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When you imagine Gulf Shores, what do you see? Is it the white sand beaches, the delectable seafood, or the breathtaking sunsets?

The Gulf State Park Pier is one of the Gulf Coast’s most iconic landmarks. It’s a great spot for fishing and enjoying the area’s lovely scenery. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the Pier, then get ready to plan your trip to the Alabama Coast! There’s no better place to stay in Gulf Shores than a Harris Properties vacation rental. Browse our full selection of homes today!

The Gulf Shores State Park Pier Is the Perfect Place to Cast Your Line

Are you ready for some family fun in Gulf Shores? Bring your kids to the Gulf Shores State Park Pier for an unforgettable fishing lesson!

About the Pier

The Gulf State Park Pier is the second longest pier on the Gulf Coast. It’s 1,540 feet long and offers 2,500 feet of fishing space to the public. From the dock, you’ll experience marvelous views of the Gulf of Mexico, so don’t forget to pack your camera! There are comfort stations, a concession area, and a retail shop along the pier as well.

What You’ll Need

Fishing Tips

Now that you have all your gear, you’re ready to fish! The pier is an excellent spot for avid anglers to set up for the day against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Gulf Shores. Seasoned fishermen recommend going in the early morning or late afternoon for the best results. Some fish you may catch include flounder, sheepshead, pompano, Spanish mackerel, and speckled trout. There are also shark fishing events held on Sundays and Tuesdays throughout the season.

Check out our complete Gulf Shores fishing guide for more tips, tricks, and places to fish!

More Fun in Gulf State Park

There’s more to Gulf State Park than the iconic pier! Stake out your spot on the two miles of white sand beaches, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, and enjoy a snack from the concessions stand. Or, check out the Backcountry Trail, a 25-mile paved trail system perfect for hiking and biking. There’s also a Nature Center in the park for observing local wildlife. Where will your Gulf State Park adventure begin?

Make a Splash at a Harris Properties Rental

coastal zen pool and back deck

The Gulf State Park Pier is one of many fantastic attractions in Gulf Shores. During your family vacation, spend a day at The Track racing go-karts or get a meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants. There’s something that everyone will love!

Make your Gulf Shores vacation the best it can be by staying at our gorgeous Coastal Zen home. This peaceful retreat is located in the luxury gated community of Laguna Key and sleeps 12 in four bedrooms. Enjoy a view of Little Lagoon from the back balcony and relax by the stunning private pool. You’ll also have access to the community’s fishing dock, tennis court, and kayaks. Is it feeling like a beach day? Coastal Zen is only a three-minute walk from the beach.

Are you ready for the ultimate family vacation? Browse our rentals and book today!

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Gulf Shores is known for its white sand beaches, deep blue waters, and amusing attractions. During the heat of the day, take a break from the high temperatures and treat yourself to an afternoon of shopping in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Leave some extra room when you’re packing your bags, because there are plenty of tempting trinkets to buy along the Gulf Coast! Read on to discover where to shop in Gulf Shores. Then, browse our family vacation rentals and start planning your vacation today!

Have the Most Fun Shopping in Gulf Shores, Alabama

There’s something to entertain every type of shopper in Gulf Shores. What will you discover during your trip?

Unique Shops

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind stores, you’re in the right place! You won’t find a shop like Fran’s on 59 anywhere else. This specialty boutique, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Gulf Shores, sells a mix of antiques, garden sculptures, jewelry, and home goods. Fran’s on 59 is the ideal store for treasure hunters seeking their next great find!

Calling all candy lovers! The Chocolate Corner, voted Alabama’s #1 chocolate shop, specializes in all things sweet. Whether you’re searching for homemade fudge, beach-shaped treats, or ice cream, this is the place for you.

Malls

Do you want to shop ‘til you drop? The Foley Tanger Outlets has all of your favorite stores in one place. With over 100 stores to choose from, you’re bound to see something that catches your eye. Will you get a cute swimsuit at the Express Factory Outlet or a new set of clubs at Golf 4 Less? The choice is yours!

Our favorite mall in the area is The Wharf at Orange Beach. This all-in-one entertainment hub has it all. Spend the afternoon shopping, grab dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants, and see a movie or concert at night. Don’t miss a ride on The Wharf’s iconic Ferris wheel, either!

Need more recommendations? Check out our blog on the top five shopping malls in the area.

