The gorgeous white sand beaches of the Gulf Shores are famous for a good reason. When you’ve planned your vacation at one of the area’s beach homes, however, there are many other activities you can participate in for a well-rounded experience off the sand. Add any of the adventures below to your itinerary for the perfect outdoorsy complement to your seaside lounging.
Adventures to Try Near Your Gulf Shores Beach Home Rental
1. Graham Creek Nature Preserve
This nature preserve boasts almost 500 acres of pine savannas, mixed forests, wetlands, and tidal marshes. Try your hand at canoeing and paddling on Wolf Bay, or test your accuracy on their three 18-basket disc golf courses. Other activities include hiking, an interpretive center, mountain biking, and a public archery park.
2. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife refuge is home to some of Alabama’s only undisturbed coastal habitats, and it’s conveniently close to Gulf Shores beach homes. It is a popular location for bird-watching and hiking. The Jeff Friend Trail features a lovely boardwalk through the untouched habitat to view the threatened and endangered bird species that call the refuge home.
3. Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
The Backcountry Trail features more than 15 miles through seven trails, which run through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and the Gulf State Park. Visitors enjoy views such as freshwater marshes, bayous, and coastal hardwood swamps. Enjoy spotting white-tailed deer and alligators. You may even get a glimpse of a bobcat. Those looking for a break from walking can enjoy the butterfly garden, boulder park, or geocaching.
No matter what you hope to do on your Gulf Shores vacation, you’ll make the best memories if you book beachfront real estate. Sugar Sands Realty & Management has a wide selection of affordable beach homes available throughout Orange Beach, AL. Take a look at their vacation homes on their website or call (251) 974-1672 for help finding your vacation rental.