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Outdoor Activities to Enjoy While Staying in Our Gulf Shores Condos
If anyone in your group is an avid golfer, they’re going to find some great courses here in the Gulf area. From the 36-hole course at Craft Farms Golf Club designed by legendary Arnold Palmer to the public course at Kiva Dunes in Fort Morgan. The Kiva Dunes course lets the natural, coastal habitat of the dunes and natural marshes shine through, and the winds off both the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay make this a challenging, but fun course.
It may be too cold for getting in the water, but it’s still a great time to be out on the water. The winter waters in the Gulf area are full of redfish, pompano, and sheepshead. Book an offshore charter to land bull redfish or stay inshore for speckled trout. Fish the surf in front of your condo for a delicious black drum. Grill your catch of the day out on the condo’s community grill and dine al fresco, or show off your culinary skills in your condo’s gourmet kitchen. Blackened black drum is pretty tasty!
Cooler weather in the winter means it’s the perfect time to hit the trails when staying in our condos in Gulf Shores. There are plenty of great trails here in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Both the Refuge and the Trail take you through different natural, coastal habitats and are excellent spots for bird and wildlife viewing. Enjoy your hike as the trails wind past pristine freshwater lakes, coastal swamps, wetlands and over longleaf sand ridges. Watch for osprey, bald eagles, white tail deer, coyote, otters, alligator, and elusive bobcat.
Visit Area Attractions While Crowds Are Thin
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to many endangered animals and there usually is some sort of program or activity going on. Get up close and personal with a sloth or camel, play with giant snakes, kooky baby kangaroos, loony lemurs and more. The reptile house has plenty of big ole snakes, huge spiders, and iguanas, not to mention a few native alligators hanging around. Some of the endangered and vulnerable species calling the zoo home include gorgeous Bengal tigers, and Katrina, a lovely black leopard.
The Track Family Recreation Center has go-karts on their famous elevated wooden track, bumper cars, mini golf and more! And The Wharf in Orange Beach has ice skating, last minute gift buying, and Santa Claus. Not to mention an arcade, mini-golf, a movie theater, zip line, restaurants, shops, bars, and a Ferris wheel!
Enjoy Holiday Events
Experience the holidays, Gulf Coast Style. Nearby Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s holiday tour is an annual event, as is LuLu’s Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. Of course, family friendly, beach-front LuLu’s is great all year-round.
No trip to the Gulf Coast, any time of year, would be complete without at least one trip to the world-famous Flora-Bama! There’s always something going on at this honky-tonk, and winter is no exception. Annual winter events include their annual Thanksgiving pot luck, the holiday Santa Drop, annual Christmas Pot Luck, and their annual New Year’s Eve Bash and Polar Bear Dip on New Year’s Day. Plus there’s always live music on five stages, several oyster bars and plenty of bushwackers year-round!
Condo Amenities to Enjoy
Booking a condo meals not only enjoying the usual amenities like free Wi-Fi and wide open floor plans that let the view and breeze in, but you can take advantage of the condo community’s amenities as well. Those extra amenities can include access to a community hot tub, fitness center, steam room and sauna. Many have common outdoor grilling areas, fishing piers, boat dock, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools.
Our vacation condos in Gulf Shores have elevators to take you up to your condo in the clouds and its amazing views. Several of our condos located on higher floors offer gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, the bay, lagoons and more, all at the same time. If you have a particular view in mind, like a great sunset view, give our staff a call and we’ll help you book the condo with the view you want.