Souvenir Shops  

Of course, you can’t come back from vacation without a few souvenirs! Check out Souvenir City for everything from Gulf Shores koozies to shark tooth necklaces to T-shirts. We also recommend window shopping along Beach Boulevard, the city’s main street, for some great deals. You’ll find a plethora of souvenir stores just steps away from the ocean!

Soak up the Sun at Harris Properties

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After you’ve explored the best shopping in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you’ll deserve some time to relax. Luckily for you, we know the perfect place! Southern Living at the Palms is a beautiful Orange Beach vacation rental with breathtaking views of the ocean.  The spacious three bedroom, two bathroom condo sleeps ten just steps away from the sea. Spend your days basking in the sun on the beach or at the pool, then cook a family meal in the fully equipped kitchen during the evenings. You and your family deserve a tropical vacation. Reserve your stay before this fantastic unit is all booked!

Road trips are a perfect opportunity for family bonding and sightseeing. During your next trip to Gulf Shores, why not choose to take the scenic route? You’ll save money on airfare, and who knows what adventures you’ll stumble upon on your way there. There’s plenty of attractions along your Dallas to Gulf Shores drive that the whole family will love. Want to know the best part? At the end of your drive, you’ll be rewarded with an awesome Gulf Shores family getaway! Are you ready to start planning your Gulf Shores vacation? Browse our deluxe selection of vacation rentals and book your trip today!

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3 Must-See Cities on Your Dallas to Gulf Shores Drive

Ten-hour drives can be long, especially with a car full of kids. Add some fun to your road trip by stopping to stretch your legs and explore as you make your way to your destination. Here are our favorite places to stop between Dallas and Gulf Shores.

1. Shreveport, LA

About three hours into your journey, you’ll need a break. Why not stop in Shreveport? Get some air at the Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, a 160-acre conservation park. There are hiking and nature trails to explore, as well as restrooms and a pavilion. Shreveport is also home to the American Rose Society gardens, the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. With 20,000 rosebushes, sculptures, and fountains scattered through the park, it’s the ultimate scenic stopping place on your road trip.

2. Jackson, MS

Jackson, Mississippi has plenty of fun activities that kids will love. It only takes an hour or two to stop at The Jackson Zoo, home to over 200 animal species. A spin on the zoo’s train or carousel is just what your family will need after spending hours in the car.

Another popular attraction in Jackson is the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The museum has plenty of interactive exhibits and unique programs that kids will love. Give them an hour to play, and then load the car for the last few hours of the drive.

3. Mobile, AL

After you drive through the De Soto National Forest, you’ll arrive in Mobile, AL. If you have time for one more stop, it’s worth taking a self-guided tour on the USS Alabama in Battleship Memorial Park. Then, you’ll make your way to your final destination, Gulf Shores. Please note that even though your GPS may route you to the ferry, it’s usually better not to rely on the ferry’s irregular schedule.

Congratulations – you’ve made it to Gulf Shores! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy some of our favorite Gulf Shores activities. Is it your first time vacationing here? We’ve created a first timers guide to Gulf Shores to make your planning even easier.

End Your Road Trip at Harris Properties

lightly salted kitchen

With so many exciting things to see on your Dallas to Gulf Shores drive, we know you’ll need a place to relax when you arrive. Lightly Salted, a vacation home in the heart of Gulf Shores, sleeps ten with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The home’s two balconies are perfect for relaxation, and the modern, fully equipped kitchen is every chef’s dream.

There’s nothing better than spending time with family by the beach. Check our availability and start planning your Gulf Shores vacation today!

Nothing says “Welcome to Gulf Shores” like seeing a dolphin jump out of the water. During your next beach vacation, put one of the awesome dolphin cruises in Gulf Shores on your to-do list. It’s a unique way to get an up-close look at dolphins in their natural habitat! Read on to discover our top recommendations for dolphin cruises. Then, start planning your Gulf Shores vacation with Harris Properties!

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Here Are the Best Dolphin Cruises in Gulf Shores

Thanks to the mild Gulf climate, these breathtaking dolphin cruises are held year-round in Gulf Shores!

