Introduction to Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin county, is 31 miles W of Pensacola, Florida (center to center) and 143 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding Mobile metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Gulf Shores is home to some 5,044 residents.
Gulf Shores History
Gulf Shores was originally inhabited by the Alibama, Creeks, and Seminole Indians. The area was frequented by pirates for over one hundred years. Spanish visited the area in the 1500s and constructed Fort Morgan, which played a significant role during the American Civil War. Gulf Shores is vulnerable to hurricanes as the city is located in the central northern gulf. The area was devastated by Hurricane Frederic in September 1979 and by Hurricane Ivan on September 16, 2004.
Gulf Shores and nearby Attractions
- Gulf State Park
- Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
- Gulf Shores Museum
- Fort Morgan Historic Site
- Waterville USA
- Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Things To Do In Gulf Shores
Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores Amusement Park are ideal destinations for spending a family day out. You can also visit the Gulf Shores Museum, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Baldwin County Heritage Museum, and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Leisure hours can also be spent at the Florida Point Beach, Lagoon Park Beach, Romar Beach, and Cotton Bayou Beach. You can enjoy shopping at Paradise Isle Shopping Center.
Gulf Shores Transportation
Air transportation is available from Mobile Downtown Airport.
Gulf Shores Higher Education
University of South Alabama-Baldwin, University of West Florida, and James H Faulkner State Community College are some of the nearest universities and colleges.