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If you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate the summertime with your family, Alabama’s Gulf Shores has everything you need! The Gulf Shores’ outdoor recreation is extraordinary! You can take in the spectacular wildlife or search for dolphins in the Gulf. The magic of Gulf Shores will leave you and your crew with lasting memories! For more vacation inspo and other Gulf Shores adventures, check out TripShock. When you book a Harris Vacation Rentals family vacation rental, you’ll even receive up to $100 off local tours and activities through TripShock. Planning the ultimate vacation has never been easier!

We Highly Recommend Taking Advantage of Gulf Shores Endless Outdoor Recreation Opportunities!

Spend an Afternoon at Alabama Gulf State Park

The Alabama Gulf State Park provides a Gulf Shores outdoor recreation experience like no other. This park boasts tons of outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can start by strolling along the country’s largest paved trail network, then splash around on Lake Shelby and finally, snap a few family photos on the Gulf State Pier. A relaxing afternoon at Alabama Gulf State Park will leave you wanting more Gulf Shores adventures.  

Discover Wildlife at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

You have to see the stunning landscape of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge! This nature reserve extends along the Gulf Shores for nearly 7,000 acres, and it’s home to many species of flora and fauna. The Wildlife Refuge is open to the public year-round, and it offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and bird watching. With so many unique creatures to see and beautiful vistas to capture, the whole family will be entertained for hours. 

Explore the Bay on a Guided Dolphin Tour 

Hop aboard a dolphin watching cruise for a remarkable outdoor adventure. Several local businesses offer guided tours of varying lengths. One of our family-friendly favorites is the Dolphin eco-tour. On this two-hour nature cruise, you’ll get to see the Gulf Shores from a different vantage point, explore hidden estuaries and, of course, spot the local dolphin pod! Trust us; the kids will thank you! 

Take Your Family to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is widely known as the “Little Zoo” for its starring role in The Little Zoo That Could on Animal Planet. However, despite its nickname, this “little zoo” houses 600 animals, 199 sub-species, and 22 endangered species. When you visit this tropical urban oasis, you’ll find yourself surrounded by curious sounds and a diverse array of animals. The zoo is adjacent to a nature preserve, spreads over 25 acres, and provides up-close sights of the animal exhibits to visitors of all ages.

In March of 2020, the zoo opened in a new park and welcomed record crowds. The new park features more innovative spaces, encourages public education programs, and emphasizes animal conservation. You’ve never seen a zoo quite like this one, so next time you’re in town, be sure to check it out.

Admire Art at Museums Near Gulf Shores, Alabama

The city of Gulf Shores has a rich history, filled with colorful characters, delicate architecture, and region-specific experiences. Throughout many of the museums found in the area, you’ll find exhibits and explanations for events of the past, and when you leave, it will be with a deeper appreciation for life on the Gulf. 

These fascinating museums will take you through time, art, and history by way of their captivating charm and historical significance:

Go for a Helicopter Ride With a Skilled Pilot

For a special experience over the cool blue water, take a helicopter tour in Gulf Shores. Picture yourself buzzing through the clouds, taking in all the views of the picturesque coast. Lost Bay Helicopter Tours offers a vast array of tours. Pick anything from an Island View Tour to a Sunset Tour and you’ll get to see the Gulf Coast like never before. If you think that’s  fun, take on another challenge and book a flying lesson! You’ll be guided by an experienced pilot with incredible knowledge of the skies!

Feel the Sand Between Your Toes

We know you’ve been dreaming of the Gulf Coast’s sugar-white sand and sparkling blue waters! What better way to spend your vacation than relaxing on these pristine and undiscovered beaches? Lucky for you, the Gulf Coast is home to gorgeous beaches in several locations, so you can relax on a different beach every day.

Take some time to explore the beaches in these three areas:  Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. Each area has its own special charm and offers endless fun for the entire family. While you are in Gulf Shores, hit the water on a jet ski, kayak, or  stand-up paddleboard. Then, head to Orange Beach or Fort Morgan for a serene beach day away from the crowds. Here, you’ll have plenty of beach fun building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball, or reading a book in the sand. However you choose to spend your day, make sure it’s on the Gulf Coast.

There’s No Place Like a Harris Home

Once you’ve discovered what Gulf Shores has to offer, retreat to a perfect island-style vacation rental. Unwinding in a Harris Vacation Rentals home is ideal for you, your kids, and even our furry friend! Our private properties span from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores and offer plenty of space for everyone in your party. Make your home away from home on that’s just minutes away from the beach and give your family the getaway they deserve. Spend your spring break, summer, or any other vacation with us. We can’t wait to meet you! Browse our properties and contact us to book an unforgettable beach getaway today! 


Are you ready for your next Gulf Shores adventure? There are plenty of outdoor activities to explore along the coast. Get your adrenaline pumping and soar to new heights on the best zipline in Gulf Shores! There’s nothing better than sightseeing from a unique point of view. Read on to learn more about this thrilling experience at Hummingbird Zipline Course. Then, reserve your zipline tour through TripShock today!

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Cruise Your Way to Fun at This Zipline in Gulf Shores

About The Hummingbird Zipline Course

One of our favorite things to do at The Wharf in Orange Beach is taking a spin on the Hummingbird Zipline Course. The course consists of eight ziplines totaling over 6,000 feet of fun. Soar as high as 115 feet in the air on the longest zipline on the Gulf Coast. Zoom from tower to tower and observe the view of the breathtaking scenery below you!

How to Prepare for Your Excursion

Hummingbird Zipline wants to ensure that every participant feels safe and comfortable while having a fantastic time. You must be at least 10 years old to zipline and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. Participants must also be able to climb multiple flights of stairs to get up each of the towers. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for zipliners under 18 years old. Hummingbird suggests wearing breathable, lightweight clothing, and closed-toed shoes are required.

Rates and Tours

Reservations are highly recommended for every zipline tour, especially during peak season. Each tour lasts two-and-a-half hours, and the cost starts at $89 per participant. Tour times vary according to the season, so be sure to check the schedule before you arrive.

Don’t wait until all of the tours are booked. Reserve your adventure through TripShock today!

More Outdoor Recreation in Gulf Shores

If you’re looking to add more great adventures to add to your Gulf Shores itinerary, you’re in luck! There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities along the coast. Check out our Gulf Shores fishing guide and spend an afternoon casting your line from the Gulf State Park Pier. Or, opt to take an Orange Beach boat rental for a ride and soak up the sunshine.

End Your Adventure at Harris Vacation Rentals

coastal bliss pool

After you’ve conquered the zipline in Gulf Shores, it’s time to relax at your Harris Vacation Rentals rental home. If you’re seeking a delightful retreat with views of the ocean, look no further than Coastal Bliss. This condo, located in the Beach Club resort community, is perfect for couples on a romantic getaway or small families on vacation. Start each morning by sipping your morning coffee on the porch overlooking the Gulf. Enjoy access to the gorgeous community pool, fitness center, tennis court, and hot tub. Luxury is at your fingertips when you stay at Coastal Bliss.

Don’t wait to start planning your dream getaway, browse our extensive rental options and book your vacation today! enjoy our amazing condos and browse our best deals now!

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