The Sunny Lady Dolphin Tours

The Sunny Lady is one of our favorite cruises in Gulf Shores! Explore the scenic bays of Orange Beach on this hour and a half-long dolphin cruise. This is one of the most relaxing dolphin cruises in the area because the ship doesn’t leave the bay. Discover the marvelous shores of Orange Beach Bay throughout the day or at sunset with Sunny Lady dolphin cruises.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy snacks and drinks on the boat, each guest is allowed to bring their own six-pack cooler.

The Fun Boat

The Fun Boat is the perfect dolphin cruise for families with children. Their well-informed staff answers all dolphin, shark, and sea life questions your kids may have during the boat ride.

Not only will you spend two hours on the water observing Bottlenose dolphins, but you’ll also get to experience the Fun Boat water wars! Water cannons and squirt guns are the weapons of choice in this epic boat battle. At the end of the trip, families can examine the boat’s crab traps. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your child holding a crab’s claws in their hands!

Wild Native Tours

Would you like to get even closer to dolphins than you would on a standard dolphin cruise? Then Wild Native Tours is for you! During this 3-hour kayak tour, see Bottlenose dolphins swim next to you and observe native birds of the area. You’ll also learn about the Bottlenose environment, behaviors, and history. The best part? You’ll have a front-row seat to a Gulf Shores sunset.

Bonus: Wild Native Tours has a “leave no trace” policy, and the company is very environmentally conscious. Rest assured that they care about the dolphins you paddle alongside!

Make Harris Properties Your Home Away From Home

Dolphin-View-Balcony

After you’ve experienced the thrill of one of the many dolphin cruises Gulf Shores has to offer, enjoy a view of the ocean from your private balcony. Our luxury Dolphin View condominium has floor to ceiling windows with views of the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, Lake Shelby, Little Lagoon, and Oyster Bay. The stunning water views and sophisticated amenities, like whirlpool tubs and stainless steel appliances, make this the ideal beach rental.

When you stay at Dolphin View at the Mustique Condo, you’ll also have access to the building’s lagoon front pool, fitness center, and sauna. Simply walk across the street to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores. Don’t wait; check our availability and book your Gulf Shores vacation rental today!

March is not only one of the most beautiful months that you can spend in Gulf Shores, but also one of the most entertaining! Between Gulf Shores events, concerts, festivals, and more, visitors who decide to come here during March will have no shortage of fun and fantastic things to do while they’re here.

Below, we’ve put together a brief list of just a handful of the many events that will be taking place in Gulf Shores during March that you won’t want to miss. We hope that you enjoy these events as much as we will!

The Emerald Coast Golf Tour Kickoff

On March 8th through 10th, the renowned Kiva Dunes Golf Club will host a tournament benefitting kids participating in junior golf. From 9:00am until 4:00pm on those days, golfers can pay $100 to play, and public spectators can watch the event for free. Lunch is provided for players during the event, and awards will be presented in the clubhouse after the event.

The 43rd Annual Festival of Art

Held in Orange Beach each year, the Festival of Art celebrates the talents of artists specializing in watercolor, textiles, wood, paint, sculpture, pottery, glass, and even culinary and musical arts. This year’s celebrations will take place on March 11th and March 12th, from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily at the Waterfront Park. Admission is free to the public, and public parking is available.

Luke Bryan Concert at The Wharf – Gulf Shores Events

The legendary country music performer Luke Bryan will pay a visit to Gulf Shores with special guests Brett Eldredge and Brett Young on March 17th and March 18th, playing at the Amphitheater at The Wharf from 7:00pm until 10:00pm on both nights. General admission to the pit seating costs $79.75, and reserved seating is priced at $79.75 and $39.75.

2017 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

In March of each year, vendors and dealers in fine watercraft gather in Orange Beach to showcase the latest and greatest in marine technology to the public. Admission is priced at $10.00 per person, though kids ages twelve and under may enter for free. This event will take place on March 23rd through March 26th, from 10:00am to 7:00pm each day.

The Original German Sausage Festival

During the last Saturday of March and October of every year for the past forty years, the nearby town of Elberta hosts a free, fun, and delicious German sausage festival that benefits Elberta’s volunteer fire department and other local nonprofit organizations. This year, the festival will be on March 25th from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

Harris Properties – Your Guides to Gulf Shores

To learn more information about the exciting upcoming events that Gulf Shores has to offer when you book your stay in one of the lovely local Harris Properties vacation rentals in the area, contact our team of dedicated reservation specialists and ask about what you can expect to do or see during your time here!