When you visit Gulf Shores, you won’t want to skip out on enjoying our phenomenal weather—especially during the temperate months of the spring season. Take full advantage of the warm and cheerful Gulf Coast sunshine by planning a picnic in one of the city’s many distinctively beautiful spots that are perfectly suited for such activities. Read on below to learn more about some of Gulf Shores’ best places to picnic.
Pair your picnic with a side of history at the Fort Morgan, where visitors can explore the ruins of a key battle site of the Civil War (sometimes with the added effect of costumed reenactments), as well as the rugged bluffs overlooking the scenic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico. You will likely get a glimpse of some of the huge cargo freighters that deliver goods from around the world to the Port of Mobile each day!
Consisting of over fifteen miles of trails interspersed amid six different ecosystems, each trail in this extensive network offers distinctive sights for your viewing pleasure, from towering sand dunes to aromatic magnolias and a butterfly garden. You can hike off your meal as you go!
Shaded by immense oak trees, Lake Shelby offers serene picnicking conditions for those who wish to take their meal next to the idyllic backdrop of a 900-acre freshwater lake. Beyond sitting on the grass or by the shoreline, pavilions are also provided for picnics. Activities like kayaking and paddle boarding make for fun post-meal pursuits. Remember to bring your pooch because the waterfront dog park at Lake Shelby is just a few steps away!
Nestled against Wolf Bay, Orange Beach Waterfront Park has a number of amenities that are ideal for a picnic excursion, including shelter areas with grills, walking paths, a fishing pier, and a park for children.
Situated slightly east of Perdido Pass Bridge within the boundaries of Gulf State Park, this breathtaking locale includes pristine beaches, impressive sand dunes, tranquil boardwalks, and areas designated for picnicking, though just about any spot along Alabama Point East will provide stunning visuals to go along with your meal.
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Just a short drive west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is a lovely undiscovered area that is steeped in both natural beauty and history. This area has ruins to explore, white sand beaches, and big fish to catch—and that’s just for starters. Below, we’ve put together a list of a handful of reasons why Fort Morgan is a great place to spend your vacation. We hope that you enjoy all that Fort Morgan has to offer during your time here!
Fort Morgan is renowned for its plentiful fishing and wildlife watching opportunities. You can cast your line from a nearby pier, embark on a short excursion along the shoreline, or spend a day out on the water deep sea fishing. If you would rather watch the local marine life than catch it for dinner, you can always take a dolphin- or sea turtle-watching tour.
The beach here has soft, pristine white sand that is ideal for laying out and soaking up the warm Alabama sunshine. Since Fort Morgan Beach isn’t as busy as other beaches around Gulf Shores, you’ll enjoy a little more peace and quiet here. Just be sure to pack all the supplies that you need for the day, as stores and services here are limited to a few local convenience stores.
No trip to Fort Morgan is complete without visiting the historic fort for which the area is named. This fort guards the entrance to Mobile Bay and has seen action in conflicts dating back to before the Civil War. Costumed actors perform historical reenactments and demonstrations that provide a side of entertainment with your educational experience.
If it is golf you are after, there are two terrific options to choose from. Kiva Dunes has been ranked in the Golf Digest Top 50 and provides a challenge to even the most experiences player. There are three 9-hole courses at The Peninsula; a course that has become a local favorite.
There are a number of mouthwatering dining options that you can choose from in Fort Morgan. Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill is a laid-back beach restaurant with fresh seafood, tropical-themed cocktails, and live music. Or, head over to Tacky Jack’s for a Bayfront view of the sunset and some delicious gulf seafood.
There are several great eating options to enjoy at The Beach Club. The flagship restaurant is the Coast Restaurant inside the resort and past the main gate (just tell the guard you are going for dinner). Here you will enjoy an upscale dining experience with beach front views.
Two other dinner options are the Village Hideaway (open year round) which serves up pizza, burgers, and seafood in a fun casual environment. If you are here in season, don’t miss the food trucks that make up The Village Lawn. You will have your pick of a variety of menu options and eat under the stars!
One of the best things about Fort Morgan is that it is one of the few pet friendly beach areas in the country. It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family, four-legged friends included! You won’t have to worry about leaving them behind, as there are also numerous pet friendly vacation rentals available in the area. So pack your bags, grab your family and fuzzy friends, and have some fun in the sun at the beach!
Last but not least, the stunning vacation homes that are available for rent through Harris Properties make the perfect home away from home during your time in Fort Morgan. Between exquisite ocean views and locations that are just steps away from the beach, these vacation homes are the ultimate place to stay for your seaside retreat.