Florida, is an antebellum industrial site offering visitors a historical experience as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. The Norman Simons Building houses the Pensacola Historical Society Resource Center.  

205 East Zaragoza Street,

Pensacola, FL

 850.595.5993

http://www.historicpensacola.org/


 

National Naval Aviation Museum 

The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.

There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay all day! Admission is free! Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s. For more information, call 1-800-327-5002 

1750 Radford Blvd. 

NAS Pensacola

PensacolaFL 32508

http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/


 
The Pensacola Lighthouse
 
The PENSACOLA LIGHTHOUSE is still an active aid to navigation. Its flashing white beacon shines at 20-second intervals and is visible 27 miles out to sea. Pensacola is the oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast. It is also the tallest on the Gulf Coast – standing 151 feet tall on a 40 foot bluff on the north side of Pensacola Pass. The lighthouse is built of brick and rests on a 40-foot deep granite foundation. The walls are 10-feet thick at the base and 3-feet thick at the top. There are 177 wrought-iron steps which wrap around a center pole leading to the top of the tower. The lighthouse is currently open for public tours  7 days a week. Admission is $4.00 for children, seniors, and active duty military; $6.00 for adults. The lighthouse is also available for private tours. Please visit the lighthouse website for additional hours and special events such as: Blue Angels tours, Light of the Moon Ghost tours, and Paranormal tours sponsored by the Ghost Seekers of Texas. Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum  
 
2081 Radford Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32508
(850)-393-1561

http://www.pensacolalighthouse.org


 

SANTA ROSA BEACH AREA

 

The Hidden Lantern

Opening its doors in 2011, The Hidden Lantern Bookstore is a must for any Rosemary Beach itinerary. With an eye for quality texts, The Hidden Lantern staff curates a selection of books ranging from biography to best seller, children’s to fine art and culture, Christian fiction to mystery. With 6,000 titles lining the shelves, you are certain to find the perfect read. Linger in our beautifully designed space or attend one of our author and bookstore events, listed on our Facebook page.

To reserve books prior to your stay in Rosemary Beach, please send them your request and date of arrival. They will have your titles set aside for you.

84 North Barrett Square

Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

(850) 231-0091

http://www.TheHiddenLantern.com/


 

 

Southern Star Dolphin Cruises

Destin's Original Dolphin Cruise, family owned and operated for over 15 years by Captain Steve and Wendy! With over 7,000 sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary! Our 80' Glass Bottom Boat is all about Family Fun!

100 Harbor Blvd.

Suite A

Destin, FL 32541

(850) 837-7741

http://southernstardolphincruise.com/


 

Sand Odyssey

Sand Odyssey offers every sort of sand sculpting and sandcastle activity available in northwest Florida. From the design and construction of multi-day commercial projects to team-building events,  weddings,  marriage proposals, and sandcastle lessons for families and groups,  we can make your northwest Florida vacation or special event even more memorable.  Let Sand Odyssey be your place to go for sandcastles and sand sculptures in Northwest Florida!
 

86 Crescent Road  

Santa Rosa, FL 32459

http://sandodyssey.com/


 

The Wesley House

Eden Gardens State Park located near Santa Rosa Beach in northwest Florida preserves a renovated two-story house with the white columns and wrap-around porches glamorized in Gone with the Wind. The property comprises part of an estate owned by William Henry Wesley and his family during the 1800s. A timber family, the Wesleys operated a sawmill on the property.

In 1963, writer and publisher Lois Maxon purchased and renovated the estate, which she gave to the state of Florida in 1968, according to the Florida Division of Recreation and Parks, which operates the property.

Now called Eden Gardens State Park, the property offers a beautiful wedding location, and we visited the property in spring time for a family wedding. The ancient oak tree, affectionately called The Wedding Tree, makes a natural stage for a ceremony on the great lawn that runs from The Wesley House to Tucker Bayou.

Reflection pools, koi ponds, camellia and rose gardens add to a visitor's delight as do sculptures of Mark Twain's characters.

Eden Gardens State Park

181 Eden Garden Road

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

http://www.squidoo.com/EdenGardens

850-267-8320


 

YOLO BOARD
 
Description: YOLO Board Adventures Rental- Watercolor Boathouse YOLO Board Adventures Rental
 
Sandestin Baytowne Marina
30A &Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
844-YOLOBOARD
info@yoloboard.com

Paradise Gulf Properties a Kenyan Investments entity 543 South Main Street Springhill, LA 71075 +1 (251) 635-7815 metri@paradisegulfproperties.com

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